Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wine Events @ Mirabelle & StrEAT

February 2011 Calendar
19-Sat - Aging Wines Sat., Feb 19, 6:30pm. $25 per person. Reservations: 628 0288
21-Mon. Tour of Italy Wine Dinner. Laura dePasquale M.S. Mirabelle 6:30pm $55 inclusive
23-Weds Andrew Will Tasting. Asst. Winemaker David Oldman @ Mirabelle 6:30pm $30
March 2011 Calendar
5-Sat. Viva La Vegas Aids Services of Austin. Mirabelle is donating appetizers.
6-Sun, ZAP (Zinfandel, Advocates & Producers) Tasting @ ATT Center. StrEAT is cooking.
8 - Fat Tuesday @ Mirabelle.

Aging Wines w/ Michael Vilim. Sat., Feb 19, 6:30pm. $25 per person (inclusive)
Reservations: 628 0288
StrEAT apologizes for the short notice for this tasting. That pesky lover’s holiday, Valentine’s Day, took up all our creative time over the weekend. However, Michael has been keen on doing a tasting on aging wines, as the most glorious expression of wine is that elusive moment that a particular bottle reaches its peak. Aging wine is the most reliable and economical way of obtaining wines that are balanced and complete in their flavor profile and ready to drink. Come learn about what helps wine improve with time and how to “diagnose” those conditions, whether it’s a few weeks or 10 years. Also, enjoy a beautiful 2000 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Michael’s cellar.

Wines & Food:
(NV) Domaine Mumm Sparkling Wine Napa 90 WS
Italian Leek Porrata
2010 Gauchezco Torrontes (Just released)
Lime-cucumber Shooter
2008 Gainey Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 89 Cellartracker
Smoked Salmon Rolls with Arugula, Mascapone, and Chives
2007 Baby del Rey 89 Cellartracker /2006 Baby del Rey 88 Cellartracker
Matabak (Savory Indonesian Meat Pie)
2007 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso 90 Parker
Cremini Mushrooms with Chive Pasta
2005 Marques de Murrieta Rioja 91 Tanzer
Warm Mushroom Salad w/ Gouda Cheese
2008 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time Red Blend Napa 90 Cellartracker
Ticono-style Pot Roast with New Potatoes
2000 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Napa) 92 Wine Spectator
Sliced Filet of Beef Tenderoin with Pan Juices
2007 Bonny Doon “Le Pousseur” Central Coast Syrah 93 Wine Enthusiast
Millionaire’s Brisket with Coffee and Fireman’s Mop Sauce

21-Mon-Tour of Italy Wine Dinner Laura dePasquale M.S. @ Mirabelle
7:00pm $55 346-7900
Laura DePasquale, MS, is Vice President, Fine Wine Development at Palm Bay International, one of the country’s leading importers of wines from around the world. In 2004, she passed the rigorous series of exams joining an elite group of only 168 Master Sommeliers worldwide, and just the 13th woman. In 2009, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Court of the Master Sommeliers. Laura and Palm Bay bring an extraordinary set of Italian producers to the U.S., and Michael and Patrick have chosen their favorites. Please join us. As we have just come out of the crazy Valentine weekend, Palm Bay and Mirabelle have partnered together to offer the special price of $55 for the dinner, inclusive of tip and tax.

Tour of Italy Wine Dinner
Palm Bay Imports Featuring Laura dePasqaule, Master Sommerlier
Monday, February 21st, 2011 7pm $55 (inclusive tip/tax) 346-7900
Torta Verde with Potato
Parmigianno Frico with Lemon-Chive Chevre
(NV) Ferrari Sparkling Wine, Brut Trentino

Frittata with Lobster, White Asparagus and Italian Parsley
Saffron-Yellow Bell Pepper Puree and Spring Greens
2009 Feudi di San Gregorio Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco - Campania

Italian Stuffed Pork with Pomegranate Glaze, Grilled Leak Jus
Tortino of Eggplant and Mushroom Antipasti
2006 Sella & Mosca Cannonau (Garnacha) - Sardinia

Braised Rabbit with Porcini Mushrooms and Balsamic
Soft Stone Ground Polenta
2006 Planeta Santa Cecilia Nero d’Avola - Sicily

Roast Ribeye with Chestnuts and Amarone
Crushed Fingerling Potatoes with Parsley & Thyme & Zucchini Noodles
2006 Bertani Villa Arvedi Amarone - Veneto

Pineapple Polenta Upside Cake
with Amy’s Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream
(NV) Cavit Moscato - Lombardy

23-Weds Andrew Will Portfolio Tasting. Asst. Winemaker David Oldman
@ Mirabelle 6:30pm $30 346-7900
Mirabelle has long offered fabulous Washington wines, often times before they hit the big time. Leonetti Cellars and Quilceda Creek were two of our favorites before their prices skyrocketed. We have continued to collect Andrew Will, whose quality/price ratio still is still terrific and we are happy to present Andrew Will’s current releases with an Austin visit from Asst.Winemaker, David Oldham. Robert Parker has listed only a few Washington State wineries as “outstanding”, and Andrew Will is one of them, the others being Quilceda, Leonetti and Delille.
Wines to be tasted:
2007 Sorella, 96 Robert Parker,93 Wine Spectator
2006 Champoux, 93 Robert Parker, 93 Stephen Tanzer
2006 Two Blondes Red, 92+ Robert Parker , 92 Stephen Tanzer
2006 Ciel du Cheval Red 93 Robert Parker, 93 Stephen Tanzer
2007 Ciel du Cheval Red 92 Stephen Tanzer, Robert 94 Parker
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (just released)

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