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More reservations available for great wine dinner at Tre Amici March 30, 2010

Posted by jwdineline in Home, Savor The Flavor with Jim White.
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More room for tomorrow night’s dinner at Tre Amici!

Good news:  There are some additional seats for the fabulous “Dinner Club with Jim White” special wine and food pairing adventure on Wednesday night.  Be sure to call the restaurant right away to guarantee your reservation for this great four-course dinner, which includes Tre Amici’s signature prime filet mignon.  The number is 972-250-4400.  We’ll see you there!

Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits will be pouring some great wines to compliment the meal.  We’ll taste Angels Landing 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,2005 Windy Lane Napa Valley Merlot, and 2005 Windy Lane Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert,Rocca Cerrina Brachetto, N/V.  A sparkler with lots of strawberry fruit, bright and bursting with a lovely sweet finish that pairs beautifully with the Chocolate Truffle Cake we’ll be having for dessert! Molto bene! Join us for the special evening on Wednesday March 31st.  Reservations are limited for the special dinner.  Call Tre Amici at 972-250-4400 to make your reservation.

Fun food and wines in La Jolla

Even better than the picture-perfect weather, and sunny days on the beach in San Diego, our host has a tremendous wine cellar.  Perhaps the favorite pour from our weekend of wining and dining is the celebrated Cinq Cépages 2000 from Chateau St. Jean.  Winemaker Steve Reeder (now with Simi) made this treasure.  Gerald Boyd from “Wine Review Online” sums it up nicely:

“Among the growing collection of high-end California Cabernet-based blends, a few have reached iconic status.   Known variously as Bordeaux-style blends, Cabernet blends, and Meritage, this rarified elite includes Phelps Insignia, Cain Five, Louis Martini’s Monte Rosso, Opus One, Coppola’s Rubicon and Chateau St. Jean’s Cinq Cepages.”

The name is French for “five grapes”, based on the Bordeaux model that included all five Bordeaux red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  Chateau St. Jean keeps the blend at around 75% Cabernet.  The 2000 added slightly more Cabernet Franc. If you can find this 93 point wine at all, expect to pay upwards of $150 per bottle retail.  Thank goodness for a collector who just happened to have plenty to share.

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