Sunday, February 22, 2009

Upcoming Dining Events

Monday, February 23rd: Winemakers Tasting with Charles Hendricks at Mon Jin Lau

Mon Jin Lau & Plum Market Present Winemakers Tasting with Charles Hendricks.

“Charles’ winemaking experience began in the Napa Valley in the early eighties. Over the last decade his cliental has grown to include such labels as Viader, Barnett, Regusci, Paoletti and Bacio Divino. His wine making style has created award winning wines coveted by wine collectors and celebrated by leaders in the wine industries.”

Join Mon Jin Lau as they taste over a dozen wines that include: Regusci, Hope & Grace, Thousand Foot, and many more.

Strolling Nu-Asian appetizers provided by Mon Jin Lau. Special pricing available through Plum Market.

Call 248.689.2332 and ask for Sharon or Bryan.
Limited Space Available…..All ticket sales are final.

Where: Mon Jin Lau, Troy
When: 6:30PM-8:00PM
Tix: $35.00 advance, $40.00 at the door (all-inclusive)

Monday, February 23rd: Bacco Wine Dinner with Alberto Canella

Bacco Ristorante cordially invites you to attend a special dinner with Alberto Canella of Terre di Ger winery for a memorable evening of fine Italian food and wine.

His winery, Terre di Ger (, is located in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli, where the peaks of the Alps provide a dramatic backdrop for the exceptionally high-quality wines being made there.

Chef Luciano del Signore has again designed a special, six-course menu that highlights the unique characteristics of each wine, and showcases his distinct flair for Italian cuisine!
We'll be featuring three wines from Terre di Ger-- Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, and a stunning, barrel aged Verduzzo called "Limine." Three additional wines, from different wineries, will complete the wine offerings: Brutell Franciacorta Brut sparkling wine, a hearty red Casale Triocco Sagrantino di Montefalco from Casale Triocco, and a deliciously sweet, red sparkling Brachetto d'Acqui from Convento dei Cappuccini.

Il Menu:
Stuzzichini (passed hors d’ouevres)
olive ripiene
--cheese & walnut stuffed olives
tartar di tonno
--ahi tuna with lemon, chives, and aioli
millefoglie con salsiccia
--oven roasted sausage and asparagus in puff pastry
all served with nv Brutell Franciacorta Brut Saten
Antipasto di Mare
insalata di gamberone
--Belgium endive salad with prawns, yellow pepper puree, radicchio, apple, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette
served with ’07 Terre di Ger Pinot Grigio
Il Pesce
red grouper arrosto
--oven roasted Florida Red grouper, arugula pesto, and celery root puree
served with ’05 Terre di Ger “Limine”
Il Primo
--tagliatelle verdi al fagiano
homemade spinach pasta with pheasant ragĂș
served with ’06 Terre di Ger Cabernet Franc
Il Secondo di Carne
spezzatino di vitello
--veal stew with prosseco, wild mushrooms, and soft polenta
served with ’03 Casale Triocco Sagrantino di Montefalco
Il Dolce
--torta di banana
banana cake with chocolate ganache and caramel mousse
served with ’07 Convento Cappuccini Brachetto d’Acqui

A credit card deposit is required, and seating for this event is very limited so please RSVP promptly at (248) 356-6600.

Where: Bacco Ristorante, Southfield
When: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Tix: $95.00 plus tax and gratuity

Tuesday, February 24th: DWO Wine Down Tuesday

Celebrate Carnival and Fat Tuesday

In honor of Carnival in South America, DWO will be featuring the wines of South America.

What better place in Detroit for a Carnival/Mardi Gras celebration than Fishbones in Greektown! Bring your beads, masks or even dress up and come celebrate with us on Fat Tuesday, February 24th.

Parking: Please park at the Greektown Parking Structure on Brush St. and enter thru the Antheneum Hotel. You will be directed from there.

Where: Fishbones, Detroit
When: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Tix: $40.00 members, $45.00 non-members
Wednesday, February 25th: Detroit Synergy Supper Club at Taste Pizzabar
Thursday, February 26th: A Night in Italy Wine Dinner at D’Amato’s

Featuring guest speaker Nicola Biscardo.

First Course
A vine ripened yellow tomato caprese, anise crusted goat cheese, mizuna micro greens, lemon basil oil
Wine: Vallerosa-Bonci Verdicchio Classico "Carpaneto"

Second Course
Scallop ravioli with trumpet royal mushrooms, wilted fresh spinach & leeks, pecorino toscano, crimini mushroom butter
Wine: La Meridiana Barbera d'Asti "Le Gagie"

Third Course
Roasted pheasant with smoked bacon, braised swiss chard, red & golden beets
Wine: Marchesi Biscardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso

Fourth Course
Poached golden apple stuffed with hazelnut honey gelato
Wine: Bosio Mascato d' Asti

About Nicola Biscardo: NICOLA BISCARDO was borne in Verona on January 12th, 1972 in a family of wine makers. Raised in the land of Amarone, "I took my first wine class at the age of nineteen while I was studying Political Science at the college. It did not take me long to realize that my way was to continue in the family business of selling wine, so I switched to wine studies and I attended the master at the Italian Association of the Guild of Sommeliers. Now I am a professional Wine Taster, a Sommelier, a member of The Society of Wine Educators and not a politician. I moved to United States in 1997 and I lived in New York to market and organize the distribution of Conexport, a private consortium that represent some of the best small producers from different wine regions of Italy. Now I am back home in Verona, the city of "Romeo and Juliet" to spoil my vineyards and olive trees with my love and passion!!!"Alla Salute….!!!"

Chef: Myles McVay
Wine Director: Christian Stachel
Special Guest: Nicola Biscardo
Eagle Eye Imports: Jessica Engel

Where: D’Amato’s, Royal Oak
When: 7:00PM
Tix: $40.00 per person exclusive of tax & gratuity
Friday, February 27th: Opus One Wine Tasting

On Friday February 27, 2009 from 6PM to 8PM Opus One Restaurant will have a special wine tasting with twenty different wines. The cost is $20 with advanced reservations which includes the wines and some scrumptious Opus One hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. We will have wine professionals available to discuss the wines. In addition, we will be selling the wines to go at retail pricing and below for those who attend the event. Those who do not make advanced reservations will be charged $25 at the door. See below for the wines that will be tasted on February 27th.

20 Wines with Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres

Some of the selections are listed below:

Sanford Chardonnay, Santa Barbara
Trivento Torrontes, Mendoza
Three Stones Sauvignon Blanc, Marloborough
Gordon Brothers, 'Kamiak White', Columbia Valley

Domine Drouhin Pinot Noir, Willamette
St Hallet Shiraz 'Faith', Barossa
Justin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Care Syrah-Tempranillo, Carenina (Spain)
Terrazes de Los Andes Malbec Reserva, Mendoza
Terre d'Oro Zinfandel, Amador

Where: Opus One Restaurant, Detroit
When: Call 313-961-7766 for details and to make reservations
Tix: $20.00 with reservations; $25.00 without

Friday, February 27th: Charles Hendricks Meet and Greet at Big Rock Chophouse

Wine Tasting & Meet and Greet with Winemaker Charles Hendricks of the Acclaimed Hope and Grace Winery

Got Rocks Ultra Lounge located on the 2nd Level of Big Rock Chophouse

The following wines will be offered at the tasting:
2006 Ten Mile White Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc
2006 Ten Mile Red Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Barbera, Carignane
2006 Thousand Foot Pinot Noir
2005 Parcel 41 Merlot
2006 Rock & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Hullabaloo Zinfandel
$60 per person to include above wines, appetizers, tax, tip, and valet

A Special Tasting Table featuring his top rated award wining wines, listed below, for Emerald and Diamond Members will be available. This is a great way to use your two complimentary monthly wine upgrades, a $25 value. Attendees who are not Emerald and Diamond Members
can purchase this upgrade for an additional $25 per person.

Regusci 2005 Merlot, Stags Leap
Regusci 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap
Hope & Grace 2006 Chardonnay
Hope & Grace 2006 Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow
Hope & Grace 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Where: Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham
When: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Tix: $60.00 all-inclusive