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Coravin Selections – Monthly Features

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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The Coravin wine system is one of the newest technologies to transform the way wine is served, sold, and enjoyed. Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to explore wines of any vintage, varietal or region, one taste at a time. Its innovative design keeps wine safe from oxidation, allowing it to continue to age naturally, giving the freedom to pour a glass from nearly any bottle at any time.

The wine guys at Brennan’s are now offering limited tastings of high end labels that our guests might otherwise be hesitant to order, and are excited to give exposure to wines we think everyone should try!

Each month we will be featuring a new wine that will be poured from the Coravin system so come in and try one before they’re gone for good. Availability may be limited. Ask your server for details.

Cade Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2011

The 2011 vintage, despite being later and cooler than usual, produced wines with great color, intensity, and balanced mature tannins. The wine has aromas of cherry, raspberry, dried sage, vanilla extract, and brambles. The density and weight in the palate is thick and velvety.

The tannins are elegant, smooth, and rich. Sourced from some of Napa’s most renowned vineyards: Kenefick Ranch Vineyards in Calistoga, Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane Vineyards in St. Helena, Hanson-Hsieh Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and UC Davis Oakville Station.

Price: $25     Pour: 3 oz.

Gaja DaGromis, Barolo DOCG, Italy 2008

The 2008 DaGromis is produced with Nebbiolo grapes grown in two old vineyards, one in Serralunga adjacent to the Sperss vineyard and the other in La Morra adjacent to the Conteisa vineyard.

DaGromis is a classic expression of the Barolo appellation. Intense red color. Full, rich with berries and floral notes as well as aromas of licorice, dried herbs and spices. Solid structure and a rich softness as well as a lingering finish.

Price: $25     Pour: 3 oz.

***ONLY available while supplies last***

Shrimp Creole Casserole

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by fcasio 2 Comments
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The weather is brisk and for some it’s sweater season, for others it’s casserole season. At Brennan’s, we’ve merged a Creole favorite in the form of a casserole. Enjoy!

Brennan's of Houston Shrimp Creole Casserole

Brennan’s of Houston Shrimp Creole Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup par-boiled rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cup shrimp stock or water
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Louisiana hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Creole Seafood Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (basil, thyme and/or oregano)
  • 1 pounds (16/20 count) shrimp, peeled and de-veined (season with Creole seasoning)
  • 6 whole eggs + vegetable oil as needed (optional as breakfast casserole)

 


Instructions

  1. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent. Add shrimp.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; cook 3 minutes.
  3. Add rice, stock, Worcestershire, hot sauce and 1 1/2 tablespoons seafood seasoning; bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup of the pepper jack cheese and fresh herbs. Place mixture into a casserole dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir casserole every 7 minutes to ensure the rice cooks evenly.
  5. After 25 minutes, carefully remove the casserole dish from oven. Stir the casserole one more time and top with the rest of the cheese. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and allow it to steam for 10 minutes.
  6. In a nonstick sauté pan prepare six sunny side up eggs to crown the casserole. ( optional)
  7. Finish with sliced green onions.

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
Posted in Spirit

By Richard Middleton

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

In 1880 Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle created Cordon Rouge by blending Cognac with exotic distilled essence of oranges from the Caribbean. We know that creation today as Grand Marnier. To celebrate that birth, the house of Grand Marnier has created Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880.

Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880 is distinctive blend of aged, premium XO Cognac made exclusively from Grande Champagne, the most esteemed growing area in the Cognac region.  With more Cognac in the nose, it is significantly less sweet than the Cuvée du Centenaire, while still incorporating wild tropical orange notes. It evokes the essence of the Belle Époque era & provides a sumptuous ending to a perfect evening. Brennan’s of Houston presents this delightful liqueur in a warm snifter with a cup of our famous rich dark coffee for your enjoyment.

 

Win Tickets to See Cirque Musica!

Posted on: November 1st, 2014 by fcasio 21 Comments
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We know it’s still a few weeks away but Brennan’s along with our friends at Brilliant Entertainment want YOU and a guest to start the season off with holiday tunes!

 

We’re giving away TWO tickets to see Cirque Musica. All you have to do is comment below your favorite Holiday Breakfast you make (or eat) with your family during the holidays.

Contest ends November 12. The winner will be selected in a random drawing and announced on Monday, November 17th.

And the winner in random selection drawing is…..Jo Ellen D!

We’ll contact you via email. Enjoy and Thanks everyone for submitted your oh so yummy holiday breakfast with us.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Tuesday, December 2 | Wortham center | 7:00pm

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR is a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time. It is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to get into the Holiday spirit with great music including Holiday favorites from classical, POPS and more, while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.

 

Fords Gin

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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By Richard Middleton

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

 

Fords Gin is made at Thames Distillers in London, in two 500-liter pot stills. The botanicals, water, & neutral grain alcohol are placed in the still to soak for about 15 hours which draws out the flavors of the botanicals. The stills are then heated, cooking the botanicals into the neutral grain spirit, vaporizing, condensing, & marrying everything together. Fords Gin is shipped to Ukiah, California in bulk where water is added to bring the product to 90 proof. This process reduces Fords carbon footprint. Additionally, the water in Ukiah comes from a well Mendocino County that is flawlessly pure.

Fords Gin is made with nine botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, cassia, angelica, orris and jasmine). Each botanical plays a specific role in making the palate balanced and the flavor work in cocktails. These are exotic spices that come from all over the globe and each one of them has its own story of agriculture & history, eventually finding themselves all together in one recipe.

 

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Aromatic & herbal with floral & citrus background. NOT your typical London Dry Gin.

Taste: Oily body, juniper, coriander, lemon bitter orange, grapefruit, angelica, cassia, & orris root.

Finish: Crisp & dry with wonderful botanicals lingering.

A no nonsense quality product that places its focus on taste.

About Fords Gin:

Highest Recommendation

“Crystalline and flawlessly pure…entry is pleasingly viscous and silky…easily one of the best gins reviewed over the last two years.” – Spirits Journal, December 2012

“A Gin to be used as a workhorse for the cocktailian bartender.” – Simon Ford, The 86 Co.

Glenmorangie Companta

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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By Richard Middleton

Glenmorangie Campanta (photo credit OaksLiquors.com)

Glenmorangie Campanta (photo credit OaksLiquors.com)

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Master Distiller for Glenmorangie, has created another single malt classic for us to treasure. From his travels across the great vineyards of France, the good doctor has conceived Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for ‘friendship’). It is a refined balance between bold spice & rich, smooth sweetness. Companta is an expression careful assembled with spirits extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart & those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Glenmorangie has given us another phenomenal non-chill-filtered single malt produced from these unusual woodings. Come by our Courtyard Bar & enjoy two fingers of another classic!

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Companta exudes rich, ‘autumnal’ scents of red berries & damp forest floors, with a hint of fragrant woodsmoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak.

Taste: Upon tasting, a spicy palate redolent of cherries & stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange & rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate with brown sugar.

Finish: Companta lingers on with a rich, mouth-coating finish.

SLAINTE!

Courtyard Bar Summer Feature – Double Cross Vodka

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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Photo Courtesy of Forbes.com

Double Cross Vodka is produced in Stara Lubovna in the Tatra Mountains of Northeastern Slovakia by Master Distiller Jan Krak. It is a superior product made from local estate grown winter wheat & aquifer water 200′ deep. Distilled 7 times and filtered 7 times via a proprietary filtration system, Double Cross Vodka has won accolades from every source in the spirits review sector. A very special vodka!

95 ~ Superb “Vibrant, creamy and full.” Wine Enthusiast (11 pts higher than Grey Goose)

4 stars ~ Highly Recommended “Dry, delicate, silky” Spirit Journal

Two gold medals San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

 

DOUBLE CROSS AUX PEAR

2 Oz. Double Cross Vodka

1 Oz. Mathilde Poire Liqueur

.5 Oz. Domain de Canton

Served up ~ Garnished with a Chilean Baby Pear

 

RECIPE: Crawfish Empanadas

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments
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BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH EMPANADAS (MAKES 8)

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbs grapeseed oil

4 oz diced chorizo

1 tbs minced garlic

1/2 c finely chopped poblano pepper

1/2 c finely chopped red bell pepper

1/2 c finely chopped yellow onion

1 lb fresh crawfish tail meat

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tbs Crystal hot sauce

2 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 c grated jalapeno cheese

1 recipe pie dough (recipe follows)

salt, pepper and Creole seasoning to taste

Pie Dough

3 c all-purpose flour

pinch salt

2 sticks butter (1/2 lb)

3/4 c ice cold water

METHOD:

Heat oil in sauté pan over medium heat; toast garlic then add Chorizo and render
Add Poblano, red peppers and onion until vegetables are caramelized
Add crawfish and cook until just heated through
Add cumin, seafood seasoning, hot sauce and Worcestershire
Remove pan from heat. Fold in cheese and all to melt. Chill.
Divide ingredients evenly among 6 pie rounds

Pie Dough:
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
Using your hands, work butter and flour gently until butter is the size of a dime.
Make a well in the center.
Add 5 tablespoons of water into the center and combine gently by folding together.
Add the additional water if needed.
You will know because dough will be dry and crumbly.
Fold until dough forms together.
Do not over work dough.
Wrap with plastic and set in refrigerator to rest.
It is best for dough to rest overnight or until center is cool.

Sip-Sational News with the Coravin

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by fcasio No Comments
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Jason Sherman Brennan's of Houston Wine Guy

Jason Sherman Brennan’s of Houston Wine Guy

A word from our Wine Guy / Wine Director, Jason Sherman:

“So who has heard the latest buzz in the wine world? If you read any current magazine, or ask any sommelier you might know, he / she will say the Coravin. “Intended” to be for the wine collectors to test wines from their own collection without breaking the seal, or having to consume the whole bottle, this device is now in the hands of many sommeliers around the world…including mine. Like many, I wanted to utilize this system of wine preservation to pour something unique by our fall / wine menu (think osso bucco, lamb chops, venison).

Dominus is one of the most age-worthy cabernet based blends made in our country…fitting that its owned and operated by the French Moueix family of Bordeaux. Try a 3-ounce glass of $25, or a full glass for $50.”

Keep an eye out for more exciting wines to be poured from the Coravin in coming months, including Gaja, Patz and Hall, Bruno Giacosa and Ogier.

What are you drinking for Thanksgiving?

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by fcasio 1 Comment
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Here’s what Wine Guy, Jason Sherman, has to say:

“The red white and sparkling wines of the Loire Valley are great to enjoy with Thanksgiving meals. High in acid, low in oak influence and great with food, these have always been some of my favorites on Turkey day. The red wines of Chinon, made from Cabernet Franc, are one such example.

Chinon is a small, hillside commune located in the central part of the Loire Valley, and by law all red wines are to be made from Cabernet Franc. Total production for the entire region is less than some single wineries in California. Unlike cabernet franc from warmer climates like California and Argentina, whose wines display rich, fruit flavors and pronounced oak, these are a fine contrast. Grown in a much cooler climate that does not allow the ripening potential of the previous, cabernet franc from chinon is light to medium-bodied, with flavors of plum, cherry and olive tapenade. Fermented and aged in mostly concrete and stainless steel, they also have no obnoxious oak flavors, just the clean, pure flavors of fruit and herbs. Some labels to be on the look out for are Charles Joguet and Bernard Baudry, two families who have been at it for decades in Chinon.

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Sparkling wines from the Loire Valley are great choices for Thanksgiving as well. Sparkling Vouvray from the Vouvray region of the valley is on the lighter, drier style, and perfect for enjoying while your family argues over how long the turkey needs to bake. These wines are made from the chenin blanc grape varietal. Domaine Huet is the producer to look out for. Other sparkling wines made outside of Vouvray, are made from chenin blanc as well, but some blend in pinot noir, chardonnay, and even cabernet franc. Langlois Chateau, owned by the Bollinger family of Champagne, is one of my favorites in this style. Made from chenin blanc, pinot noir and cabernet franc, this is a little more fruit-forward than those of Vouvray, with flavors of red berries and creamy vanilla. Most wines in this style will be labeled Cremant de Loire.”

Cheers,

Jason Sherman, Wine Director / Wine Guy