By Jason Sherman
Brennan’s will be hosting a few wine dinners in coming months, each with a different focus on certain varietals. For Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lovers, Domaine Serene will be in town October 4 to share some back vintage wines from their own cellar in Oregon along with some new favorites. Founded in 1989 by Ken and Grace Evenstad, Domaine Serene will be starting its 23rd harvest any day now (literally). The winery production includes 95% Pinot Noir with small amounts of Chardonnay and Syrah…both of which will be poured for the dinner. As always, Chef Danny Trace and I have put together an adventrous menu to compliment the wines perfectly. I even spoke with Danny into making rattlesnake chili. This will be one of the smallest and most intimate wine dinners I’ve done at Brennan’s, so get your tickets fast!!!
Early November will bring Jones Family Vineyards from Napa Valley to Brennan’s. For those who convet great Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, this dinner is for you. Established in 1996, the winery sits on a hillside between Calistoga and St. Helen in the northern Napa Valley. This hillside exposure and location provide the ideal combination of soil and climate for the development of world-class Cabernet. Vineyard manager David Abreu (Colgin, Staglin, Araujo) and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown (Outpost, Revana) have worked together to produce three outstanding wines; a Cabernet, a Cabernet blend called “The Sisters”, and one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I have ever had. I will be pouring from a few magnums, and maybe even some half bottles, for the dinner.