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Freeman Winery Wine Dinner Menu

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Freeman WineryWe welcome Ken Freeman to The Carlton on Friday, November 6 to introduce his prestigious small production Russian River Valley Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs to a Pittsburgh audience!  Ken has enjoyed a super successful career in business, but was able to realize a dream when he and his wife purchased a small Russian River Valley winery in 2001.  Today, his exclusive and highly rated wines are found at the finest restaurants and he has been heralded as one of the top Pinot Noir producers in the world!

Here’s the menu:

“FREEMAN WINERY” WINE DINNER
Friday, November 6, 2009 – 6:30 p.m.

With Ken Freeman
Culinary selections by Executive Chef Mark Swomley
$109 per person excluding gratuity

FREEMAN RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY RYO-FU CHARDONNAY’06

HONEY GLAZED SALMON
With creamy Leeks, whipped Carrots, Apple Butter & fresh Thyme

FREEMAN SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR’06

ROAST GAME HEN
With Butternut Squash Ravioli, sautéed Pearl Onions, Veloute and crisp Arugula

FREEMAN RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR’06

CHILLED PEPPER CRUSTED TUNA
Seared rare and served with Basmati, Pickled Ginger and Mango Vinaigrette

FREEMAN RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY “KEEFER RANCH”’07

PLUM & WASABI ROAST DUCK
With Scallion Pancake, dark Soy Glaze & Lemon Daikon Salad

ROYAL TOKAJI “FIVE PETUNAS”’03

BANANA CASHEW WONTON

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

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pairing-food-winePairing food with wine is something we do often at the Carlton.  We have many amazing wineries and vineyards come in for our Wine Dinners and it’s always important to match their exquisite wine with the right cuisine.  There are a few guidelines that will help you pair a wine with the appropriate meal.  

One guideline to live by in pairing food and wine: Light foods go with light wines. Heavy foods go with heavy wines. Delicate meals need a light wine. Heavier meals need a bigger wine.

  • Example: Filet of Sole goes nicely with a Sauvignon Blanc, not a Zinfandel. The Zin in most cases would overpower the fish.
  • Example: A pesto pizza with prosciutto and cheese goes nicely with a Zinfandel, not a Sauvignon Blanc. The pizza would overpower the Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Sauvignon Blanc – white or light fish, mild cheese, fruit
  • Chardonnay – grilled chicken, salmon, shellfish, and grilled fish, anything with a cream sauce.
  • Pinot Noir – light meats, chicken, grilled anything, salmon.
  • Merlot – pasta, red meat, duck, smoked or grilled foods
  • Zinfandel – tomato pasta dishes, pizza, pesto, red meats, chicken with heavy sauces
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – red meats, especially a juicy barbequed steak, grilled and smoked foods.
  • Syrah – red meats, spicy pizzas, herbed sauces on red meat, turkey
  • Dry Rosé – salads, pasta salads, bbq chicken or fish, light spicy foods

Source:  http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/pairing.html

The Carlton’s Quick Picks

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EllaThere’s always something to do in the city and sometimes there’s TOO much to do!  At The Carlton, we love every type of Pittsburgh event – from sports to cultural shows and family friendly events, we embrace it all!  Every week, we’re going to give you our Quick Picks for the week – these are just SOME of the events going on in town that we think you’ll really love. So let’s get it started with this week’s Quick Picks!

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens. Sports fans, you don’t want to miss this week’s match up between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, October 28.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Mellon Arena and tickets can still be found on the Penguin’s Ticket Exchange.  We always have a great pregame at The Carlton before home games because we are so close to the arena. So stop over for a beer before making your way to the game or, if you don’t have tickets, we’d love to watch the game with you right here from our top-notch bar!
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  2. Kennywood Fright Nights. If you have yet to get to Kennywood for their Fright Nights, you are missing out.  This is the last week for their Halloween themed rides and haunted houses (voted one of the best in the country!) and a year is a looooong time to have to wait to get to experience this fun Halloween activity!
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  3. Ella at the O’Reilly Theater. Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest jazz singer of all time and this show will transport you to the French Riviera and one of Ella’s most thrilling concerts! November 2 is the last day to see this fantastic show, so get moving! Remember, we offer complimentary limo service to all Downtown shows, so make it a date and come for dinner at The Carlton before heading to the theater!
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  4. Nautical Nature Fall Foliage Cruise. Cooler weather means it’s time for Fall and the fabulous changing of the trees!  There’s nothing like it, especially in Pennsylvania, when those trees change from green to orange, yellow and red!  Take it all in for yourself on the Nautical Nature Foliage Cruise in Moraine State Park in Butler County (about 40 minutes north of the city.)  The drive is worth it  – for only $5 you can take a ride on the Nautical Nature, a 45-passenger enclosed pontoon boat, to learn about the park’s history and osprey reintroduction while appreciating the unique scenery and wildlife.  It only runs this coming weekend.
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  5. BNY Mellon Grand Classics. This series features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performing some of the best works created classical music’s most legendary composers. This weekend, spend Halloween hearing one of the great masterpieces of all time, Hector Berloiz’s “Symphonie Fantastique”.  For show times and tickets, call 412.392.4900.