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Time for Wine

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Easter is this Sunday and many people will be serving ham for dinner. It can be hard to find a wine to pair with this meal because ham is both salty and sweet with the glaze. Listed below are Winery Adventures top five recommendations for Wines that pair well with Easter Ham.

1. Scarlet Sunrise: White Rock Vineyards and Winery in Goodview, Virginia. The fruitiness of this Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot blend would be wonderful with a sweet glazed ham.

2. Reflections of Lake Erie: Arrowhead Wine Cellars in North East Pennsylvania. This crisp, dry wine is the perfect complement to your Easter dinner.

3. Cin Zin: Henke Winery in Cincinnati, Ohio. A fruity Zinfandel that pairs beautifully with your ham without overpowering the glaze.

4. Semi-Dry Riesling: Bowers Harbor Vineyards in Traverse City, Michigan. The subtle sweetness of this Riesling will highlight the flavors of your ham.

5. Laurel Blush: Laurel Mountain Vineyards in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania. This crisp and refreshing blush would be a wonderful addition to your Easter dinner table.

Jess Jackson Portfolio Wine Dinner Tonight

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I hope to see you all at our Jess Jackson Portfolio Wine Dinner tonight at The Carlton!  In the past 25 years, Jackson has gone from an obscure and struggling winery owner (Kendall Jackson) to one of the dominant players in the California Wine industry.

All of our offerings are rated above 90 points. Cambria “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir earned “93” points and was named Wine Enthusiast’s #1 Wine of the Year!  We open with a La Crema’s “90” rated Chardonnay and our Cabernet course pits the “93” rated Kendall Jackson “Hawkeye Mountain” versus the “92” rated Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon.  Another great California lineup you do not want to miss!

“JESS JACKSON PORTFOLIO” WINE DINNER

With Majestic Fine Wines Regional Manager Matt Mitchell
Culinary selections by Executive Chef Mark Swomley
Tuesday, March 30, 2009
$99 per person excluding gratuity

LA CREMA MONTEREY CHARDONNAY’07

LOBSTER-CRAB & SCALLOP GNOCCHI
Jumbo Lump Crab, Lobster & Scallops served over homemade Gnocchi
with Spinach, Caramelized Onions and Tomato-Ketel One Cream

CAMBRIA “JULIA’S VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR’06

SHORT RIBS
Oven braised and served with Cauliflower Mousse,
Demi-Glace, Manchego Cheese and grilled Chard

ARROWOOD RUSSIAN RIVER”SARALEE’S VINEYARD” SYRAH’04

GRILLED RED & GOLD BEETS
Served chilled with Panko crusted Black Currant infused Chevre,
Triple Berry Vinaigrette, local greens and toasted Almonds

KENDALL JACKSON HIGHLAND ESTATES “HAWKEYE MOUNTAIN”’05
ARROWOOD SONOMA COUNTY CABERNET SAUVIGNON’05

VENISON LOIN
Seasoned with Cracked Mustard & Cumin and served with Sweet Corn Cakes, Fennel Sausage Ragout, Smoked Paprika Butter and crisp Arugula

CAMBRIA “LATE HARVEST” VIOGNIER’08

CITRUS CRÈME NAPOLEON
Crispy sweet Phyllo layered with Lemon Crème, Mandarin Oranges,
Cherries and Cinnamon-Mint Whip Creme

The Carlton’s Quick Picks

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Here are The Carlton’s Quick Picks for the week of March 29th.

Remember, you can always find more events on the Post-Gazette’s Event Calendar as well as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Calendar.

These are just a few of our favorites!

Jess Jackson Portfolio Wine Dinner at the Carlton Restaurant. Sample some of the best offerings from the extensive Wine Portfolio of Jess Jackson on Tuesday, March 30th. It is sure to make for a great night with one of the dominant players in the California Wine industry.

The Wizard of Oz. Bring the whole family to experience the classic musical with Dorothy and her friends. This week only you can travel over the rainbow at Heinz Hall. Enjoy dinner at the Carlton and get a free limo ride to the show!

Pens vs. Lightning. Cheer on your Pittsburgh Penguins as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday, March 31st! The game begins at 7:30 so be sure to start your pregame activities at the Carlton before heading over to the Mellon Arena or stay for the game!

Stanley Cup on Display. Don’t miss the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the Stanley Cup! It will be on display at the History Center and Sports Museum from April 1-4. As part of the display, fans will also get a chance to take their photo with 10 individual trophies earned by the Penguins throughout the years. Visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org as more details become available.