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Iron Horse Vineyards Wine Dinner Menu

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Iron Horse WineryCEO Joy Sterling presents the wonderful offerings from Iron Horse Winery at The Carlton on Thursday, October 8.  One of Sonoma County’s most prestigious, small independent family owned wineries, Iron Horse was founded by Audrey and Barry Sterling in 1975.  Iron Horse had their award winning sparkling wines served at the White House in five consecutive presidential administrations!   In addition to highly rated wines and well paired cuisine, you will enjoy our charming host!  Joy is Yale educated, a former ABC correspondent and has authored four books!  As a second generation owner, she is taking Iron Horse to new heights!

Here’s the Menu:

“IRON HORSE VINEYARDS” WINE DINNER
Thursday, October 8, 2009 – 6:30 p.m.

With Iron Horse Vineyards CEO – Joy Sterling
Culinary offerings by Mark Swomley
$99 per person excluding Tax & Gratuity

IRON HORSE WEDDING CUVEE “BLANC DE NOIR”’05

SHELLFISH STEW
Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Oysters and Mussels in a rich Tomato Cream with sautéed
Ricotta Gnocchi, Red Pepper Coulis and Spinach Chiffonade

IRON HORSE “UNOAKED” CHARDONNAY’07
IRON HORSE “ESTATE” CHARDONNAY’08

SEARED SCALLOP
Served over Brioche Crostini with Smoked Cheddar Orzo,
Sun-dried Tomato Butter and Yukon Gold Gaufrette

IRON HORSE “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR’06

RACK OF LAMB
Served with a Wild Mushroom & Onion Risotto Cake, Bacon-Spinach Sauté,
Cabernet Demi-Glace & Roast Garlic Mousse

IRON HORSE T-BAR-T BdX3’05

VENISON LOIN
Served with Sausage-Fennel Ragout, Roast Corn Butter,
Bourbon Glaze and crisp Onion Straws

IRON HORSE CLASSIC VINTAGE BRUT’04

LEMON TART
With fresh Berries

New Talk Radio Show on Pittsburgh Business Radio

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Pittsburgh Business RadioI am trying my hand as a radio talk show host for the first time next Wednesday (Sept. 23) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  on Pittsburgh Business Radio, 1360 AM.  Just as there are many folks that think they could be successful restaurateurs, I have always wondered what it would be like to be the guy asking the questions on a radio talk show!  I am looking forward to this trial run fully cognizant that I could easily fail!

We will be talking about next week’s G-20 Summit and will interview Auditor General Jack Wagner and perhaps other distinguished Western Pennsylvanians that would like to be PA’s Governor in 2010.  Please tune in if you are near a radio or computer!

Fall Wine Dinners Lineup

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Fall Wine Dinners PittsburghFall Greetings from The Carlton!  I am pleased to deliver a phenomenal lineup of Special Wine Dinners for your seasonal enjoyment!  We are always pleased when a winemaker or vineyard owner visits and today, we are announcing four special wine dinners – with three of them presented by the principals of the Winery!

Thursday, October 8 – Iron Horse Winery
CEO Joy Sterling presents the wonderful offerings from Iron Horse Winery.   One of Sonoma County’s most prestigious, small independent family owned wineries, Iron Horse was founded by Audrey and Barry Sterling in 1975.  Iron Horse had their award winning sparkling wines served at the White House in five consecutive presidential administrations!   In addition to highly rated wines and well paired cuisine, you will enjoy our charming host!  Joy is Yale educated, a former ABC correspondent and has authored four books!  As a second generation owner, she is taking Iron Horse to new heights!

Monday, October 12 – Eberle Winery
We welcome back native Gary Eberle to Pittsburgh to savor the wonderful wines from his Paso Robles vineyard!  After Gary finished playing college football at Penn State in the 60’s he went on to LSU where he studied cellular genetics and then to U.C. Davis for work on a enology doctorate.  After co-founding Estrella River Winery (now Meridian), Gary decided to produce premium, small production wines in Paso Robles.  He began his own label with the release of the 1979 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon.  Please join us in saluting the success of one of our own and I guarantee you will leave a big fan of Eberle!

Friday, October 30 – Bodega Benegas Wines
Vintage Import‘s Lee Kuehn presents the Bodega Benegas Wines from Argentina!  Argentina wines captured the attention of Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker in his August 2009 cover story!  He hailed the value and strength of these offerings and singled out the Bodega Benegas wines by giving 7 of their offerings scores of greater than 90 points!  Come and sample two Malbecs and some wonderfully blended reds paired with great cuisine!

Friday November 8 – Freeman Winery
We welcome Ken Freeman to The Carlton 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!  We hope you can join us!

Check back soon for full menus of each Wine Dinner!  Hope to see you here!