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Archives: December 2009

Happy Birthday to Us!

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Happy BirthdayToday is officially our 25th Birthday and we want you to help us celebrate! All guests joining us for dinner today, will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, will be able to choose from several dinner selections priced at $25 and sample some of Pastry Chef Jeff Julin’s birthday cake for dessert!

Thank you for keeping us in business for 25 years!  We are overwhelmed and appreciative of your support.  It really seems like yesterday that we opened our doors.  Next summer we will remodel and prepare for the next 25 years!  As our architects are hard at work, we can promise that the look and cuisine of the “New Carlton” will be better than ever!

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

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Italy_Barolo_vineyardsIn honor of our Best of Italy Wine Dinner tonight, here’s some great information on Barolo from WineIntro, which is the region of Italy where many of our wines come from this evening.

Barolo is a section of Piedmont, Italy, southwest of Alba. While wine in Italy is timeless, Barolo came about in the 1800s when the Marchesa Giulietta Colbert Falletti started making wine out of Nebbiolo grapes. Nowadays, there are 3,000 acres of Nebbiolo producers in the towns of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello, Roddi, and Serralunga d’Alba.

The standard grape used in Barolo is still nebbiolo. Of the towns in the area, the “left” hills have compact soil and produce long lasting wines. The “right” hills have softer soil, making a wine that should be drunk more quickly. Both vineyards are regulated – Barolo vineyards can only grow around 3200k of grape/acre.

The Piedmont area of Italy in general is ripe with history – ancient castles, legends of feuds and loves, beautiful hills and valleys. This is a great area to go both wine touring and vacationing.

Barolo alcoholic content is set at 13%. There are two grades of Barolo:

  • Standard Barolo, aged two years in the barrel, one in the bottle.
  • Riserva Barolo, aged three years in the barrel, one in the bottle.

Barolo wines are typically a deep red. Their flavor is thick and complex. Some are flowery – violets, roses. Others are fruit, licorice, or oaky. Barolo should be drunk at 60F and can age for 5-10 years.

Best of Italy Wine Dinner Tomorrow

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Best of Italy Wine DinnerJust a reminder that our Best of Italy Dinner is tomorrow tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. We will welcome Stan “the Wine Man” for the next installment of his “Best of Italy” series featuring great Barolo’s!  This Barolo “blowout” will showcase eight wines that are rated between “91” and “96” points!  Stan’s dinners have been popular for years and it is fitting that he is on hand to take part in our birthday celebration! Click  here for the full dinner menu. Give us a call to make your reservations!