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Archives: February 2012

Australia’s First Drop Winery Dinner – March 23

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We are excited to sponsor the PA debut of First Drop Winery on Friday, March 23! John Retsas, owner of First Drop will host and present the wines! I knew little about First Drop when these wines were introduced, however, after researching the vineyard’s “passion for life, fun and flavor and a life long commitment to making kick arse booze” it piqued my interest.

After Maggie and I brought and sampled the “94” rated “Fat of the Land” over a great dinner at Arlecchino’s, I knew this was a dinner that we had to do! Great Barossa Shiraz can pair well with Chef Jonathan’s wonderful Italian cuisine!

So, come try these well made wines paired with our cusine and meet a charismatic Australian whose wines are receiving international acclaim!

“First Drop”
Special Wine Dinner
 
With John Retsas, Owner
Culinary offerings by Mark Swomley
Friday, March 23, 2012 – 6:30 PM
$99 per person excluding Tax & Gratuity
   

FIRST DROP BAROSSA VALLEY “BELLA COPPIA” ARNEIS’07

MUSTARD BRAISED PORK BELLY
Served over Brioche with Sun-Dried Cranberry Glaze,
Arugula, Honey Butter and toasted Macadamia

FIRST DROP BAROSSA VALLEY “MOTHER’S MILK” SHIRAZ’09

BEEF CHEEK RAVIOLI
Beef Cheeks, Boursin, Ricotta, Parmesan, Herbs in homemade Pasta
with grilled Squash, Oxtail Broth and Roast Pepper Coulis

FIRST DROP BAROSSA VALLEY
“MOTHER’S RUIN” CABERNET SAUVIGNON’09

VENISON LOIN
Roasted and served with grilled Zucchini Bread,
Sausage-Fennel Ragout, Paprika Butter and White Raisins

FIRST DROP BAROSSA VALLEY
“HALF & HALF” SHIRAZ/MONASTRELL’09

FIRST DROP BAROSSA VALLEY
“FAT OF THE LAND” SEPPELTSFIELD SHIRAZ’06

BRAISED SHORT RIBS
Served with Chorizo, Cemeni Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes,
Pan Jus Reduction, Roast Corn-Pepper Cream and charred Tomato.

ELIO PERRONE BIGARO’10

LEMON MOUSSE CAKE

Best of Washington State Wine Dinner – March 8

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On Thursday, March 8 we welcome back John Sarich, Culinary Director of Chateau Ste. Michelle, to The Carlton to present a “Best of Washington State” Wine Dinner. This dinner will showcase award winning wines from five different vineyards in Washington State!

Ten wines will be sampled, six with Wine Spectator ratings better than 90 points, from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Snoqualmie, North Star, Columbia Crest and Spring Valley Winery!

Great wines from Washington State often get overlooked or lost on a domestic wine list. This is opportunity to sample some of Washington’s best while paired to exquisite cuisine.

“Best of Washington State”
Special Wine Dinner

With John Sarich, Culinary Director, Chateau Ste. Michelle
Culinary offerings by Mark Swomley
Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 6:30 PM
$109 per person – excluding Taxes & Gratuity

SNOQUALMIE SAUVIGNON BLANC ’08 

LOBSTER & CRAB SALAD
Warm Lobster & Crab served in a crisp Phyllo Cup with local Greens,
Roast Peppers, Pepitas, Blueberries, Creamy Citrus Dressing and Asiago

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE “CANOE RIDGE” CHARDONNAY ’08
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE “COLD CREEK” CHARDONNAY ’08

SEARED SCALLOPS
Served with Mediterranean Vegetable Strudel, Carrot Threads,
Roast Fennel-Tomato Butter, Feta and Pinenuts

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE MERLOT “CANOE RIDGE” ’08
NORTH STAR COLUMBIA VALLEY MERLOT ’07
COLUMBIA CREST “HORSE HEAVEN HILLS” ’09

LOIN OF LAMB
Served over Pumpkin Pancakes with Pickled Apple,
Almonds, Cider Cream and Manchego

COLUMBIA CREST AMITAGE ’09
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE “COLD CREEK” CABERNET SAUVIGNON ’08
SPRING VALLEY WALLA WALLA VALLEY “URIAH” ’07

TENDERLOIN OF BEEF
Oven roasted and served with Acini de Peppe and white Beans, Tomato Broth,
Roast Garlic Cream, Basil Confit, crisp Bacon

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE “LATE HARVEST CHENIN BLANC” ’06

WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLE
Raspberry filled Chiffon Cake with White Chocolate Truffle

Best of Italy – A Barolo Smackdown Wine Dinner – February 24

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Friday, February 24 we welcome back Stan “The Wine Man” Lalic for another of his “Best of Italy” Series – a “Barolo Smackdown.” This fantastic dinner is a fitting sequal to Stan’s December “Barbaresco Smackdown.”

We will feature two Barolo’s per course, each rated better than 90 points – with most of the wines rated “95” or better! Eight high-end Barolo’s to be savored next to Chef Mark’s creations!

Stan’s “Best of Italy” series has enjoyed a great run at The Carlton and we are proud that his dinners continue to please our guests! Please join us for a wonderful evening!

Best of Italy “Barolo Smackdown”
Special Wine Dinner
With Stan “the Wine Man” Lalic

Culinary offerings by Mark Swomley

Friday, February 24, 2012 – 6:30PM

$119 per person excluding Tax & Gratuity

ODDERO BAROLO ’06
OLIVERO BAROLO ’06

DUCK CONFIT
  Duck Confit, Ricotta and Sun-Dried Cherries in crisp Pastry with
French Beans, Raspberry Chambord Demi-Glace & 25 year old Balsamic

SAN BIAGIO BAROLO SORANO ’06
PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO RIVA DEL BRIC ’06

BEEF & PORK RAGOUT
Slowly braised Beef & Pork in a rich Cabernet-Vegetable Broth with
Cassareccia Pasta, Marsala Cream, Manchego Cheese and grilled Lamb

GIOVANNI ROGGERO BAROLO RISERVA ’05
PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO GINESTRA ’06

VEAL LOIN
With melted Leek Potato Croquette, Spinach,
Artichoke-Roast Pepper Butter and Cabernet Demi-Glace

PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO GINESTRA RISERVA ’04
ODDERO BAROLO VIGNA RIONDA ’04

FILET MIGNON
With Wild Mushroom-Red Wine Risotto and Caramelized Onion-Veal Glaze

BANFI ROSA REGALE ’06

BANANA CREAM PIE