Make Reservations Now for this Popular Wine Dinner at Carmel Café & Wine Bar in Sarasota
SARASOTA, FLORIDA (October 2012) – Carmel Café & Wine Bar’s November wine dinners showcase French and California wines in honor of the famous 1976 Taste of Paris, which inspired the movie “Bottle Shock.” Guided by a certified sommelier, you will blind taste and score three Chardonnays and three Cabernet Sauvignons from the storied vineyards that participated in the original Taste of Paris that changed wine in America forever.
In 1976, English wine merchant Steven Spurrier organized a Paris wine tasting publicity stunt thinking the French wines would win. The outcome was not what Spurrier imagined.
The Thursday, Nov. 15, wine dinner will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Carmel Café located at 8433 Cooper Creek Boulevard in Sarasota. Cost is $69.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 941-893-5955. Raffles will offer Carmel Café gift cards and copies of the DVD “Bottle Shock.”
Carmel Café Executive Chef Steve Cook will complement these wines with the restaurant’s Mod Med cuisine.
Let the blind tasting begin – French or American?
Small Plate: Caviar with housemade Blini
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
(vineyard won the white category at the 1976 tasting)
Olivier Leflaive Les Setillrs
(famed Domaine Leflaive was an original participant in 1976 tasting)
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Mer Soliel Silver Chardonnay
(from the storied house of Caymus Vineyards of Chuck Wagner)
Salad: Crispy Goat Cheese, Arugula, Green Apples, Vinaigrette
Small Plate: Cedar Plank Hog fish, Artichoke & Pepper Taponata
Stag’s Leap Cellars Artemis Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Heitz Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
(Heitz, an original particant, won the Red’s category at the 1976 tasting)
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge Bordeaux
(from world renowned owners of Chat´å¨x Haut-Brion)
Small Plate: Short Rib “Rossimi” Yukon Potato Gratin
Sweet: Signature Truffle
Ginger, Chili, Sicilian Sea Salt
In addition to dinner nightly after 5 p.m., Carmel Café offers a prix fixe dinner menu Sundays and Mondays and weeknights an “After 5 @ Carmel” menu from 5-7 p.m. that features select wines, martinis and small plates for $5 each. Two-for-one well drinks are also served from 5-7 p.m. weeknights. The prix fixe “Dinner for Two” offer available Sundays and Mondays lets two guests create a customized four-course meal, for a combined cost of $24.95.
The MenuPad app developed for Carmel Café enables guests to completely customize their dining experience using tableside iPads to review photos and descriptions of each dish, control the preparation and pacing of their dining experience and identify the perfect to wines to pair with the food. Dishes are available in both small and large plate options and pair well with the selection of wine and specialty cocktails available at the full-service bar.
Carmel Cafe is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as dinner 5 – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 – 9 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, go to: www.carmelcafe.com