Vintage Valentine’s Day at Vino Vino

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on February 9, 2016 by Do Bianchi

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Vintage Valentines Day

Lobster Cappuccino 2000 12$
Shellfish bisque, cream, chervil

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad 1970 10$
Celery seed vinaigrette, spring onion

Lamb Chop and Beggers Purse 1980 29$
Grilled lamb, red pepper jelly, couscous, mushroom duxelle

Duck A’ La Orange 1960 29$
Duck Breast, orange, fennel, winter greens

Molten Chocolate Cake 1990 8$
Dark chocolate, strawberry coulis, mint

1980s U2 bono

Image via Pleeker’s Flickr.

Giving a new meaning to “comfort” food…

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on February 8, 2016 by Do Bianchi

roast chicken recipe

roasted chicken breast, caraway spaetzle, red cabbage, apple relish

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Super Bowl weekend at Vino Vino

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on February 3, 2016 by Do Bianchi

Please note that Vino Vino will be open
February 7 for Super Bowl Sunday
but will be serving a limited menu (below).
Paella will not be served on Sunday evening.

super bowl sunday 2016

There’s a lot at steak at Vino Vino…

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on January 27, 2016 by Do Bianchi

Wagyu flank steak, pomme puree, roasted mushrooms, sherry cream.

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Notes from the Wine Celler – Kaltern Pinot Nero

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on January 21, 2016 by jcourington

In an effort to bring more wine knowledge to our friends, fans, and customers, Vino Vino will be periodically posting educational articles about some of our favorite wines we carry.  Today one of our house sommeliers, Brad Sharp, writes about deliciousness from the Dolomites …

2013 Kaltern Pinot Nero, Alto Adige, Sudtirol, Italy

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Background
The Alto Adige DOC is part of the larger Trentino-Alto Adige DOC which was established in 1975. This region in Italy’s northeast is mostly mountainous and borders Austria. A part of Italy since 1918, its Germanic influence is still felt in the language, culture, and grapes planted. Depending on the source, 17 to 18 varietals are allowed, with many vineyard located on steep hillsides.

 

Technical notes
Kaltern, established in 1906, is a co-op with 400 growers spread among over 740 acres. For this particular wine, the grapes are from vineyards with south-southeast exposure 300-500 meters above Lake Caldaro with limestone, clay, and volcanic limestone soil. The wine is aged for 6 months in large barrels.
This pinot nero has a classic/classy appearance in the glass. On the nose, there is cherry, raspberry, truffle, and rhubarb. On the palate, those same flavors are evident alongside a pleasant minerality and roses. It has the light body typical of pinot nero, but there is a sly muscularity, as well. This is a perfect pairing wine for any of our entrees, and it would be a great selection for parties of 2 or more to share without clashing with the food.

 

Impressionistic wine notes
If Bordeaux is for the brain and Burgundy for the body (yes, please read between the lines), then what is Alto Adige pinot nero? It’s true—it is a sexy wine, but there is more. Imagine an MMA fighter at the ESPYs: shimmer on the red carpet in a knock-out evening gown, and there you have it. She looks a stunner, all the while capable of a killer left hook. That’s the Kaltern. Come in and see for yourself.

And the hits just keep coming!

Posted in Vino Vino Austin on January 18, 2016 by Do Bianchi

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Scallops, cauliflower, preserved lemon, pine nut, mint salsa verde…

scallop recipe austin

Notes from the Wine Cellar – The Quinta do Crasto

Posted in featured wine, Vino Vino Austin on January 7, 2016 by jcourington

In an effort to bring more wine knowledge to our friends, fans, and customers, Vino Vino will be periodically posting educational articles about some of our favorite wines we carry.  Today one of our house sommeliers, Brad Sharp, writes about a fantastic find on our shelves from Portugal…

2014 Quinto do Crasto, Douro, Portugal

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History: Known primarily for Port, the Duoro region of Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, first being drawn in 1756. Since the early 1980s wineries have been shifting to producing dry red and white table wines, and, in the process, gaining increasing worldwide recognition. The 2014 Crasto, from a winery on a mountaintop overlooking the Duoro River, exemplifies this trend.

Technical wine geek notes: at 14% abv and composed of 35% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz (known in Rioja as Tempranillo), 25% Touriga Franca, and 10% Tinta Barroca, the Crasto contains 4 of 5 of the official grape varietal for Port—though the official number of red grapes is significantly higher. The Barroca, with its higher sugar content, lends the wine roundness, while the Franca adds tannin, color, robustness, and mulberry/rose notes. The Nacional is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, in that it is ideal for blending, in addition to contributing dark, violet, and leather melodies. All in all, the wine gives of rose, raspberry, blackberry, new leather jacket (though in Texas, we might say saddle) notes.

Essentially, please reconsider what you knew 1) Portugal is only known for Port and 2) Spain is the best value for red table wines on the Iberian Peninsula. Those statements could be qualified, but, let’s face it, we have limited time and wine to try. The 2014 Crasto is a perfect passport to Portugal without the layovers or rushed runs to connecting flights.

Impressionistic tasting details: It’s utterly useless to try to make mental calculations of how Crasto relates to ruby, tawny, LBV, or vintage Port; accept it as its own gift. The wine evolves in a lithe manner in the bottle over the course of an hour, much like a modern dance you were dragged to against your will but then you find yourself moved as the dancers’ limbs make magic under the undulating lights. Close your eyes and be seduced, sip after sip….

 

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