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Dave Phinney Wine Dinner-March 21

25 guests were treated to a seven-course meal paired with wines influence by Dave Phinney

25 guests were treated to a seven-course meal paired with wines influence by Dave Phinney

This was the Cork & Flame’s first wine dinner. If any indications from what I observed and what the guests told me this won’t be the last one but the start of something big for Columbia County.

This meal was a seven courses, paired with 13 wines, all with ties to Dave Phinney whose imprint is seen on wines from Orin Swift, Prisoner and G. B. Crane that were featured tonight. Other than just serving some amazing wines Justin and his staff were able to prepare and serve the courses despite not having their full kitchen yet. That’s being built out next door.

Mike Newfrock served as the evening’s sommelier

Tonight they used the new location of the wine shop (formerly Vineyard Wine Market). Using their catering wagon and some small indoor grills they put together a meal that everyone seem to enjoy. One of the goals of the evening was to get comments from their guests about the many courses, which included Pastrimi Style Brisket, Curry Shrimp and Ostrich Carpaccio, so they can decide which items should be included in their menu when they open in May.

Stay tuned for more commentary as I sort through my notes and process the photos. If you visit the BottleReport Facebook page you can see the 360 Videos I posted from the event, including a time-lapse of the preparation and delivery of the first few course. Below we have the menu and links to the tasting notes of the wines.

Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Cost: $150 per person. Limited to 24 people. Prepaid reservations only.

Chef Sean Hayes and assistant Roman Sabol prepare one of the courses

Chef Sean Hayes and assistant Roman Sabol prepare one of the courses

Here are the Courses presented and their wine pairings (click on the wines to see more):

 


 

Welcome

Artisanal Fruit, Cheese and Charcuterie
Black Bean Hummus Tarts with candied peppers

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


 

First Course

Cabbage and Spinach Pakora with tamarind and mint chutney
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Second Course

Ostrich Carpaccio, with truffled argula, cassis reduction, reserve goats milk cheese, rosemary two ways
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Third Course

Curry Shrimp, with coconut milk, coriander, green chilies, rice noodles, mussels
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Fourth Course

Pastrimi Style Brisket, with boulangere potato, pineapple kraut, crispy kale, dijonnaise
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Fifth Course

Petite Fillet, with casatica di bufala, prosciutto, asparagus, morel bordelaise
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Sixth Course

Rack of Lamb, saffron potato puree, cipollini onion, spice carrots, port wine demi-glace
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Seventh Course

Mixed Berry Tart, with chantilly cream

 


Here are the detailed wine notes:

The Snitch Chardonnay 2016 | Napa
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT HIM YOU JUST CAN’T PLACE….he’s not a person you would cross. You have this suspicion that he knows more than he’s letting on. That he has a depth he’s not disclosing, a past, layers hidden by layers. He’s listening, that much you can tell. Everything beyond that is a mystery. Words disappear into him like light into pitch black. Still, you’re intrigued. Still, you keep talking. You talk, and he listens. And you and he both know that every word could be the one that unravels you. When creating our wines, we always look for fresh approaches to traditional varietals. For The Snitch, we combined Chardonnay from exceptional vineyards in warm Oak Knoll and cool-climate Carneros with just a touch of Roussanne. The result is bright and rich with an unexpected something special. Fresh tropical fruit, apple, and pear on the nose. The palate offers richness balanced by bright acidity.–From their Website

Prisoner Blindfold White Blend 2016 | Napa
They thought if he couldn’t see the world, then he wouldn’t make his mark. But a blindfold won’t hold him back. It just heightens his other senses. And whether they like it or not, his resilience will leave a lasting impression. Chardonnay blended with white Rhône and aromatic varieties, equally bold and intriguing—a luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin is balanced by bright acidity and minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon zest and caramelized sugar.–From their Website Cost: $31.99

Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2014 | Napa
A luminous pale-straw complexion envelops the glass. In harmony, the wine offers pleasing aromatics of jasmine, Granny Smith apple, orange blossom, poached pear, honey-lemon, and roasted marshmallow. The entry is assertive with bright acidity that quickly softens to a largess of flavors including crème brulée, white peach, tangerine oil, honey-suckle, and roasted marshmallow. An engaging mineral note is present throughout the tasting juxtaposed with the right amount of supple texture to provide balance. The finish is lively and radiant with a stony tinge reflecting the provenance.–From their Website Cost: $32.99

Saldo Red Zinfandel 2016 | California
Saldo doesn’t fit in, but that doesn’t matter. When you’re from “here and there” (that’s what Saldo means in Latin), you don’t need to form to one, single place. That’s the funny thing about expectations—they’re made to be broken. Dark ruby color with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. The entry is rich, full, and scintillating. The palate is mouthwatering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is voluptuous with soft, velvety tannins.–From their Website Cost: $31.99

G. B. Crane Disciples 2016 | St. Helena, California
Balanced and inviting, the wine opens with a concentrated nose of ripe strawberries, red plum, allspice, vanilla and a touch of black licorice and cigar box. A smooth and enveloping entry of dark red fruits and creme anglaise leasds to a fresh and bright mid-palate. The soft and integrated tannins finish at length with a pleasing texture of bakers chocolate.–From their Website
Cost: $49.99

Orin Swift The Prisoner 2016 | Napa
The Prisoner crossed a line. He spoke out of turn. He took a stand. His brazen actions bred consequences. But while his chains may hold his weight, his mind wanders unrestrained. For he remains unapologetically bold. It’s the blend that started it all and challenged how wine should be made. Features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.–From their Website
Cost: $39.99

G. B. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | St. Helena, California
Blend Composition 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 5% Petit Sirah
Powerful opulence. The 2014 G.B. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with layered aromatics of overripe cassis, blackberries and plum. Shades of tarragon, sage and fragrant California chaparral follow closely. The entry is, as expected, rich and lush with a balanced mid-palate rife with juicy stone fruit, black cherries and taces of graphite, clove and licorice. The soft, refined tannins bring the experience to a slow, elegant close – flavors persisting at length.–From their Website
Cost: $249.99

G. B. Crane El Coco 2015 | St. Helena, California
Bold and concentrated, the 2015 el Coco is abundant in a ripe dark fruit continuum; black plums and boysenberry compote with a hint of meatiness and toffee. Energetic and rich on the palate, the wine radiates with dark stone fruits, cinnamon and fresh Madagascar vanilla. With a nice balance of acidity, tannin and fruit, the el Coco begins to soften and finishes with length.–From their Website
Cost: $79.99

Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Napa
An alluring hue of dark garnet sits in the glass, encircled by a glowing ruby rim. Immediate aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry and classic cassis are supported by undertones of lavender, jasmine, sage, tobacco, cigar box and the slightest touch of anise. Rich and vibrant upon entry, flavors of dark plums, figs and black fruit transform into sweet vanilla and dark chocolate framed by velvety and plush tannins. The wine finishes with great length and a touch of acidity—an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in the Napa Valley.–From their Website
Cost: $124.99

Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Merlot and Malbec:
Rich aromas of seasoned oak meld effortlessly with ripe boysenberry and candied cassis. The entry of the wine is soft and delicate, but quickly evolves into a serious mid-palate replete with opulent and concentrated flavors of dark fruits. Black currant and kirsch provide background to lively raspberry and cherry notes that create a near endless finish.–From their Website
Cost: $49.99

Orin Swift Papillon Red Blend 2015 | Napa
Bordeaux Blend: An intense ink with a garnet rim, the wine opens with powerful aromatics of cassis, ripe boysenberry, and chaparral with hints of graphite, sage, fire-roasted meats and fresh brioche. The entry floods the palate with ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherries as well as fresh minerality and a touch of kir and crème de menthe. With traces of tannin, the wine finishes with a lingering sweet licorice and a smooth acidity. Overall, this vintage of Papillon truly characterizes the theme—bold and massive yet also delicate and complex.–From their Website
Cost: $69.99

Orin Swift Machete 2015 | Napa
Petite Sirah with Syrah, Grenache: Violet ink in the glass, a nose of black plums, cassis, and cacao engage. The robust entry consists of a progressing palate of blackberry and boysenberry compote, a reduction of dark plum and ripe figs, and pure Amarena cherry. Flashes of vanilla and traces of minerality evolve into chalky tannins and a smooth lingering finish.–From their Website
Cost: $52.99

Orin Swift The Prisoner 2016 | California
The Prisoner crossed a line. He spoke out of turn. He took a stand. His brazen actions bred consequences. But while his chains may hold his weight, his mind wanders unrestrained. For he remains unapologetically bold. It’s the blend that started it all and challenged how wine should be made. Features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.–From their Website
Cost: $39.99

Orin Swift D 66 2014 | Napa
Optimum growing conditions with a crowning harvest mark the 2014 vintage. A saturated cardinal hue belted in garnet is revealed in the glass. The nose brims with an impeccable oak profile with shaded oak tree accents. A mineral cast of alluvial soil can be detected as well, which frames a vibrant perfume of red berry fruits, cassis, cardamom, and exotic spices. The entry bursts with a vibrant blueberry and cassis concentrate that is rounded out with the richness of a creme brulee, or crema catalana. The mid palate has vibrant acidity with distinctive mineral notes of garrigue, stone, and schist. Closing with purpose, the wine boasts silky tannins and a lengthy finish of sublime richness. –From their Website
Cost: $42.99

Chef Justin Hayes has an opportunity after the last course to speak with his guests.

Chef Justin Hayes has an opportunity after the last course to speak with his guests.

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