Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ferraton Père et Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns

Ferraton Père et Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns
1946, a winery rooted at the heart of Hermitage. Jean Orëns Ferraton. Vigneron, and son of a vigneron, passes his passion on to his son, Michel. Ferraton Père et Fils is born. A friend of the Ferratons, Michel Chapoutier, joins the team. The winery owns vineyards in the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, which, in 1998, were converted to organic viticulture, certified as such, and then cultivated using bio-dynamics.

The winery's promise: To respect the soils,
the balance of nature, and the work of man.

The Samorëns wines come from their Tradition line, with a focus on the appellation as a whole. This means blending from various vineyards, reflecting a take on the traditional wine from the area.
Tasting Notes:
2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rosé: Retail $14. 50% Grenache/30% Syrah/20% Cinsault; fermented in stainless steel; radiant pink; berry aromas lead into berry, cherry, and an underlying minerality; dry and crisp with a beautiful acid backbone; cork closure; SRP: $14.
2016 Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Blanc: 35% Roussanne/30% Viognier/25% Grenache Blanc/5% Clairette/5% Marsanne; fermented in stainless steel in lots, then blended and bottled with no oak; very light golden yellow; floral, apple, and pear aromas lead into a dry palate with a refreshingly tart finish;  SRP: $14.
*Wine provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Restaurant Review: Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant, Chicago

On occasion, one hears about a restaurant outside the obvious restaurant destinations of Chicago like River North or the West Loop. Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant sits in Chicago's North Center area, a few miles West of Wrigley Field and well-worth searching out. Run by the husband and wife duo of Chef Craig Bell and Adrienne Fasano, this is a family business that is both a neighborhood joint and also more. The menu is Southern (mostly) and Italian food through the lens of the chef's experiences (training at Le Cordon Blue, a stage with Chef Hilario Arbelitz at Zuberoa in San Sebastian, Spain, and a background in competitive barbecue). Adrienne brings the Italian angle with special dishes on Sundays.

Restaurant Review: Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant, Chicago

Reclaimed is all about honoring the past yet being modern about the results. Flooring and other wood items have been reused in the decoration and a repurposing project is soon to happen in the outside patio area, which will result in a second bar space. Music is also important to the co-owners, evidenced by a turntable and vinyl LPs as well as weekly LIVE music sessions. Craig was playing Supertramp while we were there, definitely a blast from the past for me.

We ordered from the Brunch menu, available from 10:00am to 3:00pm, which has an interesting mix of dishes expected and some not so much. Much of the menu is available later for Dinner (5:00pm to close), along with a host of additional options. We can heartily recommend the Biscuits and Gravy (Buttermilk Biscuit, Breakfast Sausage, White Gravy), the French Toast (Baguette Bread, Cinnamon, Raspberry Compote, Maple Syrup), Fried Chicken (Buttermilk Brined, Chicken, Orange Ginger Honey Dipping Sauce) and Bacon Brittle (Apple Smoked Bacon, Candied Sugar Cayenne Crust), but be careful of the last one - it's spicy! All of the dishes are an elevated version of what you might have had before, with some special additions that lift them beyond the ordinary (the raspberry compote was a revelation). We definitely plan on finding time to visit again during dinner hours.

Restaurant Review: Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant, Chicago

Don't be shy and order a craft cocktail to go with your meal. If the other drinks are anything like the Bitter Southerner (Medley Bros Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Jack Rudy Sweet Tea Syrup, Lemon Juice), I could easily spend hours tasting my way through the cocktail menu. The beer and wine lists show attention to detail as well. In fact, the only thing lacking was much of a choice for non-alcoholic drinks, something that could be easily remedied via the plethora of craft sodas available these days or having the mixologist come up with some options.

There's no doubt that, if I lived in the area, this would be my neighborhood restaurant - casual and friendly in feel, but with inventive food and drink to keep it interesting. Don't wait for a Cubs game to head over either.

Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*Meal provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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