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Featured Flight for March: Women Winemakers

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Throughout the month of March, we’re celebrating women winemakers with a special wine flight. Our featured winemakers and their thoughts on wine:

Jessica Munnell – Mercer Estate, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

“The terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills creates wines that are balanced and elegant with graceful power and structure.  These are the reasons that winemakers all over Washington state seek out fruit from the Horse Heavens, and why I count myself as one of the lucky few who get to work with it exclusively.” – Jessica Munnell

Grew up in the heart of Washington Wine Country

Holds M.S. degree from Washington States University (Go Cougs!!) in Enology & Viticulture

Has traveled extensively through wine growing regions around the world

Began career as a viticulturist, working with over 32 growers in the state of Washington.

2012 Mercer Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Aromas of ripe cherries and blackberries are laced with hints of warm baking spices. The lush fruit flavors are framed with supple, velvety tannins and balanced acidity. Well integrated oak adds a touch of complexity to the nose and roundness in the mouth. This lovely Merlot is powerful and elegant, making it perfect to pair with a meal.

The grapes for this Merlot come from our estate vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills.  The Merlot came from our Princeton Vineyard, the Syrah from Dead Canyon and the Cabernet Sauvignon from Big Teepee Vineyard.

 

Lisa Evich – Simi Winery

Lisa Evich, a Sonoma County native hailing from Santa Rosa, CA, fell in love with the rich food and wine culture surrounding her at an early age. At Sonoma State University, Lisa studied Environmental Studies and Planning with a dual emphasis in Water Quality and Hazardous Materials Management. Serving as a lab technician at William Hill Winery during harvest season, Lisa became enchanted with the world of winemaking.

Captivated by the art and science of winemaking, Lisa spent the next nine years at SIMI Winery before transitioning to work as an Enologist at Pine Ridge, followed by a term as Assistant Winemaker at Arrowood. Three years later, SIMI is happy to welcome Lisa back as Winemaker. In her new position, Lisa works alongside Director of Winemaking, Susan Lueker, and the SIMI winemaking team.

 

2014 Simi Estate Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

Deep garnet with a ruby edge, rich, dark notes of blackberry and plum with cocoa, nutmeg, and earthy hints of cedar and bay laurel. Smoky bacon notes frame bright fruit aromas into a compelling mixture of bright fruit with exotic spice and toast. Red and dark fruits play off each other with layer after luscious layer—both youthful and concentrated.

Janet Myers – Franciscan Estate, Napa Valley, California

Janet Myers has worked all over the world but now she says, “Oakville is one of the best spots in the world for growing Bordeaux varietals, so Franciscan’s estate vineyard in Oakville is the perfect place to devote myself.”

Traveling a wine road wasn’t Janet’s original path. In what now seems like another life, she gave up her pursuit of a doctorate in Biological Anthropology to move to London, where she worked in the restaurant industry. Living above a wine shop, she enjoyed sampling the wares of her downstairs neighbor and decided to learn about wine production. “When I realized that this was an industry that combined science and agriculture—which is my family’s background—I enrolled at UC Davis and haven’t looked back.”

Her first harvest was at the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley. After graduating from UC Davis with a Master’s in Enology, she pursued harvest abroad to enrich her experience. Wanting to connect to her roots by spending time in Italy, her mother’s ancestral home country, Janet turned to the Antinori winemaker in Italy, who offered her a harvest internship at the Santa Cristina Estate in Chianti.

Before coming to Franciscan Estate in August of 2003 as Associate Winemaker, Janet also enjoyed stints in Australia’s Margaret River region and at big Cabernet producers Beaulieu Vineyard, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Louis Martini Winery. Janet was promoted to Director of Winemaking of Franciscan Estate and Mt Veeder in August 2005.

Janet finds that Franciscan’s venerable Oakville Estate vineyards have their own unique signature. “These vineyards give us very supple, full, elegant wines with beautiful cassis flavors and mouth-filling fine tannins,” she says. “That’s pure Oakville.”

 
2013 Franciscan Merlot, Napa Valley, California

Deep scarlet with a lovely plum nose, rich fruit, violets, and dark chocolate. Hints of licorice, vanilla, blackberry, and tobacco envelop the fruit. Smooth and full bodied with a core of dark cherry fruit and layers of anise, spice, and cocoa. Well-knit with a vibrant yet plush midpalate, and a textural plummy finish with sweet notes of white pepper, cassis, and chocolate. 97% Merlot, 3% Malbec

 

Vinology to Host Wine Tasting, Launch Wine Club on March 16

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant is launching a new monthly wine club with a wine tasting event on March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Vinology wine club members will receive two bottles of wine each month with a corresponding technical sheet with information on the taste profile of the wine, winemaker details, geography details and wine pairings. monthly group or individual wine tastings and a waived corkage fee to enjoy the wine with dinner (some restrictions apply).

 

The Vinology wine club costs $40 per month. A free month will be offered on any six month membership.

 

Admission to the launch tasting is included with a six month subscription. The wine tasting on March 16 is $15 and registration is required. If you decide to join, $15 will be put toward your six-month wine club membership. Anyone who joins a six month membership to the wine club on or before March 16 will also receive one free month of membership.

 

Register for the wine tasting, or join the wine club, by calling 734-222-9841 or emailing gm@vinologyA2.com.

 

 

 

We won OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice!

Posted on: February 12th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Thanks to your rave reviews, we’re an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award winner. We love reading your feedback, and knowing that you’ve enjoying your dining experience with you. Reviews are important — they help us know what we’re doing right and where we can improve.

Thank you for choosing Vinology!

New seasonal menu is here

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Our new seasonal menu is here and our own Chef Adam Galloway talks about two dishes that have him excited — the update to our classic ribeye as well as our new sturgeon dish.

Vinology has long been committed to our seasonally fresh, food-forward menu. Chef elaborates on that strategy in another new video.

Come in and see what’s new!

Join us for an unforgettable Valentine’s Weekend

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Chef Adam Galloway’s Valentine’s Weekend specials will be offered February 10-14. Don’t miss these amazing additions to our regular menu:

Appetizers

Lobster Bisque – sweet potato frites, chive oil

Foie Gras – liver mousse, madeira gelee, chestnut bread pudding, huckleberry

 

Entrées

Scallops – celery root puree, baby beets, escarole, horseradish, celery leaf, caviar

8 oz Filet of Beef – black truffle gratin, parsnip, chanterelle puree, asparagus, cippolini onion, sauce bordelaise
Dessert

Coffee & Chocolate – flourless chocolate torte, espresso foam, hazelnut soil, coffee ice cream, caramel, white chocolate deco

Make your reservation now, either online or by calling 734-222-9841.

30 Wines for $30: Vino Value

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Join us on Thursday, January 26 for Vino Value. You’ll enjoy 30 wines for $30 (plus tax and gratuity) as well as light hors d’oeurves.

 

Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 734-222-9841 to make your reservation today. This event sells out, so don’t wait!

Restaurant Week is *almost* here

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Vinology Restaurant Week Menu

 

One of our favorite winter events, Restaurant Week, is January 15 – 20. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a place you’ve never tried, or to enjoy amazing dishes at a value from your most beloved restaurants.

Chef Adam created a three-course, $28 per person menu for Restaurant Week. It features a vegan option each course, and some of our favorite dishes:

  • Colcannon Soup
  • Fennel & Farro
  • Pork Belly Wontons
  • Salmon Involtini
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Braised Lamb
  • Carrot Cake
  • Almond Joy pot de creme

Reservations are booking fast. Call today to make yours!

Ring in the New Year at Vinology

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Ring in 2017 in style with our New Year’s Eve feast. Chef has created an amazing menu for the night!

 

Amuse

Petrossian Caviar – onion tart, crème fraiche with bubble toast

 

1st Course (select one)

Braised Pork Belly – peach wood smoked, sweet potato puree, rainbow chard, parsnip chips

Cauliflower & Lobster – chive oil, sweet potato frites

Champagne Poached Pear Salad – herbed goat cheese, frisee, dijon champagne vinaigrette, toasted pistachio

 

2nd course (select one)

Filet of Beef – leek and potato gratin, haricot verts, black truffle béarnaise, sauce bordelaise, shaved white truffle

Pheasant Duet – roasted bread, confit of leg, chestnut bread pudding, butternut squash puree,

brussels sprout petals, game bird demi-glace

Wild Halibut – lobster and saffron risotto, scallion and tarragon coulis, broccoli rabe, sun dried tomato gremolata

Vegan Scallops – black venere rice, broccoli rabe, salsify, saffron crème, red pepper vinaigrette, smoked mushroom cap

 

Dessert (select one)

Chocolate Entremet – Flourless chocolate cake, Bourbon caramel mousse, malted milk crumb, peanut butter gelato

Earl Grey Crème Brule- Blackberry and blood orange salad, microgreens with hibiscus tuile

Join us before 5:45 p.m. or after 9:30 p.m. for $65 plus tax and gratuity, or from 6 to 9:15 p.m. for $75 plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations: 734-222-9841.

Click for more info on the menu: Vinology New Year’s Eve Menu

Tasters Guild Champagne Brunch

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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We’re proud to host the Ann Arbor Tasters Guild’s annual champagne brunch on December 11. Our Chef Adam worked with the guild’s leadership to develop an amazing menu for the event:

  • Assorted Quiche
  • Parisian Gnocchi
  • Smoked Fjord Trout
  • Champagne-Poached Pear & Kale Salad
  • Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Glazed Apples
  • Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie Array
  • House-Made Breakfast Pastries
  • House-Made Petits Fours

There’s still time to register for the event! Reservations by December 4 are $59.50 for Guild members and $64.50 for non-members. Sign up today before the cost increases!

At the Bar: Ordering Wine with Food

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

‘Tis the season of entertaining! Many of us enjoy holiday celebrations out on the town around this time of year, and many of us are intimidated when it comes to ordering wine to share with the table. Our very own John Jonna explains the basics in our latest “At the Bar” vlog. Watch and learn all you need to know to order wine while dining out, like a pro!