Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments
We are looking forward to introducing old world wines you should be drinking today at our event this Thursday night. But, what does old world mean?
Old world wines are from regions where winemaking was born. These include wines from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany. The taste and alcohol content of old world wines are effected by the terroir – literally, the soil where the grapes are grown – and how the wine is made.
New world wines are from regions where wine would’ve been imported once European settlers moved to countries like the U.S., South America, and Australia.
One thing that we love about old world wines is that they were often crafted to accompany the type of food prevalent in the region – think Italian wines and pasta. There’s no doubt that this thinking is reflected in how Vinology approaches our menu and pairing suggestions.
There are still a few spaces available for Old World Varietals You Should Drink Today on Thursday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. The event costs $40 per person and registration is by phone: 734-222-9841.
Our very own Ian Youngs recently had the very tough job of helping MLive find the very best cocktails in Ann Arbor. He started the jobs by treating reporter Kit Maher to one of our signature summer drinks, Some Like it Hot.
Describing what’s important in a summer cocktail, Youngs said,
“It’s humid and hot. We want something that’s going to quench the thirst,” Youngs said. “I’m going to be paying attention to the techniques used to make it…if it’s executed, if it’s balanced…perfect harmony.”
Join us for our latest wine club event, Italian Wines: Back to the Future Wine on Thursday, August 24, from 6-8 p.m. You’ll taste old world Italian wine you should drink today. The event is sure to be a fun, laid back, delicious time!
For those of you who like to do your homework in advance, our featured wines are:
Abbazia di Novacella Kerner Alto Adige 2015 Andrea Felici Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jessi 2015 Gratis Ciutta Roballa Gialla Collio 2015 Valle del Acate Frapatto Vittoria 2015 Grati Mondo Caniolo IGT Toscana 2012 Tenuta Ibidini Nero DíAvola Sicilia 2015 Torre Raone Rosso Colline Pescaresi IGT 2011 Borgo Maragliano Brachetto Piemonte 2016
The cost for this can’t-miss tasting is $40/person. If you’re a member of our wine club, the tasting is free for you and half off for your guest.
Space for this event is limited, and reservations are required. Please call (734) 222-9841 to let us know you’ll be joining us.
If you’re like Chef Adam, you’re pretty excited to see fresh produce hitting the farmer’s market. Chef’s capitalizing on those new flavors with our new summer menu. Chef’s commitment to creating delicious meals using the freshest foods available really shine in a few of our favorite dishes.
A few highlights:
Rotating melon salad featuring heirloom melon – whatever is freshest at the time!, burrata, speck water cress, pumpernickel, and a honey vinaigrette
T-bone lamb chops served with bulgarian feta, chickpeas, zucchini fritter, cucumber, tomato, oregano, and greek yogurt
Asian inspired salmon with ginger, sushi rice, lemon grass, carrot puree, wakame, gai lan, and miso glaze
Brown rice chop salad with mung bean, edamame, scallion, carrot, radish, nappa cabbage, and a sesame-mustard vinaigrette
And, last but certainly not least, Jack Fruit Tamales with black beans, callaloo, tostones, pico de gallo, tomatillo, and miel de cacoa.
We’re pretty proud that our jack fruit tamales were crowned people’s choice at the recent Taste of Ann Arbor!
Stop in to taste the best the season has to offer!
Vinology is happy to introduce a new lead bartender on our team, Ian Youngs. Ian is a Michigan native who’s returning home after working in Aspen, Colo. for the last several years. In addition to a wealth of experience, he brings to us a healthy reverence for classic cocktails. We’re excited for what he’ll be serving up to our guests.
We took the time for a little Q&A with Ian, so you can get to know him!
Ian, you’re a classic come back story – moved away from Michigan before returning “home”. Tell us about your experience.
I grew up in the Irish Hills and attended Adrian High School. Then, I went to The University of Michigan and studied MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology). In my senior year, I began my studies with The Master Court of Sommeliers, where I continue to learn more in the Wine World. As far as cocktail knowledge, I have learned all of my skills, cocktails, and style from working in various bars with various awesome bartenders, managers, and sommeliers. I helped run a bar program for the Hotel Jerome in Aspen Colorado, from which I was recruited to open, design, pick my team, and manage/bartend for Hooch, a craft cocktail bar in Aspen, Colorado. I continue to grow my knowledge through the Guild of Sommeliers and BarSmarts as well as various other classes, seminars, and books on the respective subjects.
What do you recommend to people unsure of what to order at the bar?
My views on choosing a cocktail are the same I have for choosing a wine: Go with what you like, but talk to your bartender/server/sommelier and have them guide you to the beverage that you will most enjoy. Cocktails on the house list are lovely, but know that we want to concoct the perfect drink to match your evening. We are professionals in this and have TONS of stuff to talk about and show our guests. If it’s specific to cocktails and you are feeling adventurous just sit at my bar and ask me to run with it. The world of cocktails has so much to offer and (like wine) has many wonderful ways of being expressed.
What’s your favorite food and drink pairing?
During my interview there, the food and beverage manager of the Hotel Jerome skyped me and asked, “If tomorrow was the last day on earth, tell me a classic cocktail – food pairing and a wine – food pairing.” Being that we were getting to know each other I relaxed a bit and joked around with him by answering, “For the wine I would have to go with a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and a lovely Roasted Duck. For the cocktail pairing, I’d have to choose a Boulevardier using Buffalo Trace with a rather large plate of nachos.”
What’s your favorite thing about being in Ann Arbor?
Well Ann Arbor has so much to offer that its hard to pin point a best part… but with regards to F&B I guess I would have to say the culture created in this city and how there is forever growing diversity of people and their peculiar pallets.
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.
Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments
One of the benefits to having experts guide our wine team is that we are able to bring you the best wines on the market. Take, for example, the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Italy. This older vintage wine is hard to come by anywhere else, but we’ve got it on our menu!
This amazing gem was given 93 points by Wine Spectator, 92 points by James Suckling, and 91 points by Wine Advocate. Experts agree that this wine is not-to-be-missed. You wont be disappointed asking for it next time you’re in the restaurant!