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Ian Youngs Helps MLive Find the Best Cocktail in Ann Arbor

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

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.”

Read more on MLive.com.

Italian Wines: Back to the Future Wine is on August 24

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

 

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.

 

 

Introducing our new summer menu!

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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!

Welcome, Ian!

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

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.

 

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!

Wine experts agree: Don’t miss the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino

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!

 

 

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!