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Sel de la Terre wine dinner

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Sel de la Terre wine dinner

Joanie | Apr 10, 2003 07:56 AM

As many of you have probably read, SDLT is having Wed. wine dinners, $35 for 4 courses with wine. This week it was burgundy, an amazing deal obviously. It was a bit of a zoo when I first got there with everyone in the bar area waiting for the 7:00 seating. I didn't even see my friend tucked in the corner. Then people just started seating themselves, most of the tables were for 8 or 10 with a few 6 round booths. We sat at the end of an 8 table in the back which was comfortable, didn't really interact with the other four there (I thought the dinner was sold out, I had been first on the waiting list, but there were a few empty seats). We started w/ skatewing and 2001 Lois Latour chablis, tagliatelle w/ spring veg. and goat cheese w/ 1999 Alex Gambal "Cuvee L'Espalier". This chardonnay was great and we got the last two barrels bought from a small place. Roasted duck breast w/ stewed rhubarb, vidalia onions & spaetzle w/ 1999 Alex Gambal Bourgogne "Cuvee Serge". We also got a side of their pomme frites for $5. Last was a cheese course w/ 2000 Sorine Santenay "Clos Rousseau". (Obviously I have the menu in front of me.)

Everything was very good, esp. the skatewing and duck. Actually, the tagliatelle with very fresh spring vegetables was nice too. The wine guy Eric who also does the Mon. wine dinners and Tues. cheese tastings at L'Espalier is great and so enthusiastic. This seems much harder for him cuz he has to come to each table to talk about the wines whereas at L'E. he can talk to the whole room at one time. I'm not a big cheese person and this didn't seem like that exciting a plate. Nothing "stinky", three very small slices, only two slices of plain white bread. I went ahead and ordered the special dessert of Almond sable w/ orange marmelade and choc. mousse for $5. Quite good but very small. Service was good for how tough it must have been. Nice hosts and hostess. Definitely worth hitting one of these last three Wednesdays of the month (don't know if it continues after April).

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