We dined at Antidote last night, third time, the waitstaff is the same, operate as a team in a very gracious manner. We sat next to the picture window watching large shadowy oil tankers blocking out the low city lights as they left the bay.
The tasting menu although different than the last time we were there was the same general idea with new items. I spoke with the sommelier Andrew and asked which wines he was pairing and I said the last time it seemed to have too many whites. Andrew said he could match all reds if I like but suggested to start the two appetizers with bubbles.
I enjoyed the wines that he selected and asked that he write them down for me. I have included them below based on my interpretation of his handwriting.
foie gras ice cream and bon bon
Aquaport Blanc de Blancs Champagne
2001 Gigondas Montmirail
Seabass w/ brioche crumbs and cheese
2000 Ici La-bas Pinot Noir, Mendocino
This Pinot was great without being too light.
some flat cookie with a capful of emulsion (sorry I forget exactly what it was)
2001 Hamel Syrah "Westside Hills" Sonoma
I love Syrahs for the full flavor and body, this was excellent.
2000 Lestrille-Capavatin Bordeux (Merlot/Grenache)
This was the star red for me, full body/flavor mild tannins
Clos Lapeyre, Selection 2000, AOC Jurancon
very cold, very sweet
My wife likes the fun aspect of the tasting menu and it is a great way to spend an evening, but I envied the table next to us who had ordered the steak which was a sizable portion compared to the four bites of venison that I had. A bottle of the Bordeux and a steak would be just fine for me.
(I do have a business relationship with Antidote, though it does not involve the general public, so if you dine there or not there is no benefit to me)