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Archives: July 2014

Restaurant Week Launches at Morrell Wine Bar

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New York City’s twice-annual Restaurant Week launches today, and Morrell Wine Bar will be one of many participating in the food feast. Now through August 15th, Morrell Wine Bar along with other restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe menus: $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner.

For those looking for an exceptional food & wine experience, our food menu goes side-by-side with our award winning by-the-glass wine list, offering phenomenal pairings that only a dedicated wine bar can accomplish. Any wine lover will enjoy looking over one of the world’s most renowned wine lists. Below is both the lunch and dinner menu for our Restaurant Week visitors, so take a peek.

LUNCH
APPETIZERS

Daily Soup

Mixed Green Salad

Black Truffle Deviled Eggs
ENTRÉES

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Wild Mushroom Pappardelle

Spaghetti Carbonara
DESSERTS

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate Truffles

Crème Brulee
 
DINNER
Daily Soup

Mixed Green Salad

Black Truffle Deviled Eggs
ENTRÉES
Wild Mushroom Pappardelle

Spaghetti Carbonara
Barolo Marinated Hanger Steak, Potato Gratin, Garlic Spinach
DESSERTS

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate Truffles

Crème Brulee

Champagne Memories with Dom Perignon

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Last week in the Dining Section of The New York Times, Eric Asimov wrote a most interesting article,“Time Doesn’t Dim It’s Sparkle, Tasting Dom Perignon From Various Decades.”

It reminded me of a trip I took to Champagne last year which culminated in a dinner at Chateau de Saran, once a hunting lodge for Champagne’s royal family, now used to accommodate privileged guests of Dom Perignon. The extraordinary dinner was given by Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave of Dom Perignon, and the food, under the direction of Chef Bernard Dance, was exceptional. There were twelve of us with Richard, Maximilian Riedel, CEO of Riedel Crystal North America, and Michel Rolland, renowned Bordeaux-based oenologist in attendance, which made for some very stimulating conversation.

The menu and the wines were the stuff that dreams are made of: Caviar St James accompanied by Dom Perignon 2003, Turbot aux Coquillages with Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1996, Pigeon Façon Bécasse with Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1982 en magnum, Assortment de Chèvre with Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1966 en magnum and Glacé au Poivre de Sichuan with Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1966 en magnum. Quite a dinner!

I also visited Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot and Moët & Chandon, with fabulous food and wine stories to tell, but that’s for another day.

-Roberta Morrell

Wine With Jeff Koons

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New York City never ceases to offer vast amounts of extraordinary art, and for those who enjoy checking out a new piece over a glass of wine or cocktail, we have a very exciting opportunity with the Rockefeller Plaza debut of a Jeff Koons sculpture. After traveling around the world being exhibited in various locations, Koons’ “Split-Rocker” has been installed at the center of Rockefeller Center.

The unique piece of contemporary art brings a pop of bold color into the urban landscape. The monumental half dinosaur-half rocking horse is made up of over 50,000 flowers. Known for his fascination with contrast and the in-between, Koons emphasizes the manmade efforts to achieve such a piece, while the results alternatively, being dependent entirely on nature. Being that the sculpture is over 37 feet in height, the wine bar makes the perfect place to observe the piece. The terrace offers a great view of the sculpture, so enjoy the beauty of the piece over a drink.

Jeff Koons' Split-Rocker

Morrell Wine Bar Judged Best By-the-Glass List in the World

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The editors and judging panel of The World of Fine Wine reviewed wine lists from around the world and awarded Three Stars, its highest rating, to Morrell Wine Bar, judging it to have not only the Best By-the-Glass wine list in North America but also the Best By-the-Glass Wine List in the World.
 
The Morrell Wine Bar Wine List, featuring over 100 wines by the glass, was created by Morrell Wine Director, Tom Stanley and Anna Christina Cabrales, Wine Bar Sommelier and Assistant General Manager. Tom and Anna-Christina update it constantly. “It’s an honor to be recognized, especially for the hard work we put into it,” Anna said.
 
Calling the list remarkable, the judges said Morrell Wine Bar was “a clear winner for the depth and range of its offer. For the curious wine-lover, the list at the New York establishment (first opened in 1999) is a mouthwatering invitation to explore, with a depth and creativity that is missing in many restaurants’ core, bottle-based lists. Presented with intelligent, informative notes, the choices are divided by color and region, and are sourced from around the world, with particular strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, and Italy, concluding with a small selection of “fine wines” such as Château Léoville-Barton 2000 and Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2005.”
 
The World of Fine Wine is a widely respected, international wine magazine based in the U.K., “speaking to an international readership of discerning individuals who each share a passion for wine.”

Each year its editors and an outside panel select the best wine lists from around the world. The panel includes: Andrew Jefford, the World’s Best Sommelier 2010; Gerard Basset MS MW OBE; Francis Percival, WFW columnist and food editor; Elin McCoy, author and wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg News; Ch’ng Poh Tiong, publisher of The Singapore Wine Review and wine columnist for Singapore’s largest circulation Chinese newspaper, the Lianhe Zaobao; Tom Stevenson, author and globally respected Champagne expert.

Read the full story here.

Roberta’s Paella Challenge

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I have a friend who’s a pretty good cook and makes paella every summer. Every time he makes it, I complain that it’s nothing like real Spanish Paella—I should know as I lived in Andalucia for almost seven years. I just haven’t made paella since I left Spain, decades ago.

As I expected, a few weekends ago he said “I feel like eating paella. Since you know so much, you make it!”

So I rolled up my sleeves and prepped my paella.

Paella is actually quite simple, but takes a lot of work. Each ingredient is cooked separately before it is all combined with the rice and broth: red peppers, tomatoes, chicken, squid, diced pork, chorizo, jumbo shrimp, mussels, clams, green peas, garlic, and saffron. As I started cooking, it all came back with a rush…and the result was amazing!

Wine could be all over the place, a light to medium red, white, or rosé. I cooked for six people, and we tried all three: 2012 Chateau D’Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé, crisp and delicious; 2012 Invictus Napa Chardonnay, big and bold; and, 2012 Au Bon Climat Merrywood Cuveé Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, soft and fragrant. ($32, $30, $35, respectively, at Morrellwine.com)

-Roberta Morrell

Roberta's authentic Spanish paella