Typically, highly acclaimed Napa Valley wineries command high prices for their Chardonnays, Merlots and Cabernets. But, on November 11 at 7:00 p.m., at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Lincolnshire, value seekers should consider declaring an armistice with the giants of the Golden State.
Yes, most readers of this column pine for wine that is from lesser-known regions and grapes. This is especially so, because they are not paying for brand-building, or other assorted non-winemaking endeavors. And, of course, Duckhorn Vineyards is no esoteric winery; it has legions of fans who pay up for a Bordeaux-inspired pedigree and consistent quality.
But a combination of wines from a heralded producer and a multi-course meal for $100 represents value. Plus, it’s a chance to enjoy wines that might not always be on one’s value shopping list. Fleming’s event will showcase California wines that have inherited a legacy created by the Judgment of Paris. The event features the cuisine of chef/partner Roger Abuan. The speaker will be A.J. Freeman of Duckhorn Vineyards.
The first course is seared scallops with Meyer Lemon vinaigrette and micro greens, paired with Migration by Duckhorn’s Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2009. This is followed by tuna carpaccio, with crispy capers, red onions and baby greens, drizzled with Dijon vinaigrette – accompanied by Duckhorn’s Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2008. The next course is ginger-glazed duck breast with sweet potato and stuffed herb crepe, served with Duckhorn’s Merlot Napa Valley 2008. The final course is a six-ounce New York Strip, with a shallot, red wine and port reduction, topped with truffle butter and accompanied by roasted seasonal vegetables. The steak is paired with Duckhorn’s Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009. Dessert will then consist of assorted truffles and coffee.
For more information, call Fleming’s Lincolnshire location at 847-793-0333.