Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Peter Michael on ARIA's wine list

We are excited to be one of the lucky few to have added two wines from the legendary Peter Michael Winery to our Cellar list.
As one of the best run wineries in the world, Sir Peter Michael employs Nicolas Morlet as winemaker and Javier Avina as vineyard manager, both famous for their meticulous work.

'Les Pavots' 2006 is Peter Michael's flagship Bordeaux blend known for a very Pomerol-like mouth feel, very lush, full bodied and opulent.
'Belle Cote' 2007, a single vineyard estate Chardonnay famous for being ultrarich and concentrated, but still graceful with a crisp natural acidity.

For those of us who love great Napa Valley wines, this is an exciting time to be part of Atlanta's burgeoning wine scene as wines of the caliber of Peter Michael become more readily available.
Please come visit us at ARIA and celebrate these wines along with a terrific meal

Contributor: George Kientzy III

Monday, August 17, 2009

Schug Wine Maker Dinner

On Monday, August 31 at 7 p.m., enjoy with us the wines of esteemed Schug Winery from Carneros in Sonoma. Axel Schug, son of winemaker Walter Schug, will join us for a five-course menu of Gerry's delicious seasonal cooking.
The dinner is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Featured wines include:

2008 Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Carneros Chardonnay
2007 Carneros Pinot Noir
2005 Sonoma Coast Merlot
2005 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Seats are limited. Email Andres or call us at 404-233-7673 to make advance reservations.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest!

This Sunday, August 9, Gerry will join several of Atlanta’s well-known chefs at JCT. Kitchen & Bar's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Chefs will be teaming up with local farmers making creative tomato dishes to benefit Georgia Organics. Gerry will be making “Tomatoes on the Half Shell”:
Ice cold, freshly shucked middleneck clams with an heirloom
tomato bloody mary mignonette, featuring tomatoes, freshly
picked by Charlotte & Wes of Riverview Farms.

Killer Tomatoes on the Loose

Guests of the event will get to sample dishes with cocktails crafted by featured mixologists. High-profile judges including Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit, Restaurant Editor Kate Krader of Food + Wine, Senior Food Writer Donna Florio of Southern Living and Danny Bonvissuto, freelance food writer for Food + Wine, will be choosing the best dish and best beverage, and an award will also be given to the chef with the best table decorations. For more information click here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pahlmeyer Wine Maker Dinner Recap

Special thanks, again, to Paige Pahlmeyer! What a pleasure and honor it was to have you with us last Wednesday night. Thanks also to everyone that joined us for dinner; I have a feeling you had as much fun as we did.

*All photos courtesy of Mike and Nancy Ellsworth.

Amuse: seared yellow fin tuna, avocado

Roasted Wild Sockeye Salmon
zipper peas, golden oak mushrooms, applewood bacon
Pinot Noir, Jayson, Sonoma Coast 06

Australian Winter Truffle Risotto
carnaroli and reggiano parmigiano
Merlot, Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley 05

Gerry shaving truffles table-side

American Bison Ribeye
silver queen corn, heirloom red peppers, fingerlings
Proprietary Red, Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley 05

Black Plum Tart
ginger brown butter and vanilla bean ice cream