LAUREL GLEN DINNER - Naha, Chicago (10/24/2012)
The Wine Discount Center hosted founder Patrick Campbell and proprietor Bettina Sichel of Laurel Glen Vineyard for an intimate dinner at Naha. Naha's team in the kitchen executed perfectly and put together some excellent dishes to match to the wines. Service was adequate, but at times clumsy. It was a pleasure to talk to Patrick and Bettina. One quickly realizes how very much she enjoys the wines and history of the estate, and wants to continue crafting wines that are classically-styled, balanced and age worthy. The cost of the dinner was $139/person, including tax & gratuity.
Whole Roasted Brussels Sprouts & "3 Sisters Garden" Polenta with Confit Duck & Oxtails, Brown Butter Breadcrumbs & Fried Quail's Egg
A delicious dish which worked rather well with this young Counterpoint.
Hot Smoked Arctic Char with "Vibrant" Cauliflower, Matsutake Mushrooms, Fregola Sarda & "Luxury" Pumpkin Puree
Braised Chicken Thigh & Slow Roasted Bacon, "Cabernet" Onions, Beluga Lentils & Cranberries
My favorite dish of the night, with which the wines paired perfectly.
Pave of Bittersweet Chocolate with Raspberries and Red Wine
We brought a magnum of the 1986 to have signed by Patrick, but thought we might also open it, which we did. It was a pleasure to share the experience with those in attendance, made all the more special by having Patrick and Bettina there as well.
For whatever reason, it seems that the wines of Laurel Glen remain somewhat unknown, or at least are not what one might consider "mainstream" and that's fine by me. Prices remain very reasonable, and the wines elegant, balanced and a joy to drink. Thank you Bettina, Patrick and WDC.
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I love the 1986 Laurel Glen and still have one. It's seemed youthful and vibrant recently. I've had mine since release.
Just one more sip.
Thanks for those great notes. I have a bottle of the 1996 Laurel Glen standing up, but perhaps I'll put it back to bed per your advice.
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Love this producer. I will have to call my laurel glen rep and see what is available. Thanks for the TN's.
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