Monday, July 15, 2013

Apothic Wine Dinner | Tavern Road

Last Tuesday, Apothic Wines and winemaker Boyd Morrison hosted a tasting dinner at the high energy meets industrial and artsy Tavern Road, newly opened on Congress Street in Fort Point. Apothic offers three distinct varietals from California grapes, a red, white and newly released rose. The unique blends which create bold, full bodied and captivating wines were expertly paired with our three course meal prepared by Chef Louis DiBaccari.

We began with the Apothic Rose, a zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon blend with a gorgeous crimson hue and big luscious flavors of strawberry and watermelon. The first course presented a choice of chilled yellow watermelon soup with grilled haloumi, hazelnut and mint or a  grilled octopus salad with foccacia croutons drizzled in a cured meat viniagrette. Both were excellent starters which paired nicely with the Rose.
The Apothic Red is a merlot, zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon blend, revealing intense fruit flavors of rhubarb and black cherry, with hints of mocha, chocolate and spice. It complimented both entree choices; a flavorful and tender harissa rubbed lamb steak with romesco, ramps and hazelnuts, and a teriffic olive oil poached chatham bluefish with fava beans, english peas and littlenecks. The table also enjoyed some fantastic side dishes - bok choy with green beans, shallots and almonds, roasted cauliflower with dates, baby beets and horseradish, and potato gnocchi with dandelion and aged balsamic. 
The vibrant Apothic White which combines chardonnay, riesling and moscato capped off our meal alongside dessert - a fresh baked, piping hot and chewy cookie and two scoops of a Mexican hot chocolate ice cream. I'm a big fan of Mexican hot chocolate, this ice cream truly captured it's essence with smooth cocoa and cinnamon flavors and an intense spiciness. 

It was quite an impressive spread, matched by awesome wines, in a fun setting heralded by a spacious open kitchen, a lively bar scene and the chef's personal soundtrack choice - all 80's music! Many thanks to Boyd for introducing us to his wines and all who made this dinner such a great event!

11 comments:

  1. Apothic Red is one of my favorite budget-friendly wines! Looks like a fun dinner.

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  2. I have only tried this wine once or twice and have enjoyed it...looks like a fantastic dinner. I have yet to try Tavern Rd...hopefully soon!

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  3. I love Apothic wine! Great price and the white is one of my favorites.

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  4. wow- definitely sounds like some fantastic pairings! and the wine especially delicious, will have to check those out :)

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  5. A really fun night. It was really nice to see you again. Sorry I didnt get to chat longer with you. I very much liked the chardonnay much to my surprise.

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  6. A really fun night. It was really nice to see you again. Sorry I didnt get to chat longer with you. I very much liked the chardonnay much to my surprise.

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  7. This was such a fun dinner! I love Apothic Red and was so happy to be introduced the rose and white as well. The rose is going to be one of my summer staples. And it was so great to see you!

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  8. The roasted cauliflower is really calling my name. As are the wines!

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  9. Looks like a fantastic event! I was sad to miss it, but Paul McCartney was worth it. :)

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  10. I was so upset to miss this dinner. Everything looks fabulous. Plus, who doesn't want to dine to 80s tunes?

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