Spuntino Wine Bar Offers Taste of Piedmont Menu

Spuntino Wine Bar Offers Taste of Piedmont Menu

Tagliatelle Tartufo

Tagliatelle Tartufo

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates with modern twists to Italian classics and fine wines from around the world, is offering a special “Taste of Piedmont” menu at its locations in the Clifton Commons in Clifton, NJ and The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City, NY, now through January 20.

Guests are invited to take a journey through the Piedmont region of Italy, known for rich, savory food like truffles and slow-braised beef, which pair well with the powerful and tannin-heavy wines produced in the region. Piedmont is ideal for growing wine where the Nebbiolo grape thrives. The full three-course Taste of Piedmont menu includes:

Piccolo Peppers – Arancini stuffed, mozzarella, tomato jam.

o   Paired with a Damilano Arneis – Pale straw yellow with a delicate, enjoyable nose of fresh fruit, peach and apricot. Dry and fresh with elegant flavors and a moderate acidity. It’s a smooth and juicy sip suitable for appetizers, fish courses and white meat.

Tagliatelle Tartufo – Truffle pesto, pine nuts, shaved black truffles.

o   Paired with a Falesco ‘Ferentano’ Roscetto – Rich gamut of aromatic sensations ranging from banana to pineapple. The flavors are assertive, rich, soft and full with a superior, long and lingering finish.  

Brasato Al Barolo – Veal short rib, parsnip puree, Barolo reduction, sage gremolata.

o   Paired with a Pico Maccario ‘Lavignone’ Barbera – Bright and aromatic with aromas and flavors of red cherries, violets and wild herbs.

The tasting menu is available for $30 per person, or $45 including wine pairings. Menu items are also available a la carte. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com.



Rocca Delle Macie Wine Dinner

Rocca Delle Macie Wine Dinner


Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates that put modern twists on Italian classics and world class wines, invites guests to enjoy its Rocca Delle Macie Wine Dinner at its location in the Clifton Commons on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm. 

Chef de Cuisine Michel Desjardins has developed a five-course tasting menu paired with Rocca Delle Macie Wines – one of the most well-established wineries in the Chianti Classico area.

Guest speaker Andrea Zingarelli, third generation winemaker, U.S. Ambassador of Chianti, will provide tasting notes throughout the dinner.

The full menu includes:

Striped Bass Crudo – Roasted garlic, chili oil and micro greens. Paired with a Moonlite – Straw-yellow color with pale green reflections. Intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint.

Butternut Squash Gnocchi – Tomatoes and Pecorino Romano cheese. Paired with a Chianti Classico – Intense, mature fruit aromas. Rich, well-structured, berry fruit flavors.

Red Snapper – Pineapple, pepper coulis and Swiss char. Paired with a Classico Reserva –Rich, intense and complex aromas. Dry, soft, gently tannic with good structure.

Seared Duck Breast – Black currant gastrique and black pepper polenta. Paired with a Roccato – Full and persistent, with toasty oak from the barrique aging. Dry, elegant with a good structure on the tongue.

Chocolate Terrine– Black truffle gelato, candied walnuts and Luxardo cherries. Paired with a Sasyr – Features intense red fruit aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry. A succulent, supple well-structured palate with a silky and smooth finish.

Tickets for the Rocca Della Macie Wine Dinner are $69 per person and can be purchased online by visiting http://spuntinowinebar.com/rocca-wine-dinner-clifton/.



Pacific Northwest Dinner at Redux – October 23

Pacific Northwest Dinner at Redux – October 23

redux-logoOnce again, Chef Rob has paired with Dave Mendez from The Grapeful Palate in Morristown for a Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner, to be held at Redux on October 23 at 5:30PM.

Join us for an evening celebrating the fabulous wines of the Pacific Northwest and of course, Chef Rob’s wonderful cooking! Dave from The Grapeful Palate has selected wines from the region to pair with Chef Rob’s four course dinner!


Light Hors d’Oeuvres

2014 Evening Land Seven Springs Pinot Noir Rose


Hood Canal Oysters, Melon Granita, Sea Beans

2014 Wildstock Pinot Blanc


Wild King Salmon, Wood Ear Mushrooms, Barley Risotto

2012 Boedecker Stewart Pinot Noir


Rogue Creamery Smokey Oregon Blue, Honey, Apple, Tartines

2012 Hedges Red Mountain Cabernet Blend


Dark Chocolate Merengue, Blueberry Ice Cream, Candied Orange Zest

2014 Barnard Griffin Port

Cost is $88.00 plus tax and gratuity. ($62 for food (payable to Redux) and $26 for wines (payable to Grapeful Palate). 

For reservations, please call David Mendez at (973) 859-0527 or email: info@grapefulpalatewines.com 

Redux: the Restaurant & the Market at Redux – 3 Central Avenue, Madison NJ 07940. 973-845-6263 / 973-845-6264.



Frog’s Leap Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar 10/29

Frog’s Leap Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar 10/29

frogs_leap_logoSpuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas is hosting a Frog’s Leap Wine Dinner at its location in the Clifton Commons on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will highlight wines produced by Frog’s Leap Winery, grown organically since 1988. The wines will be paired with a complementary five-course menu developed by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein, which includes: 

FOIE GRAS BUDINO – Roasted fig, Sauvignon Blanc wine gelee. Paired with a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

KABOCHA SQUASH RAVIOLLO – Browned butter, black trumpet mushrooms, hazelnuts, sage. Paired with a 2013 Chardonnay.

PAN ROASTED CHILEAN SEA BASS – Duck confit, parsnips, savoy cabbage, beet coulis. Paired with a 2013 Zinfandel.

DRY AGED RIB EYE – 28-day dry aged rib eye, grilled trumpet mushrooms, carrot puree, cocoa demi. Paired with a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

PEAR AND GORGONZOLA STRUDEL – Walnuts, honey, vanilla gelato, Merlot Vincotto. Paired with a 2012 Merlot.

Tickets for the Frog’s Leap Wine Dinner, which has limited seating, can be purchased in advance for a cost of $99/person by clicking herewhere the full menu along with wine tasting notes can also be viewed.

For more information, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com or at Facebook.



Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille DayCrystal Springs will celebrate Bastille Day with a French wine dinner in the resort’s Wine Cellar on July 16.

An American Chef in Paris – Bastille Day Wine Cellar Dinner will feature a reception, four-course dinner by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco and wines showcasing the breadth of French winemaking regions with selections from Alsace, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Champagne from the resort’s award-winning fine wine collection. Wine Educator Becky McNulty will lead a discussion of the wines during dinner.

The event kicks off with a wine and canapé reception in the Wine Cellar at 6:30pm before guests sit down to dinner at 7:30pm.


Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Rosé Brut, NV — Reception Wine

Langoustine, Tomato/Saffron/Summer Squash

Domaine de la Perrière Sancerre 2013

Colorado Lamb, Byaldi/Garden Herbs

Château Moulin de Duhart 2011

Epoisses, Sour Plums/Almond Sable

Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2011

Wine Berry Mille Crepes, Rosé Wine Sorbet/Rose Petals

Domaine Baron de Rothschild Rosé Champagne NV

The full menu with wine pairings ($129 including wines, tax and gratuity additional) is below.

The dinner takes place at the award-winning Crystal Springs Wine Cellar (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ). Reservations can be made by calling 855-597-7357.


Plumpjack Wine Dinner at Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs

Plumpjack Wine Dinner at Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs

Photo by Plumpjack

Photo by Plumpjack

On 3/10 at 6:30PM, new Restaurant Latour Executive Chef, Anthony Bucco, is going all out for the first wine dinner he’s offering at gorgeous Crystal Springs Resort! The four-course tasting dinner, plus canapes, will feature the boutique wines of Plumpjack, including sister properties CADE and the new Odette Estate.  

As if this dinner and fab wines weren’t stellar enough, guest Scot Gaffney from Plumpjack will be on hand to discuss the wines.

Dinner Menu and Wines:

Canapes: Uni, polenta, grapes; Quail egg, caviar; Avocado, pistachio, chili; Wagyu beef tartare paired with 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, CADE, Napa

First Course: Turbot, Apple & Vanilla paired with 2013 Chardonnay, Plumpjack Reserve, Napa

Second Course: Porcelet, Wild Cherry & Celery paired with 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, CADE, Howell Mountain

Third Course: Short Rib of Beef, Cocoa & Endive paired with 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Odette Estate, Stag’s Leap District

Dessert: Apple, Toffee & Yogurt paired with 2012 Merlot, Plumpjack, Napa

About Plumpjack

Established in 1995, PlumpJack Winery sits in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville region, surrounded by a 42-acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Northeast of St. Helena, CADE was founded with a commitment to environmental responsibility and organic winemaking. The group’s newest winery, Odette Estate, from the legendary Stag’s Leap district, will serve its first release at the dinner.

Tickets are $129 per person (tax and service additional) and can be reserved by calling 855-420-9098.



Winter Wine Dinner at Satis Bistro

SatisSatis Bistro and Cool Vines will be presenting “A WINTER WINE DINNER” Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30pm.

The menu was created by Executive Chef Michael Fiorianti and the event hosts are: Liz Farely, Regional Director, Kermit Lynch Wines; Mark Censits, Proprietor/Owner, Cool Vines LLC; Kelly Gottlieb, New Jersey Sales Manager, IPO Wines. 

The dinner menu and accompanying wines:

Amuse – Fried Oyster, Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche, Horseradish Beets Sommariva, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore, Veneto, Italy Amuse

First – Puntarella and Treviso, Pear and Farro, Roasted Carrot Vinaigrette 2013 Domaine Trotereau, Quincy Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France

Second – Crab and Caramelized Fennel Ravioli, Slow Roasted Tomato Broth, 2012 Clos Sainte Magdeleine, Cassis Blanc, Provence, France

Third Smoked Mangalitsa Pork Sirloin, Fig Braised Kale and Kumquat Chili Marmalade 2013 Riofavara, Eloro Nero D’Avola, Sicily, Italy

Fourth – Grilled Double Cut Lamb Chop, Sicilian Caponata, Pine Nuts and Salsa Verde 2012 Breton, Bourgueil “La Dilettante” Cabernet Franc, Loire, France

Dessert: Artisanal Cheese Plate

The cost of the dinner is $95/person plus tax + gratuity. Reserve at 201-435-5151 or Open Table

Satis Bistro: 212 Washington Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.



Tamaya and Lauca Wine Dinner at Morris Tap and Grill

Tamaya and Lauca Wine Dinner at Morris Tap and Grill

Beef Course

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a Chilean wine dinner at Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph, NJ.  Chef Eric LeVine designed a creative tasting menu that helped showcase the various wines.  Here is what we enjoyed:

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche
Sauvignon Blanc, Lauca, Maule Valley, 2011

Grilled Seafood Sausage with Garlic Tomato Rice and Tarragon Aioli
Chardonnay, Tamaya, Limari Valley, 2011

Oven Roasted Pork with Mashed Yucca, Carrots and Grilled Corn
Pinot Noir, Lauca, Maule Valley, 2009

Pork Course

Chimichurri Beef Loin skirt Roulade
and Carmenere Braised Short Rib, Roasted Tricolor Tomato
Carmenere, Tamaya, Limari Valley, Reserva 2009

Dulce de Leche with Roasted Figs
Rose, Pink Goat By Tamaya 2010

Morris Tap & Grill is planning many fun events for the remainder of 2012 and you can stay abreast of all of them by following its Facebook Page or by subscribing to its newsletter.