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Cheers to San Francisco’s 7×7 magazine for including our very own Matthew Rorick on their list of 7 winemakers to watch in 2012!
Read all about it here:
And keep an eye out here for news of that Trousseau gris…
2012 is looking delicious already!
Nashville’s lauded The Catbird Seat restaurant will be hosting a dinner at the James Beard House in NYC in February; chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger have put together an amazing multi-course menu that is absolutely irresistible and will be masterfully paired with a selection of beverages by our dear friend Ms. Jane Lopes.
All of the pairings put together by Ms. Lopes make our eyes widen with delight, not the least of which are the three which include our Rare Creatures: the 2010 Sihaya, Suspiro del Moro, and Trou Grit — the last of which will be making its worldwide debut that evening.
Information about the dinner, the menu (with pairings), and contact information for reserving a seat may all be found via the following link:
Check out the FH pairings:
Forlorn Hope Sihaya 2010
Spanish Octopus with Jerusalem Artichokes, Fennel, Black Olives, and Charred Eggplant Purée
Forlorn Hope Trou Grit 2010
Poached Cod with Bone Marrow, Preserved Matsutake Mushrooms, and Cuttlefish Ink–Grilled Lemon Sauce
Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro 2010
Wagyu Short Ribs with Kale Ash, Green Onions, Potatoes, Horseradish, Mushroom–Beer Syrup, and Nasturtiums
…and the other dishes and pairings are astounding and delicious as well — just take a look via the above link, and go ahead and reserve your seat. Not to be missed!
And for more information on the Trou Grit, click on the “Trousseau Gris” link on your right in the “What’s Shakin'” column. There is precious little information about this new Rare Creature and even less of the wine itself, but stay tuned for more postings here and on the soon-to-be revamped FH website. Cheers — and see you at the Catbird Seat JBF dinner!
We’re very excited to announce that on Wednesday, December 7th Chef Efrain Cuevas and Clandestino Dining will be preparing a winemaker dinner at Logan Square Kitchen.
Seating is limited; reservations may be made at clandestinodining.org/forlornhope/ or via the following link:
Chef Cuevas will be preparing a menu decided by… you! For each course, diners may select their food and wine pairing options, or leave the decisions in the hands of the Chef and winemaker. We’ve just taken a look at the options and can hardly wait for dinnertime! Check out some of the course choices:
Butternut squash gnocchi/2010 The Faufreluches
pork blood sausage/2010 Ost-Intrigen
sardines in escabeche/2010 Sihaya
duck confit mole/2010 Suspiro del Moro
And for dessert there’s a never-before-released FH sweet wine among the choices. Yes, we’re excited!
Clandestino Dining featured Forlorn Hope wines for a pop-up dinner last season and we were much chagrined that we were not able to make it to Chicago for the event. Rest assured, we will not miss this one!
Please don’t hesitate to reserve your seat. We’re looking forward to sharing this Fall Dinner with you, Chef Cuevas, and Andy the crew at Lagniappe.
About the venue:
The gorgeous Logan Square Kitchen is one of only three Chicago restaurants certified LEED GOLD by the US Green Building Council. You’ll see a sustainable kitchen in action and sit in a stunning dining room filled with beautifully reclaimed materials.
In the cellar, the 2011 Nacré and La Gitana are through their fermentative stage already and are starting to take on the first of their mature personalities. The Les Deux Mathieux Petite Sirah is most of the way through ferment and relaxing in a pair of puncheons; we’ll probably press it on Monday depending on how it continues to take on texture and palate presence. There are some early favorites in the cellar, too, as a pair of new Rare Creatures are showing great promise at these nascent stages: A lean, light and taut Barbera that may see one iteration as a “sans soufre” bottling, and the Trousseau gris I had hoped would produce a skin-fermented rosé and is already overdelivering on funky character.
So, two more picks for the year. It’s certainly feels like it’s that time — we’re pretty whipped!
And just like that, we’ve gone from barely starting harvest to nearly done. The past two weeks have been a mad dash of vineyard visits, bin and grape hauling, getting to know the new (to me) presses at Tenbrink, and wishing that my cellar notes from last harvest hadn’t been stolen out of my car. Glorious madness, to be sure, but the quality of the fruit this year has been stunning to date. Yields are down quite a bit — outright painful in a few cases — but flavor intensity and balance are phenomenal.
This week we’ve picked our tiny bit of Ribolla gialla (thank you George), Chenin blanc, Barbera, and Alvarelhão, and we may go back for more Chenin over the weekend as there are crazy vin de paille visions haunting us. This would leave only the Tenbrink Pets (Les Deux Mathieux) and the King Andrews Petit Verdot (Gascony Cadets), and I can’t imagine either of those vineyards will be too far off.
With a little more time (and sleep) available to me I might have worked these photographs into a video like the one JDK made for our Gewürz pick, but pigeage calls. So, here are a few photos of FH Crush 2011:
There are more to come, but the winery calls. A bientôt!