Wine Dinner at Pura Vida
Tonight, the American Wine School is hosting a great wine dinner at Pura Vida on Cleveland’s Public Square. The theme of the night? American-Made. While 9/10th of all American wine is crafted in good ol’ Cali, we did select a few vinous gems from other regions.
First up, Gruet Sparkling wine from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While that may sound crazy to some, this French-inspired bottle of bubbles is crafted from high-altitude plantings making it beyond sip-worthy. The higher the altitude gives way to cooler the climate. Thus at 4300 feet above sea level, Gruet’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are able to come off the vine with mouthwatering acidity. Once in the winery, the grapes are transformed into bubbly wine via the French “classic method”. In short, regular wine is bottled and given a dose of sugary wine mixed with yeast before a beer cap seals it up…yes a beer cap. The bottles are then stored for 24 months giving the yeast plenty of time to make the bubbles. (Think of proofing bread yeast, and you will get the picture.) From here, the yeast are removed, the bottles are topped off, and a cork is caged on top. Et Voila! The bubbles are ready to be enjoyed. That’s where you come in – selling around $14 a bottle – it is a down right patio pounder.
Check out the rest of our picks and pairs in tonight’s menu. Cheers!
Stuffed Red Skin Potatoes/Pork Belly/Brie/Chives/Sour Cream
Chilled Edamame Potstickers/Sesame Seeds/Sweet Soy
Tuna Tartare / Nicoise Olives / Crispy Potato/ Capers / Mustard Aioli
Moroccan Chicken Spring Rolls / Free Range Local Chicken/ Marcona Almonds/ Figs/
Curried Apricot Marmalade
BBQ Laughing Bird Shrimp/ White Cheddar Ohio Grits/ Collard Green/ Smoked Ham Hock Broth
Braised Kobe Beef Short Rib/ Roasted Heirloom Carrots/ Sweet Corn Speatzle,
“German Chocolate Cake” Dark Chocolate Genoise / Pecan Ice cream/ Coconut Water Sorbet