If you hurry, you can get tickets for the special wine pairing dinner November 18 at Roxy, the fine dining restaurant at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno. There are two seatings for this dinner presented by Gregg Carano, and based on my wine review a few weeks ago, I suggest this event.
Ferrari-Carano wines were the majority of the wonderful selections that Jeff Vachon, wine director, chose for us, but Roxy’s extensive wine list has been repeatedly lauded by Wine Spectator Magazine. On November 18, you taste many of the same wines that we tasted. I wish my waistline would allow me to partake a second time, although I did work off some calories after dinner by dancing in front of my Showroom seat at the terrific Jersey Nights tribute to Frankie Valli.
The Lazy Creek Vineyard, Anderson Valley Riesling 2010 is a classic Riesling. This Riesling has not too much of that characteristic petrol aroma, and it is a light colored and light-tasting wine. 13.5 per cent alcohol. $6 the glass or $25 the bottle. Roxy’s chef Jakon Tolhurst paired it with Frog Hollow Ranch pear salad.
The Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre, Russian River Valley 2010 Reserve Chardonnay has aroma and taste of pear, citrus, buttercream and hazelnut. Yummy! Grapes are sourced from three different vineyards, and this wine is kept in French Oak. It is a Burgundian style of Chardonnay, featuring more minerality than you will find in many California Chardonnays. 14.1 per cent alcohol. $16.50 the glass, $65 the bottle. This wine paired perfectly with the duck confit ravioli.
Ferrari-Carano Prevail West Face Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is a blend of 68 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 percent Syrah. Sourced from the steep slopes of LookOut Mountain which sits at the junction of Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, these grapes are not too tannic and produce dark, concentrated aromas in the finished wine. Flavor is of warm berry pie, butterscotch, chocolate, caramel and toast. 14.5 per cent alcohol. $15 the glass, $59 the bottle. The pairing was a seared venison New York style and a Merguez style venison sausage.
The perfect end was a not-so-honey dessert wine, Ferrari-Carano’s Eldorado Gold, a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Sonoma County. 13 per cent alcohol. $15 the glass, $60 the bottle.
If you go to Roxy on a non-wine-dinner night, I highly recommend enjoying one of their well-priced ($12-14) wine flights that feature 2 ounce servicing. The Italian flight, the Light and Bright, or The Golden Girls would be my choices. Roxy is at 345 North Virginia Street, Reno. Reservations online at www.eldoradoreno.com or 775 786 5700.