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IMG_0886I received an email on Monday about a last minute pop up event on Tuesday hosted by SoonSpoon for a rare, small grower wine tasting (with bites from Uni). Never heard of SoonSpoon? They are new to the scene, run by Travis Lowry and Conor Clary.  You can reserve last minute tables at some of the city’s hottest restaurants. Which restaurants? Farmstead Table. Puritan & Co. Journeyman. Tupelo. Stir. Menton. Clio. Uni. East by Northeast. Bergamot. l’Espalier. 51 Lincoln. Bogie’s Place. Casa B. Waban Kitchen. Beacon Hill Bistro. What is different about SoonSpoon? They hand pick these restaurants, they want you to not only have a good meal but have a great experience. Here’s the perk: they track your reservations, and if you reserve enough times, you are invited to one of their pop up dinners (which by the way look AMAZING).

IMG_0885More about this event. My friend Caroline and I head over to Bay Village to the private home of a SoonSpoon friend/adviser.

IMG_0884Scott Peterson was on hand to tell us a little more about each wine. These rare wines are grown organically and exclusively distributed by Scott.

IMG_0882We are tasting 10 wines tonight which I will outline below in more detail.

IMG_0893Jonathan Fenelon, assistant general manager and wine director at Clio was in attendance, helping set up the delicious bites from Uni chef Tony Messina. Jonathan has worked at Cragie on Main, Menton, and Ribelle. And what I small world, we knew each other 15 years ago…

IMG_0889The small bites included a delicious salmon tartare with creme fraiche…

IMG_0887Pea financiers with bacon…

IMG_0888So delicate and delicious.

IMG_0901Delicious short rib sliders on steamed buns with kimchee (our favorite dish of the night).

IMAG0117Not pictured was a white gazpacho shooter.

IMG_0898Oysters with pickled green almonds.

IMG_0895Caviar, salty but oh so good.

A really great evening – we got to try a LOT of great wines and we chatted with some really interesting people! Sign up for SoonSpoon and start reserving today! http://www.soonspoon.com/

Here are the wines that we tasted:

Rojac (Sparkling) “Royaz” Primorska (67% Refosk/33% Syrah) NV Fermentation captured in the bottle from Refosk and Syrah – with its acidity and strawberry like aromatics retained.

Channing Daughters Rosato of Franconia 2013 One of the more rare rosato from this Long Island winery (150 cases made!) Had incredible mineral and citrus components.

Spaetrot Rotgipfler Liam 2010 100% Rotgipfler from Austria’s cooler part of Thermenregion. Subtle ageing in neutral oak gives this more dimension and texture but still retains the acidity

Pithon Paille Anjou Blanc Les Treilles 2011 Top white from Pithon Paille – consists of small planting on 70% slope (100%) Chenin! Considered on of the best Loire Valley whites – by fellow domains (about 300 cases made)

Cordani Magia 2011 (Barbera 60% Croatina 40%) Frizanti red from Emiglia Romagna produced with wild yeasts This one was fizzy, it was really interesting

Eugenio Bocchino Barolo La Serra 2007 Biodynamic producer from single vineyard La Serra in La Morra with 125 case production Of the two Barolos, I liked this one the best

Scarzello Barolo 2007Small traditional style producer making beautiful handcrafted Barolo (500 cases) This had a spicy, earthy flavor with hints of cherry

L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007 The top wine produced at L’Aietta – all from low yielding Sangiovese and a total of only 300 bottles created The bottles were beautiful, they were etched – bottles retail for about $125

Calluna Vineyards Estate 2010 (53% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 17% Cab Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 2& Malbec) Cutting edge estate in Chalk Hill showing their training and style of restrain from Bordeaux

Wing Canyon Mt. Veeder Napa Cabernet 2009 Tiny property in Mount Veeder producing artisnal mountain estate grown fruit (216 cases) 90% Cab, 4% Cab Franc, 6% Merlot

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