ORIGINAL WINE POURS: INTRODUCING THE HALF BOTTLE Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Pairing your dinner with a nice bottle of wine can often present a dilemma. Perhaps you give pause when choosing your wine because you don’t wish to waste the complexities of that first glass of red—which you plan to enjoy with your entrée—with starters best paired with a white. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for fish while your date craves red meat.
At The Original, we love pairing food with wine, so in an effort to alleviate any pairing dilemmas, we’re introducing to our wine menu half bottles so that you can properly pair with your wine whatever your appetite craves.
Our list of eight carefully chosen, mostly made-in-Oregon half bottles includes a couple of whites and a fine selection of Oregon Pinot Noirs.
If you’re in the mood for fish, consider a half bottle of Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay, which comes to us from the solar-powered Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. At the Domaine Drouhin, winemakers blend the tastes of the Old World with the modern, fermenting for 18 months their Chardonnay in both French oak and stainless steel barrels, which they then combine to create a rich, balanced wine before bottling.
If you’re eyeing our 28-Day Aged Carlton Farms NY Strip Loin, you might want to try a half bottle of the L’Ecole N°41 Cabernet Sauvignon, which has itself been aged for 22 months in French and American oak barrels at the winemaker’s Walla Walla vineyard.
And—since this is, after all, Pinot country—you can pair our rather earthy Coq Au Vin (literally, chicken made with wine) with any number of half bottles of Pinot Noir (Adelsheim Pinot Noir, Bergström Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve or either of Patricia Green’s Estate or Reserve Pinot Noirs).
So the next time you’re in for dinner (or even lunch), take a peek at our half bottles wine menu so that you can make the most of your cravings.