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Zambra and Stemware

Thanks. I actually just tried Modesto last night and was impressed. Sat outside, had the arugula salad with the Satre Sauvignon Blanc (nice!) and the proscuitto wrapped filet with the Vajra Langhe Rosso (also nice!)
My medium rare filet was melt in your mouth delicious! My server, Marco, was nice. He gave me generous sample pours of wine - two whites and two reds to help me decide. The glasses did have a nice shape to them but they're not basic crystal stemware I'm use to at home. I like a larger bowl for my reds - the red glass was too small for me. However, I would never mention this as the food and the service was excellent. I finished off my meal with the delicious lemon sorbet with the raspberry glaze along the sides of the martini glass.

Modesto rocks!

Jul 11, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive

Where to find Zweigelt in NYC

Try the 2005 Anton Bauer Zweigelt - incredible! It's also mentioned in the NY Times article. Very expressive, round and delicious - nice Cherry fruit!

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/13/din...

I'm in Asheville, NC and down here it is $12.99 per bottle. The Asheville Wine Market has a great selection of wines from around the world in case you are ever in town.

For a more complex Austrian red, pick up the 2004 Anton Bauer Wagram Cuvee No 10. 40% Blaufrankisch, 35% Zweigelt, 15% Cab, 10% Merlot. It's wonderful too! This one goes for $14.99 down here.

Mark

Jul 09, 2007
mark66 in Manhattan

Zambra and Stemware

I don't have refrigerated wine cellar - nice!

Here's an article from the New Yorker Magazine that covers alot of wine basics. I've got this opened to the temperature page, but feel free to scan through some of the other pages.

http://nymag.com/restaurants/articles...

Glass size note:

I mentioned in my opening post that the server at Zambra had used a 12 oz generic wine glass for my red wine last week. However, I think the generic glass used at Zambra is smaller than 12 oz because my pour was well over the half-way point of the glass - probably more like 2/3 full if not more.

The "rule of thumb" for pouring wine is that a full glass pour should only fill 1/3 of the glass (especially red). I think white wine could perhaps fill 1/3 to 1/2 of the glass because white glasses are much smaller.

Burgundy glasses are in the 14-16 oz range.
Bordeaux glasses are in the 20-24 oz range.

So, you can see why a full glass pour into these beauties should easily fall under the 1/3 line!!

On another point, has anyone tried Modesto recently? I just spotted that place last week walking around and picked up one of their menus. The place was hopping and smells were incredible and flowing out onto the sidewalk. I may give them a try either Mon or Tues.

Cheers!

Mark

Jul 08, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive

Zambra and Stemware

Thx for the replies.

Just so everyone knows Zambra is in Asheville, NC.

The wine glasses I use at home are made by Riedel which is in Austria I think. You can pick them up at Target at $10 per glass (4 for $40). A great light feel to them and do they make a big difference for me - wow! This is an appreciation that I have developed over the past few months.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html?...

I know most restaurant owners need to keep costs down but I think more places like Zambra that call themselves a restaurant and "wine bar" should offer crystal glasses. I mean, Zambra has a great Spanish wine list! So, why not flaunt it by using stemware without putting it to the guest to ask for it. If they are saying stemware is reserved for $75 per bottle and up, then they are cutting out alot of great wines from being appreciated to the highest level possible by each guest.

If Zambra and other wine bar restaurants began using stemware with each pour, it would help us all better appreciate their wines and food - and overall dining experience, which, in the end, would mean more overall business for Zambra.

Just my thoughts.

Mark

Jul 07, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive

Zambra and Stemware

Has anyone else noticed that Zambra will not give you correct stemware for your wine unless you ask for it? I was there on Sunday night with a family member and we spent $100 but when I ordered a glass of wine 1/2 way through meal it was served in a generic 12 oz house wineglass. Since Zambra is a great restaurant and wine bar I think they should always offer crystal stemware. I was not able to fully appreciate and enjoy my red wine in the small glass. I called back today and talked to Peter Slamp, owner, and he told me that when you order a bottle for $75 and up you get crystal stemware. Good servers, I think, should offer crystal stemware to their guests. We left a 20% tip but I'm not sure I will go back to Zambra anytime soon. The Zambrarita that we had at the beginning of the meal was great.

Anyone else feel the same way about the importance of stemware at good restaurants?

Mark

Jul 05, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive

Early Girl Eatery in Weaverville

a friend and i stopped by stoney knob for dinner last week and it was really good. i had gorgonzola encrusted filet medium rare ... greek salad to start. steak was great but salad was served chilled ... i think all salads should be served fresh from a head of healthy lettuce and at room attempt. dressings should be freshly prepared to order.
two glasses of malbec - very good. my friend had veal marsala which was excellent. he had a pinot noir - my malbec was better.

Jan 29, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive

Early Girl Eatery in Weaverville

I have tried Early Girl Eatery a couple of times (12/24/06 and 1/28/07) for brunch and both times have been disappointed. Service is slow and disorganized.

Yesterday, the host/greeter was rude and overlooked guests waiting in the "cold" weather outside for their table. When those guests (with young children) stepped inside a few minutes later to check on their table, the hostess told them you were not "here" when I called your name, and made them wait again!

More important, I find that the Early Girl brunch portions are way too small for me - I'm a muscular 190lb 6'2" guy with a hearty appetite. Maybe this is why it is called "Early Girl Eatery" - since portions are best suited for appetites of petite women.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on a great place for brunch in Asheville, NC? Looking for freshly prepared items and decent sized portions.

Mark

Jan 29, 2007
mark66 in General South Archive