2015 HOLIDAY WINE DINNER

Champagne – Sherry – Burgundy – Bordeaux – More Bordeaux – Port
On Thursday, December 17th at 7pm, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for a Holiday Wine Dinner featuring wines from Champagne, Jerez (Sherry), Burgundy, and Bordeaux, as well as a 1965 Colheita Port all paired with Chef Schuster’s holiday menu.

The MENU:
Walleye Pike Quenelles with
Rothschild Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV

Wild Mushroom & Potato Soup with
Lustau East India, Sherry, NV

Roasted Quail over Multigrain Risotto with
Bouchard Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 1er cru 2011
Pousse d’Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees 1er cru 2012
Taupenot Merme Morey St. Denis Riotte 1er cru 2013

Red Beet Sorbet

Black Angus Hanger Steak with Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes with
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac Leognan,. 2012
Ch Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Montrose, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, 2012

French Cheeses with
Ch. Montrose, St. Estephe, 2005
Ch. Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, 2005

Salted Caramel Apple Tart with
Messias Colheita, Porto, 1965

This Holiday Wine Dinner will cost $200.00 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $210.53 regular. All taxes and tips are included. Attendance at this dinner is strictly limited to 22 people. For reservations, please contact Susan Coburn at coburnsusan2@gmail.com or 713-854-7855.

Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

BORDEAUX TRIO Dinner on October 19th At the new Houston Club

On Monday October 19th at 7pm, please join Spec’s in welcoming a trio from Bordeaux in Stephan von Niepperg (Ch. Canon La Gaffeliere as well as Ch. d’Aiguilhe and Clos de l’Oratoire), Patrick Maroteau (Ch. Branaire Ducru), and Ludovic Frandin (Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte) to Houston for a Bordeaux Trio Dinner at the new Houston Club featuring wines from these great properties and Houston Club chef Doug George’s wine-friendly menu.

Aperitif: Passed Daikon Lobster Rolls / Rosemary Ginger Aioli
Toasted Almond & Parmigiano Crostini
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2012   

1st: Silky Leek & Red Wine Soup with Gruyere Croutons
Ch. d’Aiguilhe, Castillon,  2009
Duluc de Branaire, St. Julien, 2006

2nd: Alder Wood Smoked Moulard Duck Breast / Baby Arugula / Shaved Fennel / Dried Cherry Gastrique
Clos de l’Oratoire, St. Emilion,  2012
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2012
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2012

3rd: Grilled Venison Chop / Creamy Blue Corn Grits / Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Ch. Canon la Gafelliere, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2011
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2011

Cheese: Artisan Cheeses
Ch. Canon la Gafelliere, St. Emilion, 2006
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2006
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2006

Dessert: Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Terrine / Honey Truffle / Chocolate Dipped Grapes

This unique Bordeaux Trio Dinner will cost $185 per person all inclusive.

For reservations, contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

The Houston Club is located on the 49th floor of One Shell Plaza (910 Louisianna, 77002).
Gentlemen are requested to wear a Jacket and Tie.

A Summer Dinner in the South (of France)

At 7pm on Thursday, August 6th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari Restaurant for a Summer Dinner in the South (of France) in which we will pair Chef Johann Schuster’s Provence-inspired menu with wines from the south of France. Rather than our usual Champagne, we’ll start with a sparkling Kir Violette and move on to and through a range of the brighter, fresher flavors that are the signature of this intriguing part of the world.

THE MENU
Baguettes Toast with Olive & Eggplant Tapenade
Kir Violette

Cantaloupe Melon with French Country Ham with
J Vidal Fleury Muscat Beaumes de Venise 2011

Bouillabaisse Marseillaise with
Ch. de Lancyre Pic St. Loup Rosé 2014
Ch. de Pegau “Pink” Rosé Vin de France 2014
Montmirail “Rossignol” Gigondas Rosé 2014

Roasted Leg of Lamb al Provencal, Ratatouille with
Ch. de Pegau “Maclura” Cotes du Rhone 2012
Montmirail “Jeune Vigne” Cotes du Rhone 2012
Ch. de Lancyre Pic St. Loup Vielles Vignes, 2009
Montmirail “Cuvee de Beauchamps” Gigondas, 2012
Domaine Pegau “Cuvee Reserve” Chateauneuf du Pape, 2012

Cherry Clafoutis

This fun and unique dinner will cost $130 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $136.84 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email to coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855. Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten Bordeaux Dinner at Charivari

At 7pm on Thursday, May 14th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari for a fun and delicious look at wine from Bordeaux paired with the fine cooking of Chef Johann Schuster.  As always, we’ll start with Champagne after which we will go directly to two Sauternes (both from 2011, a great Sauternes vintage) paired with one of the best fish dishes being served in Houston these days and then to the reds. And what reds? First a group of fine 2008s with the grilled beef, then two of those same chateaux in the great 2009 vintage with the cheese, and finally the same two chateaux again in the great 2010 vintage with the dessert. Favorite wines from “Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten” paired with favorite foods.Grand_Puy_Lacoste1

THE MENU
Walleye Pike Quenelles
Henriot Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV

Spiced Smoked-Miso-Maple-glazed Sable Fish Fillet,
Julienne Vegetables, and Sauternes Foam
Ch. Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes, 2011
Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2011

Beet Sorbet

Zabuton (Flat Iron) Steak with Beef Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2008
Ch. Canon la Gaffeliere, St. Emilion, 2008
Ch. Gruaud Larose, St. Julien, 2008
Ch. Rauzan Segla, Margaux, 2008
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2008

A selection of French Cheeses
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2009
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2009

Swiss Chocolate-Chipotle Tart
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2010
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010

This unique Bordeaux dinner will cost $180 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $189.47 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

Tour de Bordeaux 2012 Wine Dinner

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at Charivari for a Bordeaux Dinner featuring eleven great red Bordeaux wines from the recently released 2012 vintage. We’ll pair the baker’s dozen wines (including the obligatory starting Champagne and the finishing Sauternes) with Charivari Chef/Owner Johann Schuster’s menu specifically chosen for affinity with these wines.

The Starting Line
White Asparagus Tart Flambé with
Louis Sacy Grand Soir, Champagne, NV

The Limestone Plateau: All Around the Right Bank
Freekeh-stuffed Texas Quail, Verjus reduction with
Ch. Ampelia, Cotes de Castillon, 2012
Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Bordeaux – Francs, 2012
Ch. La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2012
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2012

A Brief Respite
Lemon Sorbet

The Gravel Flats and Mounds: Down the Medoc
Piedmontese Beef Short Ribs aux Jus over Bramata alla Romana with
Ch. Senejac, Haut Medoc, 2012
Ch. Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2012
Ch. Leoville Barton, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Clerc Milon, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Calon Segur, St. Estephe, 2012

From Pauillac to Pessac
A selection of French Cheeses with
Ch. Pichon Baron de Longueville, Pauillac, 2012
Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2012

The Finish Line
Chocolate – Panna Cotta & Strawberry Salad
Lions de Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2012

After a Champagne starter, we’ll progress to the meat of the matter – a tour of four fine reds from the limestone plateau (right bank) will set the 2012 theme while accompanying the roast quail stuffed with parched wheat. We’ll break with a sorbet and then tour down the Haut Medoc (left bank) with five top reds from five appellations. Finally, we’ll tie it up with a sprint from Pauillac to Pessac and cross the finish line in Sauternes

This 2012 Bordeaux dinner will cost $140 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $147.37 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855. Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.