Taste Wine Dinner Review (Burlington, VT)
We attended the early (6:00) seating at Taste tonight and departed as the 7:30 seating was getting started. Here is a recap.
The evening started off with Kumamoto Oysters presented with a side of Osetra Caviar perched atop a fingerling potato round. The beverage choice was either Vermont Gold Vodka or Moletto Prosecco. We opted for the vodka and were off !
Next stop, duck consomme with carrot coriander creme accompanied by 2005 Branchetto Anthos. Intersting wine that remonded me of wine made by my friend's fathers from Italy (had a nose reminiscient of Dolcetto / Mostcato ) . Overall, a good match (would have loved some duck confit in my consomme !)
Sald anyone ? A nice mix of mache, pea shoots, and greens with a side of Manchego cheese and grapes (along with a gooseberry). The selected wine was a Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand that was very well paired.
Next came a seared veal tenderloin with beet and white truffle puree. This was a delicious piece of meat and was nicely complimented by a 2004 Rodney Strong Zinfandel.
To me the highlight of the night was the Sake and Miso glazed Black Cod in a pool of Coconut stew with Baby Bok Choy. The pairing here was a 2005 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chard that picked up nicely on the nuances of the coconut broth. Excellent !
The entree featured a lamb chop that was spiced with coffee (very subtle according to my tastebuds) and finished with tableside presentation of a coffee vanilla demi. Perfectly cooked medium rare, tha lamb was paired with a 2004 Phillippe Colin Pinot Noir, a very nice match.
To wrap things up, a candied pixie tangerine filled with a light lemon mousse and sided with a raspberry coulis along with a Vin Santo.
We wrapped the night up with a Meulenhof Riesling (a deleted wine from the original menu that was sent by the owner along with some chocolates).
Taste seems to have their engine clicking on all cylinders: ambiance, service, presentation, aroma, plating, flavor, passion, and pride (eight cylinders, this is America !).
Best of luck on future events !
WOW! Very thorough TonyO! I really can't add to that review- I was at the 7:30pm seating and agree with you 100%. I'm a big fan of Taste - Been probably 6 or 8 times in the last year or so. I went with my mom and a friend of hers and we were just blown away- Last night was one of the finest dining experiences I've ever had- period. They really nailed it. I'm happy to see them have such a happy and supportive clientèle.
The chef and executive chef both came out and met the guests- It was obvious how much they enjoy what they do- Lots of enthusiasm- The whole staff is quite charming- As we were on our way out, they were all smiles with lots of hugs for each other near the bar. Looks like a tight group.
I second the black cod as being the highlight of the night! The wines were all so well paired- Veal tenderloin just melted in my mouth. Loved the presentation of the oysters and caviar in the ice filled martini glasses! I
I took a few photos of some of the dishes that I will try to post later from home.
Congrats to Taste! Well done.
Might I add that we loved the music! Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, jazz versions of classic 60s tunes and especially the string quartet versions of Led Zepplin and I think, Bob Dylan songs- Unique!