Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, & Syrah At Mala Tang
Friday, January 10, 2020
“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.” — Clifton Fadiman
During this event we will taste three wines from three different regions. Each with its own distinctive flavor.
Our second wine is from Willamette Valley in Oregon and is 100% Pinot noir that was aged in French oak barrels.
Finally, our third wine is from Lake Country region in California. It is 100% Petit Sirah. This will be night of bold favors that I know we’ll enjoy experiencing!
Everyone will receive notes about the background of the wine’s varietal/grape and region. Each of us contributes $27 to the shared cost of the wines and corkage fees, plus you pay for your own dinner order.
Syrah Lunar Apoge 2015
What a discovery! A fruit forward warming Syrah made from BIODYNAMICALLY grown grapes and made in a non-interventionist manner. Really pretty flavors of licorice, tobacco, black cherry and super smooth tannins really make this wine sing. The Leperchois family has been growing vines for several generations in Roquemaure. Christian Leperchois bottles his biodynamic wines under the Lunar Apoge label. The wines are 100% certified by Demeter. The Estate has been 100% organic and biodynamic since 1977.
Brella Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014
Parallels are often drawn between the Willamette Valley and Burgundy for their silky expressions of Pinot Noir. Oregon’s warm 2014 growing season produced large yields of exceptionally ripe grapes, which became perfumed, elegantly structured wines. This bottling from Brella displays a classic bouquet of red berries, floral scents, vanilla spice, and fresh minerality radiating from the glass, while ample juiciness provides flexibility for pairing.
Two Angels Petite Sirah Red Hills Lake County 2013
The 2013 Two Angels Petite Sirah is very dark purple (nearly black) and boasts savory aromas of ripe blackberries, violets, spice, and black pepper. Abundant fruit flavors in this well-structured wine are nicely integrated with toasted oak and a touch of black licorice. Although well built with good weight, true to varietal, this wine has a suppleness, especially with airing, not usual for Petite Sirah.
The inspiration behind Mala Tang is the street food of Chengdu.. Here you’ll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth.
The hot pot itself is a pan that sits on a portable burner, surrounded by an array of small plates piled high with fresh ingredients. Guests select pieces of food and drop them into the broth to cook, and then dip them into delicious sauces.
For the main hot pot course, Mala Tang serves a variety of proteins including chicken, lamb, all-natural beef, and fresh seafood; starches such as sweet potato noodles, and a plethora of vegetables ranging from bok choy to lotus roots. Those who are “afraid of the chili heat,” as the Chengdu locals jokingly warn incoming travelers, can tone down the mala flavor with a mild version of the cooking broth.
Nearest metro is Virginia Square Metro – turn left at N Monroe Street then turn right on Washington Blvd.
COMPLIMENTARY PARKING (MONDAY-FRIDAY AFTER 5PM & WEEKENDS) at American Legion Parking Lot across the street.DAYTIME VALIDATED PARKING 2 HOURS MAX. (MONDAY-FRIDAY 11:30AM-4:30PM ONLY) at the Garage Adjacent to Mala Tang.