Gibsons Far Niente Wine Dinner & New Wine Release

WHAT:           Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in downtown Chicago announces the continuation of their monthly Wine Dinner Series with a Far Niente Family of Wines Release and Dinner featuring President and Director Of Sales Bruce Mooers and courses prepared by Gibsons’ Executive Chef Randy Waidner on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 PM. Gibsons and Far Niente are proud to announce the release of Far Niente Vineyards En Route Pinot Noir and the 2007 Far Niente Winery Cabernet at this month’s dinner.

Far Niente Family Vineyards includes the award-winning wineries Nickel & Nickel, En Route, Dolce and the original, Far Niente.  Far Niente produces critically acclaimed, estate bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are renowned for their consistent house style and ability to evolve with extended age. Nickel & Nickel is devoted exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Focused on the Russian River Valley, En Route is devoted to producing elegant Pinot Noir. Finally, Dolce Winery is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine. Complete descriptions of each vineyard can be found below.

The six-course event includes decadent courses like Vanilla Red Beet Cured Maine Lobster with Fresh Peach Soda, Lobster Roe, Micro Beets, Chervil; Roast Loin of Rabbit with Pickled Bing Cherries, Fresh Morels, Fava Beans; Prime Beef Strip Loin with Fried Béarnaise, Grilled Garlic Scapes, Creamed Potatoes. Each course is expertly paired with wine selections from Far Niente Family Vineyards. Complete menu with wine pairings is below.

As a special treat for guests, Far Niente will raffle one bottle of signed Far Niente Cabernet 2007 in a black Far Niente Wine Bag for each table. Information about Far Niente Family Vineyard can be found below.

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 26

6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner

COST: $200 per person, all inclusive

RESERVE: Reservations required, space is limited. Call 312.587.0575 ext. 1123

WHERE:        Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – DOWNTOWN

1028 North Rush Street

Chicago, IL 60611

312.266.8999

WINE DINNER SERIES

FAR NIENTE FAMILY VINEYARDS WINE DINNER

Passed Appetizers Passed Wine

Nickel & Nickel Searby Chardonnay 2007

Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cabernet 2006

Nickel & Nickel Suscol Merlot 2007

Course 1 –

Vanilla Red Beet Cured Maine Lobster

Fresh Peach Soda, Lobster Roe, Micro Beets, Chervil

Far Niente Winery Chardonnay 2007

Course 2 –

Roast Loin of Rabbit

Pickled Bing Cherries, Fresh Morels, Fava Beans

En Route Winery Pinot Noir 2008 “Les Pommiers” – Chicago Release

Course 3 –

Lamb: Loin, Tenderloin, Sweet Breads

Sunchoke Puree, Spring Onions

Far Niente Winery Cabernet 2007 – Chicago Release – Out of Magnum

Far Niente Winery Cabernet 2005 “Cave Collection”

Course 4 –

Prime Beef Strip Loin

Fried Béarnaise, Grilled Garlic Scapes, Creamed Potatoes

Far Niente Winery Cabernet 2000 “Cave Collection”

Far Niente Winery Cabernet 1996 “Cave Collection”

Course 5 –

Apricot Crème Brulee

Dolce Winery “Dolce” 2005

Dolce Winery “Dolce” Cave Collection 2000 – 750ml

Bruce Mooers is a 25-year wine industry veteran, who has sold wines from all over Europe and Northern California. A specialist in the ultra-premium market, Mooers has been with the Far Niente family of wineries since 2002 when he was named director of sales for Nickel & Nickel. Later, Mooers added sister wineries Far Niente and Dolce to his responsibilities. He was named vice president of sales for the companies in 2007 and was appointed president of EnRoute in 2008. A native of the East Coast, Mooers began his wine industry career in Los Angeles, and has made his home in Northern California since 1995.

Far Niente was founded by John Benson in 1885 then purchased by Gil and Beth Nickel in 1979, who restored the building to its 19th century grandeur.  During restoration the name, “Far Niente,” which romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building.  Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Far Niente produces critically acclaimed, estate bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are renowned for their consistent house style and ability to evolve with extended age.

Nickel & Nickel is devoted exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinctive personality of each vineyard.  Based in Oakville, CA, the winery was established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente on the 42-acre John C. Sullenger vineyard property. Nickel & Nickel produces vineyard-designated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot as well as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley.

En Route was established in the Russian River Valley in 2007 by the partners of Napa Valley’s

Far Niente winery. Devoted to producing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, EnRoute introduced its first wine, “Les Pommiers,” in May 2009. Les Pommiers is named for the apple orchards that once flourished in the region, and reflects a blend of vineyards primarily from Green Valley and the upper Middle Reach area of the Russian River Valley AVA.

Dolce Napa Valley’s Dolce Winery is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine.  Named from the Italian phrase Dolce Far Niente – sweet doing nothing – Dolce (pronounced dol’ chay) began in 1985 as an idea over a glass of Chardonnay at Far Niente.  The 1989 vintage, released in 1992, marked the first commercial release of the wine and the launch of Dolce as its own separate winery. By its nature, Dolce is a rare wine.  It is produced by leaving ripe Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes on the vine late in the harvest season and, if the right weather conditions occur, allowing a mold called botrytis cinerea, commonly known as noble rot, to attack the grapes. The botrytis shrivels the grapes, evaporating the water while concentrating the sugars and flavors. More than a decade after its commercial debut, Dolce has been able to produce wine in every vintage since 1989. The quantity has varied greatly, from as few as 300 cases to as many as 3,000, depending on how much botrytis develops each year. Dolce is produced from its own 20-acre vineyard in the Coombsville area, east of the city of Napa.

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse embodies the big city dining experience with big flavor steaks and chops, fresh fish daily, and enormous lobster tails—all matched with an extensive wine list. An evening out at Gibsons will include a fun and happening atmosphere with light entertainment, large portions of great food, and uncompromising service.

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