If you’re like me, you love wine, but you may be somewhat of an amateur when it comes to the perfect wine/culinary pairing. That’s ok, because there are professionals that have mastered the trade and are more than happy to help set us up for success at our next dinner party. The current 6-for-$60 wine program, where you get six bottles of wine with tasting notes and pairing suggestions, is currently available at Old Vine Cafe and is the perfect addition to your next occasion.
Tucked away in a quaint, peaceful corner of THE CAMP, Old Vine Cafe offers a modern day culinary experience; you get the scene, the atmosphere, the Insta-worthy cuisine and the exposure to new ingredients that are presented in a variety of fun, creative ways. Owner and Executive Chef Mark McDonald is who you have the thank for this experience, and for a limited time you get to take most of that experience with you.
The distinguished wine labels carefully paired with the appropriate dish are as follows:
2013 Atance, Bobal – Valencia, Spain
This 100% Bobal offers ripe fruit & moderate tannins, with bright acidity.
Suggested pairing: BBQ Pork Ribs
2012 Carlos Serres, Crianza – Rioja, Spain
This 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha is aged for 14 months in oak barrels and offers spiced red fruit notes with well balanced acidity and tannins.
Suggested Pairing: Paella with Dark Meat Poulty & Pork
2013 De Gregorio, Ruanello Bianco – Sicily, Italy
This white blend of Inzolia & Cataratto, offers vibrant acidity, seashell mineralogy, and sweet citrus notes.
Suggested Pairing: Light Pasta Dishes, Seafood & Lemon
2015 Carlos Serres, Rioja Blanco – Rioja, Spain
This 85% Viura, 15% Tempranillo Blanco offers ripe green apple notes with flowers on the nose and is nicely balanced with vibrant acidity.
Suggested Pairing: Semi-Firm Manchego Cheese, Sliced Apples
2009 Cantina del Valdarno Superiore, Chianti Classico – Italy
This aged 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo offers tart red cherry fruit, herbal notes, and moderate tannins.
Suggested Pairing: Pasta Bolognese, Parmigiano Reggiano, Rosemary Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2013 MAN Family Wines, Shiraz – South Africa
100% Shiraz offers ripe blue & black fruit, with mild pepper notes.
Suggested Pairing: Char Grilled Lamb Chops
Are you ready to take your culinary adventure to the next level, and by that we mean international? Why not take your love of Chef Mark’s culinary experience one step farther and book one of his various led culinary trip destinations. Chef Mark McDonald has led culinary tours through some of the most well known landmark “food destinations” this world has to offer. He has navigated his guests on culinary expeditions through Turkey, Finland, and let us not forget the best for last, Italy! These excursions are unlike anything you’ve experienced, and we promise it will be the trip of a lifetime. By clicking here, you can find out all the details of his next excursion with Chef John Nocita, being held all across the South and North of Italy.
For more information regarding the Old Vine Cafe, to view the full menu, or for culinary travel information, you can do so by clicking here. To learn more specific info regarding the culinary travel to Italy, contact Chef Mark McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 714.655.6142.