I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I briefly highlight some interesting wine and food items that I have encountered recently.
1) Join Chef Jason Bond and the team at Bondir on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30pm, as they welcome special guest William Easton from the Terre Rouge Winery in California for a fun and informative evening of wine tasting and discussion. A special four-course dinner prepared by Chef Bond will be served to highlight and complement the selected wines.
Chef Bond’s creative menu of local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients will be paired with 4 to 5 different wines starting off with a dry rosé, the Terre Rouge Vin Gris d’Amador, offering a delicious creamy nuance and crisp bite perfect for an early summer evening. Also on the list is the 2010 Amador Zinfandel, a wine with complex spicy aromas and a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months in French oak barrels. Also being poured is the 2009 Syrah, Les Côtes de l’Ouest, which has “a clean purity of Syrah fruit that is reminiscent of many St. Joseph’s and other Northern Rhônes.”
Winemaker Bill Easton, who has spent the last 32 years focusing on producing a limited amount of high-quality wine from Rhône varietals to old-vine Zinfandels and other one-of-a-kind varieties, will be in attendance to discuss the history, culture, and qualities of his selections.
Reservations are required. Please call 617-661-0009
Cost: $125 per person
2) It’s game time at the newly revamped Faneuil Hall hotspot, The Place. Beginning Wednesday, The Place will now be home to a weekly Game Night competition where the after-work faithful will engage in trivia and video game battles. During trivia, The Place will dish out half-priced appetizers including: Chicken Tenders (made fresh in-house and breaded to order, served plain or tossed in your choice of buffalo, BBQ, spicy BBQ, teriyaki glaze, or Cajun rub – regularly $8); Loaded Nachos (crispy tortilla chips loaded with cheddar, diced tomatoes, diced red onions and jalapeños served with sour cream and salsa – regularly $8); and, Philly Steak Rolls (crispy steak rolls served over mixed greens with our housemade spicy ketchup – regularly $8).
Challenge your friends and colleagues to PS3 games on LCD flat-screens including FIFA 13, Call of Duty and NHL 13. If you’re more the scholar, there is team trivia. To the victors? Prizes including $25 gift certificates to The Place, VIP passes and t-shirts.
WHEN: Trivia competition: Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm
Video game competition: Wednesdays from 6pm – 11pm
The competitions are complimentary to guests. Half-priced appetizers are offered from 6pm – 8pm.