Bell Wine Cellars Dinner

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My mother was in town last week and generously offered to take me to a wine dinner I read about on Bistro by the Tracks' website. Anthony Bell, the owner of Bell Wine Cellars hosted the event and spoke about his amazing wine while we dined on inventive dishes prepared by executive chef Chester Miller.

As you can see from the menu, some of the dishes were quite inventive. Mom and I especially enjoyed the atmosphere of Bistro by the Tracks and were impressed by the impeccable service. 

As we arrived, a greeter showed us to our table and a waiter immediately brought around our first taste of wine (they were small but appropriate pours). It was Bell Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Mom and I both tasted notes of citrus. The wine was light, not sweet but not dry. Easy drinking and very tasty.

For our first course, we dined on seafood risotto made of lobster, shrimp and arugula salad. It was served with the Bell Wine Cellars Big Guy 2009. The risotto was sweet and the lobster was tender. The arugula added just the right amount of bitter flavoring for the perfect taste combination.

Anthony Bell spoke to the diners during the first course of the meal explaining that his Big Guy white wine was inspired by a trip to Knoxville. He and his wife decided to name a wine after their beloved Napa farm dog. His nick name was "Big Guy." The Big Guy red, for some reason, sells the best in the Knoxville area out of everywhere else in the nation.The Big Guy white was sweeter than the Sauvingnon Blanc but not too sweet and had an amazing aroma.

The second course was our favorite. It consisted of spiced duck carpaccio, cannellini bean puree and pickled green tomatoes. The taste was excellent and the presentation just amazing.

This dish was paired with our favorite wine of the evening, the Bell Wine Cellars Syrah 2007. The wine has a taste that lingers on the back of the palate and is very pleasant. Anthony described it as having the "yummy factor." It was light but with a strong enough taste to distinguish itself from Pinot Noir or Merlot.

Next we tasted Cumberland local cheese served with cherry pecan preserves and cumin toast. We noshed with a Bell Wine Cellars Claret 2007. The cheese was buttery and melted in our mouths. It was especially nice with the tartness (and a bit of sweet taste) from the cherries.

Our main course was seared venison with ramp smashed potatoes and venison glace. I'm not fan of venison but I ate some of it. For game meat, it was quite tender. The plate was served with Bell Wine Cellars Clone 6 2006, which is a cab blend. These bottles retail around $50 and we certainly enjoyed it. The wine was dark in color, almost black with an amazing texture and creative taste combination. Certainly one to try!

We had a nice time together and the wine inspired mom and I to talk about some of our European travels, especially Italy and France. I think the last time I ate dinner with someone pairing the wine with certain courses was with my best friend Casey in Las Vegas two years ago for my bachelorette weekend. It is so much fun to let a professional make the selections!


LizP said...

Oh wow, that looks heavenly! Almost as good as King Estate! ;-)

Denae said...

I sooo miss King Estate! That place has an amazing view and such a nice tasting experience.