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California Wine Series: Monterey & South Central Coast
Tuesday, February 2  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Continuing our very popular series, we will head South to the regions below San Francisco towards Santa Barbara . Relatively " New " on the current wine scene, and heralded in the movie " Sideways" these AVA's are making their mark.
1st Course: Fennel and Citrus Salad with Charred Squid; Pinot Grigio, Fog Head 2014;
2nd Course: Rabbit-Ginger Sausage with Spaetzle and Brussels Sprouts; Chardonnay, Vinum Cellars 2013;
3rd Course: Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Jowl, Smoked Paprika, and Celery Powder; Pinot Noir, Hahn Estate "SLH" 2012 & Syrah, Fess Parker 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

A Walk in the Vineyard: Sebastiani Family Vineyards
Wednesday, February 3  •  7-9pm  •  $70
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Since 1904 Sebastiani Family Vineyards (Sononma) has been a staple in the California wine scene. Sebastiani is one of a small number of wineries to survive prohibition and the Great Depression. Since 2008, the quality of Sebastiani's wines has improved so dramatically that they are almost without peer. Tonight, listen to the history and taste the wines of this profound producer.
1st Course: Scallops with Marinated Seaweed, Cucumber, and Yam; Sebastiani Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County) 2014;
2nd Course: Salmon with Root Vegetables, Quinoa, and Pickled Sunchokes; Sebastiani Chardonnay (North Coast) 2013;
3rd Course: Quail over Creamy Grits with White Cheddar; Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Sebastiani Zinfandel (Sonoma County) 2012,

Romantic Wines: White, Rose and Red
Tuesday, February 9  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Cupid is back in town, and what better way to celebrate than with these sultry selections, all guaranteed to start up that libido.
1st Course: Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes; Chardonnay, Menage a Trois 2014, Central Coast, CA;
2nd Course: Lobster with Watercress-Apple Salad, Pomegranate, and Miso-Yuzu Dressing; Rose, Chateau Beaulieu 2012, Provence, France;
3rd Course: Venison with Sweet Potato, Blueberry, and Dijon Jus; St. Amour, Geo Duboeuf 2013, Burgundy, France & Malbec, Pasion 4, Santa Julia 2014, Mendoza, Argentina;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

Romantic Parisian Dinner: Bistro & Brassiere Cuisine
Wednesday, February 10  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Ah, France. Just saying the word conjures up notions of strolling along the Champs de Elysee, the bistros bustling with customers, the elegant chapeau adorned women sipping rose, and the smell of baguette clinging to the air. Tonight we will transport you to the the City of Lights though our fabulous menu and Hudson's pairings, without having to leave Chester County.
1st Course: Shrimp with Grilled Lime, Onion, and Chickpea Salad; Chateau de la Vieille Tour Blanc (Bordeaux) 2013;
2nd Course: Braised Pork Belly with Diced Melon and Herbs; La Forge Chardonnay (Languedoc) 2012;
3rd Course: Beef Short Ribs with Crumbled Stilton, Celery, and Buttermilk Jus; Domaine les Ondines Cotes du Rhone Plan de Dieu (Rhone) 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Chateau Loupiac-Gaudiet (Sauternes) 2012.

Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams a Sparkling Wine Dinner
Thursday, February 11  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Remember "Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous"? Robin Leach closing each show with his signature phrase of "champagne wishes and caviar dreams", well that is what tonight is all about! Often associated with royalty and lavish lifestyles, sparkling wine can be so much more than we ever thought. Tonight features sparkling wine from some of the best regions around the world. Chef' Aaron's cuisine will highlight each of these very special wines carefully selected by Hudson Austin.
1st Course: Scallops with Wasabi Caviar, Fuji Apple, and Arugula; Simonet Blanc de Blanc (France) NV;
2nd Course: Smoked Salmon over Brioche with Crème Fraiche and Salmon Caviar; Acinum Prosecco (Friuli, IT.) NV;
3rd Course: Black Cod with American Paddlefish Caviar and Beurre Blanc; Gruet Blanc de Noir (New Mexico) NV;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Ricossa Moscato d'Asti (Piedmont, IT) 2014.

Craft Beer Series: San Diego Brews
Friday, February 12  •  7-9pm  •  $75
Beer Educator

We travel to San Diego for a perfect Valentines weekend dinner for the craft beer lover.
1st Course: Grilled Shrimp over Kale “B-L-T” Salad; Stone Pale Ale, 6%; Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale 7.5%;
2nd Course: Rabbit & Ginger Sausage over Root Vegetables; Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, 7%; Lagunitas IPA, 6.2%;
3rd Course: Quail with Winter Squash & Pomegranate Jus; Stone Cali-Belgique, 6.9%; Ballast Point Calico Copper Amber, 5.5%;
4th Course: Cocoa Rubbed Pork Loin with Roasted Peach Puree & Lemon Thyme; Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, 7.2%; Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale, 9.3%;
Dessert: Chef Chocolate Creation; Ballast Point Victory at Sea, 10%; Lagunitas Nightime Ale, 8.2%.

Romantic Italian Dinner: Pomme & Pasta
Wednesday, February 17  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

It's a few short days after Valentine's and we are still caught with romantance in the air. Food and wine dominate the Italian way of life. Tonight we will sample some classics of the Italian style with Chef Aaron's twists and Hudson's circuitous pairings. Tonight is a must for lovers of the Italian way of life. Ferrari not required.
1st Course: Crab in Béchamel Sauce with Tarragon and Penne; Sella & Mosca Vermentino (Sardinia) 2014;
2nd Course: Wild Boar Bolognese, Fried Sage, Onion, and Pickled Jalapeno; Gini Toscana Rosso (Tuscany) 2013;
3rd Course: Filet Mignon with Pommes Dauphinoise and Truffle Oil; Bertani Original Secco Valpolicella (Veneto) 2011;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Ricossa Brachetto (Piedmont).

Wines of South Africa
Thursday, February 18  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Back by Popular demand, this region continues to make great strides in quality viticulture, the majority of the wines are produced in the Western Cape Regions, and S A was the original "New World" wine destination.
1st Course: Grilled Shrimp with Broccoli, Avocado, and Dijon Vinaigrette; Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester "Petit" 2014;
2nd Course: Lobster over Quinoa Salad with Paprika, Pine nuts, Bell Pepper, and Golden Raisins; Chardonnay, Nederburg "Winemasters" 2014;
3rd Course: Falafel Crusted Lamb with Cilantro, Parsley, and Lemon Yogurt with Roasted Vegetables; Shiraz, Fairview "Goats du Roam" 2013 & Pinotage, Nederburg Reserve 2013;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

Wines of Argentina
Tuesday, February 23  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Don't Cry for Argentina, their Wine Industry is robust and better than ever, come see what all the raves are about at this sampling of their very drinkable and food friendly whites and reds.
1st Course: Marcona Almond Crusted Scallop with Sherry Shrimp; Torrontes, Santa Julia 2014
2nd Course: Braised Pork with Manchego, Serrano Peppers, and Crème Fraiche; Chardonnay, Terrazas de los Andes 2014
3rd Course: Beef Tenderloin Milanesa with Chorizo and Chimichurri; Malbec, Ruca Malen "Yauquen" 2013 & Tempranillo, Familia Zuccardi "Q" 2013;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

Winter Warmers: Wine & Cocktails to Warm the Hearth & Heart
Wednesday, February 24  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

The wine craze is still on fire, but new things always fan the flame...tonight we fan our flame with some fun cocktails! Mixology wasn't really something that most people thought about when entering their favorote watering hole, but just as the Craft Beer market has exploded, the Craft Cocktail scene is a virtual volcano! This evening we will pair up some big, bold red wines and learn how to make craft cocktails. Pairings this night are sure to dazzle the palate and offer a new experience along the way.
1st Course: “Bloody Mary” Cocktail Shrimp; Acha White Vermouth Cocktail;
2nd Course: Gin Marinated Rabbit with Thyme, Roasted Shallots, and Mustard-Nutmeg Spaetzle; Montoya Zinfandel (Lodi) 2012;
3rd Course: Grilled Venison with Port, Madeira, Cocoa, and Scotch; Dictador Rum Cocktail & Ross Andrews "The Huntsman" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Grahams 10 Year Tawny Port.

Winemaker Series: Duckhorn
Saturday, February 27  •  7-9pm  •  $125
Scott Finale, Duckhorn Brand Ambassador

We welcome back Scott Finale to share his knowledge of these iconic Duckhorn wines.
1st Course: Scallops with Smoked Egg Yolk, Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Horseradish; Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2014;
2st Course: Pheasant Breast with Clove, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic, and Allspice; Duckhorn Migration Chardonnay 2014;
3rd Course: Bison Carpaccio with Basil-Hazelnut Pesto; Duckhorn Merlot 2013;
4th Course: Roasted Duck with Parsnip, Cipollini Onions, Carrot, Chestnuts, and Currants; Duckhorn Three Palms 2012 & Duckhorn Paraduxx Proprietary Red Blend 2012;
Dessert: Chef’s Creation; Warm Dark Chocolate Cake with Pomegranate Syrup and Raspberries.


Wines from Stage, Screen, & Sport.
Tuesday, March 1  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Wines of the vineyards of Palmer, Pitt-Jolie, Mathews, Andretti.
1st Course: Pan Seared Scallop, Fennel Glaze, Arugula…Mango Lime Dressing, Fried Shallots; Chardonnay, Jim Nantz "The Calling" 2013, Russian River, CA;
2nd Course: Citrus Brined Salmon, Coconut & Curry Risotto; Rose de Provence, Angelina Jolie/ Brad Pitt "Miraval" 2014, Provence, France;
3rd Course: Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potato Hash, Apple Chutney, Mustard Barbeque Sauce; Sangiovese di Toscana, Andrea Bocelli 2013, Tuscany, Italy & Cabernet Sauvignon, Dave Matthews "Dreaming Tree" 2013, Sonoma, CA;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

French Connection Series: Bordeaux & Burgundy
Wednesday, March 2  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

This series sets about exploring France two regions at a time. For this first part of the series we examine two very different regions to which most of the new World's wine culture owes its roots. Come start this exploration with this first part of a three part series.
1st Course: Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Croquette, Asian Pear, Orange, Tarragon Vinaigrette; Chateau Magneau Blanc (Bordeaux, FR) 2014;
2nd Course: Garlic Shrimp, Zucchini Noodles, Bayonne Ham, Tomato Pulp; Domaine des Rochers Macon Chaintre (Burgundy, FR) 2014;
3rd Course: Veal Tenderloin, White Bean & Wild Boar Cassoulet, Almond Pistou; Chateau Bellevue Rouge (Bordeaux, FR) 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Domaine Billard Hautes-Cotes De Beaune Rouge (Burgundy, FR) 2014.

Challenge of the Sommeliers: Battle Royale
Tuesday, March 8  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits &
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

The battle returns for 2016. You judge after tasting each wine paired with the course, you vote for the best pairing, and then we reveal the name of the wine. Always a fun night. Wines will be presented and unveiled at the event. Additional menu details will follow.

Red Wine Run Down - All Reds Dinner
Wednesday, March 9  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Baby it's cold outside, well, red wines will surely warm us all up. Tonight we will have a power house tasting of big reds in all of their jammy, juicy, tannic wonderment!
1st Course: Cornish Game Hen, Oyster Mushrooms, Gruyere & Tarragon Cream Sauce; La Forge Pinot Noir (Languedoc, FR) 2014;
2nd Course: Grilled New York Strip, Balsamic Onions & Bacon; Waterbrook Syrah (Columbia Valley, WA) 2013;
3rd Course: Lamb Osso Bucco, Roquefort Cheese Soft Polenta; Rocca Delle Macie SC Rubizzo (Tuscany, IT) 2014;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon (California) 2012.

California Red Blends
Tuesday, March 15  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

A very popular wine category with today's wine drinker. Often blends of 3 or more grape varieties makes for tasty supple, vibrant textures and flavors.
1st Course: Tuna Tartare, Wasabi Chantilly Cream; Josh Cellars "Legacy" 2013, Napa / Sonoma, CA;
2nd Course: Rabbit Minestrone, Spaetzle; Cosentino "The DARK" 2013, Lodi, CA;
3rd Course: Lamb Chops, Hummus Mashed Potatoes, Eggplant Caponata; Hahn Estate G S M 2013, Monterey, CA & Clos la Chance Meritage 2013, Central Coast, CA;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

Winemaker Series: Chappellet Winery – A Napa Valley Staple Since 1967!
Saturday, March 19  •  7-9pm  •  $95
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Chappellet Winery has been quietly cultivating an almost cult like following with their wines and outshining some of the most sought after and hard to get wines all the while offering up unparalleled value. Tonight we taste through their latest releases.
1st Course: Lobster Salad, Truffle Dressing, Chilled Melon Cucumber Soup; Sonoma Loeb Chardonnay (Sonoma County) 2013;
2nd Course: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Brie, Black Pepper & Fresh Thyme; Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) 2014;
3rd Course: Roasted Duck Breast, Sweet Potato Hash, Berry Mocha Jus; Chappellet "Mountain Cuvee" (Napa Valley) 2013;
4th Course: Petite Filet Mignon, Horseradish Stuffed Red Bliss Potato, Béarnaise Aioli; Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon "Signature" (Napa Valley) 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Chappellet "Double" C Cabernet 2013.

Lobster & Pinot Grigio
Tuesday, March 22  •  7-9pm  •  $70
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Nothing goes together like Lobster and Pinot Grigio, in all its different styles, as it complements and contrasts the rich and complex flavors of the most famous Crustacean.
1st Course: Lobster Salad Taco, Avocado, Mango, Black Bean Aioli, Frizzled Onions; Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio 2014, Sicily, Italy;
2nd Course: New Zealand Lobster Tail, Celery Root Mash, Lemongrass Basil Beurre Blanc; Bocelli Pinot Grigio 2014, Veneto, Italy;
3rd Course: Lobster Thermidor, Classically Prepared; Montinore Pinot Gris 2014, Willamette, Oregon & Hahn Estate Pinot Gris 2014, Central Coast, CA;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

March Malbec Madness - All Malbec Dinner
Wednesday, March 23  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Tonight we head into the world of Malbec. This grape exploded onto the wine stage to fill the gap left by the sudden and dramatic departure of Merlot being liked by so many. Malbec didn't magically sprout up in Argentina, there is history and various places in which Malbec thrives.
1st Course: Braised Shredded Chicken, South American Style, Potato, Green Olive, Almond, Raisin; Mission "La Caminade" Cahors (Southwest France) 2014;
2nd Course: Bison Meatballs, Parsley, Onion & Tomato Gravy, Crumbled Blue Cheese; Portillo Malbec (Uco Valley, Mendoza, ARG) 2014;
3rd Course: Roasted Duck Breast, Sweet Potato Hash, Hoisin Plum Sauce; La Posta Malbec "Pizzella" (La Consulta, Mendoza, ARG) 2014;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Waterbrook Malbec (Columbia Valley, WA) 2014.

Craft Beer Series: Firestone, Boulevard, Ommegang
Saturday, March 26  •  7-9pm  •  $75
Beer Educator

1st Course: Crab with Smashed Avocado, Bacon, Gruyere, and Meyer Lemon; Firestone Walker India Pale Ale, 7.5%; Ommegang Witte, Witbier, 5.2%;
2nd Course: Smoked Paprika Shrimp over Grilled Artichoke Puree; Firestone Walker Double Jack, Imperial IPA, 9.5%; Boulevard The Calling IPA, American Double Imperial IPA, 8.5%;
3rd Course: Duck Confit with Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, Dried Cranberry, and Radish; Boulevard Smokestack Series Tank 7, Saison Farmhouse Ale, 8.5%; Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, 6.5%;
4th Course: Rack of Lamb with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts, Parmesan, and Mint; Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye, Black IPA, 8.3%; Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout, 11%;
Dessert: Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart with Bailey’s Cream; Boulevard Tell-Tale Tart, Sour Ale, 6.2%; Ommegang Abbey Ale, Dubbel, 8.2%.

California Wine Series: Sonoma & Carneros
Tuesday, March 29  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Explore these are two powerhouse regions in Califronia. Additional wine details will follow.
1st Course: Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Croquette, Asian Pear, Orange, Tarragon Vinaigrette; Kunde Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Sonoma, CA;
2nd Course: Stuffed Quail, Cornbread, Sausage & Cranberries, Mushroom Herb Ragout; Artesa "Carneros" Pinot Noir 2013, Carneros, CA;
3rd Course: Lamb Osso Bucco, Roquefort Cheese Soft Polenta; Cigar Zin " Old Vine" Zinfandel 2012, Dry Creek, CA & The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander, CA;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation.

French Connection Series: The Lesser Known Regions
Wednesday, March 30  •  7-9pm  •  $65
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Tonight we complete our series in French wine with a tasting of some of the lesser known regions. Ever heard of Marcillac or Roussilon? No, that's ok! Tonight we will explore what many consider to be some of the more unruly regions of France. Additional menu & wine details will follow.
1st Course: Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Gratin, Gruyere Cheese, Prosciutto; Domaine Lupin Frangy Roussette de Savoie (Savoie, FR) 2014;
2nd Course: Pan Fried Trout, Stew of Cranberry, Walnut & Ginger; Domaine Philemon Gaillac Blanc (Southwest France) 2013;
3rd Course: Roasted Guinea Hen, Garlic Sausage & Lentils, Jus Lié; Tissot Gamay (Bugey, FR) 2012;
Dessert Course: Chef's Creation; Domaine du Cros Marcillac (Southwest France) 2014.