Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wine Wednesdays - 2015 Royal Tokaji Wine Company "The Oddity" Furmint + Dinner at Olmsted

There's a reason Olmsted was named best restaurant of 2017.  I certainly enjoyed one of my favorite meals of the year there last month.  From start to finish, the service, wine, food, and scene stole a little piece of my heart, I already can't wait to go back!

We went a little wild on our wine pick but it was the perfect choice!  It was my first experience with Hungarian wine, made from 100% Furmint grapes (certainly not a varietal we're used to seeing in Napa!) coming from the Tokaji region (more famous for sweet wines).  While the varietal may have sounded exotic, the flavors hit closer to home; a perfect blend of crisp, acidic, floral and mineral.  Stone fruit, melon and a slightly nutty/spicy finish (due to aging in Hungarian oak) on the palate made it a great companion to the food.


As for the food...........


We started with watermelon "sushi" and the salmon tartare, the peach chutney on the tartare was an especially good compliment to the peach notes in the wine!


Followed by the infamous carrot crepe (truth be told, my least favorite dish of the night)


For our next course, we had the falafel and dry rubbed scallops with grilled corn and blueberries.


To finish things off, we moved out to the back garden for dessert.  When we couldn't decide between the frozen yogurt and the chocolate mousse our server brought us both!


I already can't wait to go back!

Wine:  2015 Royal Tokaji Wine Company "The Oddity" Furmint
Purchased:  Olmsted Brooklyn, NY
Price:  $18 retail

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