We love treating ourselves to the most special seafood on New Years and have the following available in the Market:
-Whole live oysters, perfect with a squeeze of lemon or dressed up with a simple mignonette
-Fresh Maine lobsters that come to us live, and our chefs have boiled in a court bouillon so they’re ready to serve
-Two kinds of sustainable American caviar from California Caviar Company: Paddlefish caviar ($35/oz) and California White Sturgeon ($75/oz)
Our full New Years Menu is available for pickup in the store or pre-order with 48 hours’ notice; make it easy on yourself and serve our chefs’ Creamy Prawn Bisque with Meyer Lemon and Fresh Tarragon, Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Roasted Mushrooms, Pecan-Apricot Bread Stuffing, and more.
Nothing says “End of 2012” like a good sparkly toast, and for that we have you well covered. Here are three of our favorite bottles of sparkly for New Year’s Eve
Jean-Paul Brun is one of our favorite Beaujolais producers who also makes a killer bottle of bubbly! This is a Blanc de Blancs, (literally ‘white of whites’) meaning it’s made entirely of Chardonnay, one of the three primary grapes in Champagne. And while this a Cremant, as in a sparkling wine made outside of the designated Champagne area of France, it certainly makes a great stand-in for true Champagne at a much more affordable price point. Jean-Paul Brun is one of those producers committed to organic farming, using only native yeasts and minimal additions of sulfur. This wine is sure to impress with aromas of lemon and biscuits, with a lush, minerally, dry finish.
Domaine Voirin-Jumel is located in the village of Cramant (not to be confused with the term Cremant), which is one of the 17 villages in Champagne with Grand Cru status. Cramant literally means ‘mound of chalk’ and refers to the snowy looking chalk soils of this area that play an important role in both contributing minerality to the grapes as well as regulating temperature by reflecting light and heat in this generally cooler area. This Grand Cru bottling is a great value with lush aromas of apricot, white flowers, and lemon. A soft stone fruit component and long minerally finish make this the perfect wine to toast 2013 (at half the price of Veuve-Cliquot)!
Like Cedric Bouchard, Dominique Moreau is one of those up-and-coming wine makers in the southern region of Champagne known as the Aube. She named her Domaine after her great-grandmother Marie Courtin, who often helped her work the vines. She’s a rogue producer, going against everything typical in big ‘house Champagne’ by bottling biodynamically-grown, single-vineyard, single-varietal, single-vintage Champagnes with no dosage, and use of native yeasts. And the results are remarkable: her Résonance is 100% Pinot Noir, fermented in stainless steel, and has complex aromas of peaches, quince, and almonds. A lush and full texture with a bone-dry finish make this the perfect pairing with a decadent New Year’s dinner!