Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Almost Just Right - Enotria!

What a relief! No small plates! Although I must admit, I miss the Veal Tartare. Things went a lot more smoothly this time around. Very friendly service, interesting dishes, a very friendly corkage fee ($15), but a few problems remain. We brought a bottle of 1995 Barolo and asked the waiter to decant it because it had considerable sediment. Even though there was a candle on the table rather than using it to stop at the sediment, he just poured the whole bottle, sediment and all, into the decanter. Fortunately the wine was still drinkable, but not the smooth elegant modern style Barolo it could have been had it been properly decanted. The service, while very friendly( perhaps too familiar), was also very slow. We waited an hour before our first courses arrived. The cod cakes were uninteresting, the sweetbreads quite good, the rabbit loin excellent. The pheasant tagliatelle was very tasty, the wild boar gnocchi good, the duck breast quite good. Even though I am a low sodium kind of guy, all of the food lacked salt or spice or zest. This is not Minnesota! Enotria appears to be developing a local following and the prices seem right. About $50 per person including wine. You will not starve to death at Enotria. The portions are just right. It looks like Enotria will be a success.


  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Neil said…

    Hi, I know this is not germane to this post, but I'm very impressed with this blog and your breadth of knowledge so I'd thought I'd ask. I'm going to the Yakima valley (we're probably going to stay in Zillah or maybe Prosser) with my wife for our anniversary, I was hoping you could give me the names of a few can't miss wineries. I'd really appreciate it.



  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    You're right! Not germane, but flattery will get you anywhere. You are going to a great part of Washington wine country. Near Zillah, check out Agate Field, Massett Winery and Sheridan Vineyard! Try to taste the Petit Sirah from Massett and any of the great reds at Sheridan Vineyard - L'Orage, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Splurge! Take a bottle to dinner with you and pay the corkage. You wife will be glad you did. Gene - The Wine Psychologist

  • At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for pointing out where some decent portions abide.


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