One of my favorite American wineries is Sonoma's Cline Cellars. They produce a wide range of excellent wines, and if you ever have the opportunity to visit the winery and California Missions Museum at Cline, you certainly should. --- But, if you can't make it to Sonoma, no worries -- Cline is coming to Salt Lake City.
First, on Aug. 28, Bambara will host Charlie Cline for its monthly Sip & Savor Soiree. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. in The Vault at Bambara, four Cline selections will be featured, along with small-plates food pairings.
Executive chef Nathan Powers will prepare small-plate pairings specifically geared to the flavor profile of each wine. Charlie Cline will present Cline Cellars' Mourvedre Rose Contra Costa 2011; Ancient Vine Mouvedre Contra Costa 2010; Syrah Carneros 2009; and Live Oak Zinfandel Contra Costa 2010.
The cost for the Bambara Sip & Savor Soiree is $5 for the small plates and $15 for the optional wine pairings, per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 801-363-5454 to reserve your spot.
Then, on Aug. 30, beginning at 6 p.m., Faustina will host a four-course wine-pairing dinner featuring Cline Cellars, with Charlie Cline in attendance. The dishes that executive chef Billy Sotelo has on tap are as follows, along with the Cline wine pairings:
Course 1: House-cured salmon, micro tatsoi, potato cake, caviar, creme fraiche, with Cline Viognier
Course 2: Miso-roasted black cod, carrots and pea tendrils, pho, with Cline Mourvedre Rose
Course 3: Pleasant Creek hanger steak, thyme-infused gnocchi, roasted Utah corn, lightly smoked tomato demi sauce, with Cline Live Oak Zinfandel
Course 4: Frozen date cake with Late Harvest Mourvedre
The cost for the Faustina dinner is $40 per person and the optional wine flights are an additional $20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-746-4441.