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SORELLA ROSE – BYOB

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Sorella Rose, South Jersey BYOB Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , on August 26, 2009 by ballymote

The first of three nice dinners we had during our week in Avalon was at Sorella Rose on 8th Street, within walking distance of where we stayed.

IMG_2582This was our second visit to this restaurant as we had a very nice dinner with a group of friends back in early January of this year.  Not many of the better shore restaurants remain open during the winter months so it is a blessing that Sorella Rose serves dinner on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the cold months.

Our guests for the week were our friends JoAnn, who has been my wife’s best friend since childhood, and her husband Gerry who has been my friend for almost as long. After being seated and opening a white wine for starters (2005 St Urban-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese) we perused the extensive and inviting menu. On our January visit they were serving a lobster bisque which was absolutely delicious but it wasn’t on the menu this evening so I chose the Spicy Crab SoupIMG_2585. There were ample chunks of crab and the soup was good but it still finished a distant second to the lobster bisque. The Spatlese having been depleted we now opened two bottles of Shirvington Shiraz, an Australian fruit bomb. We had both the 2004 and 2005 and it was interesting that they could have easily been two completely unrelated wines as the taste of each were much different. JoAnn and I both preferred the 2004 which was more complex and sort of hit you in the face with it’s bold flavors. The 2005 had more subtlety and was probably a beter companion to my entree which was the Crab Sorella.

Crab Sorella

Crab Sorella

Veal Napolean

Veal Napolean

Jersey Kettle

Jersey Kettle

Shrimp Sorella

Shrimp Sorella

JoAnn opted for the Shrimp Sorella, Gerry went with the Jersey Kettle (shrimp, scallops, little neck clams and Brazilian lobster meat in an aromatic fennel tomato broth served over linguini) and Kathy chose the Veal Napolean (pan seared veal medallions layered with eggplant, prosciutta, spinach and fresh mozzarella). Kathy usually loves anything with the word eggplant in it but found her dish to be a bit bland with both the veal and eggplant lacking real flavor.

Everyone else was pleased with their choice and the wines and good conversation made for an enjoyable meal.
JoAnn, Jared and Kathy

JoAnn, Jared and Kathy

In addition, the women were captivated by our waiter, Jared who they felt was not only attentive to their needs but was quite a good looking guy, too.
We had finished our wine and were about to decline dessert when a diner at another table practically insisted that we try the gelato, not wanting to be rude,  I opted for the Tahitian Vanilla, Gerry had the Malted Milk and JoAnn chose for the Chocolate Mint. Kathy was the only one showing restraint. Suffice to say the desserts were wonnnnnnnderful and topped off the meal nicelyIMG_2591. Each glass was coated with a delicious chocolate ganache. Sorella Rose needs to step up their marketing program because they do a nice job and I really believe if more people knew this place was here the tables would be full more nights than they are. It was a nice choice for the first of our three dinners.

TERESA’S – BYOB

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Philly BYOB Reviews, Teresa's Restaurant, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by ballymote

It had been awhile since I had gotten together with my wine-loving friends, Gerry and John for our Thursday night dinners at Teresa’s, one of our favorite wine-friendly BYOB’s located on Philly’s Main Line in the charming town of Wayne, PA. IMG_2441

We have been there so often that we don’t really need to see a menu and the waiters immediately provide multiple wine glasses for each of us. The way this outing usually works is that we spend the days prior to the dinner insulting each other about what cheesy wines the other will probably bring. The deal is that we are each supposed to bring two bottles from our “premium” collection. The first few visits we actually finished all the wine we brought with us but after I somehow ended up in the Jersey Pine Barrons on a less than memorable trip home we have cut back somewhat and usually have the good part of our second bottle to take back home with us. For instance, last night’s line up included a 97 Kendall-Jackson “Stature” which is one of my favorite cabs; a 98 Heitz Cellars “Bella’s Vineyard” Cabernet; a 2006 Ramey “Larkmead Vineyard” Cabernet; a 2000 Freemark Abbey “Bosche” Cab; a 99 Chappallet Cabernet; and a 2004 Capa Blanco Cab from Paso Robles. The Chappallet and the Freemark Abbey did not get opened and are again resting comfortably in their familiar surroundings. Everything we did open was excellent with perhaps the Heitz Cab edging out the K-J Stature for “wine of the night”.IMG_2442

The food was excellent as it always is but I think I may have made a less than stellar selection of 

Penne Arrabbiata

Crushed Plum Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Garlic, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil   14.Add to your pasta Chicken for 3

The jalapenos simply overpowered my wines and although the taste was intriguing I found it necessary to keep my water glass within easy reach. It just wasn’t the right choice for a night of good wines. Other than the burning sensation on my tongue the evening was most enjoyable as the three of us are never at a loss for words.

Teresa’s is an excellent BYOB and for those of you who prefer beer as your beverage of choice Teresa’s has another location with a massive selection of beers from all over the world. This second location is very close to the first and is aptly named Teresa’s Next Door.  If they ever let us bring our own wine there I will be able to report on the food there. Until then we will stay at our window table at Teresa’s Not Next Door.

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