Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fishin’ For Wine at Bonefish Grill

A trip to Columbus for a presentation found my wife and I at the Bonefish Grill. We were staying in the Polaris area and originally stopped at Eddie Merlot’s. That restaurant had a packed parking lot and a wait of an hour – quite a surprise for a Thursday evening.

martin codax Seafood sounded good so we opted for the Bonefish Grill. The Bonefish Grill is an upscale seafood chain and did not disappoint.

Green Dragon ordered the Lobster Thermador Dorado, which has lobster and Mahi Mahi. I ordered the Norwegian Salmon with sautéed spinach  and gorgonzola cheese.

To go with my salmon I had the Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This New Zealand wine is fruit forward and crisp – a classic example of a New Zealand Sauv Blanc. It is light gold in color with a citrus aroma and flavor of grapefruit. Although a good match for salmon, the sharpness of the gorgonzola almost overpowered this glass.

For my second glass, I tried the 2006 Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay. This Chardonnay is 50% oak aged and 50% stainless steel tank. This reduces the oaky flavor. The wine has flavor notes of pear and apple with a touch of spiciness. It has a nice round flavor and full finish.

Green Dragon enjoyed the Martin Codax Albarino from Spain. This white wine is food friendly and dry. It had flavors of apple, apricot and lemon. This wine was acceptable, but nothing special. On this night in a head-to-head comparison with the Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, it came up short. It lacked complexity and had no finish.

We finished our meal with a delicious chocolate crème brulee. Outstanding!
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