Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dinner at Bistro Vendome, Denver, Features a Trio of French Wines

As a guest of Visit Denver, Denver’s convention and visitors bureau, I was treated to a succulent meal at Bistro Vendome, located a few blocks from the 16th Avenue Mall. This restaurant is named after a stylish eatery in Paris and brings continental cuisine to the Rockies.

Strolling through a nice courtyard with outside dining we entered our private dining room and were treated to a glass of Simmonnet-Febvre, Cremant de Bourgogne, a brut sparkling wine in the traditional method from Burgundy. The light effervescence blended well with my first course of Crepes Vendome, which wraps roasted chicken, tomato, olives and herbs and was topped with a fried egg and béarnaise sauce.

Conversation ranged from President Obama’s visit earlier in the day to the latest episode of Storage Wars. Our salad course arrived paired with Henri Perrusset, Macon-Villages. This was a slightly oaky Chardonnay that seemed to be a one-note wine and not too special.

I opted for the Truite en Croute de Pistaches, which was a nice trout crusted with sautéed pistachio and spice topped with new potatoes, asparagus, bacon, onions and red peppers. This was a wonderful dish that married a perfectly done trout with well-seasoned and sublime topping. Most of the group had opted for the Steak Frites with béarnaise. I sampled some from a willing guest and it was done perfectly. The wine pairing was Chateau Peybonhomme, Les Tours, Cotes de Blaye 2008. This was a brilliant wine with subdued tannins. The smooth red  berry flavor was persistent and led to a  finish velvety. This is a 70% Merlot, 30%
Cabernet Sauvignon blend that really rocks.

This was a delightful evening complete with a stroll through Denver’s downtown. A new favorite wine was uncovered, the Chateau Peybonhomme, as well as a superlative Denver eatery.

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