Flashback- Lobster Night

November 22, 2013 at 11:15 am | Uncategorized | Post A Comment

 

 

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Flashback- Day #3 Friday, November 22nd
Our Favorite Special Promotion: Lobster Night-

$25 Complete Lobster Dinner Includes: Your choice of Connecticut Clam Chowder
or a Saltwater Salad followed by a Steamed Maine Lobster Dinner (Draw Butter & Lemon)Green Beans, Potato, Drawn Butter, Lemon, and Dessert.

Please call for reservations: 860-567-4900
(Available Friday, November 22nd – 12 noon until 11pm- while supplies last.)

Best of The Litchfield Saltwater Grille List

November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Uncategorized | Post A Comment

BEST OF The Litchfield Saltwater Grille LIST

2006-2013

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Best Martini= Pear Martini

Best Beer= Palm Belgium Ale

Best Brewery= Half Full Brewery

Best Wine= J. Lohr Chardonnay

Best Winery= BR Cohn

Best Appetizer= Bread Sticks with Blue Cheese Fondue

Best Entrée= Butternut Squash Ravioli

Best Blue Plate Special= Fish Tacos

Best Salad= The Wedge

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Best Vegan Dish= Vegetable Korma

Best Side Dish= Sautéed Sweet Corn with Nodines Bacon

Best Dessert= Bread Pudding

Best Promotion= Monday Night Lobster Night

Most Rewarding Event= Guest Bartender Competition for Breast Cancer Research

Most Entertaining Event= Speed Dating

special message from the owners…

November 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Uncategorized | Post A Comment

webTo our fabulous customers,

We would like to announce that The Litchfield Saltwater Grille will soon be under new ownership.  We are so thrilled and proud of the success The Litchfield Saltwater Grille has had over the last seven years.  Good bye is bittersweet but our plans for future endeavors are very exciting.  The work has been hard, yes- but very rewarding. We cannot thank you our customers enough for your support; we would not be here without you.

So in appropriate Litchfied Saltwater Grille style we are running a Crazy promotion to say Thank You. We have compiled a Best of The Litchfield Saltwater Grille List and are going to give you Seven Amazing Freebies plus Four Flashbacks between now and December 1st.

So check your email box each day as a reminder or plan ahead by printing this list (click here) & making a reservation for your favorite deal!

We would love to see you all in the next few weeks to thank you for your patronage in person but if you can’t make it you can always connect with us on LinkedIn or on Facebook.

Best regards,

Brett & Albert Clugston

Just because a wine is older does not mean it is better.

November 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Sommelier Corner | Post A Comment

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As the sommelier here at the LSWG I have been spending some time going through our cellar pulling out a bunch of awesome vintages that are at their drinking peak.  Why?  Because some of the wines sitting in our wine racks are BEST CONSUMED NOW.  Surprisingly:  Just because a wine is older does not mean it is better.  Maybe you are wondering what factors go into deciding how long a particular wine should be aged.  There is not an exact answer to this question but I can give you a few general guidelines to follow.  In a nutshell: Reds can age longer than whites, oak aged whites can be aged a bit longer, the amount of tannins in a wine play a big part it how long you should age a wine for, the grape variety & soil type make a difference, it’s the Burgundies, Barolos, and Bordeaux’s from top producers that are meant to be aged for a really long time, if you have an amazing vintage from let’s say Sauternes or another top dessert wine you can actually age it for 50 years & it will be beautiful.  Again- just general guidelines.

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Guess what…these wines that are “BEST CONSUMED NOW” are showing up on our by the glass list! (This is really good news for you). For example currently we are serving a 2009 Terlato Pinot Grigio from the Russian River Valley, California.  Allot of California whites are best drunk within two years of bottling.  What makes the 2009 Terlato different is that it spent a good amount of time aged in French oak barrels, then a bit of time in stainless steel.  The tannins imparted from the oak needed to have some time to balance out.  So now here we are four years later and the wine is showing better than ever.  This wine has a clean crisp minerality with gorgeous notes of green apple and honey.  You can even see when you look at the bottle the straw coloring of the wine is much more sophisticated than a typical inexpensive CA Pinot Grigio.

2009 Terlato Pinot Grigio from the Russian River Valley, California ($10 a glass)

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For reds (while supplies last) we are offering a 2005 Sierra Cantabria Crianza from Rioja Spain on our by the glass list.  Riojoas, made from the Tempranillo grape, are as structured and full bodied as Cab’s with major displays of fruit. Crianza’s are in the mid price range when it comes to Riojoas.  They are more expensive than the basic Joven (or table wines) but less expensive than a Reserva.  Quick simple break down on the Rioja classification system:  Its’ all based on the amount of time they spent ageing before being released. To put it simply Crianzas are required by law to spend a year in the barrel, Reservas 2 years, and Gran Reserva 3 plus years before being released. So- the way I look at it is we have done the work for you by ageing this 2005 Crianza & offering it to you now.  The bold cherry and plum fruit in this wine has become refined over time.  By drinking this wine now your going to get smooth tannins, elegant cherry & plum fruit, and a really long finish.  This wine is a steal of a deal.  And by the way-Robert Parker gave this wine 91 points.

2005 Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja Spain ($12 a glass)

Check out the current by the glass list here (and remember it is changing by the day based on inventory!)

Brett Clugston, Sommelier

Good Wine Takes Time

October 22, 2013 at 9:25 am | Uncategorized | Post A Comment

   top-vintages-aging-in-barrels Let’s just say “some wines take time” to develop and mature to become the best that they can be. Actually statistics claim that 95% of all the wine made in the world is meant to be drunk young.  When you consider all the big wine houses that produce fair priced ready to drink good quality wines in volume, that’s what the public wants and gets. Plus add in all the white wine lovers that prefer most of their wines young, with only a small percent worth aging. There are lots of wines that do become better with age, mostly coming from the higher end vineyards along with a premium price tag. This is where you need to do your homework. When you come across a fairly large and well stocked wine list in a nice restaurant be on the lookout to find a few sleepers just ready for the picking. If the restaurant displays the years of the vintage look for 8 to 15 year old wines that may be fair priced and ready to drink. With a restaurant that has been around for a while you may find some gems that the owner bought at a lower price when released and still has a few left to offer on their list at a fair price. These are often vintages that are no longer available while most places selling that wine will be offering a much newer vintage for the same price.

    The Litchfield Saltwater Grille has always prided itself on a quality well rounded fair priced “Restaurant Wine List.” With that said I am going to help you out and do your homework for you. Kind of keep this to yourself because all the selections that I suggest to you are in limited supply. Here are a few for you to enjoy.

  My first choice on the list of sleeper selections at the SWG is a wonderful California Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Clos du Val 2002. French born winemaker Bernard Portet has been producing great wines on this estate since 1972.  If your plans include the SWG’s Prime New York Sirloin or the amazing French boned Prime Pork chop then this wine is what you want. With its oak aged, deep aromas of plum and cassis, rich black currant and toast flavor this full bodied wine with its exquisite depth and very long finish will be the gem you were longing for. This Stags Leap District Napa wine is a wine lover’s find at a staggering low price of only $79.00

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  After a few exciting visits to the wonderful Alexander Valley in California and learning the history of “Cyrus Alexander” I have fallen in love with all the wines they produce. Cyrus, a California potato farmer made a name for himself in the late 1800’s as he worked the valley and eventually owned some of the land he farmed. The SWG has a classic Bordeaux style wine on the list from the Alexander Valley Vineyard their flagship wine called “Cyrus” This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a few more treats has that special signature taste that only Cyrus is known for. With its black currant notes, exotic spice and its mellow tannins this 1999 Red blend will tantalize your taste buds and redeem your trust in “Restaurant Wine Lists”.

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   A segment on wine lists that has become very popular in the past decade is the wines that are grown down under, the Australian wines. Most restaurants offer the more popular and commercial vineyards that Australia is exporting, with recent vintage releases and middle of the road pricing. Keep your eye out for highly rated known wines with a bit of age to them for a built in value. At the SWG you will find a rare gem that has been a #1 seller for the past few years. While our supply is low there are a few left in our cellar. The “2000 Laughing Jack Shiraz” from the Barossa Valley in Australia offers a great purple red, medium to full bodied well balanced wine worth a fine gourmet dinner at the SWG. This sultry fruity Shiraz with its touch of oak along with its deep black fruit, rich coffee and chocolate essence, pairs perfect with a fall dinner by our lounge fireplace. You might even taste a bit of Australian mint or eucalyptus. This down, “Under priced” at $95 for this beautiful bottle of wine will have you dining like you hit the lottery.

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   Keeping an eye out for the sleepers on those dreaded “Restaurant Wine Lists” always pays off. Every wine list has a few gems. Know your wines, know your likes and dislikes, do your homework and don’t be afraid to try something new. Cheers to being a better wine shopper while you’re out having a wonderful meal.

ALBE GALOTTA, WINE CELLAR MASTER, CHEF
BLOGER, FOOD LOVER.


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