Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The wedding of our daughter Anneke and Zac Johnson was wonderful. Family & friends came from all over and had a great time. They are honeymooning in Italy.
Bistro 108 - Where old friends meet and new friends are made.
New Wines at Bistro 108
Come in and try our new wines. All highly rated, wonderful, food friendly wines. Below are just five of the many new wines we have added.
Sauvignon Republic -2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, California: Classic pale-straw color with rich pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruit layers and a touch of herbal “green” sauvignon notes. Multiple vineyard sources allowed the assembly of a blend that showcases fruitiness and refreshing acidity supported by a surprising richness and length of finish. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast
Gundlach Bundschu Wines:
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Chardonnay, Rhinefarm Vineyard
100% Chardonnay. Aromas of pineapple and warm spice lead to rich flavors of meyer lemon, pink lady apples and a touch of creme brulee. Excellent acidity and fruit clarity draw the round and creamy mouthfeel to a cleansing finish with lasting flavors of bright lemon drop. Rated a 91 by Wine PhD
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhinefarm Vineyard
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. Complex aromas of blackberry, cassis and a trace of grilled meat lead to a lush, smooth entry. Broad, rich tannins frame lush flavors of black currant and draw the velvety mouthfeel into a long finish of dark cocoa and sweet espresso. Delicious upon release; optimal cellaring time two to 15 years. Rated a 91 by Wine PhD
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Merlot, Rhinefarm Vineyard
94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Syrah. Aromas and flavors of spiced black cherry, dark plum, blueberry and a beautifully integrated layer of tea leaf. The juicy, dense palate is framed by broad, finely textured tannins. The elegant structure and bright acidity carry the flavors through a long, lingering finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring and continue to age gracefully for 10 to 12 years. Rated a 91 by Wine PhD
Gundlach Bundschu 2005 Pinot Noir, Rhinefarm Vineyard
100% Pinot Noir. Aromas of black cherry, dried rose petal and black spice lead to broad, juicy dark fruit flavors with complex minerality and classic Burgundian character. This medium-weight red gets its supple mouthfeel from 35-year-old Heritage clone fruit and its concentration and weight from younger Pommard and Dijon clone blocks, resulting in complexly layered flavors, elegant texture and a long, smooth finish. It will benefit from cellaring 3 to 7 years. Rated a 91 by Wine PhD, 85 by Wine Enthusiast
9/10-12/2009 -- This weekend's Special Fish from Hawaii is Snapper and Ahi Tuna. Come in, relax and enjoy a great meal and some excellent wine.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Amanda Tipps & Ed Collins will be performing live music at the Bistro on Saturday July 18, 7pm to 8pm. Make your reservations early and enjoy a great dinner and wine along with the live music. Amanda sings and Ed accompanies her on his guitar. Hope to see you there.
This Week's Featured Wine
Matanzas Creek 2006 Pinot Noir, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County
"Our cool climate home in Bennett Valley provides ideal growing conditions for this fickle grape. This wine proves vibrant on the palate, with flavors of cranberry, pomegranate and hint of smoke, which we believe emanates from the Bennett valley subsoil. The wine's structure will allow for it to be reserved for the next three to five years. With time, this Pinot Noir will become more velvety and sophisticated and the minerality will become more pronounced." -Winery
Bistro Price $36/bottle or $9/glass
Pray for cooler weather and RAIN!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
May is shaping up to be a very busy month for us here at Bistro 108. We will be closed all day Saturday, May 16 for a special event catering. We will be open our regular hours before and after May 16. We will also be closed on Friday May 29 and 30 for our daughter Lorelei's wedding.
She is marrying Ascencion Carrillo. Congratulations to the happy couple. We will be open for Sunday Brunch on May 31.
Wine Club Enthusiasts Announcement:
My distributor is scheduled to get their allotment of the 2006 Peter Michael La Pavots red Bordeaux blend in around May 19. This is a fabulous wine and one that you would want in your cellar for those very special events. I do not have an exact price per bottle yet, but anticipate that the price will be around $180 per bottle for those purchasing a bottle to take home. My wine list price at the restaurant will run about $225 per bottle. Robert Parker of the Wine Enthusiast has already scored this wine a 96. For additional information go to the Peter Michael page. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or case of this great wine please email me as soon as possible so I can order it now. I was only able to obtain 1 bottle of the 2005 La Pavots which the Wine Spectator rated a 97 and it is already gone.
We have been very happy with the wine club sales. We are starting slowly, but those of you who have taken advantage of the great deals on our wines and ones you have requested I special order for you have said you are very happy. We appreciate your business.
Remember, if you have a favorite wine or wines you like keeping at home just drop us an email list and I will find out what I can sell them to you for. No obligation. I will not order them until you give me the go ahead. Life is too short to drink bad wine.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Antique Week has come and gone and the everyone at Bistro want to thank our once, twice and weekly regular customers for their support during Antique Week. We really appreciate your support at all times and look forward to seeing each and every one of you. Thanks Mike & Susan
Our Dedicated Customers of the Week goes to the Dianna and Earl Potter. They eat at the Bistro 8 nights in a row during Antique Week. I am sure that we have never had anyone as loyal as the Potters. They had a great time watching all the controlled chaos of the Bistro during our busiest week of the year. Thanks for your support. It was great.
Bistro 108 will be CLOSED all day Saturday, April 11 for a large private event. We will be open Easter Sunday for our regular Sunday Brunch.
I am very pleased to announce that we have added another of the great wines to our list:
I have one bottle of Peter Michael Winery's Les Pavot, their Single Vineyard Estate Red Bordeaux and two bottles of Ma Belle-Fille Estate Chardonnay. They are some really fabulous wines that will be great for that very special occasion.
Hope to see everyone soon.
Mike & Susan
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Mike’s Special Reserve Wines
Mike’s Special Reserve Wines are available by the Bottle only
2007 Girard Russian River Valley Chardonnay -- 45
The aroma/flavor profile includes: pear, Meyer lemon, plantains and lovely smoky clover honey notes.
2005 Girard Artistry -- 55
2005 Artistry is a proprietary blend of 5 Bordeaux-varietal grapes. The 2005 vintage is a brilliantly-colored, dark garnet wine with aromas of baked cherries, dark plum, lavender, cinnamon, allspice and freshly cut herbs. There are also hints of tobacco, leather and toasted pecan.
2006 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon -- 50
Superb black raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry notes intermixed with charcoal, acacia flowers, and mocha scents. Full-bodied with sweet, velvety tannins, superb concentration, and a long, layered finish.
St. Supery Winery
2004 St Supery Elu Napa Valley Red Meritage -- 70
Élu 2004 has aromas of rich, vibrant, focused sweet cherry and blackberry fruit. On the palate is a wealth of flavors and an elegant, silky mouth-feel.
2006 St Supery Virtu Napa Valley White Meritage -- 50
Virtú 2006 is refined and luscious with aromas of nectarines, peach and ripe cantaloupe. On the palate, the mouthwatering flavors of peaches and nectarines are joined by a subtle mineral quality.
2002 St Supery Napa Valley Merlot -- 45
2002 Merlot has deep, dark colors and aromas layered with blackberry, currants and toasty oak. The flavors pick up momentum showing blackberry, cherry, sage and a hint of creamy mocha.
2003 St. Supery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -- 50
Luxurious, rich and concentrated with aromas of cherry, currant and blueberry these are just the start of this 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. The harmonious flavors of black cherry, anise and plush cassis explode upon tasting.
Bistro 108 Wine Lovers Club
Once you have tried any of our fine wines at Bistro 108 and you find one or two (or more) you really like and would like to take a bottle (or case) home for sipping on the porch, watching the sun go down or for that very special occasion, we are proud to announce the Bistro 108 Wine Lovers Club. No membership, no dues, just good wine. I will be offering our wines at a very special price. You can order and pick up the wines at the Bistro for home consumption. Just as an example I have discovered another little wine that will soon show up on our regular wine list. We introduced it on our customers at our recent cooking class. It goes very well with the Roasted Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Sauce. . . And the wine is Folie A Deux's 2005 Amador County Zinfandel. The price on the Bistro Wine list will be 28/bottle and if you want to order it to take home the price will be 15/bottle. Please Email me at info@bistro 108.com with how you want to pay for the wine, your phone number, what wine you would like to purchase and how many bottles you want to purchase. All orders will need to be prepaid. Please give me a week or two to get the wines for you.
Here are some wines I am offering for the rest of March. If you are interested in purchasing any of the following wines please email me with your order by March 18. Enjoy!
2005 Folie A Deux Amador County Zinfandel -- 15/Bottle
2007 Girard Russian River Valley Chardonnay -- 21.50/bottle
2005 Girard Artistry -- 35.56/bottle
2006 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon -- 27.50/bottle
2004 St Supery Elu Napa Valley Red Meritage -- 52.50/bottle
2006 St Supery Virtu Napa Valley White Meritage -- 26.88/bottle
2002 St Supery Napa Valley Merlot -- 23.75/bottle
2003 St. Supery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -- 30/bottle
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Bistro 108's first cooking class of 2009 will be Monday, March 2, 6:00 pm at the Bistro. The cost will be $38/person. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested in attending. Here is the menu:
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup
Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin stuffed with sauteed onion, spinach, garlic and bacon topped with a demi glaze
Raspberry Orange Flourless Chocolate Cake
Along with the good eats we will be serving 3 wines.
Hope to see you there.
Valentine's Dinner was very busy at the Bistro. All of our customers had a great time. Some of our good friends Kent Cole and Diana Prechter from Austin came to the Bistro and brought their friends, the Fremals, with them. While visiting La Grange they made a little movie of their visit that they have given us permission to share with you. Click on the following link and be patient (it will take a while to load). Enjoy!
(if you can't click on this link, just copy it and paste it into the address area of your browser)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We ate at Bistro Jeanty, 25 Degree Brix and CIA Greystone. Of all the places we ate...here is how we would rank them. Number 1 is Bistro Jeanty because of their excellent French Bistro food, such as sweet bread pie, tomato soup, french onion soup, pigs feet salad, etc. It is a quaint, unpretentious place. Next, would be Michael Chiarello's Bottega for his unbelievable ricotta gnocchi and polenta under glass. Then Thomas Kellers Ad Hoc for the unique food preparation and delicous food. Brix and then CIA. If you are planning on visiting the Napa Valley don't miss Bistro Jeanty and Bottega.
We discovered many new and exciting wines and have some ideas for some new dishes. Most of the really good wineries are tasting by appointment only. Most of the wineries we visited reserve their best wines for wine club members only or to sell at the winery only. But we still managed to find some we should be able to obtain for Bistro 108.
Susan has been working on her menu for Valentine's Day. For this Friday and Saturday she will add Duck Breast and Beef Tenderloin and of course we will have our seafood fresh from Hawaii.
It has been a good trip to reawaken our senses and renew our creativity. We look forward to seeing you and talking to you more about our trip. You will probably have to tell us to...go away and leave you alone...we will be so eager to share.
Mike and Susan
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Just a quick note about our little adventure to the Peter Michael Winery. We had a 3 hour private guided tour of the vineyard and winery by our host Kevin Toomajian their hospitality and wine education manager. Only people on their mailing list can get a tour. The winery is not open to the public. Michael & Cheryl have been on the mailing list for several years. The winery is owned by Sir Peter Michael and Lady Margaret Michael from England. It is 605 acres that starts at the base of a mountain (500 ft) and the highest vineyard is 1900 ft. Cabernet Sauvignon growing at the base and Chardonnay at the top. Their wines have been on allocation from their first vintage and they will probably always be on allocation. It was a breath taking view from the top vineyard looking down to the valley below. After touring the vines we were escorted to the tasting room to sample the wines.
We sampled two estate Chardonnays, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Red Bordeaux Blend. I will have complete tasting notes when I get back. The wines were superb. All were silky smooth, complex and delicious. It made tasting other wines the rest of the day difficult.
Next we sample wines at the Bennett Lane Winery, eat luch in Calistoga at Brannon's then more tasting at the Frank Family winery followed by wine and cheese at Lavender and dinner at Ad Hoc.
Dinner at Ad Hoc is served family style and there is only one thing, several courses though. Ad Hoc is also a Thomas Keller venture. On Monday night dinner menu was a lovely romaine salad with pickled vegetables dressed with a little vinegar and oil with Russian dressing on the side. Next came the main course of Beef Stroganoff, not your everyday variety. In this case it was beef short ribs which had been braised for 48 hours, sue vied, over fresh pasta with morel and button mushrooms and fresh carrots with sauteed cauliflower. Then there was the cheese platter with local cheeses served with crisp toasted French bread and orange perserves...yummy. For dessert there was a warm apple crisp with amaretto ice cream. Nice dinning experience in a deliberately understated decor.
And then we waddled down the street for a night cap at Bistro Jeanty followed by a sound nights sleep.
We taste so much wine during the day that by the time we go to dinner we are on wine overload.
So we find that we are shipping most of wine purchases back to Texas...to be enjoyed later.
Monday, February 2, 2009
So many options here from Napa!!!
We came back to the Lavender for their complimentary wine and cheese where we met Gina & Marcello Betti, fellow restrauantuers from San Fransisco. They own and operate Manga Rosa an Italian with Brazil influence restaurant on Stockton Street. We will have to go there on our next trip to California.
Cheryl & Michael are great guides. She made dinner reservation at Bottega, Chef Michael Chiarello's latest adventure. It opened in December 2008. Cheryl had the house made Veal Tortellini in Brodo di Carne with Browned Butter, Butternut Squash and Sage. Micheal had the seared Day-Boat Scallops with Pink Chickpea Passatina, Cauliflower in "Agrodolce". Susan ordered the Chicken & Basil Canneloni and I had the Ricotta Gnocchi, salsa pomodoro alla nonna, pecorino. The gnocchi was soft and light as a feather. All the dishes were impeccable and we were all very satisfied. Then Chef Michael came out of the kitchen to say hello. (Of course I did not bring my camera to dinner) What a great surprise. It just goes to show you that if your own a restaurant you have to work the restaurant, even if your are a famous TV chef. For dessert we shared a Chocolate-Almond Molten Chocolate Cake with hazelnut creme anglaise and caramelized hazelnuts. As we were leaving Chef Michael gave Susan a quick tour of his kitchen. You could not have asked for a better day.
Now we say goodnight.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This week we will be serving fresh Japanese Sea Bass and fresh Blue Snapper both flow in from Honolulu Hawaii.
In addition to the fresh fish we will be serving Choice Rib Eye and Choice Beef Tenderloin.
Make your reservations today for this week end.
Also, don't forget to make your reservations for Valentines day. It's just around the corner.
We will let everyone know what we discover in the California wine country.
Have a great weekend.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The holiday season was great and now is the time to start planning for the new year. The following are some things we have in store for 2009:
February 1-5: Susan and Mike are vacationing in Napa Valley. Strictly a business trip to check out some new wines and to get inspired about some new food.
Valentines Dinner - Saturday, February 14 - Make your reservations early....We are always sold out this evening and since it falls on a Saturday we anticipate the demand to be high. You can contact us by phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cooking Class -- Monday, March 2, at the Bistro (cost & menu to be announced)
Tequila Tasting Dinner (to be announced)
Wine Dinner(s?) (to be announced)
What a Bistro 108 Wine Festival? Email us with your suggestions. email@example.com
Other happenings for January and February:
Copper Shade Tree, Round Top Texas Its Not A Quilt ...Or Is It? - February 6-28 http://www.coppershadetree.com
January BP MS 150 top Fundraisers Ride Sunday January 25, 2009.
January 31, 3:00 pm -- Festival Institute Synergy Brass Quintet
Synergy Brass Quintet performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to “blazing precision [and] amazing technique” (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world's most exciting ensembles.
January 31, 6:00 pm -- The Family Crisis Center’s Annual Dinner & Dance Gala at the La Grange K.C. Hall. This year’s theme “Where were you when the Ship went down”, will have guests going overboard for a fantastic Island party. Doors open at 6:00pm for Shipwrecked Social Hour, Island Feast dinner is served at 7:00p.m. The Triumphs will take the stage at 8:00p.m. with some nautical noise that will have party goers rocking and rolling the night away. Live auction, silent auction and raffle chances will have the native pirates and castaways restless as they figure out ways to out bid each other. Castaway Costume Contest and Castaway Dance Contest with prizes to the winners. Tickets are $35.00 a person, tickets are not guaranteed at the door, so buy early. For more information about the event, sponsorship, donate to the auction or volunteer call the Center at 512-321-7760
February 5, 5-7:30 pm -- La Grange Rotary Club Pancake Supper is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, at Hermes Cafeteria, La Grange, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Adult tickets are $6 and children under 6 are free if accompanied by a parent with a ticket.
February 14, 1:30 pm -- The 5th International Guitar Festival at Round Top Ricardo Cobo (1:30) Emmanuel Rossfelder (4:00) Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet (8:00) James Dick The Round Top Philharmonia Marcelo Bussiki, conductor -- Festival Hill Concert HallMarch 7, Texas Women's League Gala at the Round Up Hall at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, La Grange, with the social beginning at 7 p.m.