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Welcome to the Crossroads
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen is your local urban destination located in the Crossroads Art District. Enjoy a glass of wine from the eclectic wine list. Whether a novice wanting to explore or an avid wine drinker, we offer wines by the taste, glass or bottle, to satisfy everyone’s palate. Don’t forget to savor the seasonal, contemporary American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef, Brian Aaron.
Come alone, bring a date or invite a crowd – we look forward to seeing you soon.
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen turns 2 years old!
Louis / Dressner Dinner at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen featuring Josefa Concannon, National Beverage Strategist
Tuesday February 26 Seating 6:30 – 8:00 pm, 4 Courses + Wine $55/person
We’re pleased to be celebrating our second birthday as Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen with Josefa Concannon of Louis / Dressner. Louis / Dressner is one of my favorite wine importers and it wasn’t until late last year that we were able to bring the wines they represent into the state of Missouri. That makes them a fitting partner in our celebration as their success in our business represents the realization of one of our goals when we opened Tannin, to promote the wonderful diversity of wines available in the world. Chef Brian is still working on the menu (I’ll send it when available) but this will be a great event featuring traditionally made wines that are perfect companions to our cuisine.
Louis / Dressner is the importer at the forefront of the natural, traditional wine resurgence. Founded in the late eighties when there was a surge interest in over-ripe, over-manipulated, over-oaked wines that often times bear more resemblance to a mass produced product than to a local, artisanal, agricultural product. Dressner’s founder, the late Joe Dressner, had a larger than life personality but the wines in his portfolio have a down to earth expression. They are made in the most traditional ways, hand harvested rather than harvested by machine. They are fermented with wild, indigenous yeasts rather than cultured or commercial yeasts that are known to add flavors and aromas that aren’t naturally present in the wine. Dressner represents small family estates that work in ways that aren’t harmful to the environment.
Beyond this the wines are delicious which is the real point. Joe Dressner was a great hedonist when it came it wine: he liked the good stuff and he liked it in large quantities. When questioned about the “agenda” of the natural wine movement (a common complaint leveled against those who promote wines that aren’t produced on an industrial scale) he simply replied that the agenda of the natural wine movement is to “get hammered, eat really good food and laugh with our friends”. It’s in that spirit that we present these wines.
Although Dressner represents great producers from multiple countries, the dinner will focus on the French wines which are the core of the portfolio. More information about Louis / Dressner and their producers can be found at www.louisdressner.com
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen. Chef Brian has created a special prix-fixe menu that will be offered on Thursday February 14 as well as the following Friday and Saturday (our regular menu will be offered on each of these evenings as well). Click on the link below to have a look! Reservations 816-842-2660.
J. Christopher Wine Dinner at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen featuring Brian Harlan of Loosen Bros. USA
Tuesday February 5, 2013 / Seatings available 6:30 to 8:00 pm. / $55 per person / Reserve 816-842-2660
1. Local Baby Greens, Poached Egg, White Anchovie, Parmesan Vinaigrette
J. Christopher Sauvignon Blanc Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
2. Olive Oil Poached Scallop, Saffron Potato, Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Spanish Chorizo Chips
J. Christopher “Cuvee Lunatique” Chardonnay Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
3. Roasted Duck Breast, Buttered Risotto, Pea Shoots, Cherry Demi Glace
J. Christopher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon 2010
J. Christopher Pinot Noir “Nuages” Chehalem Mountain, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2010
4. Pecan Pie in a Shredded Phyllo Nest, Bourbon Vanilla Crème Anglaise
El Maestro Sierra Oloroso 15 year Sherry, Spain
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen is excited to host Brian Harlan, National Sales Manager of Loosen Bros. USA, for a dinner featuring the wines of J. Christopher. J. Christopher is the realization of two great winemakers, Jay Somers of Newberg, Oregon and Ernst Loosen of Mosel, Germany. Together they’ve brought their commitment to traditional, natural farming and winemaking to Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley.
Jay began making the wines in the mid 1990s and when he joined with legendary Riesling producer and Pinot-fanatic Ernst Loosen. The two were able to purchase a 40 acre estate in the Chehalem Mountain disctrict where they built their winery. The wines they make show the purity and transparency of which Oregon is capable.
J. Christopher is one of only three Oregon wineries to produce a little Sauvignon Blanc, which is surprising considering that Willamette Valley’s cool climate is rather well suited to the grape. This wine will show the pure aromas and crisp acidity that are signatures of Sauvignon Blanc.
The “Cuvee Lunatique” Chardonnay is so named because Jay was a pioneer in making all stainless steel, no oak, no malolactic fermentation Chardonnay. People thought he was crazy but soon developed a taste for this steely, crisp expression of the grape.
We’ll be pouring two J. Christopher Pinot Noirs with the main course. The flagship 2010 Willamette Valley represents a blend of grapes from Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountain and Eola Hills. Expect to tease out the subtle, complex flavors of native yeast fermented Oregon Pinot.
The name “Nuages” refers to the clouds that hang over the Chehalem Mountains during the autumn and allow a slow, moderate end of season ripening. This Pinot is a bit darker than the Willamette bottling with lots of herbs and spices.
There’s not a lot of any of these wines produced but those in attendance will have a chance to buy a few bottles for their lockers and later enjoyment!
We hope you’ll join us as we ring in 2013 at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen. It promises to be a great party with live music, plenty of Champagne (& other sparkling wines) at Midnight and Chef Brian’s special New Year’s Eve menu which is linked below. Reservations 816-842-2660 or http://www.tanninwinebar.com/reservations/
Tannin Wine Bar is excited to announce our wine dinner with Katherine Camera, Midwest Sales Manager for Broadbent Selections who bring us the legendary wines of Chateau Musar (tentative menu link below). The dinner set for Tuesday November 13 at 7:00 (6:30 Reception) will feature five courses prepared by Chef Brian Aaron paired with wines of Chateau Musar, including some rare older offerings. The price for the dinner, with wine pairings, is only $75 per person.
Lebanon’s Chateau Musar, located in the Bekaa Valley, is one of the greatest wine estates in the world. The vineyards were planted in the 1930s by Gaston Hochar who received inspiration from his travels to the Bordeaux region of France. In the 1940s Hochar worked with French Major Ronald Barton of Bordeaux’s Chateau Langoa-Barton who happened to be stationed in Lebanon during World War II. These experiences influenced the Chateau Musar vineyard development and, ultimately, the style of the wine.
Today Chateau Musar is thriving in the hands of Gaston’s son, Serge Hochar. Simply put, its reputation is unspurpassed in the world of fine wine. The flagship red is made of three grapes: Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other red grapes including the Mediteranean Grenache and Syrah contribute to the blend of Hochar and Musar Jeune. There will also be a fascinating and long-lived white wine blended of Obaideh and Merwah grapes, native varieties that are thought to be related to Chardonnay and Semillon. The wines are truly world class, distinctive and unique and we are thrilled by this unique opportunity to serve them to you!
Reservations may be made by calling 816-842-2660
Laird Red Hen Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley ’08
Laird “Jillian’s Blend” Napa Valley ’08
Laird Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ’08
Laird Mast Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ’08
The wines Join us on Tuesday October 2 from 6:00-8:00 as we co-host a wine tasting with Laird Family Estate of Napa Valley. The Laird Family is the largest vineyard holder in Napa Valley. After 30 years of supplying grapes for some of the best producers in California, the Lairds built their own winery and began bottling a small portion of their own wines in 1999. Today these wines are recognized as among the best of Napa. Laird bottles single variety wines almost exclusively (there is one blend) and all but one of their bottlings come from a single vineyard. As the winery is located in the cooler subregion of Oak Knoll, the grapes retain very strong varietal signatures but they are also quite concetrated and substantial. There is no cost for the casual, walk-through tasting and it promises to be a fun and informative evening.
Join us on Tuesday September 11 for a special wine dinner with Blake Murdock, National Import Director for The Rare Wine Company. There will be a reception at 6:30 and dinner will begin at 7:00. The price for dinner and wine pairings is $75 per person, reservations may be made by calling 816-842-2660.
The Rare Wine Co. represents some of the greatest and most unique wine estates in the world. We’ve selected a number of their great wines to pair with a 5 course menu created by Chef Brian Aaron. As always, accommodations will be made to honor any dietary restrictions: please note any restrictions when making your reservation. Tentatively the menu served will be as follows:
Reception Wine: Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant
Heirloom Tomato Salad, House Pulled Mozzarella, Local Micro Basil: Kiralyudvar Furmint Sec, Tokaj, Hungary ’09
Pan Seared Diver Scallop, Frisee, Crispy Pork Belly, Green Apple: Jean-Philippe Fichet Auxey-Duresses, Burgundy, France ’10
Fricasse of Duck, Braised Golden Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Baby Carrots: Domaine de Pallus “Les Pensees de Pallus” Chinon, Loire, France ’09
Grilled Flatiron Steak, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Melted Bell Peppers, Horseradish Chips: Alvaro Palacios “Les Terrasses Velles Vignes” ’09 poured from magnum
Warm Sugar Cookies, Amaretto Custard, Toasted Almond Cream: The Rare Wine Co Historic Series Madeira “New York Malmsey” Madeira, Portugal
Join us on Tuesday September 11 (6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner) as we co-host an exciting wine dinner with The Rare Wine Company. The Rare Wine Co. is both a retailer and an importer based in Sonoma, California. Their import portfolio, while not large in size, includes many of the very top names in some of Europe’s most prominent wine regions. On September 11 we’ll be pouring a selection of their most compelling wines with a five course menu created by Chef Brian Aaron. Cost for the dinner with wine pairings is $75 per person. Reservations will be limited and can be made by emailing email@example.com.
The Rare Wine Co. was founded by Mannie Berk in 1989 and was soon recognized as the Best Wine Importer in America by Food and Wine Magazine. Today their import offerings are focused on a few of the absolute pinnacles of excellence in several choice regions. Domaine Huet from Vouvray, Jacques Selosse in Champagne, Domaine Pallus in Chinon, Rene Rostaing in Cote Rotie and J.P. Fichet in Meursault constitute the entire line up of their French offerings but I certainly can’t think producers in any of these regions that are more consistently excellent. In Italy names like G. Mascarello Piedmont, Bussola in the Veneto match the reputation of their French counterparts. The portfolio also features leading Spanish, Hungarian and Portugese producers (and the highly touted Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeiras). The menu and wine pairing for the evening are not yet finalized but with talent such as these to offer, we’re convinced that it will be an exciting event not to be missed!
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Every Sunday and Monday Tannin celebrates the exuberant pleasures of wine enjoyment by offering a “Buy One Get One Free” offer on any bottles of wine on our list up to $90 in price. We encourage you to mix and match and explore the list. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with a group of friends or maybe make new friends by sharing a few bottles of good wine. Our wine list is always up to date on this website so you may want to take a look at it before joining us. Or allow our knowledgeable team to guide you through the offerings.
Tannin will be celebrating Bastille Day on Saturday in our usual fashion by opening up some ridiculously good French wine from Magnums and pouring them for you by the glass at low prices! On Saturday we’ll feature Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, a really historic property on Beaujolais’s high elevation Mont Brouilly. Pavillon de Chavannes makes a tiny amount of a special cuvee from its best parcels called “Ambassades”. The “Cuvee des Ambassades” is purchased by the Quai d’Orsay to serve in French embassies around the world, as a pinnacle of the regions wine. We’ve secured a few magnums of this special wine and on Saturday we’ll be offering it for $8 per glass until our stock is drained.
The Cote de Brouilly is unique in Beaujolais because of its steep elevation and granite soils which are ideal for making the most refined expression of the Gamay grape. These are perfumed and aromatic wines with real refinement and elegance. Romans cultivated these areas and it’s believed that viticulture has survived continuously since. Pavillon de Chavannes has continuously been the property of the Jambon-Chanrion family since 1861 (we’ll also be pouring Nicole Chanrion’s Cote de Brouilly from regular 750 ml bottles for those interested in comparing the two). It is worthy of its position as among the greatest wines of the region.
The second Summer of Riesling is underway at Tannin. That means we have A LOT of Riesling for you to enjoy with roughly 15 of them available by the glass at any one time (the current list can always be found under the wines & bev tab).
Summer of Riesling was founded at a little (er, tiny) wine bar in NYC’s East Village, Terroir, back in ’08. Terroir’s owner and Sommelier Paul Grieco is a Riesling fanatic who has worked tirelessly to promote it to its rightful place as one of the world’s great wine grapes. He chose Summer because of Rieslings ability to refresh and re-energize. But a simple refreshment Riesling is not.
We follow Paul’s lead in highlighting both the depth and breadth of Riesling’s expression. Grown in cool (sometimes cold) climates world wide, the flavors and aromas of Riesling always speak to their origins. Rieslings from the steep, terraced Mosel Valley in Germany are unique in their slate and mineral transparency. Taste one next to a great Rheingau version with it’s deep stonefruit and the distinct personalities will jump out. This is a grape that needs none of the make-up of new oak, it is as pure an expression of the vineyard as your likely to find. That’s we we highlight so many regions, the wines are truly unique and expressive. I believe that we offer Riesling for all tastes and we’re even offering a chance to taste the grape over two decades of evolution. Our youngest by the glass offerings are from last summer’s harvests: ’11s from Salomon Undhoff (Kremstal, Austria) with its aromatic profile and bone-dry palate, Leitz (Rheingau, Germany) which is more resonant of peaches and apricots and Donnhoff (Nahe, Germany) who’s Rieslings rank among the greatest on earth co-exist with a ’91 from Max. Ferd Richter (Mosel, Germany) that is simply too deep and distinctive to capture in a few fleeting sentences. It’s currently available for $13 a glass.
Many of you know the terrific wines of David Arthur Vineyards. Ideally situated on Napa Valley’s Pritchard Hill (also home to Chappellet and Bryant Family), David Arthur is a small family estate with a huge reputation for wines of real concentration and power.
For the past few years David (with his winemaker Nile Zacherle) has been hitting the road every summer for his “Meritaggio Tour”, traveling around the country in a rock star’s bus loaded with their wines (Meritaggio is his signature Napa Valley “Super Tuscan”). We’ve had the honor to host David before and the man is as genuine and nice as his wines. Wednesday we’ll have current releases of David’s Sauvignon Blanc, Meritaggio, 3 Acre Cabernet Sauvignon and Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon available to taste and purchase at special wine club rates. This event is not to be missed – it is an absolute blast!
Join David Arthur as he takes his Meritaggio label on tour. We will enjoy a complimentary tasting of some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. David will be available to discuss the wines and sign bottles. All wines will be available at special wine club prices. The event is free to the public.