A Taste of Paris in the Springtime
April 2, 2015
- Paris in the Springtime...
- French Winemaking Tradition
- A Note on Dietary Restrictions
All of April - Parisian Feature Menu
Can you hear the song? "I Love Paris in the Springtime..."? Written by Cole Porter, and sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole to name a few of the best:
I love Paris in the springtime, I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles.
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
I love Paris every moment, every moment of the year.
We love the flavors and feeling of Paris-there is a romance and stylish liveliness about Paris, no matter what time of year. In celebration of the timeless style of "La Ville-Lumiere" ("City of Lights"), we bring it to you all through April with our Paris in the Springtime feature menu. It proved hugely popular last year, with our guests enjoying such staples of French cuisine as Coquilles St. Jacques, Soupe a l'Oignon Gratinee, Beef Bourguignon, Salade au Chevre Chaud, Petits Pains au Chocolat...the list could go on. Enjoy the menu a la carte, or as a Tasting Menu with or without an accompanying French Wine Flight.
Our Paris in the Springtime menu will be available throughout April in addition to our full Lunch and Dinner menus. Come in and celebrate with us. Bon Appetit!
Want to hear the song? Here is Frank on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21mM1ICT1Mc
Celebrate the French Winemaking Tradition
No French meal would be complete without a glass of wine or two, and you'll have the chance to try a selection of classic French varietals when you dine with us in April. We had the wonderful opportunity in March to attend a portfolio tasting for ViVino Selections, a fine wine distributor, and we hand-selected the French features from the many wines we tried during the event.
Drinking French wines can be quite a different experience from drinking California, Chilean, or other regional wines. For example, whereas the U.S. and South America tend to go big with their wines, with robust, bold flavors, French wines tend to be more understated. Don't get us wrong, we enjoy wines from all over the world, but there does seem to be something special about French wines. Perhaps it is their long and celebrated history of wine making, or a certain gravity that comes with being associated with Continental Europe. Whatever makes it distinct, one this is undeniable: France produces an enormous number of extremely food-friendly and appealing wines.
Enjoy these wines be the glass, bottle, or flight all April long:
By the glass
La Forcine Vouvray, 2013 7.50/35.
Bouquet of honeysuckle, quince, marzipan, ginger and apricot. Dense, rich mouthfeel with deep, bittersweet walnut and fruit pit notes. A nearly perfect balance of fruit and acidity.
La Forcine Sancerre, 2013 9./43.
Very lively, with lots of flint, chive, and gooseberry that ripple through the finish.
Good tension and energy. A classic French treatment of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Chateau Lamothe Bordeaux Rouge, 2011 8.50/40.
Freshness and cherry notes characterize this wine. Well-balanced with fruit, acidity
and elegant tannins. Final but lively finish.
Raoul Clerget Côtes du Rhône, 2011 6.50/30.
Lighter bodied wine but not thin. Sour cherry and plum notes with a
bit of pepper and spice and a smooth, long finish.
By the Bottle
Bourrasque Brut, NV 35.
The name means "gust of wind" and this sparkling wine delivers the promise:
refreshing and light on the palate, this wine is fruit-forward, dry and crisp.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Carte Jaune, NV 95.
A true Champagne, this fruity yet structured wine offers fresh and fragrant fruit
as well as richness, a soft, creamy texture and bright acidity.
Domaine de la Verriere Blanc, Rhone, 2012 36.
A fragrant wine, with aromas of white flowers and pine resin on the nose.
Tropical fruits with mineral undertones round out the palate.
Chateau Lamothe de Haux, 1er Cuvée, Côtes de Bordeaux, France 65.
Myriad fruity aromas overlaid with spicy and floral notes. Both concentrated and
smooth on the palate with a finish of vanilla and licorice.
A Note on Dietary Restrictions
As more and more people are being diagnosed with allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities to certain food items, we at Harrison's are working on how to serve you better and more safely. If you have a serious food allergy or intolerance, please tell your server and we will be happy to discuss possible ingredient options for you so you can make changes and informed decisions.
We take all possible precautions when preparing foods and try to thoroughly note on our menus when items are gluten or dairy free. Please be mindful, however, that all food items are prepared in the same kitchen and may be in close proximity to food allergens. Because of this, food options for those with severe allergies may be limited.