Sunday, December 18, 2011

Churrascos at Lake Pointe

As a long time fan of the Cordua restaurants, I was pleased when I learned that they were opening a Churrascos near my home. I was fortunate to be able to attend the mock service prior to opening; I had the Churrasco steak dinner that night and it was excellent as expected. We went  again for dinner shortly after that and had another positive experience (our only issue was one wine by the glass offering of decidedly corked wine which was immediately replaced). I had the seafood soup and tenderloin salad that evening and I would recommend both.
This morning, we went to try the new Sunday Brunch and we were just blown away. This is by far the best brunch in the Sugar Land area; it is priced at $27 per person and I added the $10 bottomless mimosa option as well. Diverse options range from four different green salads, ceviche, soup, plantain crusted fried shrimp and calamari, an array of grilled veggies, an omelet bar, a crepe bar, a carving station with beef tenderloin and a whole suckling pig, empanadas, fresh fruit and a dessert assortment (I had the flan) plus numerous other items that I did not get a chance to try. Raul, the manager, stopped by the table to introduce himself and let us know that the buffet would continue evolving, although I am not sure that it could get much better.
The restaurant decor is interesting and unique with a long wall of windows looking out on the patio next to the lake. Good food, an interesting wine list, great service with a nice view.
Highly recommended!

prior related posts:
Dinner at Artista
Catena Wine Dinner at Americas

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2010 Duchman Vermentino

In the midst of taking a short break from the study of French wines, I decided to "go local" tonight for dinner with some gulf coast shrimp and Texas wine. The 2010 Duchman Vermentino inspired me to make broiled peppered shrimp with penne pasta in a Romano cream sauce with fresh basil (sadly, the last of the fresh basil grown outdoors until Spring). 
Vermentino is a white grape primarily grown in Italy; it is also known as Pigato and Favorito. My expectation for a wine produced from this grape was a crisp, acidic, dry white wine with citrus and an herbal (primarily basil) note.                                  
The 2010 Duchman Vermentino is made exclusively from Texas grapes at the Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Texas. They provide a tasting note on the back label which I resisted looking at until after I wrote my own. Interestingly, I wrote a very similar note. I give them Kudos for their truth in labeling.
Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, Medium+ intense aromas of lime blossoms and lime zest with a hint of jasmine.
Palate: Dry, medium body/alcohol, high acid with flavors of lime and pear.
Quality: Good+ Drink now, not intended for aging.
Price: approximately $14
This wine is a great alternate option for the Pinot Grigio drinker. Pair it with seafood and pasta in cream sauce. Recommended.