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Wine Riffs at Hard Rock Hotel

May 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

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Wine Riffs

On May 16th, we attended the Wine Riffs event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Universal Studios, and we must admit, it was one of a kind.  When you place the senses of smell, taste, visuals and of course music and you mash them all up together Hard Rock style, you get an unique event like Wine Riffs.  

To goal, or should we say accomplisments, was to get some of the best flavors out there and come up with unique food and amazing presentations. Each course was accompanied by an unique wine pairing and by an specific type of music.  If you are Hard Rock Hotel, you must know your music, and oh boy! they lived up to their reputation of service, flavors and knowlege of music.

In this case, and not sure it's the same on each event, the wine pairings were held by Duckhorn Vineyards from Napa Valley and all the wines were from this brand. 

Once a new wine was paired there was a brief explanation about the wine and why it was a great combination to the meal.

 

Before you can enter the private area, you start off by having some pass around appetizers, and of course a drink from the open beer and wine bar, giving you a good chance to go outside and relax or to meet fellow guests attending the event.

 

The passed around Hor D'euvers were: 

Seared Duck Breast, Bosc Pear, Fig Compote

Poached Shrimp, Compressed Watermelon, Arugula Pistou,

The wines for this part were a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Decoy Cabernet

 

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Once you sit down with a top of the line dinner set, you are explained some of the rules of the dinner and how the courses are sent out, but lets skip to the first couse of appetizers which is called Amuse.

Amuse:

White Asparagus, Carrot juse marinated soft boiled organic egg with black Hawaiian sea salt, fresh jumbo blue crab meat, honey crisp apple, micro celery ming and parsley sald.

The wine paird for this was a 2012 Duckhorn Napay Valley Chardonnay.

For the music they wanted to stick with the theme of first bloom, first harverst. All of the sings of this soundtrack are from significant bands that you will recognize, but each song is taking from their debut Album.

Some sample songs of this are Red House from Jimmy Hendrix, there she goes again from the velvet underground, I will follow from U2, Eternal life from Jeff Buckley (LOVE HIM) and breatk on through from non of other than The Doors are just a few songs go mention.

 

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Next course is Fish:

Crispy Florida snapper and poached clams. Silken Tofu, melted local grape tomatoes, sauteed Gai-lan, shellfish broth.

The wine paring for this wsa a 2012 migration Russian River valley pinot noir.

The soundtrack fro this is sweeping and rolling tunes that can catch you up and rurround you. They wanted the music to be immersive like the water for the Snapper and open and free like the air for our migration birds. But you will find a beat that impels motion in each as well.

Some sample songs from this are Easy from Son Lux ft Lorde, sleep to dream from the "AMAZING" Fionna Apple and hunter from Bjork just to name a few.

 

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Next course.. The room light changes on each course allowing you to get a different vibe.

Lamb:

Lamb Ragu ravioli with wild baby leek pasta. Toasted Pine nut gremoulada, shaved pecorino, local oyster mushrooms, broth.

The wine paring for this was 2010 Goldeneye anderson valley pinot noir.

The couse of this is named "youth" and every artist featured in this soundtrack released thier first by the age of 18,

Some sampe songs are I want to where you are by Michael Jackson, Rock steady by Aretha Franklin, Such a night by Elvis, Glory and gore by Lorde and My same by Adle just to name a few.

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We are off to Beef. At this point, the whole room is more of a party and every single person in this room has the biggest smile as you can easily imagine why.

Beef:

Apple wood smoked bacon wrapped filet mignon.. Crisp pancetta, sugar snap peas, corn and red bell pepper, succotash, brasised spring onion, yukon gold potato puree, napa valley merlot demi glaze.

The wine paring for this was 2011 Duckhorn napa Valley merlot.

The blends of grapes used in bordeaux got them thinking how they reach harmony to create a beautiful wine. These grapes working in harmoney reminded of a band.. A GREAT BAND! The one and only The Beatles. The Beatles are great as solo artists but something really special happens with they all "Come together"

All the songs on this course were from The Beatles.

 

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Finally, at this point we kind of hated to hear the word dessert as this meant we are close to the end.

The Finale.

Silton cheese souffle, almonds, blackberries, sweet cherries, allspice, cardamom, citrus, vanilla.

The wine pairing for this was 2010 Paraduxx napa valley proprietary red blend.

The best way to make a tawdry encounter beautifull is to do it in frech. The subject matter of these songs could be a bit questionable, but they felt they would probably just be caught up in the beauty of the language. They loved ending this on hip hop and R&B, but it was all in French..

 

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Not sure much more is needed to say about this event, but that we were extremely sad this ended and it was a pure joy to have all of our senses combined into this dinner event.

We will end this with: "We can't wait until the next Wine Riffs and find out what mix they come up with, and how they wil out beat this one!!"

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Thanks to all the staff at Wine Riffs and Eric for being such an amazing host!!

 

Here is also a quick video view of a sample course along with its music. 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/636036129791759/

 

Be sure to check back with us as we cant wait until the next event which should be in about 3-4 months.

 

Rock on!!

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