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Redwood Room – Rochester

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I can hardly believe that it was July when my friend Stacy and I dined at the Redwood Room in Rochester. In this post about Pinot Gris, I told you to “stay tuned tomorrow!” to hear more about this gem of a restaurant. Then I wrote nothing about it.

Well it’s time.

Because this place deserves some recognition.

You can dine at the Redwood Room either casually or if you are celebrating a special occasion. The dark interior and lighting give the basement venue a special sort of ambiance that might even make for a great first date. Better yet, they also have LIVE music nearly every night of the week. Although, on this trip, we dined too early to see any of that. I am not sure what time music generally starts. The online calendar just lists the date and name of the musician(s) that will be performing, but not what time they are expected to begin. I’d recommend calling for details and then making a reservation to ensure you get seating!

I remember being intrigued by the cocktail list online, but not finding those that interested me on the menu upon arrival. No matter. As I mentioned here, we happened upon a particularly delightful Pinot Gris:

Four Graces Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

Four Graces Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

We were brought some bread, which I remember as delightful as well:

543We started with an appetizer to share:

Risotto Fritters Spheres of Arborio risotto with a gooey center of smoked mozzarella and a crispy exterior of panko breadcrumbs . Served with a creamy artichoke tomato sauce. $8. 95

Risotto Fritters
Spheres of Arborio risotto with a gooey center of smoked mozzarella and a crispy exterior of panko breadcrumbs . Served with a creamy artichoke tomato sauce. $8.95

They were tasty; but we both agreed we would try something else next time. They were nothing like the risotto cakes that we were blown away by one New Year’s Eve at Sul Lago.

Stacy already knew what she wanted as her main course:

Shrimp Risotto Arborio rice cooked in our house made chicken stock tossed with Black Tiger sh rimp, sweet corn, pancetta, cream and fresh basil . $1 7 .95

Shrimp Risotto
Arborio rice cooked in our house made chicken stock tossed with Black Tiger shrimp, sweet corn, pancetta, cream and fresh basil. $17.95

The dish was just devine. Look at all of that fresh basil!

I was in a craving salmon that night. When I saw this entree for just $16, I was shocked. In the Twin Cities, you’d find a dish like this {and probably the risotto above} for at least $22. What a steal! Only an hour and a half south of from The Cities, Rochester offers some more affordable cuisine without sacrificing quality.

Cracked Pepper Salmon Fresh Atlantic salmon filet brushed with ro semary & garlic infused olive oil. Served with a creamy dill sauce and Redwood Room house rice. $1 5 .95

Cracked Pepper Salmon
Fresh Atlantic salmon filet brushed with rosemary & garlic infused olive oil. Served with a creamy dill sauce and Redwood Room house rice. $15.95

So good. For appearance purposes, the sauce could have been thinned a bit. But it tasted just fine. I love me a good creamy dill sauce and this hit the spot!

We did take a look at the dessert menu, but opted to pass, if only because our bellies were way too full.

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I guess we were in a seafood-kind-of-mood that night. But now I’m curious about those gourmet pizzas on the menu….

What’s your favorite seafood dish?

Have you found a restaurant that seems to be a better value for the quality than others?

Cheers~
Carrie

Drink Me: Pinot Gris

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I can’t lie, I stole this title idea from my grapefriend. But I also like how it rhymes. And I’m also here to tell you, it’s summer and you should be drinking Pinot Gris!

Pinot Gris is often forgotten. When my friend Stacy and I enjoy wine together, it’s almost always red. However, when I saw it on a menu when the two of us dined at the Redwood Room this weekend {stay tuned tomorrow!}, I asked for a taste.

Oh, Pinot Gris, how did I forget you?!

This little beauty was so good, we ordered a bottle. I usually think that most of the more affordable bottles in a restaurant are mediocre… at best. This wine is an exception! We were pleasantly surprised.

Four Graces Pinot Gris - Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-met, damn it!}, Oregon

Four Graces Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley {pronounced will-AM-it, damn it!}, Oregon

So what’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Well, they are actually the same grape. It’s just called Pinot Gris in French and Pinot Grigio in Italian.

However, the style of wine is usually different. Pinot Grigios from Italy are light, crisp and acidic with lots of citrus notes. The Pinot Gris I drink from France tend to be rounder, less acidic with more fruit and floral notes shining through. Some of that is due to the cooler climate – the terroir, if you will.

In the wine world, Pinot Gris/Grigio is oftened labeled in other regions according to the traditional style it is most like. Many in California are labeled Pinot Grigio, while those in the cooler, northern state of Oregon are labeled Pinot Gris. Winemakers can still label Pinots as they wish, but I’ve found this is a good indicator when you are looking for the style you like!

I have been reunited with my love of Pinot Gris – a perfect summer white wine!

If you’ve had both, which style do you prefer? Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio?

What’s your favorite summer white wine {or other refreshing beverage}?

Cheers~
Carrie