Last night I was able to make my way to Omaha for the “Wines of the Dolomites” wine dinner at The Boiler Room. The evening was guided by the outstanding Master Sommelier Jesse Becker (PWM Périphérique Wine Merchants, @pwmwine) and Erin Grace (Winebow, @erintgrace). Chef Paul Kulik seems to outdo himself each time I dine there, and last night was no exception with four well paired courses.
This “road trip” along the Dolomite Mountains and Danube started with a New Hampshire scallop, spicy baby octopus, and wild lovage, paired with Cantina Tramin Gewürztraminer, Nussbaum (Alto Adige, Italy 09). The second course of croquette of tête de cochon was inspired and paired perfectly with the Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner, Terrassen (Wachau, Austria 08). A third course of the bucatini with lardo did not disappoint, paired with Achs Paul Blaufränkisch, Edelgrund (Burgenland, Austria 08), which might prove to be a new favorite grape variety of mine. The fourth course of T.D. Niche Ossabaw Island pork loin with cranberry beans, kale, house sausage and morel powder was paired with Tiefenbrunner Lagrein, Castel Turmof (Alto Adige, Italy 09). The night finished with a June bearing strawberry gallette and a wonderful Hungarian Tokaji dessert wine.
I also have to make a point to say that the FOH staff is amazing at Boiler Room. They are so attentive to clients and really make for an outstanding dining experience. I can also attest that Jesse provides you with a clear and profound knowledge of every wine he presents, along with Erin’s impressive knowledge of the history of the grapes and vineyards, you will unquestionably broaden your appreciation of the wines. Take heart, if you are in the area, The Boiler Room will not disappoint.