It’s true, I’m a cross drinker. I like my wine as much as my beer. I think that’s due in part because of my Italian heritage. (I’m half Italian on my mother’s side…to match up to the Irish McAuliffe genes from my dad). So I was excited to be invited to an Oregon wine dinner at Cleveland’s Pier W restaurant, which sits on a cliff overlooking Lake Erie in Lakewood. The views are spectacular, and the sunset on this particular evening did not disappoint.
Dinner kicked off with a velvety Oregon truffle custard, roasted beets, kumquats, trumpet mushrooms, and a crispy beet paper; served with a 2013 Chehalem INOX, a very well-balanced Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley. This was a varied and interesting way to begin the meal, and though I’m not a big fan of whites, I enjoyed this pairing.
The second course was my favorite–Wild Sable, a buttery and delicious light fish; served with lemongrass, a tempura matchstick salad–topped with a salty local feta cheese–the perfect contrast. The wine was a Domaine Serene Evanstad Reserve Pinot Noir, also from the Willamette Valley.
I have a confession to make about the third course. It was a housemade Buffalo Bratwurst, with Napa cabbage sauerkraut served over a salsify gratin. And I’m sorry, Cleveland, but I am not a bratwurst girl. However, I loved the wine, a Syrah, Penner Ash, 2013.
Dessert was pretty darned amazing, though. A light and fluffy vanilla cheesecake filled with lemon curd–two of my very favorite tastes together, with toasted meringue, blueberry coulis, and a crème Anglaise. This was accompanied by a wine that was almost an ice wine, a sweet and complimentary Elkcove Ultima Late Harvest Riesling, 2010.
Guests enjoyed the food as well as a stunning view of Cleveland across the water. Several people told me they loved the Pier W happy hour and brunch, as well. If you haven’t been back to this Northcoast favorite for a few years, I highly recommend it.
(And to be clear, my meal was comped, and I was invited to blog about the event to promote the restaurant, however, as always, views are my own.)
Now, just so you know you’re still reading the Brewer’s Daughter’s blog, here’s a link to a very fun video of a song about beer, by the Asylum Street Spankers: https://youtu.be/YvJGs6MhZM0 Cheers!