We enjoyed another fantastic evening of food and wine at the luxurious and picturesque, but friendly, Vue 24 restaurant (formerly known as Paragon) within Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The Vue 24 Restaurant host similar dinners and if you have never attended you will be quite impressed. The wines of Opus One took center stage during the evening as they were paired with an elegant culinary menu provided by the Vue 24 chefs.
Opus One is the signature wine of the Opus One estate, located in the Napa Valley of Oakville, CA. Opus One, the wine, was born in 1979 by the legendary Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the iconic winemaker Robert Mondavi. The current Opus One Estate was completed in 1991, where today, America’s first ultra-premium wine is produced.
During the dinner, we introduced to two wines from the Robert Mondavi Winery just down the road from the opus One Estate. In 1966, Robert choose the To Kalon Vineyard for the location of his namesake winery.
As we walked through the doors of the Vue 24 Restaurant, we were greeted with a glass of either Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Cuvee or Rose, Thomas Jefferson 2013. As we stood around and chatted with other guest, we were presented with several different hors d’oeuvres, each offering their own delightful favorite and each designed to pair well with the champagne.
After being seated at our tables, while gazing at the beautiful view overlooking the woods, the first course served was the light and delicate Rainbow Trout with honey roasted turnips, citrus cured celery, and beurre monte paired with Robert Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc 2013.
Mondavi’s signature wine, Fume Blanc has an zesty orange rind-lemon curd flavor, with flavors that linger in a smooth long finish that paired well with the mellow trout.
Up next was the Pork Belly with grilled baby gem lettuce, roasted plums, cracklings, and cabernet gastrique paired with Opus One Napa Valley 2012.
The Opus One Napa Valley 2012 Vintage, having varietals combination of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 79%, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, and 2% Malbec was aged 18 months in new French oak barrels.
The 2012 vintage was characterized by dark fruit aromas and flavors of cassis, blackberry and black cherry.
The entree for the evening was perfectly cooked Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon with king oyster mushrooms, cipollini onions, and black currant demi-glace paired with Opus One Napa Valley 2010.
The 2010 vintage, just like the 2012 vintage, although in a slightly different percentage, is a blend of various varietals: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 505% Cabernet Franc, 505% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. It was barrel aged for 18 months in new French oak
The 2010 vintage as the result of a year with unseasonably cold days, untimely rain fall, and surprisingly hot days “imparted aromas of blackberry, rose petals, chocolate and espresso accentuate fruity and earthy nuances.”
Closing out the event with a dessert of Spring Rhubarb Tart with farmer’s strawberries, sable breton, and lime yogurt paired with Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro 2013. This sweet dessert wine was accented with peach and lychee fruit, orange blossom, and jasmine aromas.
The amazing chefs at the Vue 24 provided us with a fabulous evening where they presented us with delicious culinary delights that were nicely paired with exceptional wines from Robert Mondavi and Opus One.
Next time you are at Foxwoods for the weekend and wondering where to enjoy a superb dining experience, why not go to Vue 24 in the Grand Pequot Tower, with its relaxing atmosphere and outstanding panoramic views of the local country side. While you are indulge in their Continental-based cuisine while enjoying the soft jazz of Jack on the piano.
Vue 24 is open Thursday offering their dinner and lounge menus from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday where their dinner and lounge menus are served from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday with the Sky Brunch menu served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.