Napa Flair's owner LuAnn Shaprio along with Andy Broden from Middleton Family Wines and Danny Rowan from Grille 54 worked together to provide us an amazing food and wine pairing. One great thing about Napa Flair and Grille 54 is that they are neighbors. Grille 54 will allow you to bring in wine bought from Napa Flair and Napa Flair will allow you to bring in food bought from Grille 54. That's what I call neighborly love!
We were welcomed in style with a glass of champagne (Lucien Albrecht) with a wild hibiscus flower. If you have never tried this combo before, you must give it a try. Not only is it a beautiful presentation, but the flower is excellent.
The first course was Smoked Salmon Carpaccio paired with Buried Cane No Oak Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, WA. This is my type of Chard! It was perfectly crisp and was the perfect companion to the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. The Salmon Carpaccio will be on Grille 54's new menu this January and I cannot wait to eat this again. It was delicious. This is a pairing I could have ate and drank all night.
For our second course we had the Hurricane Roll which is a new addition to Grille 54's Happy Hour: Krab, cream cheese, smelt roe, cucumber, topped with oven-baked chopped shrimp, krabstick, and spicy mayo and sriracha. This dish was paired with Clayhouse Adobe White, Paso Robles, CA. Upon first sip, I knew this wine would be great with any seafood, especially Sushi!
Our third course was 100% Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (there were no fillers in this crab cake!). They were seasoned perfectly and served with a garlic aioli. This dish was paired with Caradetta SBS (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon), Columbia Valley, WA. This wine was pretty amazing and versatile. If you are looking for a good white wine that a group would enjoy, this would be the route to go.
Clayhouse Adobe Red, Paso Robles, CA. I usually stick with white wines while eating sushi but it was a perfect match to the seared tenderloin.
Clayhouse Malbec, Paso Robles, CA. I am usually not a Malbec girl but this wine had the perfect amount of spices and fruit and would work with any red meat.
Cadaretta Cabernet, Columbia Valley, WA. As full as we all were, the dishes were clean and glasses were being refilled in the matter of seconds.
We had a perfect evening, drinking and learning about Middleton Family Wines while with eating great food provided by Grille 54. Napa Flair is a beautiful wine shop whose owner LuAnn has an Advanced Certified Wine Professional degree from the Culinary Institute of America (she knows her stuff!). You owe yourself a visit to Westchase to check out these amazing locations on Sheldon Road.