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About Our Wine Dinners

Our guest speakers all have a direct hand in the wine-making process. We only invite the owner, winemaker, or general manager to speak to us, never a salesman or the regional sales manager of a wholesale company etc., etc.

Not that there aren't some great people in that end of the business. We just like to use our long-standing relationships to bring you some insight right from the source. We are honored that these folks think so much of us as to make us a premier venue for this sort of thing.

Wine is about people. Wine is about dining. Wine is food.

Wine is about a common experience.

We hope that you can join us for some of these uncommon common experiences.

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Upcoming Events

[Except where noted, prices are per person and do not include tax or service.]

Tha Stage Left Wine Dinner Club: Get 20% off all wine purchases in both restaurants for the entire next calendar year! Just come to six wine dinners in a calendar year and you're automatically a member.

Monday, December 01, 2014

We're Open for Lunch on Weekdays in December
In keeping with tradition, Stage Left will be open for LUNCH weekdays in December.

We will be open for à la carte dining as well as private functions for the holidays. We have private rooms available. For larger parties and private rooms, call us or email

We're seating from 12 - 2:30 in Stage Left Monday through Friday December 1 through December 23. For larger parties, we can offer some flexibility of hours.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. Price varies by menu selections.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Wine Shop at Stage Left
The Wine Shop at Stage Left will be open Saturday, December 20th through Tuesday, December 23rd from Noon until 9 PM.

Wednesday, December 24th, we'll be open from Noon till 5.

Stop in and share a glass of good cheer while you peruse our selections. If you would like a personal recommendation or a custom case put together for you, don't hesitate to contact us.

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by menu selections.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Brunswick New Year's Fireworks
Consider spending New Year's Eve with us. The Restaurant Guys will again shoot fireworks off the roof of the Heldrich Hotel on December 31st. It's hard to believe that this will be the Fifth Annual New Brunswick New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular. Thousands of people come out and the atmosphere is electric. We serve our regular menu in both restaurants and we do book up.

The Heldrich Hotel books up as well. So I want to be sure that readers of this blog get notified well in advance. If you would like a room at The Heldrich, you can book it through us by emailing me. Check out a video of past fireworks here.

Make New Year's Reservations at Catherine Lombardi

Make New Year's Reservations at Stage Left

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. Price varies by menu selections.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Forget Santa Claus, Paul Hobbs is Coming To Town January 29!

In January, our friend and favorite winemaker, Paul Hobbs, will return to Stage Left for his annual appearance.

If you don't know Paul Hobbs, you should. His wines are extraordinary and Paul himself is one of the most sought-after winemakers on three continents. He's one of the smartest guys in the business and we are proud to say that we have been supporters and friends since he and we started our businesses at roughly the same time.

We are the ONLY venue where Paul does a dinner every year. It is the greatest opportunity to taste Hobbs wine anywhere in the world because it is supplied by his wine operations on all three continents and from our deep collection of Hobbs wine.

On Thursday, January 29, we will start with a comprehensive tasting at 6 PM.

At 7 PM, we will sit to dinner paired with an excellent selection of wines, including a preview of the first ever Estate Bottled Cabernet from Paul's own vineyard. The 2012 Coombs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will not be released anywhere until the fall, but we'll be previewing it at the dinner. You can be some of the first people anywhere ever to taste this wine and even drink it with dinner. Ya, that's amazing. Guests at the dinner only, will have first dibs to pre-order these.

The cost for the tasting and dinner is $279 plus tax and service.

These are the wines we're planning for the tasting:

Chardonnay 2013; El Felino, Mendoza
Chardonnay 'Ross Station' 2012; Paul Hobbs; Russian River
Chardonnay 'Edward James Estate’ 2012; Paul Hobbs; Russian River
Pinot Noir 'Hyde Vineyard' 2012; Paul Hobbs; Russian River
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012; Paul Hobbs, Napa (Pre-Release)
Merlot 2013;El Felino; Mendoza
Malbec 2013; El Felino; Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013; El Felino, Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon “Cocodrilo” 2012; Bramare, Lujan de Cuyo (new wine)
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012; Bramare, Lujan de Cuyo; Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon “Marchiori“2012; Bramare; Mendoza
Malbec 2011; Bramare; Lujan de Cuyo,
Malbec 2012; Bramare; Val d’Uco Mendoza
Malbec “Rebon” 2011; Bramare; Mendoza
Malbec ‘Marchiori Vyd’ 2012; Bramare; Mendoza
Malbec 2011; Cobos; Mendoza
“Volturno” 2011; Cobos; Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon, 'Beckstoffer’ 2012

Here is the menu:

Cannoli of Tuna,
Foie Gras Mousse, Caviar
Paul Hobbs “Lindsay Estate” Pinot Noir 2012
Paul Hobbs “Lindsay Estate” Pinot Noir 2011
Russian River Valley

Lobster Lasagna
Burnt Orange and Truffle Ricotta
Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2013
Russian River Valley
Bramare Chardonnay “Marchiori ” 2012
Mendoza, Argentina

Lamb Chops with Minted Lamb Sausage
Bramare Malbec 'Zingarhetti Vineyard' 2012
Mendoza, Argentina

Duo of 45-day and 21-Day Aged Strip
Grilled Pears, Apples and Quince
Paul Hobbs “Coombs Vineyard”
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Preview - First Time Served Anywhere

Chocolate Tasting
Mousse, Peanut Butter Molton Chocolate Cake,
Valrhona Fudge Popsicle

Riesling Eiswein 2013;
Stratus; Niagara, Canada

Gift Certificates Are Available For This Dinner

If the recipient can't make the dinner, the certificate will convert to a cash value: The perfect wine-lover's christmas gift!


 For reservations to the Paul Hobbs Dinner, call 732-828-4444 or email me directly. This evening is a ton of fun and one of the most extraordinary wine events in New Jersey. If you are interested in a room at The Heldrich Hotel, located directly across the street, just let us know and we will help arrange for a room at a favorable rate.

We look forward to seeing you.

*Final menu and wine choices may change

Call 732-828-4444. $279.00

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Dinner-Theater Package

Enjoy a night on the town with a great performance at The State Theater and a fabulous dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Park once. We’ll pick up the tickets and have them waiting for you here. Dine before or after the show and it’s all for one very reasonable price.

View the Stage Left Menu
View the Catherine Lombardi Menu

Prices are per person plus tax, service and beverage. Please visit the State Theater's website for performance details.

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