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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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Theater Menu at Stage Left (Quite the Bargain!)

  • Beginning Friday, March 13
  • Offered Every Night Until 6 PM Sharp
  • Just Show Your Tickets

It's been a while since we offered a specific pre-theater menu, so we thought it time to reintroduce one. This menu will be available to theater-goers alongside our regular menu until 6 PM. We would encourage you to check out the schedules at the George Street Playhouse and The State Theater for a whole slew of great shows heading to town.

View the menu

Call 732-828-4444. $39.00

Friday, October 09, 2015

Walk-Around Wine Tasting

Friday, October 9 From 5 PM to 8:30 PM
We've extended the hours from last year to give you more flexibility.
Please do let us know if you would like to attend or 732-828-4444

By the end of September, Mark and I will have tasted thousands of wines. From those wines, we select only a tiny percentage. I can honestly say that this is a banner year, full of exciting new stuff and great new vintages from some old friends.

Our annual fall wine tasting will occur on Friday October 9th. We're going to present you with a rigorous selection of 25 of our best new wines. We will also have a few interesting food products and I might even have a few bargain mixed case 'sawdust' lots from our cellar. The cost will be $25 per person, applied to the purchase of your first case of wine. This is perfect timing for you to stock up on all the wine you need for the holidays, yourself and gift-giving season.

If you're coming to the tasting and having dinner at either Stage Left or Catherine Lombardi and would like to attend the tasting before or after dinner,

Just make a reservation for Stage Left here or Catherine Lombardi here and put in the "Note to Restaurant" that you will be attending the tasting either before or after dinner.

If you're coming to the tasting but not dining with us that night, just let us know you're coming by emailing or by calling us at 732-828-4444.

Call 732-828-4444. $25 per person, applied to the purchase of your first case of wine.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

White Rock Wine Dinner

White-rock1It's officially Autumn. The equinox has passed, there's an occasional crispness in the air and we've put up a few thousand pounds of local tomatoes to keep Catherine Lombardi in sauce until next summer. The sidewalk cafe is still going strong most nights. We'll see how long that lasts. Our fall wine tasting is going to be a blast on October 9 - A blast and a bargain!

We would like to announce THE Wine Dinner of The Season. White Rock Vineyards has produced some of the most well-balanced, age-worthy, delicious Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the Napa Valley since the 1970s. Their story is pretty special, but first, here's the menu. Note: We have had White Rock on our wine list, every single vintage since 1993. There are very few wineries that hold that distinction. We look forward to the new vintage every year, and we have aged many vintages in our personal cellars.

White Rock Wine Dinner
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Walk Around Tasting 6:15 - 7 PM
Dinner at 7 PM

Hors d'Oeuvres & Tasting
Chardonnay 2013
Claret (Bordeaux-style blend) 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Scallops with Saffron, Bacon, Mussels
Chardonnay 2012

Shibumi Farm Roasted Mushrooms Five Ways and Roasted Lamb
Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Claret (Bordeaux-style blend) 2011

Venison with Smoked Apples, Cipollini Onions, Thyme & Sage
(If game is not your thing, we will offer a substitute of tenderloin of beef for venison)
Cabernet Sauvignon "Laureate" 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon "Laureate" 2007  Library Selection

Walnut Semolina Cake with Fernet Branca Ice Cream and Chocolate

$129 or call 732-828-4444

White Rock is a 35-acre naturally farmed vineyard, boasting a unique terroir of white volcanic ash, nestled in a small valley at the base of the Stag’s Leap Range. It has never been farmed any other way. The estate has never been subjected to herbicides, pesticides, or fumigants.

The original parcel was purchased by one Dr. Pettingill in 1870. Dr. Pettingill planted the property to Riesling and Zinfandel, one of the earliest plantings in Napa. In 1871, using only a hand saw to cut the white rock he quarried from the property, he constructed a winery in which he would process 7,000 gallons of wine per year. It was renowned to be of high quality.

Henri & Claire Reclaimed the Vineyards in the 1970s

One hundred years later, the property was reclaimed by Henri and Claire Vandendriessche. He came to America from France to study at UC Berkley in 1967. He met Claire, they fell in love, started a family and then set about restoring the White Rock Estate to its former glory. They moved into the old winery and made it their home.

They replanted as much of the original vineyard as they could, and dug a cave system where they would make and cellar the wine. Always a family business, Henri oversaw all aspects of the enterprise, including the vineyard management, while Claire marketed and sold the wines. They have always farmed organically.

Christopher Vandendriessche will Be At Stage Left November 5

After graduating UCSC with a degree in Physics, Christopher Vandendriessche achieved a degree in enology from The University of Bordeaux. He went on to work at Chateau Pape Clement, then harvests in Burgundy, Spain (Remelluri in Rioja), and Argentina (Catena in Mendoza). He returned to Napa as Assistant Winemaker under John Kongsgaard at Luna. In 1999 Christopher took over as wine maker of White Rock. Today, Christopher and his brother Michael have taken over the business, working together to craft thoughtful and balanced wines showcasing the unique terroir of White Rock.

Mark and Francis Have Poured White Rock Since 1993

Mark, Lou and I first visited White Rock waaay back in 1996. This was a time when California wine makers were pursuing ever more powerful wines, and ever bigger scores and throwing balance out the window. Henri was different. He brought a European sensibility to this extraordinary California terroir. He was right of course, and we've followed him through many vintages and now we buy wine from his sons. For twenty vintages, we have seen firsthand that they are great for dinner tonight, and they age gracefully for years.

Do come and enjoy an evening with Christopher, a comprehensive selection of his wines and an extraordinary dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. or 732-828-4444.

Call 732-828-4444. $129.00

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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.

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

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