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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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:00 AM

Easter Brunch at Stage Left: 11-2:30 PM
Easter_Egg-revIn Stage Left, we celebrate with Easter Brunch. It's not buffet (except for the awesome dessert table). It's a lovely, civilized a la carte, 3-course brunch. Check out the menu here.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. $39.95 / Kids 12 and under pay their age.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 PM

Dinner with Duemani

This spring we’ve lined up an amazing trio of wine dinners (this is the first). To entice you learn more about these cool and interesting wineries, we’re offering them at a ”don’t miss” value. Each dinner is $149 per person plus tax and $30 gratuity. Come to two for $125 per dinner. Come to all three for $99 per dinner.

Duemani

Duemani makes some of the most profound wine in Tuscany. If you would like outside opinions to corroborate my own, check this out. These guys make mind-bending, bold and complex reds that are unlike any other wine on the planet. They have a small vineyard area planted to Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Yesterday, I tasted the current vintage of their wines and they are amazing. The Duemani and Suisassi are knee-bending-eyes-roll-back-in-the-head extraordinary. Considering that some of the wines we're featuring in the dinner generally retail for between $100 and $200 per bottle, the $149 for the dinner is a very fair price. If you bundle it down to $99, it's an outright steal. 

Elena Celli will join us for a dinner with her wines on April 29th at 7 PM. The menu:

Hors d'Oeuvres
Cosmopolitan Delight

Cabernet Franc Marinated Quail
Blue Cheese Spaetzle and Thyme
CiFra 2012
Cabernet Franc

Shibumi Mushroom Stuffed Lamb
Leeks and Roasted Beets
Altrovino 2010
Cabernet Franc

Blood Orange Braised Short Rib
Spring Vegetable Pistou and Preserved NJ Tomatoes
Duemani 2010 * Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Suissi 2009 * Syrah

Olive Oil Cakes
Cointreau-Preserved Nectarines
Applejack-Preserved Cherries
Coffee

Call 732-828-4444. $149, with discounts available


Friday, May 09, 2014 7:00 PM

Dinner with the Wines of Perusini

This spring we’ve lined up an amazing trio of wine dinners (this is the second). To entice you learn more about these cool and interesting wineries, we’re offering them at a” don’t miss” value. Each dinner is $149 per person plus tax and $30 gratuity. Come to all three for $99 per dinner. Come to two for $125 per dinner.

Perusini02

Giacomo Perusini, combined his research and academic writings about wine with the running of the estate, until his premature death in the First World War. His wife Giuseppina continued his work and re-launched Friulian wines on the Italian market and abroad. She was a painter, a writer and a canny businesswoman who lived to be more than a hundred years old.

Her son Gaetano took degrees in Agriculture and Literature. As Professor of Popular Arts and Traditions at the University of Trieste, he carried out radical research on land reform and vine-growing in Friuli. Her other son Giampaolo has done innovative work, particularly with the white Ribolla Gialla, native to Friuli. The family tradition has continued on the hills of Gramogliano near the Judrio River. This was the border between Italy and Austria until 1918.

They produce an extraordinary array of wines from the grapes of their own vineyard, all terraced on loam. Friuli is one of the most exciting regions of Italy right now. It's the sommelier's secret weapon. Come dine with Carlo de Pace and his family's wines on Friday, May 9 at 7 PM.

Hors d'Oeuvres
Including Baked Oysters w/ Absinthe & Marjoram Station (SB)
Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Pinot Grigio 2012
Refosco 2012

Trumpet Royale Mushroom 5 Ways
Ribolla Gialla

Filet Mignon, Marrow Bone,
Roasted Cippollini Onion
Cabernet Franc 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Wild Boar Chop
Black Pepper Pasta, Leek Puree
Merlot "Cuvee Name" 2010

Lemon Rosemary Pannacotta
Coffee

Call 732-828-4444. $149, with discounts available


Sunday, May 11, 2014 11:00 AM

Mother's Day Brunch at Stage Left: 11-2:30 PM
Celebrate your mom at Stage Left's Sunday Brunch. We only offer brunch, with our awesome dessert table, a few times a year so it sells out quickly. It's a lovely, civilized a la carte, 3-course brunch with the endless dessert bar as the finale. Check out the menu here.

Call 732-828-4444 or reserve online. $39.95 / Kids 12 and under pay their age.


Friday, June 06, 2014 7:00 PM

Dinner with Trisaetum Wines (from Willamette Valley, OR)

This spring we’ve lined up an amazing trio of wine dinners (this is the third). To entice you learn more about these cool and interesting wineries, we’re offering them at a” don’t miss” value. Each dinner is $149 per person plus tax and $30 gratuity. Come to all three for $99 per dinner. Come to two for $125 per dinner.

Oregon

It was only in 2003 that Andrea and James Frey founded Trisaetum (tris-say-tum) in the Willamette Valley. Their first commercially available vintage was 2007. It is a family owned and operated winery with six employees total.

These folks have made quite an interesting study of the land and climate. They produce only Pinot Noir and Riesling. These two are thought by many to be the most soil-conductive varieties of grape. That means, they are the grapes most express the place where they are grown.

The work they're doing and the wines they're making are exciting indeed. They have pioneered new inner-appellations (viticultural areas) within Willamette. The winery sits in what is now known as The Ribbon Ridge AVA.

James Frey will be out to host a fantastic dinner with his wines. Pairing great food with these great wines is child's play, but we think we've done an exceptional job with this one. We're to excited to have James out. Won't you join us Friday, June 6th at 7 PM.

Hors d'Oeuvres
Willamette Valley Dry Riesling 2013
Willamette Valley Riesling 2013

Chilled Alaskan Spot Prawns
Scallop Fennel Mousse
Rosé of Pinot Noir 2013

Truffled Potato Gnocchi
Short Rib, Leeks and Mushrooms
Pinot Noir "Coast Range" 2012; Yamhill-Carlton
Pinot Noir "Ribbon Ridge Estate" 2012; Ribbon Ridge

Rabbit Roulade
Favas, Carrots, Fennell
Pinot Noir "Estates Reserve" 2011

Local Strawberry Apple Tart
Coffee

Call 732-828-4444. $149, with discounts available


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.

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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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