Garden Terrace Tasting | Envolve

Wednesday | August 7, 2013 | 6:00pm –  Established by two close childhood friends, Michael Benziger and Benjamin Flajnik, Envolve Winery emphasizes the important relationship between friendship and the enjoyment of wine. They brought on another childhood friend and Sonoma native, Danny Fay, to help build their vision of a family and friend-owned winery. The three of them have formed a team built on long-lasting friendships and their shared passion for winemaking – a team that has now grown to include each of their younger sisters who have now become an integral part of their story. In the end, their team’s focus is to educate and create honest, sustainable friendships with their customers, just as they have created within their own team. They are committed to teaching people more about winemaking, viticulture, organic and biodynamics, and much more.  Currently, Envolve’s portfolio consists of 2 brands, Envolve Wines and Epilogue Wines. All of the Envolve Wines originate from their hometown of Sonoma and are organic, biodynamic or sustainably farmed. They believe wine is made in the vineyard and more natural philosophies produce better wines. Their goal is to have low yields with high quality and a true expression of each variety. Epilogue® Wines, their latest brand, focuses on educating the consumer about wine’s magical transformation from the vine to the bottle. As an everyday drinking wine, Epilogue® is fun, educational and a symbol of friendship. So consider this an open invitation to come visit them in Sonoma, chat with them on their social media sites, enjoy their wine club and ENVOLVE yourself in the world of wine. Pop A Cork, Start A Friendship

The Rattlesnake is thrilled to welcome Mike Benziger to this event! He will be on-hand as we present seven of Envolve & Epilogue’s wines alongside Chef Chris’s live-grilled small plates, live music and cool river breezes. All for only $40 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Reserve your seat today at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com. Or, RSVP online here.

Wine Line-Up:

  • Eplilogue Chardonnay 2010
  • Epliogue Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Epliogue Red Blend 2010
  • Envolve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Envolve Mountain Rose 2012
  • Envolve Pinot Noir 2011
  • Evvolve Primitivo 2010

 

Garden Terrace Tasting | Valentine

RESCHEDULED | Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Party | August 2, 2013 | 6:00pm  – No little power-outage is going to stop The Rattlesnake! We’re thrilled to bring you Valentine’s Day in August – we hope all those who were planning to join us on July 10th will be able to attend!

The Rattlesnake team is thrilled to present a fun, summer-inspired cocktail tasting party featuring Ferndale’s own Valentine Distilling Co! You’ve had their vodka, maybe you’ve even tried the lovely White Blossom, but did you know they  make two different gins and a whiskey, too? We went straight to the source to taste, learn about, and sample these award-winning spirits and have created a craft cocktail tasting like no other. Add our chefs grilling up small plates right on the Terrace with you, live music, refreshing summer breezes and our lush oasis-in-the-big-city and you will not want to miss this event! Enjoy 5 cocktail samplers alongside 5 small plates for only $40 per person (plus tax and tip). Reservations/RSVP are required. Please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com. Click here to RSVP online.

Featured Cocktails:

  • Lavender Lemonade – made with Valentine Vodka
  • ‘Snake Blossom – made with Valentine White Blossom
  • Cucumber Liberator – made with Liberator Gin
  • Barrel-Aged “Sweet Tea” – made with Barrel-Aged Liberator Gin
  • Woodward Sour – made with Woodward Ltd. Whiskey

See you at The ‘Snake!

 

 

 

Garden Terrace Tasting | Rieslings

Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 6:00pm – The versatile Riesling grape is well-known to lovers of Michigan wines.  Riesling is vinified in several different regions and several different styles! We’re celebrating Michigan’s favorite grape varietal with samples of 8 Rieslings from Michigan, France, Germany, Austria, California and Washington.  Live-grilled small plates will be paired with the wines along with live music and our picturesque Garden Terrace! $40 per person, plus tax & tip. Reservations are required. Please contact Alexandria Franz 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com. RSVP on-line here.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Wachau, Riesling ‘Terrassen’ Federspeil,Wachau,  Austria 2009
  • Bott Freres, Riesling ‘Reserve Personelle’, Alsace, France 2007
  • Leitz, Riesling ‘Eins Zwei, Dry’ Rheingau, Germany 2012
  • Three Wines, Riesling’ Sweetwater Ranch’, Russian River, California 2010
  • NxNW Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington 2011
  • Left Foot Charley, Riesling ‘Missing Spire,’ Grand Traverse, Michigan 2012
  • Wehrheim, Riesling Kabinett, Niersteiner Oelberg, Rheinhessen, Germany 2010
  • Maximinhof, Riesling Spatlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 2007

 

Garden Terrace Tasting | Craft Beers

Wednesday | July 24, 2013 | 6:00pm – It’s Summer Beer Festival week and we’re getting the party started early with our Craft Beer Tasting! Sample nine incredible brews from the Great Beer State (Michigan!!) and beyond paired with live-grilled small plates, hot live music and cool river breezes. The event is only $40 per person (plus tax & tip) and reservations are required.

Beer Line-Up

  • Short’s Czech Pilsner “Pontius Pilsner” | Bellaire, MI
  • Avery Belgian Witte “White Rascal” | Boulder, CO
  • Anderson Valley Wheat “Summer  Solstice” | Boonville, CA
  • Greenbush Pale Ale “Closure” | Sawyer, MI
  • Lagunitas IPA | Petaluma, CA
  • Rogue Maibock “Dead Guy” | Newport, OR
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale | Rehoboth, DE
  • Victory Triple “Golden Monkey” | Downington, PA
  • Breckenridge Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout “72” | Breckenridge, CO

Chef’s Cooking Class

Saturday | July 20, 2013 | 2:00pm  – Join Chef Chris on the Terrace for a summer-friendly menu full of fun grilled treats! You’ll learn all you need to know to host the best backyard grill-out in the neighborhood. Chef’s instruction – the more hands-on, the better – comes complete with a recipe packet to take home. Then, you’ll enjoy your creations paired with beer & wine after all your hard work! $60, plus tax & gratuity.

MENU

 

  • Grilled Romaine & Spiced Bacon Skewers with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Grilled Flatbread with Smoked Salmon, Red Pepper and Arugula
  • Aged Cheddar & Onion stuffed Sirloin Burgers with Tarragon Scented Russian Dressing
  • Grilled Chile-Lime Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Grilled Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon-Strawberry Coulis

Reservations are required and space is very limited! Please contact Alexandria Franz at x6226 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com to secure your seat.

 

 

Garden Terrace Tasting | Brys Estate

Up North in The D | Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery | July 17, 2013 | 6:00pm  – It’s a never-ending quest to bring the best-of-the-best to you and our Michigan-inspired Terrace Tasting is just another example! We are proud to present one of Old Mission’s finest – Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and are even more thrilled that Patrick Brys & Erick Outcalt – Brys’ dynamic duo – will be joining us! Family-owned and operated, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery is as picturesque as it high-quality. Under winemaker Coenraad Stassen, Brys Estate has earned more than 225 medals in national and international wine competitions. Their tasting room is a must-visit for every northern Michigan traveler – don’t forget to check out their first-class guest accommodations, too! We are so excited to bring this “Up North” experience to The D alongside our chef’s expertly paired grilled bites, live music, cool river breezes and much more!  Enjoy samples of 8 different wines with 5 small plates for only $40 per person (plus tax and tip). Reservations are required. Please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

Featured Wines:

  • Riesling/Gris ‘12
  • Pinot Grigio ‘12
  • Naked Chardonnay ’12
  • Dry Riesling ’12
  • Pinot Noir ‘11
  • Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot ’11
  • Pinot Noir/Riesling ’12
  • NEW RELEASE – Riesling ’12 (just won GOLD at a California wine competition)

See you at The ‘Snake!

 

Garden Terrace Tastings

Wednesdays | June 5th-August 21st – Welcome balmy breezes, along with the sweet sounds and scents of the season, on the Rattlesnake Club’s lush Garden Terrace this summer. The popular, summer-long tasting series will begin on Wednesday, June 5th with “Summer Sparklers,” featuring samples of eight-to-ten sparkling wines paired with small plates and live music. The wines will also be available for retail purchase.

Our Garden Terrace Tastings are part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Each tasting will have a unique theme. Executive Chef Chris Franz and Chef de Cuisine Jeff Lanctot will work with each of Sommelier Maria Papp’s selections to create a small plates menu highlighting the wines. The chefs will be grilling many of the items on the Terrace, a feature always popular with chefs and guests alike.

Tasting events begin at 6:00 pm and are $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Subsequent Garden Terrace Tasting event dates and themes are:

June 19th – Dreaming of the Seine – French Rosés & More
June 26th – Caliente! Spain’s Hottest Wines
July 10th – “Valentine’s Day” in July – Cocktail Party
July 17th – Up North in The D – Brys Estate, Old Mission
July 24th – Summer’s Best Craft Brews
July 31st – Rieslings of the World
August 7th – The Softer Side of Red
August 14th – Sommelier’s Choice
August 21st – Best of the Summer Party

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Michele Chiarlo | Tuscany

Wednesday | May 22, 2013 | 6:00pm –  The Michele Chiarlo style has always been that of producing highly elegant and complex wines, with a propensity to excellent longevity. To achieve these results, they have always first considered the layout of vineyards in hilly zones and in excellent terroir for every single variety.  We are thrilled to welcome this Piedmont gem to Detroit!

$80 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required; please contact Alex or Maria at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com to reserve.

Menu

Reception:  Capolsaldo Prosecco NV

Chef’s Choice Tiny Taste Adventures

 

First:  Michele Chiarlo Gavi “Le Marne” 2010

Pan-Roasted Alaskan Halibut

Yuzu and Fennel Slaw, Ginger Cream, Crispy Ginger

 

Second:  Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti “Le Orme” 2010

Pepper-Crusted Grilled Tuna Steak

Spring Pea and Morels Ragout, Marjoram Essence

 

Third:  Michele Chiarlo Barolo “Tortoniano” 2007

Allspice-Rubbed Seared Tenderloin of Prime Beef

Dandelion and Gorgonzola Ravioli, Frizzled Beets

 

Fourth:   Michele Chiarlo Nivole Mocasto d’Asti 2011

Grilled Fresh Apricot

Moscato Glaze, Melted St. André, Pistachio Crunch

 

Rattlesnake Press Pot Coffees

Chef’s Cooking Class

Saturday | May 18, 2013 | 2:00pm –  Join Chef Chris in the kitchen for a Happy Hour party where you’ll learn all you need to know to host “Happy Hour” for all your friends! Start with instruction in the kitchen – the more hands-on, the better – complete with a recipe packet to take home. Once the dishes are complete, you’ll enjoy your creations paired with beer & wine.

$60, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required and space is very limited! Please contact Alexandria Franz at x6226 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com to secure your seat!

MENU
  • Rosemary & Thyme Pita Chips with Spinach-Yogurt Dip
  • Roasted Plum Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta, Fresh Herbs and Prosciutto
  • Mediterranean Spiced Chicken Kabobs with Preserved Lemon
  • Quinoa Stuffed Portobellos
  • Smokey Bacon Wrapped Dates with Asiago Cheese
  • Triple Chocolate Fritters with Mango Sorbet, Cherry Reduction

Chateau de Leelanau | Michigan

Tuesday | April 30, 2013 | 6:30pm – April is Michigan Wine Month! Celebrate with one of Michigan’s many renowned wineries and winemakers! We are thrilled to present Matt Gregory, winemaker at Chateau de Leelanau, for a very local edition of our Wines of the World Dinner Series!

Family owned and family farmed, Chateau de Leelanau’s award-winning wines ensure a true taste of Leelanau in every sip. Join us and the always-entertaining Matt for an exclusive evening!

MENU

Reception: Riesling, Harvest Select 2010 | Leelanau
Chef’s Choice Tiny Taste Adventures

First: Bianca 2011 | Leelanau
Pan-Seared Atlantic Halibut
Spring Pea and Red Ginger Cream, Crispy Ginger Salad

Second: Solem Farm Red | Leelanau
BBQ Dry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Creamy Polenta, Marjoram Essence, Pork Belly Cracklin’s

Third: Pinot Noir 2010 | Leelanau
Black Cherry and Porter Braised Beef Short Ribs
Roasted Baby Carrots, Saved Fennel Salad

Fourth: Cherry Wine | Leelanau
Triple Chocolate Fritters
Mango and White Chocolate Gelato, Cherry Wine Reduction

Rattlesnake French Press Coffees

$65, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.  Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 x6226 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com to reserve your seat!

Don’t forget! Purchase tickets to 3 of our Wines of the World Dinner Series events and you will receive 25% off the third dinner!