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Terrace Tasting | Mendoza

Wednesday | July 30, 2014 | 6:00pm – Join us on the Terrace for a tasting of wines from Mendoza, Argentina! Considered the premier wine-making region in Argentina, Mendoza is known primarily for it’s world-class Malbec, followed by Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and white varietals like Torrontes and Chardonnay. Sommelier Maria Papp picked eight perfect-for-summer wines and our Chefs are ready to fire up the grill and show off their culinary best with five small plates, each designed to pair with the wines. Sip, savor, relax to the sounds of river breezes and live music on our lush Garden Terrace – there’s no other oasis in Detroit quite like ours! Taste a wine you would like to enjoy at home? The wines will be available for retail purchase, too.

Tickets are $45 each, plus 21% gratuity and 6% sales tax (reflected in final ticket price) and can be purchased through our TicketLeap site. Advance purchase tickets are highly recommended; tickets “at-the-door” (if available) will be $48, plus gratuity and sales tax and space cannot be guaranteed.

Questions? Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

Terrace Tastings web post pic 2014Featured Wines

2013 Alta Vista Torrontes, Mendoza
2012 Pulenta Pinot Gris Estate, Mendoza
2012 Pulenta La Flor Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza
2011 Pulenta Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Mendoza
2012 Alta Vista Classic Malbec, Mendoza
2012 Felino Malbec by Paul Hobbs, Mendoza
2009 Alta Vista Premium Terroir Selection Malbec, Mendoza
2011 Punto Final Enamore (Amarone Style), Mendoza

Terrace Tasting | Spain

Wednesday | August 6, 2014 | 6:00pm | SOLD OUT! – Join us on the Terrace for a tasting of wines from the beautiful country of Spain! Sommelier Maria Papp picked eight perfect-for-summer wines and our Chefs are ready to fire up the grill and show off their culinary best with five small plates, each designed to pair with the wines. Sip, savor, relax to the sounds of river breezes and live music on our lush Garden Terrace – there’s no other oasis in Detroit quite like ours! Taste a wine you would like to enjoy at home? The wines will be available for retail purchase, too.

This event is sold out due to a large corporate party but tickets to our other  Terrace Tasting events can be found at our TicketLeap site! Would your company like to attend a Terrace Tasting or have a private Wine Tasting party just for you and your colleagues, coworkers or clients? Contact Catering Director Amy Engelbert at 313-567-4400, x6227 or amy@rattlesnakedetroit.com for more information!

Tickets to all of our Terrace Tastings are $45 each, plus 21% gratuity and 6% sales tax (reflected in final ticket price) and can be purchased through our TicketLeap site. Advance purchase tickets are highly recommended; tickets “at-the-door” (if available) will be $48, plus gratuity and sales tax and space cannot be guaranteed.

Questions? Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

Terrace Tastings web post pic 2014

Terrace Tasting | Michigan

Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 6:00pm – Join us on the Terrace for a tasting of some of the acclaimed wines from right here in Michigan! If you think Michigan wine is only about sweet and only about whites, then this tasting is for you! Michigan has 4 different AVAs and is producing world-class wines – from our flagship grape Riesling to Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and even a few unique varietals like the spicy red grape Lemberger – you will be surprised and delighted by the quality and full flavors of wines . We want you to drink more Michigan wine and this event will show off some of state’s very best! Sommelier Maria Papp picked eight perfect-for-summer wines and our Chefs are ready to fire up the grill and show off their culinary best with five small plates, each designed to pair with the wines. Sip, savor, relax to the sounds of river breezes and live music on our lush Garden Terrace – there’s no other oasis in Detroit quite like ours! Taste a wine you would like to enjoy at home? The wines will be available for retail purchase, too.

Tickets are $45 each, plus 21% gratuity and 6% sales tax (reflected in final ticket price) and can be purchased through our TicketLeap site. Advance purchase tickets are highly recommended; tickets “at-the-door” (if available) will be $48, plus gratuity and sales tax and space cannot be guaranteed.

Questions? Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

WineTasting w LogoFEATURED WINES

45 North Chardonnay, Leelanau 2012
Left Foot Charley ‘Tail Feathers Vineyard’ Pinot Gris, Old Mission Peninsula 2011
Left Foot Charley ‘Missing Spire’ Riesling, Grand Traverse 2012
Marland Rose of Cabernet Franc, Lake Michigan Shore 2013
Bowers Harbor ‘Wine Whistle’ Pinot Noir, Old Mission Peninsula 2011
Fenn Valley ‘Capriccio,’ Lake Michigan Shore NV
Gill’s Pier ‘Just Unleashed,’ Leelanau Peninsula NV
Bowers Harbor ‘Erica & Langley’ Claret, Old Mission Peninsula 2011

Terrace Tasting | Summer Sparklers

Wednesday | July 16, 2014 | 6:00pm | SOLD OUT! – Join us on the Terrace for a tasting of the summer’s best sparkling wines! France is famous for its Champagne region but there are many beautiful sparkling wines made in France!  Sommelier Maria Papp picked eight perfect-for-summer sparkling wines to present to you! Our Chefs are ready to fire up the grill and show off their culinary best with five small plates, each designed to pair with the wines. Sip, savor, relax to the sounds of river breezes and live music on our lush Garden Terrace – there’s no other oasis in Detroit quite like ours! Taste a wine you would like to enjoy at home? The wines will be available for retail purchase, too.

Tickets are $45 each, plus 21% gratuity and 6% sales tax (reflected in final ticket price) and can be purchased through our TicketLeap site. Advance purchase tickets are highly recommended; tickets “at-the-door” (if available) will be $48, plus gratuity and sales tax and space cannot be guaranteed.

Questions? Please contact Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

Terrace Tastings web post pic 2014Featured Wines
  • Jardin en Fleurs Sparkling Brut NV, Vouvray
  • The Furst Cremant d’Alsace, NV
  • Chevallier Blanc de Blancs Brut, NV
  • JP Chenet Brut Blanc de Blancs, NV
  • Albert Bichot Brut Reserve NV, Crement de Bourgogne
  • Carra Colombina Sparkling Brut Rose, NV
  • JP Chenet Sparkling Rose, NV
  • Bosio Moscato D’Asti Frizzante 2012, Italy

Brys Estate Wine Dinner

Tuesday | April 8, 2014 | 6:30pm – April is Michigan Wine Month and we’re celebrating with one of Old Mission Peninsula’s very best – Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery! From their picturesque tasting room and vineyards to their award-winning wines and friendly staff, Brys Estate is a must-stop place on our northern Michigan wine trail list. Their dry white wines are crisp, clean and very food friendly while their reds, oh their reds, are structured, full-bodied and well, you’ll just have to come try them! Winemaker Coenraad Stassen hails from South Africa and has produced wines that have garnered over 350 medals in national and international competitions. We are thrilled to welcome Patrick Brys & Erick Outcalt from Brys Estate to The Rattlesnake Club for what promises to be an incredibly fun and even more delicious evening! Chef Chris and his team will present five courses of their always innovative, seasonal and locally-sourced cuisine to pair with the Old Mission-grown wines of Brys Estate.

$70 per person, not inclusive of sales tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required; please contact Alexandria Franz or Maria Papp at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

Menu & Featured Wines

First: 2013 Pinot Blanc (New Release)
Chef’s Choice Tiny Tastes

Next: 2013 Naked Chardonnay (New Release)
Cuban Style Red Snapper
Papaya, Black Bean, Serrano Chile Relish

Then: 2012 Pinot Noir
Juniper Berry and White Pepper-Rubbed Roasted Pork Loin
Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce

After: 2011 Signature Red
Thyme-Rubbed Grilled Beef Cheeks
Morel Mushroom and Farro Risotto, Balsamic Reduction

Finally: 2013 Riesling/Gris (New Release)
Thai Coconut Cake
Lemongrass Ginger Crème, Macadamia Nut Crunch

Chef’s Cooking Class | Vegetables

Saturday | March 15, 2014 | 2:30pm–  SOLD OUT! Call to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.

Calling all Vegetarians and Veggie-Lovers! Executive Chef Chris Franz invites you to join him in The Rattlesnake Club kitchen for an afternoon of hands-on instruction, fun demonstrations, and his best tips and tricks for the beginner-to-novice home cook. This all-vegetarian meal is also perfect for meat lover’s – these dishes would be a perfect accompaniment to your favorite grilled or roasted meats! Each guest will receive a take-home recipe packet outlining each dish. Enjoy your meal paired with our Sommelier’s favorite veggie-friendly wines, too!

$65 per person, not inclusive of sales tax or gratuity. Reservations are required and seating is very limited! Call Maria Papp or Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com to reserve your seat today.

MENU
Spring Pea and Lemon Soufflé

Cauliflower and Feta Fritters with Spicy-Yogurt Sauce

Farro Risotto with Balsamic Wild Mushrooms and Thyme

Kale Salad and Goat Cheese Salad with Pickled Watermelon Radish, Pine Nuts

Bittersweet-Espresso Cheesecake with Triple Berry-Beet Coulis

Grgich Hills Estate Wine Dinner

Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. **UPDATE: The wonderful people at Grgich Hills Estate have offered us a discount on the wines for this dinner and we are passing those savings on to you! Enjoy this incredible opportunity to experience one of Napa Valley’s best wineries without leaving Detroit! The price for this dinner has been reduced to $90 per person, not inclusive of sales tax or gratuity.

We are thrilled to welcome Sean Barrett, Midwest Division Manager, and the all-estate-grown wines of Grgich Hills Estate in Napa Valley! Grgich Hills Estate gained international recognition after the now-famous Paris Wine Tasting in 1976. Miljenko “Mike” Grgich presented one of his wines to a blind-tasting panel of eminent French judges. They swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Today, the Grgich family remains committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. World leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand chose their wines to serve at state dinners, and they are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions. The Rattlesnake Club and Executive Chef Chris Franz is known for creating memorable occasions surrounding great wine and food; we are very excited to bring this exclusive dinner to you!

Menu & Featured Wines

First: Estate-Grown Fumé Blanc 2011, Napa Valley
Chef’s Choice Tiny Tastes

Second: Estate-Grown Chardonnay 2010, Napa Valley
Caramelized Sea Scallops
Asian Pear and Green Papaya Salsa, Lemon Oil

Third: Estate-Grown Merlot 2009, Napa Valley
Smoked Paprika and Cumin Scented Pork Tenderloin
Sweet Pepper Brown Rice, Jambalaya Gravy

Fourth: Estate-Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley
Grilled Prime Certified Angus Beef® New York Strip Steak
Braised Fennel, Espresso-Dark Cherry Essence

Fifth: Estate-Grown Zinfandel 2009, Napa Valley
Smoked Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry-Black Pepper Ice Cream, Balsamic Brittle

$125, per person (plus gratuity and sales tax) *Now just $90 per person!*

Reservations are required. Please contact Maria Papp or Alexandria Franz at 313-567-4400 or alex@rattlesnakedetroit.com.

 

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

 

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