Food Around Kansas City

Extra Virgin Wine Dinner

Written By: Mary Bloch - Jun• 07•12

I recently had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at Extra Virgin, featuring wines from Maison Bleue Winery in Prosser, Washington. Maison Bleue was started by Jon Martinez, a former Kansas Citian. He used to practice dentistry, but got the winemaking bug while working with Michael Amigoni of Amigoni Vineyards.  In five short years his wines have received national acclaim and, after having the good fortune to taste them at Extra Virgin, I’m not at all surprised.

Michael Smith, chef/owner of Extra Virgin (as well as his eponymous and more upscale restaurant next door) did a masterful job of creating dishes to pair with each wine. Both Michael and Jon discussed the food and wine as we were presented each course.

Here was the menu.

Arugula Salad, spring strawberries & goat cheese  

Notre Vie Viognier 2010     

House made Tagliatelle Pasta

laughing brid shrimp, house cured chorizo,
spring peas & tarragon

Petite Joie Marsanne 2010  

Wood Fired Flatbread

grilled spring onions, romesco sauce, house made ricotta,

spanish olives & pistachios

La Famille Mourvedre Rosè 2011   

Fried Soft Shell Crab

potato puree crispy guanciale, micro greens

& aji Amarillo-chili paste

Jaja GSM 2010    

Braised Pork Cheeks

oregon morels & fava bean relish

La Montagnette Grenache 2010  

Chocolate Macaroon

strawberry powder, strawberry mousse

& dark chocolate sorbet

Liberte Syrah 2009   

I particularly loved the pasta course and the soft shell crab. The pasta was homemade, and the chorizo gave the oil that the pasta was tossed in a bit of a kick. The shrimp and peas were elegant in their simplicity. I’m a sucker for soft shell crab in any form, but  the varying textures and complementary flavors made this exceptional. Of the wines we tasted that night, the Rosé, which like Michael Amigoni’s is made from a Mourvedre grape and  JAJA, a blend of Grenache,  Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes were my favorite, though I had no trouble sipping all of them throughout the evening.

The cost of the dinner, count em–six courses, and all those wines, was $70 …hard to beat for sheer value. Add in a beautiful evening on the EV patio, a tableful of great people, and it was a memorable evening. 

You might want to get your hands on some of these wines now, before Martinez raises the prices….Cellar Rat at 1701 Baltimore carries many of them.

And do yourself another favor–sign up for one of Extra Virgin’s wine dinners.

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