About a year and a half ago, we took a trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York for my spring break. It was a wine lovers dream. The Finger Lakes are noted for their exceptional wineries and we were able to visit a few of them. If you didn’t get a chance to read about our journey, you can read it by clicking here.
One of our favorites was Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery. They are one of the oldest vineyards in the Finger Lakes and he is credited with bringing New York wines to the forefront. We were so happy when we found out that the granddaughter of Dr. Konstantin Frank, Meaghan Frank, was coming to Philadelphia to showcase their wines. And the icing on the cake was where the event was being held, at one of our favorite restaurants, Bistro Romano! It doesn’t get any better than this in my book!
As you can imagine, the event was sold out. Bistro Romano does an excellent job with their wine tasting events. They start out by pairing several specific appetizers with different wines from the featured vineyard. They always seem to be spot on with the food and wine choices. Then they serve a buffet dinner that is paired with more wines from the featured vineyard. If you’ve never gone to one of their events, I highly recommend you do so.
On this night, the wines that Meaghan bought with her were absolutely wonderful! The evening started with a 2013 Brut paired with a Tallegio, peach, and basil crostini that was absolutely wonderful! Next was the 2017 Gruner Veltliner, paired with Delaware Point Oysters, raspberry, speck, and pickled shallot, which one would think wouldn’t pair well, but did with the sweetness of the Gruner, the brininess of the oyster, and the overall refreshing nature of the bite. Next is a Finger Lakes specialty, the 2016 Rkatsiteli. This was paired with a perfectly grilled scallop and topped with asparagus and crispy prosciutto. It melted in your mouth and was one of my favorite pairings of the night.
Next is the 2016 Gewürztraminer, paired with saffron risotto, pickled mussels and chili. After that was a 2017 Rose that was delicious with the crostini topped with a Castelvetrano olive tapenade and whipped butter. Now came the buffet dinner paired with a 2015 Pinot Noir, a 2016 Blaufrankisch, that is a staple at only Dr. Frank’s Vineyard, and a 2015 Cabernet Franc that is my absolute favorite red at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s. All three bottles were paired with a lovely gnocchi with truffle cream, a grilled salmon puttanesca that had a lovely kick to it, and a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin with charred peppers and tomato sauce. For dessert, one had the choice of having a proper cannoli, fruit tart and chocolate coconut cake paired with a 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling that was wonderful.
We got a chance to talk with her and told her that we actually visited their winery. She was really happy that we got a chance to go to upstate New York and visit that lovely region. She was so nice and pleasant to talk to, we could have talked all night. And yes, we had her autograph that night’s menu! We can’t wait to go back to the Finger Lakes and make good on Meaghan’s invitation to visit and tour the winery!
We’ve been to several wine tasting events at Bistro Romano but this certainly ranks up there as one of our favorite evenings. We ended up buying a case of Dr. Frank wines! Yes, they are that good. Make sure you give them a try. Visit their website or better yet, take a trip to the Finger Lakes and visit them in person. You won’t regret it!