Sunday, February 10, 2008

MoJo Grill and Wine

Friday evening we went to MoJo Grill on Rt 376 in Wappingers for dinner. They had a prefix dinner that included wine with each course for $55 per person. We choose this option.

I will first say, we arrived before our friends, so we went to the bar for a glass of wine. I had the Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc, which is one of my favorites. Great crisp citrus notes. My husband ordered the Pedroncelli Chardonnay. Unfortunately the bottle must have been open for a while or not sealed correctly the evening before. The flavors were week. He wouldn't say anything to the bartender, and proceeded to drink his glass.

Once Teri and Frank arrived we went to our table. We all chose the prefix wine dinner. I think we would have done better if we ordered a bottle of wine. The selections of wine to choose from were weak and only included the wines sold by the glass. There was only a handful of those. I wasn't looking for a huge variety, but at least a little choice.

The first course I had Calamari and we all choose the Prosecco Villa Jolanda, Fruili Italy. It was a nice selection..however, me and bubbles don't mix. Knowing this, I still ordered the Prosecco..sometimes I just never learn.

Onto our salad…we all ordered the 2003 Pedroncelli Chardonnay. It was quite noticeable that they opened a new bottle for this. The wine tasted much better and had a creamy finish.

For the main course I had filet mignon with the 2005 Barton & Guestier Pinot Noir from France. I really wanted a heavier wine like a Cabernet but the choices were so limited I opted for the Pinot Noir. The wine was okay, light and earthy. Other than that, nothing stood out to write about.

I will say kudos to Mojo for carrying local wine. They have a few wines they offer for $20 a bottle and one of them is Glorie Farm Winery's 2006 Estate Grown Seyval Blanc. It's nice to see local wines on the menu.

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