By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Flemings Steakhouse)
Entering Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is like shutting off the world behind you. This is your time to enjoy, forget about everything, just let yourself go and begin a memorable evening.
Sip a glass of one of Fleming’s 46-Diamonds wines, a private label wine available exclusively at Flemings.
Known for their exceptional cuisine, Fleming’s chefs have mastered the art of preparing perfect meals.
My producer and I were invited to Fleming’s exclusive 46-Diamonds Wine and Food Pairing Dinner, an evening of indulging in their offerings.
For an appetizer, I chose the French Quarter Barbecue Shrimp, marinated with garlic and spices to wake-up the taste buds.
Mike requested the tenderloin Carpaccio with capers, Creole mustard sauce and red onion.
Joaquin Effertz, Wine Manager, explained, “I served the Pillow Road, Pinot Noir, 2011, Russian River Valley because the Pinot Noir pairs with both as they were spicy dishes. This wine displays the vibrancy and intensity of life in California.
Fleming’s salad was filled with candied walnuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, onions and herbed crostini. The salad’s variety of flavors made every bite a surprise.
Joaquin served Ladera Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2013. “Ladera literally means slope, this wineries’ crops grow in the mountains above the fog at high altitudes. There are fewer crops in colder climates. You will smell pine, mango and citrus blossom which works well with the fruity salad.”
The Peppercorn steak thrilled my taste buds! It was a prime New York strip steak with cracked black and white peppercorns and French green beans. They added plenty of peppercorns for a crunchy, tender steak.
Flemings crisps their steaks by pouring pumice oil on the flat iron of the broiler, then searing the edges of each steak before coking in the broiler.
Mike’s selected the Chef’s special, a 16 ounce prime steak with three scallops, three shrimp topped with a creamy sauce. What a great combination! The scallops, shrimp, sauce and steak alternating for flavorful bites.
Joaquin presented their special 46-Diamonds with Ladera Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain, 2012.
The finale, the luscious Chocolate Lava Cake has a molten center of Belgian chocolate hidden inside. When you place your fork over the chocolate cake, the chocolate drips out like a volcano. Topped with raspberries, the cake is served with vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios. There is also a side of whipped cream in case this was not rich enough.
Joaquin added, “The wine with the dessert, Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain, 2010, is a more intense wine. There is a taste of coco, nutmeg and plums.”
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