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April 8-9, 2016: Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Get ready for our Red Wine Weekend taking place April 8-9, 2016. Enjoy fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield, WI. Events are held at Le Chateau, a sister property of Old Rittenhouse Inn, and the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The highlight of the weekend events is a 6-course dinner with wines specially selected to match each dish.

Wisconsin Wine Tasting

 

Make It A Weekend! Discount weekend lodging packages include:

  • Friday tasting & appetizer reception
  • A Saturday afternoon tasting seminar
  • Saturday evening’s 6-course red wine dinner
  • Server Gratuities for meals

Menu: Friday Wine Tasting and Appetizer Party, Great Red Blends, April 8, 2016

  • Artisan cheese platter
  • Red wine marinated flank steak
  • Slow braised meatballs in a red wine tomato sauce
  • Hot ricotta and crab dip with crostini
  • Salmon croquettes with lemon-dill aioli
  • Raspberry-chocolate bombolonis (Italian doughnut holes)
  • North by Northwest, Red Blend – Washington State
  • Ferrari Carano, Siena – Sonoma
  • Trefethen, Double T Red Blend – Napa
  • Layer Cake, Sea of Stones – Argentina
  • Paraduxx, Red Blend – Napa

Menu: Saturday Red Wine Seminar, A ‘Zinful’ Afternoon, April 9, 2016

  • Decoy – Sonoma
  • Easton – Amador
  • Red & Green – Chiles Valley (Napa)
  • Heitz Ink Grade – Napa
  • Seghesio, Old Vine Zinfandel – Sonoma
  • Rombauer – California

Menu: Saturday Merlot Dinner, April 9, 2016

  • Starter: Smoked duck breast with raspberry gastrique and micro greens salad with Tamarack Merlot, Washington State
  • Soup: Cabernet Minestrone with Franciscan Merlot, Napa Valley
  • Salad: Roasted beet and arugula salad with feta, candied pecans, and basil vinaigrette with Decoy Merlot, North Coast
  • Sorbet: Concord grape
  • Entrées: Chateaubriand (roasted beef tenderloin) with sauce béarnaise and mascarpone whipped yukons with  Frog’s Leap Merlot OR
  • Herb crusted yellowfin tuna beurre rouge and faro risotto with Ferrari Carano Merlot, Sonoma
  • Dessert: Chocolate and caramel brittle torte with Rombauer Merlot

Dinner Includes 6 courses and 5 wines. $75/person plus tax and gratuity. For discount weekend lodging packages, Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to reserve a place at the table.

February 6 – 7: Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Get ready for our Red Wine Weekend taking place Feb 6-7, 2015. Enjoy fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield, WI. Events are held at Le Chateau, a sister property of Old Rittenhouse Inn, and the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The highlight of the weekend events is a 6-course dinner with wines specially selected by the weekend’s guest host, Dennis Kohl, to match each dish.

Dennis and Julie at Old Rittenhouse Inn's Red Wine Weekend

Make It A Weekend!

Discount weekend lodging packages include:

  • Friday “Bold and Beautiful Red Blends” tasting & appetizer reception
  • A hearty 2-course breakfast each morning
  • A Saturday tasting of 8 Zinfandels
  • Saturday evening’s 6-course Pinot Noir Dinner (see menu below)

Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to Reserve Your Spot

Friday February 6th Appeatizers:

  • Spanikopita-Style Beggar’s Purse with cream cheese, feta, and spinach wrapped in phyllo
  • Cider braised pork belly egg rolls
  • Artisan Cheese Platter
  • Marinated Flank Steak with Dijon Glaze
  • Slow Braised Bison Meatballs in Tomato Wine Sauce
  • Crawfish Dip with crostini
  • Chocolate Napoleons.

Wines for Friday, February 6th: “Bold and Beautiful” Red Blends

  • Chateau Greysac Medoc-France – 2009  made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot.
  • Helena Road Vineyard, Maier Family Cenote , Sonoma County -2007 made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
  • Three Vineyard Carignane Rose, Contra Costa county -2012
  • Castelmaure Col Des Vents Corbieres -2013 made from Carignane, Grenache and syrah.
  • the Big Easy from Fess Parker, Santa Barbara- 2010 made from Syrah, Petit Syrah and Grenache.
  • Cline late harvest Mourvedre-2011

Saturday February 7th afternoon tasting will feature Zinfandels, with a nice little Frog’s Leap vertical at the end:

  • Edmeads 2009,  Mendocino
  • Seghesio 2009, Sonoma
  • Buehler 2010, Napa
  • Ravenswood 2011, Lodi
  • Eaton 2010, Amador
  • Frogs Leap 2012, Napa
  • Frogs Leap 2010, Napa
  • Frogs Leap 2008, Napa

Saturday February 7th – 6-Course Pinot Noir Dinner Menu

  • 

Appetizer: Smoked & Seared Scallop over wilted spinach with beurre blanc. Wine pairing- Light Horse, Napa
  • Soup: Creamy piquillo pepper and chickpea with chicken. Wine Pairing- Drouhin  Laforet , France
  • Salad: Baby Spinach with Honey-Pecan Vinaigrette, Roasted Grapes, Chevre & Shallots. Wine Pairing- Cloudline, Oregon
  • Sorbet: Blueberry Port
  • Entrée Choice 1: Pan Roasted Quail. Warm Farro Salad. Red Wine-Tomato Sauce. Wine Pairing- Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune, France
  • Entrée Choice 2: Seared Rack of Lamb. Pistachio Chutney. Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Au Gratin. Wine Pairing- Alloro Estate, Oregon
  • Dessert: Chocolate Espresso Mousse. Wine Pairing- Gloria Ferrer Blanc Noir, Carneros Sparkling

Dinner Includes 6 courses and 5 wines. $75/person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: Call 715-779-5111

For discount weekend lodging packages, Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to reserve your place at the table.

 

Hello, Fall! Another Summer Flies By in Bayfield, WI

Monday, September 1st, 2014

We blinked, and it was over!

Sunset in Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin by Eric Iverson

Summer, that is. It’s hard to believe it’s September already. This seemed like the quickest summer ever. At Old Rittenhouse Inn, we kept very busy welcoming visitors to Bayfield, Wisconsin and extending our special brand of family-run hospitality. In addition to the normal summer routine, we also had a special occasion: the late-July launch of our new cookbook! Of course we also hosted many weddings and special events this summer. No wonder the time went so quickly!

Weather-wise, it was mostly a cool summer. There were a few warm days here and there but mostly the temps were in the 60s and 70s through July and August. Most people attribute this to the lingering effects of the ‘polar vortex.’ Side note: We are hearing that the upcoming winter will be similar to last year’s. If so, we can hope for more Ice Caves madness in the early months of 2015. Last year, over 140,000 people visited the area between January and March!

At the moment, we are preparing for another beautiful fall color season. The leaves are just starting to turn. On the drive to Cornucopia the other day, we noticed some isolated trees that were brilliant red. This morning, a few leaves were on the ground following last night’s thunderstorm. Nature’s cues tell us autumn is nearly here.

Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin by Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson took this picture and the previous image! 🙂

Fall brings so many wonderful things to our area. The harvest time is particularly bountiful here, thanks to the micro-climate created by the interaction of Lake Superior and the Bayfield Peninsula. We’ll soon be seeing fresh apples and pears, squash, pumpkins, and so much more arriving in our kitchen. These items will be featured in Chef Matt Chingo and the kitchen staff’s fall dinner and breakfast menus.

This is also the time for festivals, family and community get-togethers. Perhaps the grand-daddy of them all is the Bayfield Apple Festival, held Oct 3-5. Here you can get your fill of food booths and crafts, carnival rides, music and of course: everything apples! As always, we’ll have special Apple Festival treats available on our porch at Old Rittenhouse Inn: Grilled Brats with Apple Sauerkraut, Creme Puffs with Hot Caramel and Apples, plus Spiced Apple Cider or Applefest Ale from South Shore Brewery. We’ll also have Live Music on the lawn on Saturday, weather permitting.

Fall in Bayfield, Wisconsin - Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau

Another reason we love fall is that it signals the start of our Special Events season beginning Oct. 24-25 with our Fall Brew Weekend, and continuing Nov. 7-8 with our Red Wine Weekend. Thanksgiving dinner is open to the public on Nov 27, and the Wassail Dinner Concert Series returns in December for our 39th year of magical holiday dinner concerts.

There is much to love about fall in Bayfield and the Old Rittenhouse Inn. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or more visits, and tell your friends about the best kept secret: the quiet season in Bayfield, WI!

April 11-12: Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Get ready for our upcoming 20th Annual Red Wine Weekend on April 11th and 12th. It’s our chance to share and enjoy fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield WI.  Wine Weekend events are held at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Le Chateau property, and at the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn.

Wisconsin wine tasting

The highlight of the weekend is a 6-course Red Wine Dinner with Pinot Noirs specially selected to match each dish by the weekend’s guest host, Gary Binter. This Wisconsin wine tasting weekend promises to be one of the best ever, as Gary unleashes a virtual tidal wave of big, bold reds, smooth and subtle Pinot Noirs, and some rare and uncommon wines from little known grape varieties.

Make It A Weekend
Discount weekend lodging packages include a hearty 2-course breakfast each morning, a Cabernet tasting and appetizer reception (Fri), an afternoon wine tasting and seminar (Sat), and a 6-course Red Wine Dinner (see menu below). Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to Reserve Your Spot!

Friday Tasting & Appetizer Reception: Cabernet Sauvignon Smack Down
Friday, April 11th from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Friday evening at Le Chateau – 7 Rice Ave, Bayfield WI – brings a Napa vs Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Smack Down!! Featured wines of the night include St Supery, Buehler, and Frogs Leap from Napa and Decoy, Geyser Peak, and Ferrari Carano from Sonoma. Guests will also enjoy a delicious appetizer buffet with Artisan Cheeses, Potato Crusted Smoked Cheddar Quiche, Bleu Cheese & Thyme Popovers, Grilled Flank Steak with Horseradish Cream, Fig & Fromage Tarts with Caramelized Shallots, Roasted Red Pepper & Crab Dip, and Dark Chocolate Cookies with Raspberry Ganache. The event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity. Advance Reservations Required for this event. Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Red Wine Seminar/Tasting: An Exploration of “Other” Grape Varieties
Saturday, April 12th from 1:30 – 3:30pm
Have a bit of fun on Saturday afternoon with an Exploration of “Other” Grape Varieties. In this fun, informative session, you’ll taste, Heitz, (Grignolino) Napa, Ca Del Sarto, (Nero D Avola) Italy, Lo Nuevo, (Tempranillo) Spain, Primus (Carmenere) Chile, Finca Linda, (Bonarda) Argentina, and Michel Torino (Tannat) Argentina. There will also be a bonus 2-wine blind tasting! This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Red Wine Dinner
Saturday, April 12th from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the Red Wine Dinner served at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant on Saturday evening featuring one of our favorite wines: Pinot Noir. Each of the 6 courses is accompanied by a different Pinot Noir selected by host, Gary Binter, to compliment the amazing menu created by Chef Matt Chingo. The meal includes an appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, a choice of entree, and dessert, plus all the wines (see details below. This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity.Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

April 12 Red Wine Dinner Menu
$75/Person plus tax & gratuity

1st Course
Pan Seared Salmon with Red Wine Balsamic Sauce – paired with Decoy, Sonoma

2nd Course
Creamy Swiss Onion – paired with Dipinti, Italy

3rd Course
Crisp Duck Salad with Warm Cherry Vinaigrette, Fennel, Yellow Pepper and Spinach – paired with J, Sonoma

4th Course
Blackberry Sorbet

5th Course
Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce and Sweet Potato Ragout – paired with Fess Parker, Sta. Rita Hills
OR
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Beurre Rouge and Couscous Primavera – paired with King Estate, Oregon

6th Course
Blueberry and Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake – paired with Sherwood, New Zealand

Jan. 31 – Feb 1: Red Wine Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Get ready for our Red Wine Weekend taking place Jan. 31 – Feb 1, 2014. Enjoy fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional lodging in Bayfield WI.  Events are held at Le Chateau, a sister property of Old Rittenhouse Inn, and the historic Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn. The highlight of the weekend is a 6-course Italian dinner with Italian wines specially selected by the weekend’s guest host, Dennis Kohl, to match each dish.

Bayfield Wisconsin Events - Red Wine Weekend
Join Dennis Kohl and Julie Phillips for a festive and fun weekend!

Make It A Weekend

Discount weekend lodging packages include the Friday California Pinot Noir tasting and appetizer reception, a hearty 2-course breakfast each morning, a Saturday tasting of French Reds and “Ringers” (a white wine, a Spanish wine, and an American Syrah) and the highlight of the weekend: Saturday evening’s 6-course Italian-themed Red Wine Dinner (see menu below). Call 715-779-5111 or Book Online to Reserve Your Spot!

Friday Tasting and Appetizer Reception: California Pinot Noirs
Friday, January 31 from 7:00 – 9:00pm

This casual event is your chance to enjoy 6 different California Pinot Noirs and a buffet of gourmet appetizers and desserts prepared by Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant. This tasting is held at our Le Chateau property, located at 7 Rice Avenue in Bayfield. The event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity. Advance Reservations Required for this event. Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Friday Wines (6 California Pinot Noirs):
Pennywise, Parker Station, Saintsbury, Decoy, Siduri, “J”

Friday Appetizers:
-Marinated flank steak with bleu cheese sauce.
-Artisan cheese platter
-Cheese filled Gougeres
-Smoked Trout and caramelized shallot tarts
-Crab and artichoke dip with shaved prosciutto
-Chorizo egg rolls with creamy cilantro sauce
-Italian fig cookies

Bayfield WI Bed and Breakfast Wine Tasting
Sample some tasty wines with us!

Red Wine Seminar: French Reds and “Ringers”
Saturday, February 1 from 1:30 – 3:30pm

On Saturday afternoon, host Dennis Kohl takes guests on a tour of delicious French Reds. The journey includes stops in several of France’s famed growing regions, as well as a few “Ringers:” a white wine, a Spanish red, and an American Syrah. This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $45/person plus tax and gratuity.Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Saturday Afternoon Seminar Wines:
– Pinon Vouvray “Prepare your Palate”
– Manoir Du Carra Julienas
– St. Cosme Basket Press Vin du France
– Fadan Ventoux
-Chapoutier Belleruche C-D Rhone
– Mas Carlot Les Infants Terrible, Languedoc
– Tres Ojos Garnacha Calatayud, Spain
-Qupe Syra

Wine Weekend in Bayfield WI
From the vine to the glass, we love wine weekend!

Italian Red Wine Dinner
Saturday, February 1 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend is the Italian Red Wine Dinner served at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant on Saturday evening. Each of the 6 courses is accompanied by an Italian wine selected by host, Dennis Kohl, to compliment the amazing Italian menu created by chef Matt Chingo. The meal includes an appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, a choice of entree, and dessert, plus all the wines. This event is included in the Red Wine Weekend Lodging Package, or available a’ la carte for $75/person plus tax and gratuity.Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!

Bayfield WI Bed and Breakfast Wine Menus
Enjoy our tasty menu paired with great wines.

Dinner Menu: Italian Red Wine Dinner – February 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

– Appetizer: Bruschetta shrimp-stuffed baby portabella mushrooms served with Jeio rose Prosecco
– Soup: Minestrone served with Ca’ Pugate Valpolicello
– Salad: Caprese Salad served with Altesino Rosso
– Sorbet: Chocolate Noir sorbet
– Entrée Choice 1: Veal piccata with mascarpone whipped yukons  served with Fongoli Montelfalco Rosso
– Entrée Choice 2: Lake Trout Piemontese style with orzo pilaf  Served with Pellisero Barbaresco
– Dessert: Zabaglione (a light custard made with Marsala wine) served with Banfi Rosa Regale

$75 + tax and gratuity. Call 715-779-5111 to Reserve Your Spot!