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Bayside Restaurant Hosts Levendi Wine Dinner Sept . 29


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By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
Restaurants may not have completely recovered from the pandemic , but you know things are looking better when Bayside Restaurants brings back its wine dinners .
Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach is hosting a Levendi Wine Dinner on Thursday , Sept . 29 and it looks to be another stellar wine event from one of my favorite restaurants that offers live music every night of the week .
The dinner begins at 6 p . m . with a glass of 2021 Levendi Rose of Pinot Noir , which the Levendi website says has “ succulent aromas of cherry pie and fresh strawberry with flowery phlox notes . The palate is full and nicely textured but still crisp .”
Then it ’ s on to a four-course tasting menu that starts with summer peach and burrata with arugula and white balsamic , appropriately accom-
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panied by Levendi 2021 Sauvignon Blanc , which displays “ elegant notes of vibrant honeysuckle , grapefruit , and passionfruit . The textured palate is alive with fresh acidity , displaying the inviting flavors of ripe tropical and passion fruit . The finish is graceful and concludes with lingering nuances of honeydew melon and soft , white peach .”
The second course is shrimp and chorizo paella with arborio rice , accompanied by Levendi 2021 Pinot Noir .
New York strip steak with herb compound butter , roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower puree headlines the third course . Wine pairing is 2018 Levendi legacy Cabernet Sauvignon , their signature Napa cab that has “ a violet color , inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon , dulce de leche sundae , delicate sandalwood incense , and cassis shrub with a silky , soft , fruity medium-full body and a smooth , compelling , ling finish conveying accents of craisin dusted with cocoa and cedar with dusty , chewy , fine tannins and moderate oak flavor . A seamless , sumptuous Howell Mountain Cabernet with great depth of flavor and panache .”
The Levendi wine dinner concludes with lemon sorbet and a shortbread cookie , along with Levendi 2021 late harvest chardonnay , a decadent end to a decadent wine dinner .
The cost for this Levendi wine dinner is $ 85 plus tax and gratuity — an amazing value considering the cuisine and the wines being poured .
And this is on a Thursday night , when my favorite jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi normally plays in the lounge .
Space is limited , so reserve a spot soon . Call ( 949 ) 721-1222 or email Cameron @ DiningAsArt . com .
Hopefully Bayside will brings back its popular whisky dinners , when representatives of select whisky producers talk about their spirits while diners enjoy a four course meal — paired with whisky , of course !




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