Introduction

Caramelized Sea Scallops … 15
Charred poblano butter, fried goat cheese grits

Lump Crabcake Napoleon … 13
Grilled macque choux relish, wild roquette pistou

Flash Fried Oyster Rockefeller en Casserole … 18
Herbsaint, spinach and arugula cream topped with fried oysters and sauce hollandaise

Oyster & Artichoke Pandowdy .. 18
Baked oysters and artichoke en casserole with a rich cream sauce topped with a blend of parmesan and toasted bread crumbs

Oysters Bienville en Casserole … 18
Shrimp, pork belly, mushroom topping, garlic butter sauce

Steamed Prince Edward Mussels … 16
Chardonnay cream, pommes frites, Dijon aioli

Ahi Poke … 14
Yellowfin tuna, avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, ginger ponzu sauce

Soup

Creole Gumbo … 10

Chef’s Soup of the evening … MKT

Lump crab bisque, Louisiana mirliton, Sherry finish, roe garni … 12

Salads

Briquette Salad … 9
Baby market greens, eggplant caviar, fresh goat cheese, petite tomatoes, choice of dressing

Kurubuta Pork Belly Salad … 11
Living bibb lettuce, smoked blue cheese, candied Louisiana pecans, Creole mustard vinaigrette

House Cured Salmon Salad … 12
Wild arugula, shaved fennel, crispy bacon, dill crème vinaigrette

Charred Kale Salad … 10
Marinated white anchovies, grilled garlic baguette, Arbequina Romano vinaigrette

Off The Grill

Visiting Whole Fish … MKT
Charred poblano butter or a la puttanesca, bordelaise Yukon potatoes, purple fennel slaw

Alaskan Halibut Fillet … 32
Heirloom potatoes, dijonnaise brussels sprouts, Chardonnay butter sauce

Florida Sword … 30
Pork belly plantain mash, wilted market greens, jerked shrimp beurre noisette

Louisiana Redfish on the Half Shell … 45
Charred lemon butter, Belle River crawfish relish, heirloom potatoes

Whole Branzino … 28
Fennel slaw, lemon garlic aioli, olive and caper tapenade

Garlic and Rosemary Crusted Prime Ribeye … 43
Baby arugula, hot house tomato, extra virgin olive oil

Pork Porterhouse … 26
Bleu cheese crust, fig demi glace, baby green beans, pork belly plantain mash

Filet Mignon … 45
Maitre D’ Butter, dauphinoise potatoes, dijonnaise brussels sprouts

Out Of The Pan

Roast Duckling Girod … 29
Served with raspberry fig gastrique, braised Swiss chard and pork belly plantain mash

Blackened Redfish … 30
Grilled Gulf shrimp, fried green tomatoes, fresh arugula, Chardonnay butter sauce

Crispy Skin Faroe Island Salmon … 25
Gulf shrimp, crab and seaweed salad, sweet chili glazed butter, local jasmine rice

Snapper Pontchartrain … 32
Lump crab meat, hollandaise, heirloom potatoes, baby green beans

District Tournedos … 40
Pan seared filet medallions and sea scallops, Creole bordelaise sauce, griddled French bread, baby green beans

Lamb Shank Puttanesca … 26
Traditional Sicilian tomato sauce, angel hair pasta, olive and caper tapenade

Shrimp Pasta Briquette … 24
Mushrooms, tomatoes, arugula, pimentos, cream sauce

Chicken Panee Limone … 22
Crispy breaded chicken breast, Lemon caper butter sauce, Angel Hair pasta

New Orleans Catfish Platter … 24
Crispy fried Des Allemands catfish, rosemary fries, purple fennel slaw, house tartar sauce

Add lump crab meat or shrimp to any entrée $10.

Menu items and prices are subject to change.

Soups & Salads

Spotlight Gumbo … 9

Soup of the Day … MKT

Crab Bisque … 12

Living Bibb Lettuce … 11
Roasted pork belly, blue cheese, candied Louisiana pecans, Creole mustard vinaigrette

Charred Kale Salad … 10
Marinated white anchovies, grilled garlic baguette, Arbequina Romano vinaigrette

House Cured Salmon Salad … 12
Wild rocket, shaved fennel, lardons, dill crème vinaigrette

Briquette Salad … 9
Baby market greens, eggplant caviar, fresh goat cheese, petite tomatoes, choice of dressing

Seafood Salad … 20
Louisiana shrimp, lump crabmeat, fried green tomatoes, tossed baby greens

Appetizers

Lump Crab Napoleon … 13
Grilled macque choux relish, wild roquette pistou

Steamed Prince Edward mussels … 16
Chardonnay cream, pommes frites, Dijon aioli

Eggplant Frites … 9
Battered eggplant, shaved parmesan, garlic aioli house tomato sauce

Loaded Rosemary Fries … 9
Blue cheese, pork belly, scallions truffle demi

Flash Fried Oyster Rockefeller en Casserole … 18
Herbsaint, spinach and arugula cream topped with fried oysters and sauce hollandaise

Oyster & Artichoke Pandowdy .. 18
Baked oysters and artichoke en casserole with a rich cream sauce topped with a blend of parmesan and toasted bread crumbs

Oysters Bienville en Casserole … 18
Shrimp, pork belly, mushroom topping, garlic butter sauce

Po-Boys

Barbecue Shrimp … 18
Dressed with fried green tomatoes & lettuce

Crispy Fried Shrimp … 16
Dressed with tomatoes & lettuce

Crispy Fried Oyster … 19
Dressed with tomatoes & lettuce

Rich Boy … 23
Pan seared beef tenderloin, arugula, blue cheese, garlic mayo, truffle demi jus

All served with rosemary fries

Features

Blackened Redfish … 30
Grilled Gulf shrimp, fried green tomatoes, fresh arugula, citrus butter

Grilled Ahi … 15
Chardonnay lemon butter, heirloom pomme frites, poached verts

Pasta Briquette … 17
Blackened shrimp or chicken, mushrooms, arugula, tomatoes & spicy cream sauce

Korean Barbeque Chicken Thighs … 14
Gingered red slaw, crunchy almonds, and fresh herbs

Chicken Pane Limone … 18
Crispy breaded chicken breast, lemon caper vin blanc sauce, angel hair pasta

New Orleans Catfish Platter … 20
Crispy fried Des Allemands catfish, rosemary fries, purple fennel slaw, house tartar sauce

Pan Seared Faroe Island Salmon … 16
Beure Blanc sauce, crispy fried grits

Grilled Red Snapper … 17
Olive & caper tapenade, charred kale salad

Briquette Angus Burger … 14
8oz grounded brisket & short rib, cheddar, arugula, garlic aioli, Chef’s “pissed off” pickles on brioche & house rosemary fries

Market Catch Sandwich … 19
Grilled, purple fennel slaw, malt vinegar tartar, Chef’s “pissed off” pickles, Grilled brioche & house rosemary fries

Add lump crab meat or shrimp to any entrée $10.

Menu items and prices are subject to change.

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Bubbles from everywhere

Whether it is a Champagne from Reims, Epernay or Ay … Cava from Spain, Sparkling from California or a Prosecco from Italy these little bubbles have always conjured feelings of excitement and celebration! Not just meant to be celebratory our selection offers a wide range of flavors, aromas and terroirs.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier from France; Macabeo, Xarel-Lo, Parellada from Spain; Glera from Italy are just a few of the basic grapes used among many. What they all have in common is a mixture of perfect soil, rain, climate and nurturing from its winemaker to produce these labors of love.

NV Henriot, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France bottle $120
NV J. M. Sélèque, “Solessence” Rosé, “7 Villages,” Champagne, France bottle $90
NV Taittinger, “La Francaise” Brut, Champagne, France bottle $90
2016 Schramsberg, Brut Vintage Blanc de Blancs, North Coast, California bottle $85
NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, Champagne, France bottle $82
2016 Domaine Carneros, Brut Vintage, Carneros, Napa Valley, California glass $20 / bottle $75
NV G. H. Mumm, “Grand Cordon” Brut, Champagne, France bottle $72
NV Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Champagne, France (HALF BOTTLE) bottle $60
NV Mumm Napa, Brut Rose, Napa Valley, California glass $12 / bottle $48
NV Avissi, Prosecco DOC, Italy glass $10 / bottle $30
NV Poema, Brut, DO Cava, Spain glass $10 / bottle $30

Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio – same thing

A tremendously popular varietal is known to the French as Gris and its Italian neighbors as Grigio. It is a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape! Clusters of Pinot Grigio will surprisingly pop up in a vineyard of planted Pinot Noir! The richest wines come from Friuli, however, Alto Adige, Veneto, even Lombardia make excellent offerings. In Alsace (it’s mysteriously known as Tokay) the wine is usually dry and is a great food companion. In Oregon it’s one of the most popular planted varietals with huge vineyard increases in the last 20 years.

2015 Domaine Pfister, “ Tradition” Pinot Gris, Alsace, France bottle $60
2018 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Valdadige DOC, Italy bottle $52
2016 Kracher, Pinot Gris, Burgenland, Austria bottle $46
2017 Willakenzie Estate, Pinot Gris, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon bottle $44
2017 Borgo Conventi, Pinot Grigio, Collio DOC, Friuli- Venezia-Giulia, Italy glass $12 / bottle $36

I’ll have the Chardonnay

Take it from a professional, everyone says they drink “red” but it’s really Chardonnay! It is loved by millions of enthusiasts around the world. Chardonnay mania hit its peak in the late 1980’s and it was planted around the world with great zeal. “To Oak” or not “To Oak” is only a question of individual taste. California with its big (but not always!) oaky expression is balanced by the bright, acidic, sometimes floral and earthy finishes of Burgundy. Australia offers a flinty, mineral edge that can only come from its soils. Whatever your preference Briquette has something for all Chardonnay lovers.

2016 Domaine Serene, “Evanstad Reserve” Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon bottle $138
2016 Louis Jadot Beaune Bressandes 1er Cru Blanc, Domaine Gagey, Burgundy, France bottle $138
2017 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy, France bottle $136
2017 Domaine William Fèvre “Vaillons,” Chablis 1er Cru, Chabllis, France bottle $135
2017 Domaine Dubuet-Monthélie, Meursault, Burgundy, France bottle $115
2015 Charles Smith, Sixto Frenchmans Hill, Chardonnay, Washington bottle $95
2018 Cakebread Cellars, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California bottle $88
2017 Gary Farrell, Russian River Selection Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California bottle $75
2017 Bouchard Père et Fils, Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâconnais, France bottle $58
2017 Migration, Running Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California glass $15 / bottle $48
2017 Mer Soleil, “Silver” Unoaked Chardonnay, Monterey County, California glass $14 / bottle $42
2017 Kumeu River, “ Villages” Chardonnay, Kumeu River, New Zealand bottle $45
2018 Mas la Chevaliere, Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc, France glass $12 / bottle $36
2016 Borgo Maragliano, “Crevoglio” Chardonnay, Piedmont, Italy bottle $36

White Bordeaux et cetera, et cetera, et cetera

Racy, pungent, aridly dry Sauvignon Blanc is not for the faint of heart. Widely popular in Parisian bistros of the 1970’s and 80’s its followers are die-hard fans. Distinctively aromatic descriptors are usually: grassy, musky and herbaceous. A year or two of oak aging can add to the wine’s zest although it is better if it is drunk young. Semilion is a usual blending partner but this grape stands well enough alone!

Born in the Old World (called Blanc Fume) its best New World success is in New Zealand. The soils, weather and easy adaptation to this region make it a showcase of what Sauvignon Blanc can be.

2018 Joseph Phelps, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California bottle $66
2016 Château de Raven Vigneau, ’Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau’ Bordeaux, France bottle $54
2014 Cuvée A’Dair, “Les Chanvrières,” Sancerre, Loire Valley, France glass $17 / bottle $52
2018 Capitello Sauvignon Blanc, Croft Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Washington bottle $50
2018 Decoy, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley, California glass $16 / bottle $48
2019 Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough, NZ glass $13 / bottle $42

You’ll be blown by the white Rhônes

Known in ‘Fashionable Circles’ the Northern Rhone varietals of France include Viognier, Marsanne, Clariette Blanche, Picpoul, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne to name a few. Most of the wine-making and all of the vine growing is done by family holdings. Part of what was once the Roman Empire this area of Southern France has been making wine since the late Middle Ages. The white varietals have been successfully transported to the New World where winemakers relish making beautiful wines from these non-traditional varieties.

2017 Château La Nerthe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Rhône Valley, France bottle $120
2018 Cristom Vineyards, Estate Viognier, Willamette Valley, Oregon bottle $60
2016 Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône Artesis, Rhône, France bottle $54
2016 Domaine Ollier-Taillefer, “Allegro,” Faugères Blanc, Languedoc, France bottle $45
2017 Michel Chapoutier, “Belleruche”, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Rhône Valley, France bottle $32

Other wonderful whites – worth it

So here are ALL of the other great Briquette choices in white wine world jumbled together. What do they have in common? Well all are from a vineyard somewhere on the Earth and all have been made with TLC! Our Moscato has notes of sugared lime, tart peach and orange blossom. A dry and well balanced Riesling from Pfalz competes for your attention along with Riesling from the Finger Lakes in New York. Albariño is the toast of Spain, and not to be outdone, an Oregon Pinot Blanc with notes of melon, grapefruit and butterscotch. Explore with enthusiasm!

2017 Empire Estate, Dry Riesling Reserve, Finger Lakes, New York bottle $60
2016 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon bottle $60
2016 Bassermann-Jordan, Riesling Trocken, Pfalz, Germany bottle $45
2016 Trimbach, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France bottle $42
2016 Remy Pannier, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France bottle $42
2017 Pierre Sparr, Riesling, Alsace, France bottle $42
2015 Iomazzucato Breganze, Vespaiolo, Veneto, Italy bottle $36
NV Montinore Estate, “Borealis” White Blend, Willamette Valley, Oregon glass $12 / bottle $36
2018 Kung Fu Girl, Riesling, Washington glass $10 / bottle $30
2016 ViNO by CasaSmith, Moscato, Washington glass $10 / bottle $30
2017 Lagar da Condesa, Albariño, DO Rias Baixas, Spain bottle $30

Rosé rosé me away

What a wonderful treasure we have in this delightful bottle of heaven. Its colors fall somewhere in the spectrum between red and white. Historically, rosé wines have been made by a number of different processes. The preferred method today is a short maceration of the juice with the skins. This is dependent on the red grape varietal used by the winemaker and determines the length of time needed to bring about the perfect color.

NV Domaine Serene, Rosé “ Version X,” Willamette Valley, Oregon bottle $75
2018 Flambeaux Rosé, Sonoma County, California bottle $60
2018 Château Miraval Côte-du-Provence, Rosé, France bottle $50
2018 Bieler Père et Fils, “Sabine” Rosé, Aix-en-Provence, France glass $12 / bottle $30
2017 Pomelo Wine Company Rosé, California glass $12 / bottle $30

Beaujolais and Gamay you should try

Beaujolais is located in the southern region of Burgundy. The red grape of choice is Gamay. This is a light color wine with low tannins and a fresh fruitiness. The most interesting thing about this grape is that its very difficult to grow in other regions around the world. The Beaujolais wines sold here at Briquette are from the best growing cru-status villages.

2015 Château du Moulin-à- Vent, Couvent des Thorins, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, France bottle $58
2016 Château de Poncie, Le Pre Roi, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France bottle $48
2015 Château de la Chaize, Brouilly, Beaujolais, France bottle $44
2017 Domaine Richou, “Les Châteliers” Gamay, Anjou, Loire Valley, France glass $13 / bottle $44

Pinot Noir: the difficult and temperamental “middle child” grape

Pinot Noir is solely accountable for red Burgundy. You read it here. This varietal has travelled around the world to almost anywhere this grape will grow EXCEPT in the very hottest regions. This wine has a certain fruity sweetness with a lower level of tannins than a Cabernet. Enjoyed by millions around the globe the terroir of its vineyard birth speaks to its characteristics. Too hot no good, too dry no good, hail, hard rains and birds no good. These vines are babysat and nurtured so this early ripening grapevine isn’t rushed into maturity where it can lose its aroma and acidity. It loves to be blended with Chardonnay to make bubbles.

2016 Domaine Louis Jadot, Estournelles Saint-Jacques Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Burgundy, France bottle $265
2015 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux et Fils, Le Perrières, Pommard, Burgundy, France bottle $150
2016 Arista, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California bottle $138
2018 Ken Wright Cellars, Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon bottle $128
2016 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune du Château, 1er Cru, Burgundy, France bottle $112
2018 Belle Glos Vineyards, Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia, Monterey, California bottle $88
2016 Goldeneye, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California bottle $75
2014 Mathias & Emile Roblin, “Origine,” Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, France bottle $75
2016 Domaine Dominique Guyon, “Les Dames de Vergy,” Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, France bottle $75
2014 Moises Wines, Vieux Carré Pinot Noir, Willamete Valley, Oregon bottle $75
2017 Hartford Court, Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma, California glass $20 / bottle $60
2017 Siduri, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon glass $20 / bottle $56
2017 Kenwood Vineyards, “Six Ridges” Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma, California glass $16 / bottle $48
2017 La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, California glass $12 / bottle $36

Misunderstood Merlot

Merlot, Merlot, Merlot. Why do they dislike you so much? You’re a beautiful varietal and the one that is most planted in Bordeaux. You are easily adaptable to cooler climates and you travel well. Just keep you away from dry and arid land where you won’t thrive. Guess it was just bad movie reviews from people who didn’t know any better. But that is the past the future lies ahead! We can all agree that it makes a smooth wine. The grape usually ripens before Cabernet and is very sensitive to the cold. And it does love cool and damp soils, clay is its friend. Its yields are generally higher than its Bordeaux companion. Here at Briquette we offer a wide range; we’re sure you’ll find one to call your own.

2017 Emmolo, Merlot, Napa Valley, California bottle $85
2016 Arcanum, Il Fauno di Arcanum, Tuscany, Italy bottle $75
2017 Gundlach-Bundschu, “Mountain Cuvée” Red Blend, Sonoma County, California bottle $54
2015 Château Picau-Perna, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France bottle $44
2016 Château Ste Michelle, “Indian Wells” Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington bottle $42
2017 Oberon, Merlot, Napa Valley, California bottle $42
2017 Benziger Family Winery, Merlot, Sonoma County, California glass $12 / bottle $36

Cabernet Sauvignon is king and some of its blends

Unmistakably the king of the crop! It is adored and relished around the world. Able to ‘lie down’ and age most gracefully. Grown in both the Old and New Worlds, Cabernet has the strength to stand well on its own or to be blended with native grapes. What makes this so unique is that its vintage characteristics are so distinguishable. The chemistry of Cabernet allows it to produce dark colors, fruity aromas, tannins and rich complex flavors. Around since the 17th century, DNA research has verified Cabernets parentage. None other than Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc! That explains its aromas!

2015 Opus One, Napa Valley, California bottle $675
2016 Joseph Phelps Vineyards, “Insignia,” Napa Valley, California bottle $495
2014 Inglenook, “Rubicon,” Rutherford, Napa Valley, California bottle $440
NV Overture by Opus One, Napa Valley, California bottle $240
2018 Caymus Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California (Liter) glass $40 / bottle $150
2015 Silver Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California bottle $135
2016 Duckhorn Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $130
2015 K Vintners, The Creator, Washington bottle $120
2014 Inglenook, “1882” Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California bottle $98
2016 Mullan Road Cellars, Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington bottle $96
2018 The Prisoner, Red Wine, Napa Valley, California glass $30 / bottle $95
2014 Caravan by Darioush, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $90
2016 Freemark Abbey, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $85
2017 Kith & Kin Cellars by Round Pond, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $75
2016 St. Supery, Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $72
2016 Paraduxx, Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley, California bottle $66
2016 Black Stallion Estate Winery, Heritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California bottle $58
2012 Château Blaignan, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, Bordeaux, France bottle $52
2017 Joel Gott, “815” Cabernet Sauvignon, California glass $14 / bottle $46
2016 Château Smith, Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington glass $14 / bottle $46
2016 Montes, “ALPHA” Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile bottle $45
2016 Catena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina bottle $45

Cabernet Franc…ly

Different from its relative Cabernet Sauvignon this wonderful black French grape loves cool climates. It is often blended with other Bordeaux varietals and is grown on both sides of the Gironde. As a stand alone wine it tends to be lighter in tannins and color. It is found in Slovenia, Italy and China as well.

2016 The Aerialist by Jonas, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California bottle $72
2014 Domaine de la Chavalerie, “Galichets”, Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France bottle $58
2017 Cosentino, THE FRANC, Cabernet Franc, Lodi, California bottle $36

Malbec me

This red wine grape is grown throughout Bordeaux but also in Cahors and the Loire Valley. In these areas it is also known as Pessac and Cot. In Cahors it produces a dark-colored, tannic flavor. But in the New World it has found a loving home in Argentina. Where just to confuse everyone it can be known as “Fer.” Not as popular in France as it once was it has a loyal following in Argentina where its success is aligned with the zesty and robust foods of that country.

Red Schooner, VO YAGE 7, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina bottle $90
2017 Achaval Ferrer, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina bottle $48
2017 Trapiche, “Brouqel”, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina bottle $42
2016 Château Haut-Montplaisir, “Tradition” Malbec, Cahors, Southwest France bottle $36

Rhône reds and Rhône styled wines not to be afraid of

The Syrah grape would be considered the most predominant of the varieties grown through the Rhône region of France. Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre along with Cinsault, Clariette and Rousanne are among the other acceptable red Rhône grapes. Dissected by the river that bears the same name, the Romans had been making wines for over 500 years there. Aside from Bordeaux, this region produces more Appellation Contrôlée than the rest of France.

2016 Michel Chapoutier, “La Bernardine,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France bottle $120
2015 Betz Family, Bésoleil, Columbia Valley, Washington bottle $120
2016 Domaine Jean Royer, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Prestige, Rhône Valley, France bottle $75
2016 Domaine de Saje, Cuvée Château Mar, Cotes-du-Rhône, Rhône Valley, France bottle $36

Who doesn’t like a good Italian red

From the Alps in the North to the islands of the south in Italy wine is grown everywhere. Italians truly love and understand the art of winemaking. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the better wines began to be exported. From dry to sweet, still to sparkling. Fermentation of the red wines have gone away from wood to cement vats and stainless steel. Substantial investments in wine making technology has made Italian wineries the most modern in Europe.

2017 Remo Farina, “Montefante”, Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy bottle $198
2013 Val di Suga, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy bottle $150
2014 Michel Chiarlo, “ Tortoniano,” Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy bottle $120
2016 Marchesi Antinori, “Peppoli,” Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy bottle $60
2015 Col d’Orcia, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy bottle $60
2016 Michel Chiarlo, “Le Orme,” Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy bottle $30

Other reds and red blends worth a look

The offering of “Other Reds” here at Briquette runs the gamut. A sassy Zinfandel from Lodi or a delicious Carmenere from Chile. If you haven’t enjoyed a Priorat from Spain these gems are usually a single variety Grenache or Carignan; powerful with a deep red color. The Tempranillos from Rioja are a great choice for our spicy cuisine.

2015 Marco Abella, “Clos Abella,” DOQ Priorat, Spain bottle $186
2015 Palacios Remondo, “Propiedad,” DOCa Rioja, Spain bottle $105
2017 Pessimist by Daou, Red Blend, Paso Robles, California glass $14 / bottle $46
2017 Cellars Vall Llach, “Embruix de Vall Llach,” Priorat, Spain bottle $46
2017 Finca Neuva, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, Spain bottle $45
2017 Cosentino, THE ZIN, Zinfandel, Lodi, California bottle $36
2015 Quinta de Chocaphala, Mar de Lisboa, Portugal bottle $36
2018 Santa Rita 120 Carmenère, Central Valley, Chile glass $10 / bottle $30