It was about 15 years ago when I first met Marie Snyder. We soon realized we shared a love of wine – especially finding really good red wine at a really good price. She asked for recommendations, and every so often I’d find something special and let Marie know.
I share that same passion for wine with Marie’s husband, Paul, the owner of EB Green’s in the Hyatt Hotel. Paul and I have done business for many years, and our meetings typically take place at day’s end, at a table at EB Green’s, over a glass of red wine.
A few months ago Paul called to discuss an idea and ask a favor. He wanted to improve the wine list at EB Green’s, and he said my passion and knowledge of wine could help. He asked if I would help build the framework for a more exciting list that would give people great options at fair prices. He wanted people to be as excited about the wine at EB Green’s as they have been, for so many years, about the steaks and other fare.
Along with their existing wine list, we developed a new one that will grow over the next few years. To celebrate, we hosted a special dinner to introduce some of them. We each invited six couples for a total of 28 guests. The food was off-the-charts good, especially the bone-in filet — one of the best steaks I’ve had in the last few years. As always, the staff did a great job, including one of my favorite servers, Mary, and Jackie Jocko on the piano (who played “Lawrence of Arabia,” which he claims is my “theme song”).
All these wines should be available at your local wine store; if you don’t see them on the shelves, ask if they can be ordered.
2013 Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling
I chose this wine to complement shellfish appetizers, as well as fish and lobster entrees. The wine has lots of citrus and pear flavor — slightly sweet, which offsets the citrus. A nice summer wine (or anytime).
2012 Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
My wife and I visited this winery several years ago and the wines are amazing. This one had tons of flavor showing lots of raspberries, blueberries and cherries. I love these wines; their 2008 Pinot Noir is etched in my brain as one of the best I’ve ever had.
2011 DeLille D-2 blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
DeLille is another Washington State winery we had the opportunity to visit; where I fell in love with several, especially the D-2. Turns out everyone else loves it, too. This one has plenty of dark fruit and is smooth and mouth filling.
2010 Delille Grand Ciel Cabernet
I picked this wine because it is a perfect match for the bone-in filet. A huge wine that could use several more years to reach its best, this wine is the real deal: huge dark fruit, smoky, traces of chocolate and a mouth filling experience. The finish goes on forever. This is a great wine for a special occasion.
Warren T. Colville is Publisher and President of The Buffalo News.