Thursday, May 26, 2016

Opus One Wine Pairing Dinner at Vue 24 Foxwoods

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At Foxwood's VUE 24

A few weeks back we received an invitation to visit Foxwoods Resort Casino's newest restaurant, VUE 24, to participate in a wine pairing dinner featuring Opus One Wines.

We loved the restaurant in its previous life as Paragon Restaurant, and we had also tasted a few of their items at the SAVOR CT press event over the winter, so we were excited to be able to return to experience their full dining experience. It's certainly one of the best views of southeast Connecticut, and add in the Opus One wine pairing and it was a win-win!

Upon arrival we were served some bubbly, and offered our choice of either the Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Cuvee or the Rosé, Thomas Jefferson 2013. Both were oh so good - but I loved the sweet rosé, of course!

Accompanying the sparkling wines were some appetizers - and while all were good, I absolutely loved the goat cheese crostini and the smoked salmon. Everything was prepared and plated so beautifully.

Mushroom Crostini

Smoked Salmon Crisps

Tuna Tartar

Goat Cheese Crostini with Greek Olives

We listened to some cool jazz tones from Vue 24's resident piano man, and our hosts representing Opus One Wines and Hartley Parker Distributors gave us a bit of background on the wines and welcomed up to VUE 24!

My friend Wendy from Connecticut Lifestyles is always telling me to slow down and relax and enjoy the full dining experience, to take in the ambiance of the restaurant and chat with our fellow dining companions..

Our hosts for the evening voiced similar sentiments. Dining out, especially at someplace as beautiful as Vue 24 is an experience to be savored and enjoyed.

Dine out well. Dine out often. And dine out with friends.

Enjoy the experience!

A toast to good friends and fine food and wine!

Here are some of the delicious courses we experienced.

Our first course was a Rainbow Trout with Honey Roasted Turnips and Citrus Cured Celery. This course was accompanied by Robert Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc 2013, a delicious white wine.

Rainbow Trout

For our second course we enjoyed Pork Belly with Grilled Baby Gem Lettuce, Roasted Plums, and Cracklings.  This was served with a robust Opus One Napa Valley 2012, a wine comprised of a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Pork Belly

Our last course was a Coffee Dusted Filet Mignon with King Oyster Mushrooms, Cipollini Onions, and a Black Currant Demi-Glace paired with Opus One Napa Valley 2010.

Filet Mignon

For dessert, we enjoyed a Spring Rhubarb Tart which was accompanied by a Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro 2013.

Rhubarb Tart

Our hosts (and my friend Wendy) are right! A wine pairing dinner is an experience to be enjoyed with great friends, good music, fine food, and amazing wine.

Thank you Foxwoods, VUE 24, and Opus Wines for having us! We can't wait for your next special event!

I know YOU'LL enjoy it too. Visit them soon!

VUE 24 is located on the 24th floor in the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

 350 Trolley Line Blvd.
 Mashantucket, CT 06338

Disclaimer: I was invited to VUE 24 by members of the restaurant's management and marketing team, however, all views and opinions are my own. 

About Foxwoods:

Foxwoods Resort Casino is the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit

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