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While we are known for Steaks and Great Seafood Specials, our solid foundation for a one-of-a-kind dining experience is enhanced through our seemingly endless wine list. Have you seen it?
Upon entering the restaurant, you will immediately notice our wine cellar and wine wall, as it is the focal point of the whole restaurant. The 1,100 bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar separates the entrance from the lounge, while the impressive 400 bottle wine wall separates the main dining room and the bar, giving our patrons something exquisite to look at, all the while giving our bar patrons privacy. Our wine cellar is completely enclosed in glass, and an impressive physical representation of our focus and commitment to the marriage of superb wines and delectable foods.
Our Starting Wines
We have an extensive wine list with more than 200 labels from across the world. Being an American Steakhouse the majority of our selections hail from the U.S. wineries in California, Washington, and Oregon.
With our sizable inventory, our philosophy is to offer our guests excellent value and quality at all price points. We also offer a variety of selections from some of the finest producers of France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and South America.
We continually strive for the staff to increase their knowledge base. This commitment is realized with the help from our in House Sommelier. Our Staff's knowledge of wine continues to deepen each month. Every Month our entire staff meets to learn about the wines served at our restaurant. Each meeting consists of tastings, expanding everyone's knowledge of not only our wine list but regional and AVA characteristics. We focus on one or two specific wine making regions of the world and the specific varietals grown there; the climate, soil, characteristics and stylistic differences.
Choosing Which Way to Go
Cabernet and Cabernet based blends are our most popular wines. We offer several recognizable brands such as Jordan, Caymus, and Silver Oak. Some of our guests' are favorites 16 X 20 from Napa Valley, Stag's Leap" Artemis" and Joseph Phelps "Insigna". A couple of our personal favorites to sell are, Hidden Ridge From Sonoma, Haras de Pirque "Hussonet", and Adaptation from Napa Valley.
Pinot Noir is the second most requested type of wine we serve. BelleGlos, "Las Alturas," from Monterrey County is a wonderful choice. If your looking for a more earthly, old World wine Domaine Serrigny "Rouge" is an excellent choice. Paul Hobbs and Gary Farrell are pinot fan favorites from the Russian River Valley.
While Whites aren't as popular here at Scotch & Sirloin, Cakebread Chardonnay does very well here as well as Rombauer. Closerie de Alisers Chablis Vieilles Vignes from Burgundy, France is another popular options when looking for white wine.
Returning for more Conversation
We are serious about creating the perfect atmosphere for you to make memories-whether you're with your family or with your business partners. It doesn't matter to us whether you are savvy about wine or not, we're excited to help you make the perfect pairing either way.
We remember details about our regular customers and take pride in introducing both the wine novice and wine savvy customers to new and unfamiliar wines as much as possible. We believe the only way to accomplish this is by earning the guest's trust with an abundance of knowledge and training.
Our own in House Sommelier has chosen a wine to feature this week. It's the Pietro Marini Unoaked Malbec 2011 Vintage. He says" This is a glittering deep wine, with violet hues. It shows all the characteristics of the high altitude terroir. Tannins are round, intense nose, plenty of red fruit, plums and black berries. It's Versatile, distinctive, attractive, and complex." Happy Hour price $8 a glass and $32 a bottle from 4:00-6:00 Monday- Friday.
Outstanding wine service is trending in many fine dining restaurants. But what makes wine service exceptional? For the Scotch & Sirloin there are many factors that enhance your level of wine service, for instance the proper storage of wine, Decant-Decant-Decant, and varietal specific stemware. These factors are what make your wine service exceptional.
Properly storing wine is key to enhancing wine’s flavor potential. Variations in temperature can destroy the wine’s key flavor notes. If the wine is too cold, it will become dull and lifeless. If the wine is too warm, it will taste acidic, oxidized, and often times just taste horrible. Here at Scotch and Sirloin we store our wine at 56 degrees. We feel this is the ideal temperature for wine storage.
Decanting is something we believe in whole-heartedly. Here at Scotch and Sirloin we decant every bottle of wine, no matter the price point. I bet your wondering why we decant wine. Decanting serves two purposes: to separate wine from any sediment and to aerate the wine which helps reveal its characteristics. But decanting wine at Scotch and Sirloin is part of the experience. We have a large collection of unique Riedel Decanters that are both beautiful and functional.
Varietal Specific Stemware
Stemware is an important feature in wine service. The proper glassware can enhance your wine service experience, that’s why here at Scotch & Sirloin we believe in carrying the right glassware! We possess the largest collection of Riedel Stemware in the Midwest and these glasses are not only beautiful but very functional. Riedel designs glassware that triggers every one of your senses. You see the beautiful color of wine through the crystal stemware, the glasses are well balanced and you feel their elegance as you swirl your wine, you hear the beautiful chime of the crystal as you toast, you smell the unique flavors of the wine and finally you taste different characteristics of the specific variety. You have not truly tasted a wine until you have tasted it in a Riedel glass that is designed specifically for your particular wine.
These three factors are what make our wine service exceptional. So come in and see our wine cellar, choose your own decanter and drink out of our unique glassware!