Welcome to Wine Maestro, where great wine and the best craft beers are our chosen profession, not just a job.  Our mission is to provide knowledgeable, attentive, and comfortable service to all of our customers, be  they neophyte or experienced collector.  At Wine Maestro, we are constantly searching for the best wine values available from around the world at all price points.  We never "sticker" wine- the practice of having bulk  juice bottled and then putting a "special" retail label on the bottle.  The result is we never have an agenda to steer our customers towards  high margin proprietary "house" wines.  We seek the best without limits. Jamie Venable

 

  Mooresville

Milbrandt Vineyards Tasting

(Great wines from the great northwest)

Thurs. 1/22 5-9pm $10

&

Fri. 1/23 5-9:00 pm $10

(Featuring guest Maestro Mark Orsini of Country Vintner Distributors)

 

Wine-10% off any 6 btls or 15% off a case of 12 btls these wines (mix or match)

 

White

1.  Traditions Riesling 13 (Columbia Valley)                               gls 5     14.99             

 

Red

2.  Brothers Blend Red 12            (Columbia Valley)                               gls 5     14.99              

      25% Cab Sauv, 24% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Grenache, & 9%Tempranillo

 

3.  Traditions Cab Sauv 12 (Columbia Valley)                             gls 5     14.99              

 

4.  The Estates Merlot 10 (Wahluke Slope)                                  gls 8     24.99              

 

5.  The Estates Cab Sauv 11 (Wahluke Slope)                             gls 8     24.99              

 

6.  Sentinel Red 11 (Wahluke Slope)                                            gls 17   49.99              

      69% Cab Sauv, 23% Malbec , 5% Merlot, , & 3% Petite Verdot 

 

Milbrandt Vineyards Tasting

(Great wines from the great northwest)

Thurs. 1/22 5-9pm $10

&

Fri. 1/23 5-9:00 pm $10

(Featuring guest Maestro Mark Orsini of Country Vintner Distributors)

Wine-10% off any 6 btls or 15% off a case of 12 btls these wines (mix or match)

 White

1.  Traditions Riesling 13 (Columbia Valley)                              

Red

2.  Brothers Blend Red 12            (Columbia Valley)                            

      25% Cab Sauv, 24% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Grenache, & 9%Tempranillo

3.  Traditions Cab Sauv 12 (Columbia Valley)                       

4.  The Estates Merlot 10 (Wahluke Slope)                                

5.  The Estates Cab Sauv 11 (Wahluke Slope)                      

6.  Sentinel Red 11 (Wahluke Slope)                                        

      69% Cab Sauv, 23% Malbec , 5% Merlot, , & 3% Petite Verdot ten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. The Wine Maestro crew recently had the pleasure of dining "en masse" at "Fork," Chef Tim Groody's new restaurant in Cornelius. One of their credos is "Farm to 'Fork'" with the idea that most food comes from local sources (within 50 miles.) Many chefs will tell you that this is a tall order: to source creative menu items with enough punch and variety to interest diners in the dead of winter. To paraphrase: you can paint a smiley face on a turnip, but it's still a turnip!

 

I'm going to tell you that at Fork, this is far from the case. A rainy January night did little to dampen the welcome from the crew including Tim's partner Melanie Macintosh, a Mooresville local and familiar face in other area restaurants. Bar selections were liberal and varied: expertly crafted cocktails and a great selection of local craft beers were in evidence. From a postage stamp-sized kitchen in a charming turn of the century home on Main Street, a succession of wonderful dishes and flavors began to emerge.

 

Offerings change with season and chef's whim, but on this evening we were treated to Smoked Pork Dumplings with Soy Pearls, Chicken Spring Rolls with plum sauce, and a variety of fresh and aged local cheeses with Marcona almonds and muscadine jam. Flavors were different and distinct, nuances of each were well thought out and all beautifully presen

 

Appetizers were served with a delicious Riva Leone Gavi from a carefully chosen list and a modest corkage fee was added for outside bottles brought in. And yes, that's a bottle of Her Majesty's chosen Champagne in Jamie's mitt --->

A succession of salads followed including Arugula & Apple and Parmesan Kale Caesar with a killer dressing. Quinoa and Grapefruit Salad was a daily presentation that was unique and refreshing and really good. There are gluten free choices as well and one could make a meal off of the Parmesan Matchstick Fries, served piping hot and perfectly seasoned.

 

Entree choices that evening ranged from Cobia with a choice of sauces, Salmon from Scotland, an enormous braised Lamb Shank, and grass-fed NY Strip from Mooresville's Mills Family Farm. A la carte family-style sides included a goat cheese & bitter greens Risotto, MORE Parmesan Fries, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes and a Truffle Mac and Cheese liberally garnished with shaved truffles and served molto molten. (I have the scars to prove it..)

 

One might think that that would be enough but NO! Desserts included a Triple Chocolate Brownie, and an etherial Bread Pudding that was a cross between crème caramel or flan and the most tender bread pudding I've ever eaten. Service was spot on, professional, and the pace of the meal was perfect. Even the coffee was fresh and delicious, and that is high praise from a home-coffee roaster and admitted coffee snob.

 

The chef and kitchen staff are certainly up to the task of turning out artisan quality fare in a micro-sized kitchen but large parties may have to be seated in separate groups or rooms since it is a historic former residence. The verandas would make for a lovely summer evening admiring the view and enjoying some truly local cuisine al fresco. Not to be a name dropper but we recently had the pleasure of dining at Husk in Charleston, and I want to say that this experience equals or betters our meal in a James Beard Awarded establishment. If I were on the committee, I'd add Fork's name to the list but I have an idea it already is.     Graddie Lane

 

Fork! Restaurant

20517 N. Main Street
Cornelius, NC 28031    (704)655-7465 

 




 

  

 

 


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Mooresville, NC 28117
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