Review & Interview: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar #BrownGirlReview
Great food. Great wine. I had the opportunity to dine and learn all about wine recently at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and I had a great time. The food was delicious. The portions were big enough to share and my thick pork chop was cooked well and still remained juicy! I left the restaurant stuffed and with a greater knowledge of wine and how to pair them with my food thanks to Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar’s National Wine Director. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has a list of 100 wines by the glass and mouth-watering steaks, sides and small plate options, like New Bedford Scallops or Sliced Filet Mignon. Fleming’s offers the perfect setting for a night of laughter and catching up with friends or even a romantic date night, like the hubby and I had.
Check out the questions I was able to ask Maeve about wine 101:
Well, when I grill, I drink…. Okay, so I don’t personally grill, but do like to stand near my husband when HE grills, drinking a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, my go-to hot weather wine….
Generally speaking, grilled foods have bold flavors and pair well with intense and flavorful wines such as oakier Chardonnay and big andbold wines like Cabs and Shiraz/Syrah. You can also head toward less-traditional varietals if you are in the mood to explore-A Malbec, for example, with a grilled steak is a perfect pairing. Malbec, like Cabernet, has a robust, dark fruit flavor profile balanced with firm tannins that complement the steak.
Are there any wines that are better in the Spring/Summer?
There is no wine that says Spring to me more than a dry Rose’. There is something about this elegant and refreshing wine that just calls my name the minute the flowers start to bloom and the sun comes out. I am not sure if it is because “my colors are blush and bashful” or if it is because I first had this wine in Provence on my solo excursions around France. Either way, Rose has the acidity of a white wine, but the fruit character of red, so it is bright and refreshing and has character all at the same time. Rose on the patio always reminds me its time to break out the espadrilles, and oh yeah, I need a pedicure too!! Other great warm weather wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and light, Chillable reds with lower alcohol. This gives you the vibrant acidity to cool you down, and the lower alcohol makes it possible for you to sip and savor all day.
What are three bottles everyone should have in their wine collection?
This question made me smile, since just last weekend my best friend and I were laughing about her wine collection. This high-powered attorney was telling me that she has a great wine collection-she “collects” it on the weekend and then drinks through it during the week. My other friend has a great collection of corks from special bottles, but only empty bottles in her “collection”. So whatever type of collector you may be, I will do my best to answer this for you now. If you are interested in beginning a true wine collection meant for ageing, you first have to make sure that the wine is age worthy. In other words, only the best 5 % of wines are made to be aged. Good wines to age are Cabernets, Bordeaux, the finest Rieslings and Burgundies. Make sure that whatever wines you are selecting to age, you actually LIKE. Just don’t collect for status, find wine styles you like to drink and then find wines in that category that are ageworthy.
Now if you are like my friends, an active wine collector/drinker, then you should also spend time discovering what styles of wine you like todrink, and then begin to explore within that varietal and type. If you decide you just love Pinot Noir, for example, you can feel comfortable selecting Pinot Noir from different regions and countries and within different price points.
What advice do you have for beginning wine drinkers?
The goal is to always drink what YOU like, not what others say you should. There are no right or wrong answers about wine. If you like it, that’s the right answer.
When you find a wine you like—for example a Merlot—try other Merlots to find out what you like about them and what you don’t. Make a (mental) note as to what you like and tell your server next time you are in the restaurant so they can find wines for you with those qualities. Don’t be afraid to experiment and explore! Wine is fun, and pleasurable! Soon you will have a group of wines that you know you will like.
What are some basic rules when pairing wines with your meals?
There are some general, easy rules and 80% of the time they work very well. Pair wine and food with the same intensity in flavor; That is, pair a bigger wine with bolder flavored food and light wines with lighter dishes.
5 out of 5 stars