Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wine and Dine in Orlando, Part I

I had never tried this wine before, but on Thursday we went to have dinner at Charlie's Original Steakhouse in Orlando, and I was surprised with the results... It is a little expensive, around $120 in the restaurant and you need to have it decant around 30 minutes before drinking it... But as it opens up, the rich scent and smokyness become very sutil and compliments spectacularly a nice medium rare cooked steak.

Here is a little information about the wine and where it comes from:

"Seña wine was established as a collaborative venture in Chile between Viña Errázuriz and Robert Mondavi. Since 2005 Seña is owned 100% by the Chadwick family, proprietors of Errázuriz, and is the personal project of Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo's ambition is to create a Chilean icon wine, one which fully expresses the terroir (wine identity linked to local soil, aspect and climate) of the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago. The inaugural vintage of Seña, which is Spanish for distinguishing mark or personal signature, was that of 1995. The wine is made from a blend of six of the classic red grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The grapes for Seña are sourced from Seña Hillside vineyards within the Aconcagua Valley, in which vines are grown according to bio-dynamic principles. The wine is currently produced at Errázuriz's Don Maximiano Estate winery in the Aconcagua Valley.
Seña 2001 was amongst two Chilean wines to take first and second place in the Berlin Wine Tasting of 2004, a blind tasting of icon wines from France, Italy and Chile judged by 36 international wine experts." (Wikipedia)

There are several Charley's Steakhouse in Orlando, my family and I decided to celebrate my dad's 50th birthday at the Original Charley's on South Blossom Trail, I was kind of hesitant at first to make reservations cause I had driven by the other location on International Drive and the massive neon lights did not gave me a good vibe. Anyways we had gone to Capital Grille a few day before, and everything closes so early in Orlando that we did not had more choice...

After arriving to the place promptly at 9:45 pm, the staff was not too happy to see us, even the hostess was not very pleasant. She directed us to our table were she did not even handed out the menus, they were placed on the booth almost under the table, I had to reach over and distribute them to our party of  8 and waited 15 minutes for anyone to show up to take our cocktails order. After our cocktails came in another 15 minutes, our waitress disappeared, not to mention I had the worst mojito ever!

We have to flag he down to get our order, we all have steaks, and she lets me know that the 32 onz. strip I was sharing with my dad has a $5.00 extra charge for "sharing" ... I mean really? It is a almost $50 piece of meat and they charge $5.00 cause I can't eat it by myself!

They wine we chose to drink was amazing, the steaks came out and they were hit and miss in the temperatures.. They steaks were juicy and the flavor was ok, but they were not hot and that took a lot out of it.

Our waitress came to check on us after 30 minutes of our meal being served, she was not friendly at all, and it seemed she was upset to be held up for a little longer than all of her coworkers...

We left immediately after entrees... It is a shame because they have this restaurant as one of the top 10 steakhouses in America... Sadly I can not agree with that, I would not recommend it.

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