Greetings from Carrboro,
It’s so much easier now. Thank god. You no longer have to nervously tiptoe through the minefield of mediocrity that defined wine for most of my lifetime. No deciphering odd foreign words or perusing wine encyclopedias to figure out what the hell you just bought. Or, more importantly, to find out whether or not you just got ripped off. And the Right Reverend Robert Parker doesn’t have to bless a wine with a sacred score to ceremoniously anoint your alcoholic beverage choice as divine. Plain and simple, there’s a lot of really good juice out there. So, Hallelujah.
But there is still something to be said about those places that have been making wine for nearly 2000 years – odd foreign words and all. The best of these wines tell stories about the place where they’re from and the people and traditions that shape the wines. Year after year. Vintage to vintage. Village to village. And maybe the top of that list is Burgundy. The ethereal wines that cement the Bourgogne legacy as a permanent member of the wine pantheon have prices that give Mark Zuckerberg pause. But it is ultimately place that gives the wine their story and roots. And it is that place that we want to celebrate on Wednesday, October 18th. With maybe a little food and, well, maybe some wine. You know how we are.
The Acme Wine Dinner with Christophe Courteaud of Domaine Chanson. So, yes. Burgundy in all its finery. Right here in Carrboro. We will kick things off at 6:30 sharp. The price of the dinner is $70 per person and seats must be purchased in advance by calling the restaurant (919 929 2263). Tickets are limited. And menu is below. It’s going to be a great night of delicious food and wine. We certainly hope that you can join us.
And tonight – Thursday night – Half-y Hour is back. Half-shells. Half-price. For half the night (5:30 to 7:30). And from where I stand, that’s not at all half bad.
This weekend @ Acme: Pan-seared snapper. Acme tomato plate. Pecan-crusted fried chicken. Autumn gumbo. Classic wedge salad. Asian pear cobbler with rum-raisin ice cream. Carolina white shrimp. Brussels sprouts. Acme cornbread. Pomegranate sangria. Grilled Angus NY strips. Crab cakes. Old-school tomato pie. Heirloom squash soup. Fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese. Blackened Salmon. Curried delicata squash. Forever roasted pig. Octoberfest Beer. Dark chocolate terrine. Chile rellenos. Delicious all over the place.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme
The Staff at Acme
Reservations 919-929-2263 or online.
The Acme Wine Dinner
Wednesday, October 18
6:30 in the evening
Roasted heirloom squash
scallop crudo, celery leaf, chive, pomegranate, roasted lemon cream
2014 Domaine Chanson Vire Clessé
Pan-seared black grouper
October succotash, sage, grilled sweet chile
2015 Domaine Chanson Savigny-les-Beaune Haut Marconnets Premiere Cru
Grilled Carolina Quail
spoonbread, john’s mushrooms, black garlic
2013 Domaine Chanson Beaune – Bastion Rouge Premiere Cru
pommes anna, Brussels sprouts, preserved quince
2015 Domaine Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vergelesses Premiere Cru
PS- RSVP to let us know you’re coming to our fifth annual Salt & Smoke Festival on November 4th. Local booze, whole-hog BBQ, just-outta-the-water oysters, live music all day, and so much more. Tell your friends!