Harvest Wine Bar New Haven: Report on a Sumptuous Dinner

Wine Lovers at Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant in New Haven, CT

Wine Lovers at Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant in New Haven

I don’t do a lot of reports on restaurants I’ve frequented in New Haven because not everyone who reads our blogs will be able to come to New Haven to enjoy the experience. But if you ever come to New Haven – don’t forget that we have Yale in the heart of the city – you’ll want to consider the Harvest Wine Bar.

The location is superb- right between the British Art Gallery (the largest gallery dedicated to British art outside of Great Britain) and the Yale Repertory Theatre. An added bonus is the sunken terrace where in decent weather you can dine under the stars- or the blue sky, depending on the time of the day.

Alfresco dining at Harvest Wine Bar New Haven

Dining Alfresco at Harvest

But what good is a restaurant with atmosphere that doesn’t deliver on the food ? Harvest Wine Bar  will give you a great dining experience from all perspectives. Our local wine club, Wine Lovers of Connecticut, hosted a wine dinner jointly with Harry’s Wine Shop and VIAS Imports. Harry’s in Fairfield has a wonderful selection of wines with a very knowledgeable staff; and VIAS probably has the finest Italian wine portfolio of any importer.

Here’s the menu with my comments on the wine pairing:

Our Dinner Menu

Heirloom Tomato Caprese
Buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic drizzle, merlot salt
Broglia Sparkling Gavi 2013 – Piedmont
“A refreshing sparkler for the Summer and under $25”

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Tempura Battered Squash Blossoms
Herbed ricotta, shaved squash, baby arugula, truffle vinaigrette
Strassherhof Sylvaner 2014 – Alto Adige
“A delicious wine with great balance between acidity and fruitful flavors and aromas- under $20”

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Seared Scallop
Fava bean puree, braised green lentils, roasted baby radish
Pink peppercorn beurre Blanc
Cantele Salice Salentino 2010 – Salento
“the steal of the evening: a gorgeous well-rounded red with complexity for under $13”

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Grilled Veal Loin
Truffle whipped potatoes, asparagus, lobster ravioli, red wine glaze
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010 – Tuscany
“the star of the evening: Argiano is a stellar Brunello producer but it’ll cost $60”

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A Selection of Cheeses
Pecchinino Siri D’Jermu 2012 – Dogliani
” the best Dolcetto di Dogliani (Piedmont) on the market at a decent price $28″
 
You can view photos from our wine dinner at Harvest here:

 

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