Sunday, June 24, 2012

Whiteface Lodge's KANU can do and more especially with wine in Lake Placid, NY (6-22-12)

After an awful delay getting out of Dulles of a DAY, we made it north for our weekend in the Adirondacks and headed straight to our overnight spot at the rustic, yet luxurious Whiteface Lodge. Dinner at their elegant dining space called KANU is a wonderful experience and was helped along with our sweet server Tiffany and the brilliant wine expertise of sommelier Scott.
The dining room is over two stories tall and loaded with taxidermy and animal heads as well as a chandelier of antlers. This is not for your PETA vegetarian! The chairs are comfy wooden Adirondack style and due to such a large space, nobody could ever feel crowded.
Scott gave us many ideas about NY State wines and we are now so excited about our upcoming August trip to the Finger Lakes.
We started with a bottle of Herman-Wiemar Reserve Chardonnay 2003 from Seneca Lake and the first bottle was corked, but the second was sublime and had aged perfectly. Scott told us where to visit in August and I bled him for every bit of info I could!
I started with a superb SMOKED CANADAIN DUCK & Fingerling Potato Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Shallots, Dill, Olive Oil & Sherry Vinaigrette that was as tasty as a salad can be. Will went for the TUNA TARTARE with Cucumber, Ginger, Coriander, Sesame, Lime, Chives and Potato Gaufrettes, which he passed off to Samuel (remember our diets!). The tartare was tasty, but he said it's not nearly as good as mine that I have taken to making every two weeks while we are dieting!
Samuel ordered the "Chicken Fingers & Fries" which were three juicy breaded breast pieces that would have feed THREE children.
We moved on to an amazing CABERNET FRANC/Lemberger Blend from ARNOLD ROAD 2007 "Martini-Reinhardt" from Seneca Lake as well that would shame many other reds from more popular wine regions!
Will enjoyed this with his perfectly rare Pesto Herb Crusted YELLOWFIN TUNA, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives & Quail Egg. My MISTY KNOLL STATLER CHICKEN BREAST with Grilled Vegetables, Orzo Salad and Roasted Shallot Sherry Emulsion was just slightly overcooked and hence a bit dry, but a truly tasty farm raised chicken that deserves note(read next night's review about same).

Samuel was full after a second order of those amazing skin-on fries, but Will tested his diet with the Adirondack ICE CREAM SANDWICH made from Brownie Cookie, Barkeater Toffee Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. It was yummy, but came in three gigantic cookie slices that again could have fed three or more.
I headed for the cheese which was divine. Samuel gobbled up most of the BEENSTER POLDER 26 month aged Gouda from the Netherlands and I savored the local KUNIK from Nettle meadow Farm in Warrensburg, which we visited today and petted and named the goats and bought even more cheese from to take home! Old Chatham Farm Ewe's Blue is always nice, but a mild blue, and a local Adirondack Cheese Aged Cheddar from Barnveld, NY was creamy and crunchy and heaven. There were tasty berries and I polished it off with a glass of divine VIGNOLES, Berry Select "Martini-Reinhardt Selection" 2006 also from Arnold Road (we are going there!).
Thank's Scott for the wine and a wonderful evening.