As I said in the last blog, Don and I love to find new places to dine and he found a GEM for us a couple of weeks ago. Right down the sidewalk from Veritas Wine Room is this California-inspired restaurant named Gemma (Casey, you should go there!) It has only been open for about nine months now and I am glad Don found it. We sat outside, yes in September, and it was wonderful. This is a very busy, but small place with about sixty-five tables inside and approximately twenty-five more outside.
I read a review of Gemma recently in D Magazine. I agree with everything they said, except one thing. The only dish I have ordered (since it was our first time) at Gemma was the Ricotta Cavatelli with Texas Wild Boar and it was delicious. Don ordered the Brandt Prime Flat Iron Steak and it was so tender and delicious with the french fries and chimichurri. We were both pleasantly pleased with the food, the service, and the wine.
Oh, yes, the wine! Their wine list doesn't leave off anything. So much to choose from. Don chose a 2012 Unity Cabernet Sauvignon ($42) from Fisher Vineyards that was perfect for the night. We've met Cameron Fisher at the DCC a year or so ago for a wine dinner featuring their wines.
This fine wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petite Verdot. "Jammy, sweet red currant, black cherry and peppery flavors in a juicy balanced package with soft tannins on the finish." These five grapes are definitely in unity!
Enjoy Gemma soon!