Dining at Gemma is one of the most gratifying experiences on Henderson Avenue in Dallas, and I would dare to say my favorite as of lately! Both times we've dined outside on the patio in the cool breezes of fall and it has been delightful.
We met Allison this weekend (the wife of the husband-wife team that opened the restaurant 10 months ago). Stephen and Allison moved here from California where they had worked at one of Napa's ton destination restaurants, PRESS. Stephen was the executive chef and she was the general manager. They both decided it was time to open their own restaurant and move closer to family here in Dallas.
We are very glad they did! When we mention the name Gemma, everyone raves about it, so it's not just us! They have monthly wine dinners either on Monday or Tuesday nights when they are regularly closed.
Allison came to our table to greet us which gave Don a chance to ask her to recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon that she thought was fabulous. Here's what she suggested:
2011 Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon ($70) Napa Valley. The name means spirit of the times, coined by the German Romanticists to describe the cultural, ethical, and spiritual mood of an era. The wine embodies the spirit of the vintage and the collaboration of the husband and wife winemakers. Velvet like dark fruits and unsweetened cocoa and cassis with smoke. Smooth sailing on the finish.
It was delicious and the food, as always, was fabulous. This restaurant will never disappoint me! I love the interior, exterior, the food, wine, and the friendly wait-staff! Good job team!