Club Grotto in Louisville, Kentucky

This was a very eclectic restaurant in the Greater Louisville area on Bardstown Road.  The room seemed like one big cave, perhaps which is how they came up with the name.  There was a huge frog, gargoyles peering at you and a couple of aquariums of fish on the back walls.  The framed artwork was unique in an unsettling type of way, but it added to the fun of the evening, and it the menu had some Fusion dishes, but we did not go that way for dinner.

 Chateauneuf Du Pape Moreau

My Bride had a Bibb Salad with Brie which was a little different, while I enjoyed Bacon wrapped Scallops to start off our meal.  She then enjoyed a Grilled Rack of Lamb that came with Corn Pudding, which I thought was a different side dish.  While I enjoyed a classic entrée of Short Ribs, which I can never pass up, as it is a dish we have never tried making at home.  We also ordered a Chocolate Soufflé for our dessert which we shared.

 KY Club Grotto MB

Our wine that evening was a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a fable wine from the Rhone.  The name comes from an ancient castle that was the summer home of the Pope, during the period when there was a series of French Popes and they resided near Avignone. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a unique wine, because according to the wine laws there can be as many as thirteen different grape varietals blended to make the wine.  Even though most of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is red, there is also a white wine, but that evening we were enjoying a Negociants blended red.  The three main varietals that are blended for this wine are Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, but as I stated there can be up to thirteen allowed, so each house or domaine has a different taste and finish that they are going for, and some of the varietals that are blended include some white grapes as well.  The wine can be found anywhere from a rustic taste to a high powered over the top full bodied red, some of the houses are now making it to be drank young like a Beaujolais and others make it to be laid down for additional cellaring.  With this area of France being so hot in climate, even the minimum alcohol content is higher than in other regions.  I find this to be an inducement to try these wines whenever I get a chance, though they are not as readily found anymore as they once were.

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