After spending the day exploring and shopping in the downtown district of Holland, we were getting ready to have our dinner and celebrate the last night of our anniversary weekend. When I called to make the reservation, the young lady asked if there was an occasion and if we had been there before, and after answering her queries she informed me that they would give us an honored table. We were seated right in front at the window looking at the main street that we had spent all day shopping on and there was a handwritten message on our table saying Happy Anniversary that could even been seen by the people on the street. I was really looking forward to dinner at Butch’s as they are one of about eight hundred restaurants in the country that hold the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The restaurant carries about eight hundred different wines in stock.
Butch’s Dry Dock has a very tight and concise menu that doesn’t ramble for pages, and there were a couple of special dishes for the evening. We started off by sharing a plate of Brussel Sprouts prepared with Kimchi and house made bacon. We each had the Local Garden Salad. My Bride had one of the specials of the evening Sirloin Tips in a rich sauce served on a bed of pasta, and I had thought of ordering it, but she had chosen it first. I had their classic entrée Filet au Poivre with Chippewa potatoes, turnips, carrots and green beans. As we were sharing tastings from each other’s plates we decided that we had made a wise choice for dinner. The restaurant offered us a complimentary dessert for the occasion, but we chose to share one order of Crème Brulee and thanked them for the kind gesture.
Butch’s Dry Dock besides being a restaurant was also a wine retailer. The actual wine list for the restaurant was only a couple of dozen bottles and most of them were suggested as wine pairings for different dishes. The eight hundred different wines were either in racks or refrigerator cases and one could look at all the wines and choose. The selection was heavy into French and California wines, but there were also other wines from the Continent and some excellent Michigan wine selections as well. Since all of the wines were offered at retail, there was a ten-dollar corkage fee and I thought that was fair, since the wines were not marked up at the usual restaurant pricing. As I wandered the racks, I kept returning to the area where the Claret wines were and I decided on Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac 2011. I mean one does not often find wines from the Pauillac and this wine was rated as a Cinquieme Grand Cru Classe from the 1855 rating that for the most part has still held up very well, and what it means is that it was a Fifth Growth. Chateau Pedesclaux was established in 1810 and has one hundred twenty acres and a very modern winery structure. The winery grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. They also have a second wine that is produced that is predominately Merlot called Fleur de Pedesclaux. The wine that we had was aged for twelve months in mostly new French Oak before bottling. Of all the wines of the Medoc, I seem to gravitate the most to Pauillac and Margaux and the wine did not disappoint. If and when we get back to Holland, I would make a point of dining here again.