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Chinese New Year 2021 – Feb 12 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, an astrological year characterized by hard work, perseverance, optimism, and honesty, welcome traits after 2020. Come ring in the New Year with a roast duck dinner at Tao, stuffed with sticky rice, roasted chestnuts, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese sausage, detailed menu and pricing below.
Fri, Feb 12 — Chinese New Year 2021
Roast Duck Dinner
$88 half duck, serves 2
$158 whole duck, serves 4
· Cucumber Salad
· Steamed Har Gao Dumplings
· Fried Taro Balls
· Spinach and Egg Potstickers
· Roast Duck Stuffed with Sticky Rice, Roasted Chestnuts and Chinese Sausage, Imperial Jus
· Rice Cakes and Fava Beans
· Chinese Broccoli and Shiitake Mushrooms
· Tang Yuan (Sweet Rice Balls with Black Sesame Filling?)
Recommended Wine Pairings:
This menu practically begs for Pinot Noir — the combination of ingredients and flavors presents a classic pairing. Starting with the har gao dumplings and spinach potstickers, to roast duck, chestnuts, and mushrooms, finishing with chocolate and black sesame these dishes cry out for this classic pairing of earthy, acidic and bright wine. We’re happy to present two pairing options, both made from 100% Pinot Noir.
Pierre Tailleur de Vins; Cité de Carcassone, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2017 – a lush style of Pinot Noir full of the grape’s hallmark acidity, while also presenting a ripe fruit character with subtle earthy notes combined with velvety tannins for a lovely drinking experience.
Julia Bertram Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir); Ahr, Germany, 2016 – an elevated style of Pinot Noir from the north of Germany where cold weather preserves remarkable acidity while encouraging myriad subtle notes to come forward in the wine. Classic Pinot markers of cherry and mushroom meld with notes of baking spice and herb and a subtle tannic structure for a complex yet finessed wine.