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Saturday, 26 March 2011

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Lance Reed, Maitre ‘d & Sommelier, Boa Steakhouse, Los Angeles
As the Maitr’d and Sommelier at what many experts consider the top-ranked steakhouse in Los Angeles, Mr. Lance Reed was very forthcoming and generous with his time in sharing his views on spring and summer wine selections. In fact, when we spoke with him, he was working with his staff to update Boa’s menu for the warmer season.

According to Mr. Reed, “At Boa, many of our guests enjoy a seafood platter complemented by good Champagne at the beginning of an evening meal or as a nice light bite for lunch.” 

“Also, Sancerre and Pinot Noirs are favorite selections during the spring and summer as they are light and refreshing with enough body to pair well with a variety of our dishes.”  In terms of Pinot Noirs, Mr. Reed suggested the following—Paul Hobbs Russian River, Dumol Russian River and Foxen from Santa Maria (California). “Guests often ask for their Pinot Noir to be chilled and my instruction is to serve it at 55 –60 degrees Fahrenheit because if a wine is too cold, it buries the complexity.”


Mr. Reed also commented that New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs sell well during Boa’s summer season. Additionally, he commented that Pascal Jolivet Sancerre and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc are quite popular among his clientele. Paul Hobbs, a highly respected winemaker in California received a lot of accolades from Mr. Reed. “I like all of his wines, they speak for themselves.”  Boa offers Mr. Hobbs’ Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Carbernet wines.” After a bit of research, we found that Mr. Hobbs is indeed a world-renowned winemaker with his own vineyards in Napa and Sonoma (California). He also consults with vineyards in both Argentina and Chile and was recently featured in a full-page interview in Wine Spectator.


Mr. Reed continued by saying that he likes to recommend the Soter Brut Rose from Oregon as “it’s a refreshing sparkling Rosé.” He also recommended wines from a Napa Valley producer named Darioush, known for specializing in Bordeaux-style estate wines. And per Mr. Reed, Boa serves a lot of Honig Napa Sauvignon Blanc by the glass during both spring and summer.


“Another favorite here at Boa and ordered by the glass and bottle are the Viognier white wines,” continued Mr. Reed.  Viognier (pronounced  “vee-on-yay”) is a French white wine made from one white grape and grown in the Condrieu region, located at the end of the Northern Rhone Valley. Any wine that comes from the Condrieu region is a Viognier and its popularity among Europeans is well established—it is also growing in awareness and consumption in the US.

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