I need to let you know about one of the great wine bargains in the city which will be happening through the month of April 2018.
Let me break this down to the place, the situation, the new sommelier, the new chef, and the amazing current deals on wine.
The Place: NineTwentyFive Restaurant at Hotel Landing in Wayzata. The name makes it easy to find: 925 Lake Street East, behind the new big condo development, in downtown Wayzata. Here’s a google map and their website.
The Situation: The restaurant opened last year and has had okay reviews but never got the buzz or the attention that this high rent district demands. Perhaps being in the ‘left turn’ section of Wayzata behind the new condos instead of being face-forward on the main drag, or having Bellecour open down the road, or CoV being right on the lake drawing more summer business, but regardless NineTwentyFive never landed on the radars of many Twin Cities diners. In an effort to re-energize and re-brand, the restaurant brought in two local heavy hitters that are on board now, running the show until April 29th when they will close for two weeks, fully rebrand with a new wine list and menu, and reopen with a bang on May 10th.
The new Sommelier (heavy hitter number one): Peter Plaehn, Minnesota’s first and only Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, has left his wholesale industry job to return to the restaurant floor. He has full control over the new wine list for the new restaurant but until then, as he says, “I have to move through a ton of cases in inventory.”
The new Chef (heavy hitter number two): Lenny Russo has come on board to kick the kitchen into shape, give the cooks some master-level training, redesign the menu from the ground up, and put the new restaurant in great shape. Read the City Pages announcement.
The amazing current deals on wine: When Peter joined he inherited the current wine list. There are some big names and predictable heavy hitters on there: Veuve Cliquot, Orin Swift (“I have just about every Orin Swift wine ever made here, and I want to move through it all,” says Peter), Cakebread, Far Niente, Jordan, etc. The list after the reopening is bound to be far more interesting with Peter’s touch, but until then he’s got inventory to sell through.
The wines are priced competitively to begin with. The markups here are not nearly as high as other restaurants and are bargains compared to the prices down the street at CoV.
But Monday and Wednesday night through April, from 4pm until close, is when the good prices become extraordinary. 50% off all bottles on those two nights.
Here are some examples from the list of what I’m looking forward to the most. Note the prices I’m listing here are the regular prices, which are then 50% off on Monday and Wednesday nights.
**The most amazing super bargains in my opinion
**Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay $45
Talbott Logan Chardonnay $60
Jordan Chardonnay $70
Flowers Chardonnay $80
Boomtown Pinot Gris $35
Hasel Gruner Veltliner $40
Gaja Ca’Marcanda Vistamare $100
**Whispering Angel Rose $45
Daou Cabernet $35
**Achaval Ferrer Cabernet, Argentina $40
**Orin Swift Palermo $70
**Stoller Pinot Noir $35
**Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir $50
**Ferrari Carano Tresor $40
**Seghesio “Defiant” Red $45
Prisoner Wine Company “The Prisoner” $65
Catellare Chianti Classico $45
**Damilano Barbera $35
******* Prudutorri del Barbaresco Barbaresco $55**********
**Damilano le Cinquevigne Barolo $65
**Allegrini Amarone Classico $120
Trefethen Merlot $70
Shafer Merlot $100
Dusted Valley Syrah $65
Frank Family Zinfandel $80
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
If you find yourself here on a night other than Monday or Wednesday then hit up Peter’s suggestions on the by the glass list. Peter explained his process: “We have to move through inventory. So as we sell out of one wine we’ll step up to the next level, pouring through ever more expensive wine at bargain prices. We want to sell as much wine as possible before closing after service on April 29th, and as we sell more and more wine by the glass the quality will continue going up.”
So my advice is pretty simple. Go to NineTwentyFive knowing that Peter will pour you amazing wines and that Lenny Russo is helming the kitchen (the mussels are incredible). Ask Peter for advice or just tell him what you like and what you want to spend. Eat and drink to your heart’s content, then come mid-May try out the new restaurant with the satisfaction of knowing you helped bring it to fruition.
See ya in Wayzata!