Saturday, December 29, 2012

The 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Ordering Wine On A First Date

AskMen presents Rachel Kerswell, Sommelier. Learn the essentials to ordering wine on your first date.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Never Ending Soup Bowl Prank

Customers are asked to try a new soup, but they are given the longest fork ever in the deepest soup bowl that never ends. What they really need is a really long spoon!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Banquet Offerings

Mankas Tapas Bar & Steakhouse is a historic site which has been beautifully restored for memorable events:
  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Private Gardens:
  • 25 - 150 People 
  • Off-Site Venues:
    Vezer Estates - Surrounded by rolling hills, one of the most stunning view in the valley. 
    • 25 - 200 People
    • Blue Victorian - Step back 100 years in this elegantly restored Victorian home and barn, now Winery with Spectacular Barrel Room and Outdoor Tented area.
      • 25 - 200 People

        Thursday, December 20, 2012

        How To Select Wine To Have With Salads

        It is an age-old question and frankly one that does not have a definitive answer. What is that you ask? It is what kind of wine goes with which type of salad. Having said that there is no sure shot answer, there are still some wines that will go better with particular types of salads and their dressings. One thing that must be kept in mind and that is that there are often high acidic levels in salad dressings and these sometimes serve to make the wine taste sort of flat.

        But nonetheless, there are always going to be certain wines chosen to go with salads, there's just no way around that. Before we go further however, a little tip; one way of making the salad dressing less acidic is to use something besides vinegar. Okay, let's get started with the recommended pairings. If your salad is accompanied with beef, especially a grilled type, then hearty red wines work best.

        Another pairing that has been found to be quite successful is Chardonnay or Pinot Noir together with salads that feature mushrooms or any kind of roasted veggies. Likewise, spicy types of wine like Zinfandel and Petite Syrah tend to go well with their salad counterparts, peppery greens. Now if you really want to see a salad that goes good with a large variety of different wines, splash some herbs into your salad mix.

        And here are some quick-shot pairings that many people have found appealing. Caesar Salads combined with something tart like Portuguese Vinho Verde or Pinot Grigio. Beaujolais or perhaps Pinot Noir with Cobb salads. Any kind of Mediterranean style wine with Nicoise Salads. Sauvignon Blanc or the aforementioned Pinot Grigio goes extremely well with Caprese Salads.

        One thing you need to keep in mind is that the appeal of any particular combination of wine and salad will be in the opinion of the particular person consuming the pair. What tastes great to one person may not exactly be the cat's meow to the next. Experimenting is really the only way you are going to know what wine works best with which salad.

        Another thing you should keep in mind is that if you are in the habit of hosting dinner parties, try and find out - without being too intrusive - what particular wine -salad pairings your guests have found to their liking. If it is usually just you and your significant other, then it is quite a bit easier to find out which matchup the two of you like.

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        Monday, December 17, 2012

        Apricot Brandy Cooler - Mankas Steak House Cocktails

        Bill Kelly, head bar tender, at Mankas Steak House makes a signature drink, the Apricot Brandy Cooler. See more at

        Friday, December 14, 2012

        Grande A La Paris - Mankas Steak House Cocktail

        Billy Kelly head bar tender at Mankas Steak House shows us how they make one of their signature cocktails. See more at

        Tuesday, December 11, 2012

        Vezer Family Vineyards

        Small lot production of award-winning, handcrafted wines, which are produced on the Vezer Family Estate in Suisun Valley, California, just 5 minutes from Napa County.

        Saturday, December 8, 2012

        Tom Selleck's Tea House - Mankas Steak House Cocktails

        Bill Kelly, head bar tender, at Mankas Steak House shows us how to make a signature cocktail "Tom Selleck's Tea House" See more at

        Wednesday, December 5, 2012

        Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Pearls - Mankas Steak House

        Peter Halikas, head chef, at Mankas Tapas and Steak House shows us a signature dish with local heirloom tomatoes. See more at

        Sunday, December 2, 2012

        Ordering Wine at a Restaurant - 7 Great Tips

        If you've ever found yourself at a restaurant with a date or even a client or your boss, and you have to order from a wine list, then you will find these wine ordering tips helpful.

        1. Learn a little bit about wine ahead of time. Take a wine tasting 101 class. If you are fortunate enough to live in areas where there are local vineyards, or wine festivals, then go tasting there. It's amazing how much you can learn from the wine vendors and wine pourers.

        2. Always order a bottle, if there are two people or more. It is much more reasonable than buying by the glass.

        3. Ask your server to make a suggestion. If you like cabernets, ask if they might suggest one that is popular or one that they like.

        4. Ask the person you are dining with what kind of wine they enjoy. This is always better than ordering a merlot, when they prefer chardonnay.

        5. Don't buy the most expensive wine on the menu. These wines are often over priced. I remember buying a bottle of Chilean wine from a restaurant once and then seeing the same bottle at my local grocery store for half the price I paid in the restaurant.

        6. Try tasting at home first, so you can learn what you like. Again, it is much cheaper than buying
        wine in restaurants.

        7. Although you can learn which food goes with which meals, wine really comes down to a matter of preference. So, don't feel like you have to stick to any hard fast rules.

        These tips should help you feel much more confident the next time you find yourself in one of those situations  where you need to order wine in a restaurant.

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