Wine pairing Dinner

Wine Pairing Dinner
Paul Hobbs Wines

Join us for an exclusive wine pairing dinner featuring the “Crossbarn” project from the renowned Paul Hobbs Wines.

Buffalo Block will be hosting this one-of-a-kind event featuring a flight of “Crossbarns” wines from the sustainable vineyard in California. Wine selections will be served with a delectable pairing menu to accentuate the delicate and brilliant flavors of the highlighted wines.

The tasting will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16.

Each guest will receive special wine pricing the night of the event.

Space is very limited – you won’t want to miss this special event!

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About Paul Hobbs

Paul earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the enology team at Robert Mondavi Winery, and one year later, at the behest of Mr. Mondavi, Paul was invited to be a member of the inaugural team of Opus One.

A first trip to Argentina in March 1988 marked the beginning of a South American winemaking career that carries on today with Viña Cobos in Argentina, and his status as the pioneer who played an instrumental role in launching malbec’s rise to fame.

Today Paul is owner/winemaker for Sebastopol, California based wineries, Paul Hobbs Winery and Crossbarn Winery, as well as his international partnerships, Viña Cobos, Mendoza (1999); Crocus, Cahors (2011); and Yacoubian-Hobbs, Armenia (2014). His two latest efforts, soon to be released, are Alvaredos-Hobbs, Galicia (2018) and Hillick & Hobbs, Finger Lakes (2019).

Regarded as an international visionary for his accomplishments in the vineyard and winery, Paul Hobbs combines his childhood roots on the family farm in Upstate New York with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. He is recognized across the globe for breaking with tradition and forging new paths in the pursuit of excellence; both in stewardship of the land, and the crafting of wines that represent the purist concept of place – leading the way in the early 90’s as a pioneer of site specific, vineyard designate wines. His passion for viticulture, winemaking, and innovation has been widely recognized by the wine media, as well as by the consumer.

Wine Pairing Menu

White Blend – Scallop Crudo
Castelvetrano Tapenede, Peruvian Peppers, King Crab, Kumquat Aioli

Chardonnay – Wild Game Pate
Elk, Bison and Smoked Duck Served with Traditional Accompaniments: Pear Marmalade, Mustard “Caviar” and Wood Grilled Toast

Cabernet Sauvignon – Local “Ox” Tail Sugo
White Cheddar Sformato and Wild Mushroom Jus

Cabernet Franc – Butter Aged “Buffalo” Tenderloin
Roasted Persimmon, Kale Matcha and Black Truffle Sabayon

Pinot Noir
Valrhona Chocolate Bonet with Pistachio and Cocoa Nib Brittle

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So what’s a Buffalo Block, anyway?

In the late 1800s, towns and cities in the United States faced a common problem: the inconvenience of unpaved streets and the pervasive mud and odor that went with them. In 1900, everything changed: the buffalo block, a cheap, water-resistant, and nearly-indestructible brick, was developed. Soon, settlements across the country were paved with them, and Montana Avenue and the town of Billings were no exception.

Although buffalo block remnants are fewer and further between now that we’ve long since adopted asphalt paving methods, we unearthed plenty of buffalo blocks on the old patio and scattered throughout the building when we began our remodel of the Rex in 2018. And one day, while doing a walkthrough of the renovation, our granddaughter saw a brick and said, “Well, that would be a cool name for a restaurant!”

“Hmm,” we thought. “She has a point.”

Not just because of those old paving bricks, but also because “Buffalo Block” seemed to capture decades of history, harkening back to the days of Buffalo Bill and when the hotel bar went by the name of “Buffalo Bar.”

To make a long story short, the name sort of just stuck.

So cheers to a new legacy — while honoring our rich history.

– The Larson Family

1 “History of Stree Brick.” Antique Brick Warehouse.

Stop by and see what we’ve done with the place. Make a reservation now or just stop by and say hi.