101 Water St South, Stillwater, MN 55082

Month: January 2010

$29.95 Four Course Wine Dinner at Charlie’s Restaurant


Last Week’s Dessert from the Four-Course

New Addition to Charlie’s Winelist called “Benchmark Vintage”


23 January 2010 – Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub at the Historic Water Street Inn is proud to announce the new arrival of the 2007 vintage of the Alsacian Gentil by French winemakers  Hugel & Fils. This fine addition to Charlie’s winelist is offered at $29 per bottle and is a blend of Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sylvaner.

From http://www.hugel.com


Gentil “HUGEL” 2007


In Alsace, the 2007 vintage was full of surprises, but pleasant surprises !
For those who love elegant, pure, well balanced wines, 2007 was a benchmark vintage. Having enjoyed the longest period of maturation for the past 25 years, the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy.
On the Schoenenbourg, our best Riesling vineyards were harvested at an average ripeness of 13.8% potential, while on the Sporen, Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive easily reached 17.8%.
In Alsace, the amount of VT and SGN wines produced provides an excellent indication of the overall quality of any year, and so 2007 has all the makings of a great Alsace vintage.


Classic “Hugel” wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities around Riquewihr.
This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called “Gentil”. Gentil “Hugel” allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention.
After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale.
The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.

(by Serge Dubs, World’s Best Sommelier 1989)

Youthful pale green in colour, very brilliant, it has a nice clean, open bouquet, elegant and fresh, perfumed with aromas of spring blossom, jasmine, white rose, green apple and white peach.
Fresh and dry on the palate, it is crisp and irresistibly easy to enjoy, thanks to a refreshing and agreeably aromatic finish.
A wine to drink now or within 2 years, at 8°C, with all sea or river fish : smoked, marinated, poached, steamed, grilled or in sauce, with shellfish, and also on its own. It would go well with Indonesian and Asian cuisines.
1 June 2008

Best Value of the Week – Wednesday Night Four-Course Wine Dinner

lamb chops

Encrusted Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce and Micro Greens – Nov. 2009

7th Annual MDA Winter Wine Down at the Water Street Inn

This year marks the 7th annual Winter Wine Down event. The event is held at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater, MN and will be on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm. All the proceeds of the event will stay local and help to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


Vikings vs. Dallas – Free Pitchers of Beer at Charlie’s


Sign up for the Water Street Inn / Charlie’s Facebook Fan page and get a free pitcher of Michelob Golden Light during the 1st Quarter of the Vikings vs. Dallas game on 1-17-10. We’ll also have happy hour food and drinks throughout the game. To redeem: print off this offer as it appears on our Facebook fan page or show the offer via your smart phone.

Restrictions: Limit one per fan while supplies last. No copies or duplicates. Must show valid ID. Supplies may be limited.

“That’s More Like It” – Wine Critic Bill Ward weighs in on Charlie’s wine offerings

From Bill Ward’s Blog at:


“As I’ve been known to rail against restaurant wine prices, I always like to pass along kudos to places that go against that tide.

Latest example: Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater, which is offering up a lot of bottles at less than retail. Check out these prices: $67 for the delicious Washington blend Col Solare, $30 for Silverado merlot, $66 for Masi Amarone Classico, $47 for Cakebread chardonnay, $115 for Nicolas Feulillate Palmes d’Or Brut (cin cin!).

Yes, those are higher-priced wines, and that’s where the best bargains fall on this list. But there’s a lot less gouging at the lower price points than at most other places, plus 10 very reasonable priced by-the–glass options.

With two swell wine bars (Marx and Domacin) and now this kind of pricing at Water Street, Stillwater seems to have become a veritable mecca for wining while dining.”

Melanie Fresonke wins big Jameson from Charlie’s

Restaurant & Beverage Manager, A.J. Crotty, presents Melanie Fresonke with a 1.75 Liter Jameson signed by the staff at Charlie's

Restaurant & Beverage Manager, A.J. Crotty, presents Melanie Fresonke with a 1.75 Liter Jameson signed by the staff at Charlie’s

12 January 2010 – Charlie’s Irish Pub is proud to announce the 1 Year Anniversary of Charlie’s Jameson Club. To mark the occasion Charlie’s gave away a 1.75 Liter of Jameson signed by the entire staff to one lucky member of the Jameson Club. The Club boasts members from as far away as California and Michigan and has over 100 members with 17 whom have completed the “10 Great Ways to Get to Know Jameson.”  In 2009 Charlie’s sold over 4,000 Jameson drinks. Charlie’s offers more than 20 different Irish Whiskeys and features live Irish music every weekend.



Charlie’s Irish Whiskey & Cigar Dinner

Featuring Jameson 18 Year and Paddy's Old Irish Whiskeys

Featuring Jameson 18 Year and Paddy's Old Irish Whiskeys


MARCH 11, 2010

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Free Birthday Dessert Platter at Charlie’s

Bring in three of your friend's for your birthday dinner at get a Birthday Dessert Platter

Bring in three of your friend's for your birthday dinner and get a Birthday Dessert Platter

11 January 2010 – Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub at the Historic Water Street Inn is proud to announce a new birthday promotion. Bring in at least three friends for your birthday dinner and receive a complementary birthday dessert platter showcasing Charlie’s homemade desserts. Pictured above are the New York Style Deep Dish Cheescake with Tuile, Profiteroles with Three Ice Creams and Charlie’s Not-so-short Cake with Drunken Strawberries. 

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