THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD – Overflowing with the very same blend of warmth, sophistication, tradition, variety, and delectable flavour that have made Musso & Frank Grill such an iconic Hollywood destination for the past 100 years, the restaurant’s 2018 signature Peake Ranch Syrah has just been added to the menu to help welcome the new year. The addition of the new wine represents an integral facet of Musso’s ongoing efforts to expand and embellish its “Award of Excellence” – winning wine program.
The announcement was jointly made today by Musso’s COO, Proprietor, and fourth-generation member of the family of owners Mark Echeverria, and the famed restaurant’s General Manager and Wine Director Andrea Scuto, who blended the new vintage of the wine.
Musso’s 2018 vintage, already labelled classic, is similar to the great 2016 – another classic year for a great vintage and strong growing season, resulting in high quality wines. 2018’s cool temperatures in the late summer and early fall provided ideal weather by which to allow the fruit to have great concentration, with healthy acidity and a good depth of flavor.
Says Mr. Scuto, “Musso’s Peake Ranch Syrah is deep red with purple reflections, shiny in the glass, and shows the concentration typical of a long ripening season. The nose is powerful, with a burst of black fruit and purple flowers accented from the cardamom and baking spices generously imparted by the French oak barrels used to elevate the wine.
The attack on the mouth of our new Peake Ranch Syrah is supple, and confirms the deep core of black fruit, releasing on the mid-palate floral notes and the precious spice accents perceived at the nose. Tannins are sweet and smooth, working together with the natural acidity of the Syrah, to give great structure to the wine in order to pair it with our famous steaks. The finish is long and clean, and leaves the mouth ready for another bite of our legendary food options.”
The new 2018 Musso & Frank Syrah “Peake Ranch,” available by the bottle ($70) or by the glass ($15) – as long as limited supplies last – will be available exclusively to Musso diners. The wine has been barrel picked and blended by Mr. Scuto to offer the very same mixture of old-world sophistication and contemporary warmth that has defined Musso & Frank for a full century and counting. The new wine will play a leading role by its addition to a rapidly-growing wine program that earned Musso’s a coveted Restaurant Award of Excellence for 2019 from Wine Spectator Magazine: https://restaurants.winespectator.com/restaurant/4977/the-musso-%26-frank-grill.
The introduction of the new Musso & Frank signature wine kicks off the legendary restaurant’s 101st year in business, following the seminal year of 2019 which included the unveiling of an unprecedented “Award of Excellence for a Hollywood Restaurant” from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Musso’s 100th anniversary (9/27) and the publication of a stunning new coffee table book entitled “The Musso & Frank Grill,” chronicling – for the first time ever – the landmark venue’s history. The book is now available to the public at https://mussoandfrank.com/shop/ or on site at Musso & Frank.
Commenting on the new Musso & Frank wine brand, Mr. Echeverria said, “While Musso’s is primarily known for offering the greatest martinis in the world as well as other popular cocktails, we felt now was the perfect time to expand our award-winning wine program. We look forward to introducing both longstanding and new patrons to our wine program, and to enhancing their Musso’s experience by offering our specially blended new vintage as well. Under Andrea’s expert guidance, we are confident Musso’s will soon become as renowned for our wine selections as for our steaks, chops, seafood, salads, and, of course, legendary martinis!”
Added Mr. Scuto, “We’re committed to offering our patrons an expansive wine list as varied and appealing as our classic dishes themselves. Our new signature vintage is a boutique product made from fruit grown in the extraordinary Peake Ranch organic vineyards in the St. Ynez Valley, and vinified by local star winemaker Kevin Law out of Challen Vineyard in Santa Maria. We’re confident it will serve as an ideal complement to many of our most popular signature dishes throughout the year.”
Pouring On Quality
In addition to creating the new signature vintage and expanding the restaurant’s wine list, Mr. Echeverria and Mr. Scuto will further showcase the restaurant’s growing commitment to serving fine wine with the debut of a new, temperature-controlled wine display. The new display will be featured within one of three new private rooms currently under construction adjacent to Musso’s and slated to open to the public April, 2020.
Representing the first addition to the Musso & Frank Grill since 1955, the new private dining rooms will include one room offering an 8-10 person intimate dining experience, along with two others that can be converted for larger receptions accommodating up to 100 people – ideal for entertainment industry wrap parties, corporate gatherings, wedding celebrations, and a variety of other large and small events.
Raising The Bar For 100 Years
Founded in 1919 by Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet, the Musso & Frank Grill was sold in 1927 to a duo of Italian immigrants named Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso (a coincidentally similar name). Today, Musso’s is owned and operated by the families of Mr. Mosso’s three granddaughters: John and Cathy Echeverria, their son Mark Echeverria and his wife Tina, Steve and Anne Jones, and Richard and Kristen Kohlmeyer.
In addition to Musso & Frank’s remarkable cuisine and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant has been a favorite watering hole for thousands of Hollywood stars, writers, directors, and studio executives, starting with none other than Charlie Chaplin. Business increased after Musso’s owners first opened an intimate and exclusive Back Room with a full-service bar in 1935. Twenty years later, the now-famous bar from the Back Room – including original light fixtures and furniture – was relocated to what is today referred to as Musso’s “New Room.”
Only The Beginning!
While 2019 was certainly a year for reflection by the owners of the Musso & Frank Grill, Mark Echeverria, his family, and their entire team remain laser focused on the present and future – a key reason why this past year was the most successful in the restaurant’s storied history to date. As Mr. Echeverria sums it up, “For all of us fortunate enough to be associated with Musso & Frank, 2019 wasn’t solely the culmination of our first hundred years – it also marked merely the beginning of our second hundred years!”
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