Wine, Dine and Diamonds 7

Dine

If you’re looking for a special place to wine and dine your valentine, try The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth.

According to Robin Wenger, senior vice-president of operations, Galaxy’s Wine Room and Circle L Steakhouse will offer special features over Valentine’s Day weekend, in addition to its regular menu. For steak aficionados, try the succulent steak from the restaurant’s beef cattle ranch in Burbank, Ohio (CircleLCattle.com). Or share a one-pound lobster with your dinner partner. Don’t leave without trying the dessert sampler which includes tuxedo strawberries, created by the restaurant’s pastry chef.

Proposals at the restaurant on Valentine’s Day are not unusual. And with a spacious banquet hall, including a grand ballroom that holds 500 guests, weddings, anniversaries and other joyful events are celebrated often at Galaxy. The restaurant even has a wine wall in the Circle L Steakhouse displaying signed celebration wine bottles from guests.

The Wine Room and the Circle L Steakhouse offer the same menu. The Wine Room is an intimate setting with two fireplaces. The Steakhouse is a large elegant room with comfortable booths and a romantic ambience. Sommelier Matt Forrest is on hand to help guests with their wine selections. Award-winning chefs prepare the food and the well-trained staff provide high quality service. For casual dining, friends can gather at the Sports Bar or the outdoor patio in warmer weather.

For those who want to cuddle up after dinner, book the Sweetheart Package at the all new Comfort Inn & Suites right next door to the Galaxy. The package includes a night in the executive or whirlpool suite, a $20 Galaxy gift card, a bottle of sparkling wine and a late checkout at 2 pm. Rates start at $145.99. ComfortInnWadsworth.com

The Galaxy Restaurant is a 30,000 square foot complex offering three restaurants and a banquet center all under one roof. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, including a Sunday brunch from 10 am to 2 pm.  201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth   330.334.3663  GalaxyRestaurant.com

Sommelier Matt Forrest, tell us about 
Galaxy Restaurant’s Wine Room and wine cellar.

The Wine Room is an intimate counterpart to the Circle L Steakhouse, with seating for 30-plus in the main dining area, and 24-plus in the bar area. Two fireplaces and an expansive view of the wine cellar through a glass wall help lend an ambience of class and sophistication.

The wine cellar is strictly temperature-controlled at a cool 59 degrees Fahrenheit (55 is ideal for storing wines long term, but 59 allows for a compromise to ensure more appropriate serving temperature for reds, usually 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Cellar capacity is approximately 5,000 bottles.

How many different wines do you stock?

We currently stock a little over 420 different wines by the bottle, representing over 50 different grape varietals from 11 countries. The Wine Room offers 50 wines by the glass, including eight higher-end selections poured from our Napa Technology Wine Stations. We’re currently pouring notable selections such as Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz. A 6 ounce glass will run $25, which is very near retail price. Prices for on-premise consumption range from $20 for a bottle of Cristalino Brut Cava (a dry, traditional method sparkling wine from Spain) to $1,250 for a bottle of Chateau Margaux 2003 (one of the most famous red wines in the world. It’s a first growth Bordeaux capable of aging gracefully for decades). Almost half of our wines by the bottle are priced at $50 or below for on-premise consumption, offering tremendous value and a wide range of selections from around the globe. (Come in and ask for a bottle of Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko ($48) and the sommelier will be overjoyed!) Standard glass pour prices are very reasonable, ranging from $6 for a 6 ounce glass of our privately-labeled Galaxy house wines (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon) to $15 for a 6 ounce glass of Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (the only wine Galaxy owner Robert Leatherman has ever ordered during my tenure) or a 187ml “split” of Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne.

What are some of your best sellers?

Moscato, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and red blends rule the day at the Galaxy.

Consistent movers are Borgo Maragliano “La Caliera” Moscato d’Asti ($9/6 ounce glass, $32/bottle on-premise), Frisk Prickly Riesling ($7/6 ounce glass, $25/bottle on-premise), Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($12/6 ounce glass, $42/bottle on-premise), Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($15/6 ounce glass, $52/bottle on-premise), Decoy Sonoma County Red Wine ($12/6 ounce glass, $42/bottle on-premise) and Slo Down “Sexual Chocolate”($15/6 ounce glass, $52/bottle on-premise.)

The Galaxy also holds a license for retail “to go” wine sales, giving guests the opportunity to take a bottle (or two, or twelve!) home at or near state minimum retail price. The sommelier has also been known to place special orders for discriminating guests who are looking for wines not currently stocked in our cellar.

Matt Forrest is Galaxy’s sommelier. He is a Certified Sommelier, with Level 2 certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators.

Diamonds

One of the most romantic Valentine’s Day gifts is a diamond ring, but choosing the right diamond can be daunting.

“Yes, the 4Cs are important — cut, clarity, color and carats,” says Jason Sheiban of Sheiban Jewelers, a GIA graduate gemologist and a diamond expert, “But there’s more to choosing a diamond than that. Some diamonds have high fluorescence that will make the stone appear dull, others may have inclusions that will reduce durability and brilliance. That’s why it’s important to choose a diamond with the help of an expert.”

“Cut has a lot of impact on what you see – the cut determines the diamond’s brilliance, fire and scintillation, or in other words, its sparkle.

“Clarity targets the inclusions or blemishes in a diamond. Diamonds are created in the earth. Sometimes when temperatures change, a diamond stops growing. As the earth warms, the diamond starts growing again. This can leave a carbon inclusion. The less inclusions in a diamond, the better.”

Color is all about the tone of the stone. “There are some diamonds with tints of yellow or brown. The less color the better, although on the opposite end of the spectrum there are fancy yellow diamonds that are quite valuable.” Carats refer to the weight of the stone.

“All of our diamonds are GIA certified. On our buying trips, we pre-screen diamonds before we purchase and we could make the determination ourselves, but we go through the stringent certification process to give our customers peace of mind.”

Sheiban Jewelers is at Sheiban Square, 16938 Pearl Road, Strongsville  440.238.0616  SheibenJewelers.com