The winning combination – great food and great wine. Although a delightful experience could be created by you at home, nothing beats the excellence achieved by having an experienced chef and highly skilled winemaker create a wine and food experience. Together they consider elements the average person isn’t aware of. What is the weight of the wine and the food? Are the flavors and textures going to contrast or complement each other? How will the sugar or alcohol or acid or tannins be affected by the food? Add the opportunity to hear a winemaker’s insights and the possibility of tasting library, reserve, or limited release wines and you have an experience too good to pass. Pure Luxury presents a few winemaker dinners in April for you to choose from.
Balletto Vineyards & Winery Winemaker Dinner at Village Inn & Restaurant
The Village Inn & Restaurant presents an evening with Balletto Vineyards & Winery on Sunday, April 7, 2013. This special evening is the second of four as part of Village Inn’s Spring Winemaker Dinner Series. The Restaurant serves American cuisine made with locally grown and farmed meats, produce, and dairy products. Guests will meet the winemaker, Anthony Beckman, and proprietors John and Terri Balletto, enjoy a tasting of Balletto Vineyards wines, and order what their own taste buds dictate. With a seasonal, fresh menu created for each evening, tasty options might include Classic Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Grilled Garlic Prawns in Lemon Garlic Butter, & much more. Possible dessert options include Chocolate Fudge Cake a la Mode, Creme Brulee, & more.
Willi’s Wine Bar and Stryker Sonoma Winery: Wine & Food Pairing
Willi’s Wine Bar has been a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant each year since 2009. “Tasting Tuesdays,” an event that takes place during March and April, spotlights a different winery each week. On April 16, 2013 Willi’s welcomes Tim Hardin, Winemaker at Stryker Sonoma. Guests will taste Stryker Sonoma 2012 Estate Chardonnay, 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2009 Rockpile Petit Verdot each paired with small bites from Willi’s international small bites.
The Inn at the Tides and Grgich Hills Estate Winemaker Dinner
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Inn at the Tides annual Dinner with the Winemaker Series. Every month an unforgettable wine and food experience invites guests to The Inn at the Tides located on the beautiful Sonoma County coast. This month, on April 19, 2013 proprietor and winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate will guide guests as they enjoy Grgich Hills wines with each specially created course. The menu begins with a Spicy Thai Crustacean Salad paired with Grgich Hills 2011 Fume Blanc, Napa Valley. The second course is Truffle Risotto served with Grgich Hills 2010 Chardonnay, Napa Valley. A Crispy Duck Breast is paired with Grgich Hills 2009 Zinfandel, Napa Valley. Grgich Hills 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is perfectly paired with Fennel-Crusted Rack of Lamb. The menu ends with the decadent pairing of Grgich Hills 2009 Late Harvest Violetta, Napa Valley and Classic Fresh Fruit Tart.
Landmark Vineyards at Sante Restaurant at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn offers a special winemaker dinner guest room rate for guests who choose to stay the night after enjoying an unforgettable pairing of Wine Country Cuisine and Landmark Vineyards wines. The evening begins with a Canape Reception featuring a variety of appetizers paired with Landmark 2011 Overlook Chardonnay and Landmark 2011 Grand Detour Pinot Noir. Next, a Salad of Chilled Maine Lobster is served with Landmark 2007 Kiser Ranch Chardonnay, Carneros. Black Truffle and King Richard Leek Crusted Filet of Halibut is paired with Landmark 2011 Lone Oak Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – perfect for this seafood dish. The Roasted Sonoma Liberty Duck Breast is paired with Landmark 2011 Spring Hill Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast. For dessert, Landmark 2011 Kanzler Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast is paired with a Tahitian Vanilla and Resort-Harvested Honey Enriched Fromage Blanc served with berries in a Pinot and Tellicherry Pepper reduction.
Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Cellars at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, Berkeley Wine Festival
Winemaker Daniel Baron will present select wines from Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars. Chef de cuisine, Scott Quinn, has created a menu to complement each wine. The Reception features 2012 Twomey Napa Sauvignon Blanc, followed by the first course spotlighting 2011 Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir. The second course promises a perfect pairing with the satin-textured 2008 Twomey Napa Merlot. The third and fourth courses allow guests to compare and enjoy 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
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