Monday, June 21, 2010

Menu For The Vineyard Harvest Dinner with Chef Garcia & Bill Russell , August 13, 2010

The menu is now complete ....we are waiting on confirmation for our dessert wine selection, its currently being aged in oak, so I'm hoping the winemaker decides hes ready to bottle some for our dinner. Other than that here is the final menu to wet the appetite. All the wine selections are from Westport Rivers Winery.

Don't forget to buy your ticket...... Vineyard Harvest Dinner With Chef Richard Garcia & Bill Russell

1st Course
Late Summer Gazpacho
chardonnay grapes, yogurt, toasted marcona almond, extra virgin olive oil
2005 Brut Cuvee “RJR


2nd course
All Natural  Beef & Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio
ricotta salada, local bird chili, garlic vinaigrette
2009 Rose Of Pinot Noir


3nd Course
Crispy Skin Nantucket Bay Striped Bass
pickled peaches, summer squash puree, basil textures
2008 Riesling


4th Course
Taza Chocolate & Summer Beet Cake
candied chioggia beets, roasted raspberries
Pineau de Pinot

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Westport Rivers Winery

I'm not a professional wine guy nor do I write about wine often, but when you are not considered to be in a wine producing region and can claim to have  the best sparkling wines in America (many would also say they rival the worlds best) I can't not write about Westport Rivers Winery.

A great private tasting at Westport with my wife and kids recently(they set up a play area for the little ones right next to the tasting table!! they should win an award just for that..) And the chance to catch a buzz before noon is always a welcome invitation.

I was invited down to try the entire lineup , including some amazing fortified chardonnay straight form the aging barrel that has not ever even been bottled yet!! By far one of the best dessert wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Look out for this in the fall if you can get your hands on it.

 I am preparing a dinner for the Marthas Vineyard Food & Wine Festival in August and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Bill Russel (winemaker)and Craig Caesar (their man on the road slinging their juice like no ones business).

Of all the wines 2 stood out among the amazing lineup, now known for their brut there is no reason that there lesser limited production wines should not be getting the writes up they deserve.

2008  RKATSITELI  218 cases made

 Georgian Varietal . Aromas of lemon, lime, medium body and crispy dry

2009 ROSE OF PINOT NOIR 600 cases made

Not yet even released in their own store this rose was unreal! Just bottled less than 5 weeks ago this is rose that any guy can drink with confidence. I had the chance to compare against the 2008 and by far 2009 when released soon is going to be a hit.
Complex in your face bouquet of strawberries, floral elements and what they say is cotton candy...you could live in the nose. Balanced rich and a great fruit finish.

Supporting local farms is one of the things I am most proud of when I think about my career, but sometimes I feel that many support local and don't consider quality. I can honestly say that Westport Rivers is by far one of the highest quality vineyards in America. And best of all.....a local business to support and be proud of.