Kelly Campbell, wine specialist at Best Brands Wine Distributor, has selected four coastal wines to pair with Chesapeake’s seafood courses, and one “Rare Clones” Cabernet Sauvignon to introduce us to “Rare Clones” experiments in the Columbia Gorge. She will describe each wine for us.
Cory Hawkins, Chesapeake’s Food Specialist, created the unique small plate courses to pair with Kelly’s wines. You will meet Cory, his kitchen staff, and serving staff during the dessert course.
NV Hild Elbling Sekt–$20
Seasonal Cheese and Fruit Display
2022 Guillaume de Guers Picpoul de Pinet–$13
Scallop Cake Oscar Topped with Béarnaise Served with Asparagus
2021 Gaintza Txakolina–$23
Oyster Rockefeller & Oyster Chesapeake
2021 Sassara Bardolino Goto–$14
Lobster Newburg with Lobster Essence Cream Sauce Served with a Puff Pastry
2021 Golden Cluster Ordeaux Rare Clones Cabernet Sauvignon–$29
4oz Filet Mignon Topped with a Mushroom & Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce
Served with a Delmarva Potato Cake
Peaches and Cream Bread Pudding
SEATING LIMITED TO 50 PERSONS
ALL PRICES BELOW INCLUDE WINE, FOOD,
GRATUITY, AND TAX.
$105 for member and $105 for one guest.
$110 per person for additional guests or non-members.
Reservations due by Tuesday, January 16.
No refunds given after January 16.
NV Hild Elbling Sekt, $20 – Obermosel, Germany
The Hild Elbling Sekt is a sparkling wine produced by Matthias Hild and his son Jonas in the sleepy town of Wincheringen in the upper Mosel (Obermosel in German) region of Germany. They farm about five hectares. The wine is made of Elbling, one of Europe’s oldest grapes. Elbling tends to give musts low in sugar, and wines high in acid and fairly neutral in character, which makes it primarily used for sparkling wines like this Mosel Sekt. Elbling is known for its uncompromising vigor, energy, and super-chalky acidity. The joy of Elbling is not in its “greatness” but in its refreshment, honesty, and conviviality. It is produced by the traditional method and is aged on its lees for nine months. More mineral and less aromatic than its cousin, Riesling, it drinks very dry. Oozes with flavors of juicy fruit, white flowers, and chalk.
Guillaume de Guers Picpoul de Pinet, 2022, $13 – Languedoc, France
Guillaume de Guers is a winery in Picpoul de Pinet, France. It is located in Languedoc. Languedoc-Roussillon is the biggest wine producing region in the world, responsible for over 1/3 of France’s wine production. The Picpoul de Pinet is a white wine made from Picpoul Blanc grapes. It has aromas of fresh citrus fruit and white flowers. On the palate, ripe nectarine, grapefruit, and juicy salinity. Zesty acidity has given Picpoul the nickname “lip stinger”! The ideal wine for fresh shellfish & raw seafood. It is equally good with grilled seabass, crawfish bisque, and soft goat milk cheese.
Gaintza Txakolina, 2021, $23 – Pais Vasco, Spain
Gaintza Txakolina is a traditional and authentic wine from the Basque country on the cool Atlantic Coast of Spain. The Gaintza estate and winery was founded by Andres Lazkano in 1923. The Lazkano family owns 25 hectares in Getaria. The climate is cool maritime. Soils are layers of limestone and sandstone alternating with clay loams. Grapes are picked by hand. Fermentation is in stainless steel vats. A blend of 85% Hondarrabi Zuri and 15% Gros Manseng. It is a spritzy dry white wine with fresh herbs on the nose and white fruit, green apple, and citrus on the palate.
Sassara Bardolino Goto, 2021, $14 – Veneto, Italy
Sassara Bardolino Goto is a red wine produced at Vini Sassara, a winery situated in Veneto. They farm a 10 hectare site. The Sassara Bardolino is a traditional blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara red grapes and a small number of white grapes. It’s described as absolutely delicious – light, bright, elegant, with notes of pomegranate, grapefruit, tangerine, and wet stone. It is also noted for being a perfect chillable red. It is produced after 6 days of maceration on skin in a fiberglass tank.
Golden Cluster Ordeaux Rare Clones Cabernet Sauvignon, 2021, $29 – Columbia Gorge, Oregon
Ordeaux “Rare Clone” Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine produced by the Golden Cluster Winery in Oregon. The 2021 vintage is dominated by its “Rare Clones” of Cabernet Sauvignon. These Rare Clones are grown along the steep banks of the mighty Columbia River. Framed by the raging river and shadowed by Mount Hood, the vineyard is located on the precipice. Only in these extremes can you grow and make the most expressive wines. The Rare Clones Cabernet Sauvignon is a journey into what is possible in the Columbia Gorge. The wine is fermented and aged in exclusive Tonnellerie Quintessence wooden eggs. The wine has a gorgeous dark layered garnet color and displays layers of smoked paprika, river stone, dust, blackberries, and roses.