Winemakers Dinners in the British Virgin Islands
Last night was the launch of the famed Winemakers Dinners in the British Virgin Islands. Part of the Jetset crew was there to capture all the action – along with tasting the 10 wines served with the five-course dinner.
Giorgio Pardisi, chef and owner of Giorgio’s in Spanish Town hosted the dinner at his new restaurant. 60 guests enjoyed an intimate dinner where both the chefs and winemakers took time between each course to explain their dish and their wine.
Richard Grosche, wine journalist and enthusiast was there to explain why he paired the wines with each course.
The first course was mastered by Mat Vaccharat of St John Catering. He wowed the crowd with Grilled Caribbean Rock Lobster Cakes, on Baby Arugula, Lime Vinaigrette and Annatto Seed Oil.
Paired with his delightful dish was:
2009 Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett Mosel, Kettern
2007 Rock Star Blanc, Rock Wall
Ann Burell from the Food Network’s Secret’s of a Restaurant Chef served Orecchiete with Broccoli Rabe, Butternut Squash and Pepitas.
With her dish two white wines from Europe were served:
2007 Gavi, Michele Chiarlo
2007 Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese trocken Mosel, Kettern
The famous Roberto Trevino, celebrity chef and great guy, created the third course of Seared Day Boat Scallops with Curry Grits and White Truffles.
To complement his scrumptious scallops we enjoyed:
2008 Beaune Blanc du Château, Bouchard Père et Fils
2008 Tiara Branco, Niepoort
Clif Holt, owner of Savannah Restaurant and Bar, surprised us with Hickory Smoked Duck Breast with Dirty Rice Risotto.
The wines that were paired with Clif’s course were:
2007 Beaune Rouge du Château, Bouchard Père et Fils
2004 Barolo Cannubi, Michele Chiarlo
Heidi Benyair, the pastry chef who trained under the infamous Gordon Ramsey topped off the dinner with a dessert of Tropical Opera Gateau (layers of chocolate roulade, passion fruit mousse, Kahlua Syrup, and dark chocolate Ganache and Carambola Coulis.)
Between bites of gateau we enjoyed:
2008 Sonoma Zin, Rock Wall
2005 Vintage Port, Niepoort