Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Perfect Pairing: Wine Tastings @ Cafe Dupont

Cafe Dupont is hosting a Wine Tasting Series on the first Monday of each month. 

The monthly wine tastings will introduce that month's wine specials, with featured bottles personally selected by Chef Silvan Kramer. Each month's featured wines, available by the bottle (all under $45) or by the glass ($8-12) will be available at both Cafe Dupont and Bar Dupont. 

On July 2nd, Cafe Dupont introduced a taste of Domaine Chandon through a progression of four half glasses (2.5 ounces) paired with small, tapas-style plates. Mike and Maria from Washington Wholesale were onsite to pass on all their wine expertise and answer any questions guests came up with as they tasted each glass (and paired plate).

Chardonnay paired with Cured Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Toasted Brioche, and Rhubarb Chutney
$9 Glass, $35 Bottle

Pinot Noir paired with Beef and Lamb Kabob, Lavender & Mint Yogurt
$10 Glass, $40 Bottle

Pinot Meunier paired with Parmesan Polenta Fritter, Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Micro Basil and Tomato Chips
$8 Glass, $29 Bottle

Limited to 25 people, this wine tasting was relatively intimate, with guests openly sharing their commentary about each dish, and fortunately for Cafe Dupont. Every single dish was raved about, with some guests even commenting more than once that some of the ingredients used were ingredients not personally enjoyed, but Chef Silvan Kramer just had a way of making everything taste absolutely delicious. 

With at least half of this month's guests expressing interest in returning next month (with friends) you'll want to make sure you reserve one or more of the 25 seats before they are taken. 

Upcoming Wine Tastings include:

Monday August 6- A taste of Burgundy with featured wines Auvigue Moulin St Veran; Chavy Puligny; Matrot Meursault; and Vocoret Chablis.

Monday September 3-Worldly Whites: Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon from Australia; Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; Provenance Sauvignon Blanc out of California; and the fine Argentinian Terrazas Torrontes.  

Monday October 1-Wines of Newton Vineyard of St. Helena, California:  Red Label - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon; Unfiltered- Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon; and Puzzle- Bordeaux style blend

All wine tastings are from 5:30-6:30 pm, $28 per person.

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