Sunday, November 05, 2006

David Kinch at Bernardus in Carmel Valley

You are invited to join David Kinch and Executive Chef Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge for the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Dinner on Saturday, November 11. This unforgettable dinner is the highlight of Monterey Wine Country's 10th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend.

Every year, Wine Enthusiast magazine publishes its prestigious “Top 100 Wines of The Year” list. Here is your opportunity to enjoy six wines that have received this ultimate accolade, married to the cutting-edge cuisine of Chef Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge and Chef David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos. The vintages? Superb gems, many sold out and pulled from the vintners’ private libraries. The setting? The elegant Bernardus Lodge. The food? A five-course menu using ingredients from friends that run small organic farms, work as local foragers and day boat fisherman. This evening-to-remember will be hosted by Wine Enthusiast’s West Coast Editor Steve Heimoff.

Selected wines and winemakers:
Dean DeKorth – Bernardus Vineyards and Winery 2004 “Griva Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc (90 Points)
Dean DeKorth – Bernardus Vineyards and Winery 2002 Marinus (90 Points)
Steve Pessagno - Pessagno Winery 2001 “Sleepy Hollow” Chardonnay (93 Points)
Dan Lee - Morgan Winery 2001 “Gary’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir (93 Points)
Joel Burnstein - Marilyn-Remark Wines 2001 “Wild Horse Road” Grenache (92 Points)
David Flemming – Paraiso Vineyards 2001 “Wedding Hill” Syrah (95 Points)

The Menu

Wine & Hors d' oeuvres Reception (6:30pm)

Garden Vegetables
exotic indian spice
2004 Bernardus "GrivaVineyard" Sauvignon Blanc

Carmel Bay Spot Prawns
fennel root, parsnip, citrus emulsion
2001 Pessagno “Sleepy Hollow” Chardonnay

Matsutake Risotto
carnaroli rice, foie blond, matsutake foam, garden herbs
2001 Morgan “Garys’ Vineyard” Pinot Noir

Porchetta of Suckling Pig
2001 Marilyn Remark “Wild Horse Road” Grenac

Spit Roasted Carmel Valley Lamb
grapevine embers, braised hearty greens, garlic jus
2001 Paraiso “Wedding Hill” Syrah

Monterey County Artisan Cheese
traditional accoutrements, toasted walnut-raisin bread
2002 Bernardus Marinus

“Raw Milkshake”
clarevale farms milk and cream

Gravenstein Apple
graham cracker, truffle caramel, oak tree ice cream

Petit Fours

Tickets are now available! Tickets per person are $250. For information about Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Dinner, contact the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association (MCVGA) at 831-375-9400 or to purchase tickets on-line. Inquiries can be made to Event Director Tamara Gunnerson. Please note that Manresa is not selling tickets for the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Dinner.