Wild for Wine Dinners
Guests are going wild for a new wine dinner series at Wildflowers, the Forbes Four-Star rated restaurant inside The Lodge.
The series, titled “Palates & Pairings” presents guests with a new multicourse, prix-fixe dinner every month. Every course of the meal is paired with a different wine. Every month has a different theme.
Not only is the food excellent, but the wine selections are next-level, too. This should come as no surprise, since Wildflowers and TS Steakhouse both received Wine Spectator’s highly respected Award of Excellence in 2019, the last year the awards were distributed.
For July, the theme of the Wildflowers wine pairing dinner is “Summer of Wine,” which in this case translates into light and fruit-forward wines from wine regions all over the world. Wildflowers’ Chef de Cuisine Joseph Kolo has paired these wines with five distinctive courses that spotlight fresh produce and the bounty of summer.
The experience opens with an appetizer of pan-seared, bacon-wrapped shrimp prepared with brown butter spinach, dry vermouth, and feta cream sauce. This dish is paired with Whispering Angel Rose from France. For the second course, guests will enjoy a spring pea salad with burrata, crisp prosciutto, lemon crème fraiche and treviso. This dish is paired with a dry White Haven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
After the salad the dinner gets really exciting. The third course comprises a prime flat iron steak with rosemary artichoke puree, roasted mushrooms and asparagus. This hearty dish is served with a Raen Pinot Noir from California’s Sonoma County coast.
Following the main course is a cheese course with Boucheron goat cheese, blackberry compote and lavender honey. This is served with Cakebread Chardonnay from California’s Napa Valley.
The final course of the dinner is a honey almond goat cheese tart served with blackberry consommé, fig butter, and fresh honeycomb. Fittingly, the wine for this course is Hermann J. Wiemer Late-Harvest Riesling from the Finger Lakes region here in Upstate New York. This sweet wine offers the perfect end to an epic meal, and a touch of home to send guests back out into the world happy.