Wine Pairing Dinner Thursday July 26 to Feature Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara Presenting Wines from South America and Chile
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ORLANDO (July 24, 2012) – Rosen Centre’s popular Vine & Dine wine pairing series is heating up and heading south this summer — south of the equator, that is, as the award-winning hotel presents “A Different View of the World: The South American Perspective” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Andrew McNamara, Master Sommelier at Premier Beverage, a leading distributor of wine and spirits in Florida, will select wines from Argentina and Chile to pair with a six-course South American inspired menu developed by Everglades Chef, Fred Vlachos.
The six-course meal begins with a selection of Spanish Cheeses paired with a Bodega Colome Torrontes, Argentina 2011, followed by a Lobster and Artichoke Salad topped with Green Gazpacho Vinaigrette, Shaved Fennel and Olive Oil Caviar paired with a Montes “Limited Selection” Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2011. The third course features White Asparagus Soup with Mussels Escabeche paired with a Santa Ema “Amplus” Chardonnay, Chile 2009. Guests may cleanse their palates with a refreshing Papaya Lime Sorbet before indulging in the main course, a succulent New York Strip Steak drizzled with Sherry Sauce and topped with Green Chili Aioli. Two wines will be served with the main course – a Colome Malbec, Argentina 2009 and Errazuriz Carmenere, Chile 2011. For dessert, Chef Vlachos will serve a Chocolate Cream Cheese & Chipolte Empanada and Grilled Pineapple Arroz con Leche enhanced with an Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2010.
During the dinner, McNamara will share with guests his extensive knowledge of South American wines and discuss the differences in the winemaking process in the southern hemisphere. As the seasons are reversed below the equator, what patrons may know about the growing season for California wines, for example, no longer applies in Argentina, Chile and other South American countries. McNamara has been a Master Sommelier with Premier Beverage in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for more than three years. Prior to joining the privately held company, he served as the Wine Department Chairman for the Professional Culinary Institute, which offers the only Court of Master Sommelier’s approved program. He is a member of numerous wine associations including the Aspiring Masters of Wine, Wine Reviews,
Wine Tasting Argentina, Wine Tasting Chile, Wine Tasting Uruguay and World’s Best Sommeliers and Wine Writers.
McNamara is just one of the many distinguished wine experts to appear at Rosen Centre’s Vine & Dine series this year. In January, Vine & Dine featured Jesse Lange, general manager/winemaker of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. In March, Rosen Centre welcomed as its distinguished guest speaker, Advanced Sommelier D. Lynn Proctor, subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film “SOMM.” Then, in May, Rosen Centre welcomed Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman of Justin & Landmark Vineyards in California, one of only 118 Master Sommeliers in North America.
Each Vine & Dine event begins with a reception in Everglades Bar featuring a welcome wine or unique wine cocktail. The group then adjourns to Everglades restaurant, offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades for a multi-course gourmet dinner highlighted by fresh, seasonal ingredients and wines expertly selected to complement the cuisine. During dinner, guests may engage in casual conversation about wines with an experienced wine maker or knowledgeable sommelier chosen for each event. Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, such as bottles of wine, wine-related items or hotel stays. An intimate dining experience, each Vine & Dine event is limited to no more than 40 guests, ensuring personal attention for each attendee.
The cost of each Vine & Dine dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate of only $79 plus tax. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary.
Vine & Dine dinners can be customized for private group events. The Everglades restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique experiences within any
budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner.
For Vine & Dine reservations and more details, call 407-996-8560. For more information, visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com. The final Vine & Dine event of the year will take place Oct. 26, 2012.
Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.