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Roessler Wine Dinner

roger roesslerThe Bay Club at Mattapoisett welcomed California vintner Roger Roessler for a special evening featuring the cuisine of Chef Jim Mercer with stellar Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays’ from Roessler Cellars.

Recently Roessler Cellars appeared on the cover of industry Bible, The Wine Spectator. The magazine sang the praises of the vineyard and their commitment to producing delicious Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. To quote Roessler “we are primarily interested in Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, but have also added a few small lots of Chardonnay which we feel are in keeping with our Burgundian roots.” Roger is quite serious about the pairing of wine with food as he feels the correct match enhances both, and ultimately produces a higher level dining experience.

Credit for the evening must be given to Bay Club Golf House Restaurant Manager Sue Papi.  Sue has devoted her career to the restaurant business and her passion is fine wine. Members commonly respond to the question “what would you like to drink” by saying, “whatever Sue suggests”.  Sue has been offering his wines at the Bay Club for the past for years; his Pinot Noirs are her favorite. Last May an industry rep brought Roger to the Bay Club and Sue invited him to host a wine dinner, which he graciously accepted.

Roessler and Chef Mercer share a commitment to the localvore food philosophy, meaning utilizing foods found in your immediate area, or foods that are sourced not too far from your region. This penchant was apparent throughout the meal, particularly in the second course, a “risotto” of squash, potato and black truffle with foie gras and intense roast chicken reduction that was accompanied by both Griffin’s Lair Pinot Noir 2006 and La Brisa Pinot Noir 2007.

Roger personally introduced his vineyard to the members and explained his thought process behind the parings of each of the courses with his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay selections. The evening began with canapés and sparkling wine and proceeded through four amazing courses with two glasses of wine served with each.

While wild rains beat down upon the Golf House there was much merriment and joy inside as a packed crowd savored each course and debated over which pour was to be a new favorite. Thank you Sue, Chef Mercer and Roger for a lovely evening!

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Date: Monday, 2. November 2009 14:48
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