WINE FILES: New Wines Selected for Our Spring & Summer Menu

Spring is just around the corner with Summer sure to follow without hesitation.  Okay, it’s still brisk and chilly February in most parts of the country, but we’re feeling hopeful that warm weather is lurking just around the corner.   Nick Waller, Food & Beverage Director for the ACE Conference Center, has just selected some spectacular new wines for Spring and Summer through ACE’s partnership with Southern Wines and Spirits:

  • A bright, fresh, fruity Hogue Riesling  from Hogue Cellars in Washington State will slake the Summer thirst and start the evening off perfectly.  The Reisling offers a delicate blend of apricot and tangerine flavors, with a pleasing mineral edge and crisp, refreshing acidity.  Slightly sweet, this is the wine to serve with fresh Thai spring rolls, spicy ahi tuna tartare or grilled halibut;
  • Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir from New Zealand, a country now acknowledged as one of the few to have successfully come to grips with this flakey, but supremely aristocratic grape variety.  A combination of dry and moderate climates provides near perfect cool climate growing conditions and assists with the intense varietal characters in Marlborough grapes.   These delicious grapes produce a wine that will add a touch of delicate elegance to grilled fresh salmon encrusted with fresh herbs from the ACE Herb Garden; and
  • Nick’s personal favorite, Red Guitar Old Vines Tempranillo-Garnacha from Navarro, Spain, which will lend a juicy raspberry intensity and a soft smoky edge to grilled steaks, cooked to order in front of our guests on the Lafayette Patio.   Additional food pairings may include bacon and cheddar sliders, eggplant parmigiana or mint-encrusted lamb chops.

But you don’t have to wait until the temperatures warm up to enjoy these fantastic wines – they’ll be at the ACE Conference Center later this week.


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