This summer, Galatoire’s has partnered with some of the finest winemakers in the world to host their 2017 Wine Dinner Series. Each dinner features a multi-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Michael Sichel and is perfectly paired with wines, choreographed by Sommelier Rene Sudduth.
Although we love dining at New Orleans’ newest restaurants, the classics will always have a special place in our hearts and these fabulous events keep us coming back.
Last week, we attended the Huneeus Vintners Family Wine Dinner at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak; this great family of wines has some of the best stories we’ve heard yet. Vintner Agustin Huneeus has been discovering great vineyards around 15 countries for the past five decades!
Agustin and wife Valeria escaped radical political movements in Latin America and founded the Quintessa estate in Napa Valley in 1990. Since then, they have established a family portfolio of wines that represent the best of both North and South America. In addition to the Quintessa estate, the Huneeus Vintners Family include Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Illumination Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Lucky for us, we got to sample each of these along with Chef Sichel’s creations.
We were greeted with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres paired with a 2016 Flowers Vineyard Rosé from the Sonoma Coast.
We were then seated at our table and the 5-course feasting began!
The first course featured a stone fruit and almond gazpacho with jalapeño, lobster, and basil whipped cream, paired with a 2015 Quintessa Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley called “Illumination”. Agustin Huneeus wanted a white wine from Quintessa that he could enjoy at home with friends and family. He planted a half acre of Sauvignon Blanc at Quintessa in 2002 and this perfect summer wine was born.
The second course featured a crab tortellini with roasted corn cream sauce, paired with a 2013 Flowers Chardonnay “Camp Meeting Ridge” from the Sonoma Coast. This bright citrus wine begins at a 1,200 ft elevation, and has been produced since 1991!
The third course of this fantastic meal at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak featured a 2013 Flowers Pinot Noir “Camp Meeting Ridge” and a fried amish chicken breast with sweet potato hash and pressed bone white gravy. This chicken breast was to die for, we love the creativity and inventiveness that Chef Sichel puts into these menus.
The fourth course of this wine dinner featured a 2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley’s noblest grape and the grapes are sourced from vineyards in Rutherford, Coombsville, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Oakville and St. Helena. The dish paired to this wine was a spectacular 44 farms stack of grilled short ribs, prime strip, and vegetable tartar.
We then got to dessert (our favorite) and the most anticipated wine of the night: the 2013 Quintessa Red Blend. The dark chocolate pot de crème with brown butter tuile and candied blueberries was AMAZING and the wine, oh my. We wish we could have tons of these bottles in our own collection. A girl can dream.
If you haven’t been to Galatoire’s yet, their 2017 wine dinner series is the perfect excuse to go! Delicious French Creole food ✔ Some of the best wine in the world ✔ Fabulous company ✔ There are still 2 more wine dinners to go and trust us, you’ll love every second of these dinners.
PS: These dinners make for a great date night! 😉😉😉