Weinlesefest at the Roof Terrace Restaurant

Photo by Judith Beermann
James and Amy Maurer's first visit to the Kennedy Center from Charlottesville
James and Amy Maurer's first visit to the Kennedy Center from Charlottesville
Under a full Hunter’s Moon (the one following Harvest), the Roof Terrace Restaurant at The Kennedy Center celebrated the regions of Alsace and Mosel Friday.

Second in their monthly series of wine and cultural events, this was an evening filled with perfect pairings, including the Zantho Zweigelt (Austrian hybrid grape from Burgenland) with Executive Chef Joe Gurner’s Long Island duck breast with candied chestnuts, pomegranate and tangerine confit.

Harvest Celebration (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Harvest Celebration

John Coco, Kennedy Center Wine & Beverage Manager, and Michael Windle, wine consultant from Country Vintner did the honors as they poured eight wine varietals from Germany and Austria.  

After a short ‘Harvest Wine 101’ on how to translate a German wine label and de-classify the Pradikat levels (system describing the style of wine in the bottle), guests were off, starting with the Kabinett (German version of Reserve).


John Coco pours Marc Tempe's Rodelsberg (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John Coco pours Marc Tempe's Rodelsberg

The road from Reisling (Heinz Eifel) Rosé (Lucien Albrecht) was paved with chestnut roasted apples and chilled squash shooters. Marc Tempe’s Rodelsberg, a traditional blend of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, with a hint of fruit and roses, had a wonderful length and complexity. 

Cerys Brown, Jeff Wingate, Sue and Allen Harrison (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cerys Brown, Jeff Wingate, Sue and Allen Harrison

Maria Fruci and Paolo Frattaroli  enjoying the wine and view before (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Maria Fruci and Paolo Frattaroli enjoying the wine and view before "Shear Madness"

Michal Windle samples Blaufrankisch (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michal Windle samples Blaufrankisch

Anthony Hesselius and Lisa Pinhera (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Anthony Hesselius and Lisa Pinhera

Gerald Chan, Svetlana Goubanova, Michael Chang, Johnny Miller, Olga Kalashnikova, Tino Angelov, Vanessa Ferragut, Kate & Eugene Liusics (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gerald Chan, Svetlana Goubanova, Michael Chang, Johnny Miller, Olga Kalashnikova, Tino Angelov, Vanessa Ferragut, Kate & Eugene Liusics

Harvest Celebration at Roof Terrace Restauant (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Harvest Celebration at Roof Terrace Restauant


November 15th is Drink Local with wines from the Old Dominion. For reservations, call 202.416.8555 or Open Table.

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Olga Kalashnikova

Dear Judith, thank you so much for covering this! It was a great event with fabulous food and wine. I am sharing this article with all my friends & hoping to see even more people next time :))

Tino Angelov

Mrs. Beermann,

Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to cover this beautiful event! I enjoyed the company of fabulous and intellectual people, the special menu created to celebrate the harvest, and spectacular views of the Potomac and the capital's monuments!!

I did post the photos on my facebook page and will post a link to your articles for any future events for Kennedy Center!

Best,

Tino

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