Weinlesefest at the Roof Terrace Restaurant
October 23, 2010 | by Judith S. Beermann
Photo by Judith BeermannUnder 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.
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).
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.
November 15th is Drink Local with wines from the Old Dominion. For reservations, call 202.416.8555 or Open Table.