Today we appreciate that pairing wine with food is an opportunity to accentuate and complement the flavors of each, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts; however, wine and food pairings did not start out this way.
Centuries ago, people drank wine with their meals not for enjoyment but out of necessity, as water was unsafe to drink. In fact, it is believed that ancient wine was likely "wretched, horrible, vinegary and foul." As New York Times contributor Eric Asimov wrote, "Wine might have tasted awful, but alcohol was a built-in disinfectant." Thankfully, we now have the luxury of enjoying wine by choice rather than necessity and have access to innumerable delicious wines from all over the world, including Virginia.
Here at First Colony Winery, we take great pleasure in pairing our wine with food in a way that will enhance your experience with both. This April, we are excited to offer a number of events that allow you to experience these wine and food pairings first hand. Notably, we will be hosting our second "Evening with the Winemaker," an intimate, five-course dinner catered by The Local of Charlottesville and hosted by our winemaker Gavin Baum. The culinary experts at The Local created a menu specifically to pair with featured First Colony wines, including our 2017 Amazing Grace Viognier, 2016 Lemberger and 2015 Petit Verdot Estate Reserve.
An Evening with the Winemaker: A Five-Course, Wine-Paired Dinner
This event will take place on Saturday, April 28th. Space is limited to 24 guests in order to maintain an intimate atmosphere and allow everyone the opportunity to engage with Gavin. We also provide attendees special discounts on wine purchased the evening of the event and early access to some unreleased wines. To view the full menu and purchase tickets, please click here or contact Kate Spinello.