After arriving (a bit too early), we caught the staff in the middle of a meeting, but we did not have to wait long before the wine started flowing. With the passed hors d'oeuvre came glasses of 2010 Pinot Gris, which I thought was quite pleasant and easy-going, with notes of limes, gooseberries, and some kind of candy like Smarties or SweeTarts. This wine was definitely one that I would consider a crowd-pleaser, especially for the likes of a late-summer garden party. Moreover, the wine went well with a somewhat seafood inflected selection of hors d'oeuvre, including lobster salad served on spoons, gravlax on toast, and parmesan gougères with pesto.
|Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2010|
|Parmesan Gougères with Pesto|
People aside, we started the dinner with a salad of Late Summer Market Vegetables with Alisa Craig onion purée and Vermont goat cheese. Particularly notable in the medley of vegetables were some tasty beets and peas. The wine pairing for this course was a Pinot Blanc 2009. Prior to this glass, I cannot recall previously having tasted a pinot blanc, so it was certainly a learning experience. My tasting notes involve pineapple, raspberries, chalkiness, and lemony acidity.
|Late Summer Market Vegetables|
|Oak Roasted Mushrooms|
|Long Island Duck Breast|
Overall, the dinner certainly lived up to expectations with a full roster of both delicious food and wine. Undoubtedly, Amy had to put in a lot of effort into the logistical planning before the event for it to go so smoothly, and the rest of the Lineage staff were as charming as ever. I can only hope that more wine/cocktail pairing dinners are slated for the future, but until then Lineage will still remain one of my regular destinations.
*Speaking of autumn, mushrooms and Lineage. Lineage
|Bonus Picture: Mushroom Week Menu|
**By this point, many glasses of wine had been drunk and no picture was taken. Apologies.