From the Vine to the Club: Wine Pairing and Dinner Selections from the Experts

Looking for a fine wine to pair with your dinner? Look no further than consulting with our experts here at the Rivers Club. Wine Steward Robert Remmick works closely with Chef Jim Gelzheiser to prepare recommendations of the in-house wines and weekly dining menu. We strive to provide top-notch wines for pairing with our ongoing dinner selections for our Members and their guests.

Aside from the daily menu selections and offerings, our events also have the appropriate pairings. The recent Pinot and Pearls event at the Club featured varietals from Gia by Gia Coppola wines, including the sparkling Frizzante, refreshing pinot grigio, and surprisingly light pinot noir. Designed by Gia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter, these wines paired well with our hors d’oeuvres, including grilled sirloin steak salad, assortment of cheeses, and a dessert table.

“The Gia wines from the Pinot and Pearls event were a big hit, especially the pinot grigio and Frizzante,” said Remmick. “These wines have a slightly lower alcohol content and, just like the woman they were inspired by, are easy going and fun to drink.”

The Frizzante is made of 100% chardonnay grapes with effervescence added. It presents refreshingly fruity and with fragrant notes of passion fruit, pears, honey and acacia flowers. This wine pairs beautifully with desserts such as patisseries, exotic fruits, Sabayon, and apple or pear tarts. It is also delicious with dishes like Paella and spicy Asian cuisine.

The pinot grigio presents vibrant flavors of pineapple and white peaches, is delightfully refreshing and perfect for paring with seafood, shellfish, spring salads and light appetizers.

As a general rule, white wines pair well with lighter foods, such as fish, and red wines pair well with heavier foods, such as red meats.

For instance, a pinot grigio would pair well with lighter fare meals, including salads, fish and light pasta. A pinot noir, however, would pair better with heavier fish or a heavier pasta and sauce.

For chocolate lovers out there, red wines taste wonderful paired with chocolates.

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Join us on September 5th for our Grgich Hills Wine Estate wine dinner.

Grgich Hills has a history of award-winning wines. In fact, through a series of events, winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich entered the Grgich Hills chardonnay into a blind tasting of French white Burgundies and a few Napa Valley chardonnays. The winner was the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, then recognized as the finest white wine in the world.

Join us as northeast regional manager, Bill McPharlin, speaks and presents four Grgich wines with your four-course meal prepared by Chef Jim. Wines presented will include the fumé blanc, merlot, cabernet, and zinfandel.

Chef Jim recently released the dinner menu on our website.

Click here for more information and register today!

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