Grand Dame Wine Pairings

The Art of Wine Pairings

March 13, 2015   – No Comments


When Madrona Manor’s Chef Jesse Mallgren creates a new dish for his Grande Dame tasting menu his inspiration starts with what is happening in the restaurant’s organic estate gardens.  This seasonal freshness and his daily conversations with local fish mongers and meat producers spark an ever evolving menu with new creations appearing weekly.  Once a new dish is perfected and ready to be added to the Grande Dame, Jesse teams up with Madrona Manor’s wine director and restaurant manager Eric Mercer to find the perfect wine pairing.  “It really is a treasure hunt to find the right pairing” Eric says.  “Chef’s food is perfectly balanced, our challenge is to create that same balance with the wine pairing.”  Eric admits that this takes some time.  “Sometimes we both think we know the varietal we will pair with a certain dish but during trial and error we completely surprise ourselves by landing on something different”

Eric and Jesse discuss wine pairing options

Eric, who grew up in Healdsburg with a family connection to the wine business, says his first love was beer,  but as he got older and started working in the restaurant business wine became his passion.  “Working with Jesse on the wine pairings is such a great way to connect with wines both local and across the globe”  Eric says.  The Grande Dame from start to finish gives guests a wine pairing experience ranging anywhere from a Macphail Pinot Noir which is made right down the road to a Urbans-Hof Riesling created near the Mosel River in Germany.  Eric and Jesse also work with couples planning their wedding menus at Madrona Manor to create the same journey.  In photos, here are a couple of our current pairings on the Grande Dame menu:

Ayala Brut Madrona Manor Wine Pairings

MV Ayala Brut paired with  Caviar – smoked duck gelee – creme fraiche

Domaine Laroche Chablis Madrona Manor Wine Pairings

2012 Domaine Laroche  Premier Cru Chablis paired with  Winkler Farms Mangalitsa Pork Carpaccio – green garlic – spring onions – estate asparagus fronds

32 Winds Chardonnay Madrona Manor Wine Pairings

2012 32 Winds Chardonnay paired with Oyster Risotto – marrow – lemon – chives

Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Manor Wine Pairings

2009 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon paired with 40 Day Dry Aged Striploin – black trumpet mushrooms – roasted carrots – hops

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Arielle Larson
Arielle Larson, Special Event Coordinator at Madrona Manor

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