South African Winemakers’ Dinner
Chef Shawn Martin’s dishes paired with the wines of Paul Cluver, Angela Jordaan, and Kathy Jordan
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kirkland, Washington — On Sunday, September 21st, Le Grand Bistro Americain proprietor Ted Furst and Executive Chef Shawn Martin will be hosting a special 5-course dinner featuring 7 wines from South Africa, where wine has a history dating back more than 350 years – possibly the oldest wine tradition in the New World. Joining them will be winemakers Paul Cluver of Cluver Wines, Angela Jordaan of Jardin Wine Estates, and Kathy Jordan of Radford Dale, to share stories about their “wine farms” and the status of winemaking in South Africa today. The event starts at 6:00pm with a reception in the South Dining Room, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase wines from the dinner at special reduced prices.
The South African wine culture has grown parallel to the country’s social development. While they are 7th in the world’s wine production, their output did not have a presence in the USA until the 1990’s after apartheid ended, due to product boycotts.
Paul Cluver is a family-owned, family-run wine business, located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver family since 1896. Recognized as pioneers of wine in the area, the focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir.
Jardin Wine Estates
Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a 300 year-old history. He’s a geologist; she’s an economist. Gary’s parents bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting program, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. Jardin is the trade name for Jordan Wine Estate in North America.
Radford Dale combines modern winemaking and traditional values to create some of the finest, rarest wines in the Cape. These wines are strongly site-driven, natural and balanced. This world-class range is made with the utmost care and in exceedingly limited quantities.
2012 Radford Dale ‘Renaissance’ Chenin Blanc
caviar, blini, crème fraiche
duck tartare, quail egg, parmesan tuile
mushroom and boursin dartoise
oyster shooter, green apple mignonette
2013 Jardin Chardonnay
2013 Cluver Chardonnay
Razor Clam Crudo
shallot, caper, black lava salt, blood orange oil & chervil
2012 Cluver Pinot Noir
2009 Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon
egg fettuccine, wild mushrooms, truffle poultry jus
2011 Radford Dale ‘Nudity’ Syrah
Rack of Venison
moroccan spices, rich bread pudding, piperade,
kale, candied shallot
2013 Cluver Gewurztraminer
pistachio ladyfinger crust
The dinner is priced at US$120 per person (7 glasses of wine and 5 courses!), excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For reservations call 425-828-7778. Upcoming Le Grand Bistro Americain special wine dinners are presently scheduled for October 16, December 4; January 29 and February 26, 2015.