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MAY

Clash of the Titans: Napa vs Bordeaux
Tuesday May 9  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Its CLASH time again at the IKK as two of the most famous and important wine regions in the World square off tonite: Napa Valley, CA and Bordeaux, France Join is as we taste Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from these much heralded viticultural areas.
1st Course: Local Vegetable Salad with Charred Tomatoes, Basil Oil, Lemon Aioli and Marinated Goat Cheese; Bordeaux Blanc, Chateau Bonnet 2015;
2nd Course: Grouper Fillet over Fingerling Potatoes and Thyme Brown Butter; Chardonnay, Saintsbury 2014;
3rd Course: Venison with Rosemary, Baby Carrots, Sautéed Baby Spinach and Red Onion Marmalade; Graves, Chateau de Cruzeau 2012 & Cabernet Sauvignon, Volunteer 2014;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



The Passion of Pasta!
Wednesday May 10  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Tonight's class is all about passion and pasta of course! Think of tonight as an opposite night for Robert Atkins. From classics like spaghetti to hints of "molecular gastronomy" pasta is one of the ultimate comfort foods and this class will show you why. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Seared Skate with Orzo Salad, Cucumber, Olives and Toasted Cumin Seed Dressing; Montefresco Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie, IT) 2015;
2nd Course: Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster, Tomatoes, Garlic and Parsley Chiffonade; La Posta Bonarda "Armando" (Mendoza, ARG) 2014;
3rd Course: Pappardelle with Braised Duck Confit, Spring Vegetables, and Pecorino Romano; Trifula Piemonte Rosso Barbera/Nebbiolo (Piedmont, IT) 2014 & Cote Mas Rouge (Sud de France) 2014;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Winemaker Series: Cakebread
Friday, May 12  •  7-9pm  •  $125
Cakebread Brand Ambassador

Over 39 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while here, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.
1st Course: Seared Scallop with Citrus Salad, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime, Crushed Marcona Almond and Mint Dust; Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2015;
2st Course: Chilled Lobster, Spring English Peas, Crème Fraiche, Fresh Pea Sprouts and Watercress; Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015;
3rd Course: Sautéed Soft Shell Crab with New Potatoes, Brown Butter Sauce; Cakebread Pinot Noir 2015;
4th Course: Filet Mignon with Morels, Fiddleheads and Grilled Ramps; Cakebread Cabernet 2014;
Dessert: Cabernet Sorbet with Mango and Ruby Grapefruit; Cakebread Zinfandel 2015.



Destination Barcelona: Wines of North East Spain
Tuesday May 16  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

The country of Spain has a wealth of important wine regions or DO's in its wide swath of vineyard space, and had more land under vine than any country in the world. Some of its best areas are in and around the wonderful city of Barcelona, and these offerings are likely to be served at all of the best eateries and tapas cafes.
1st Course: Thinly Sliced Jamón with Baby Arugula, Spanish Olives and Manchego Cheese; Cava, Anna de Codorniu NV, Penedes, Spain;
2nd Course: Sautéed Fresh Florida Shrimp with Smoked Paprika and Sweet Sherry; Chardonnay, Macabeo, Albet di Noya 2015, Penedes, Spain;
3rd Course: Seafood Paella with White Wine and Saffron; Priorat, Le Scala dei Prior 2013, Priorat, Spain & Tempranillo, Castell di Raimat 2013, Costers del Segre, Spain;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Wines of Italy: Super Tuscans
Tuesday May 23  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Tuscany is home to many classic white and red wines. The Super Tuscan concept was borne out of a notion of thinking beyond the norm, and creating a new style of primarily blended wines. Delicious by themselves, even better with our tasty menu pairings tonight.
1st Course: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta Salata and a Creamy Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette; Super Tuscan White "Dogajolo", Carpineto 2015;
2nd Course: Branzino with Spring Radish, Olives, and Lemon Oregano Jam; "Sasso Regale", Lamole di Lamole 2014;
3rd Course: Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Peppers and Chianti Mustard; "Heba", Fattoria di Magliano 2013 & "Campaccio, Terrabianca 2012;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Memorial Day Wine & BBQ Basics!
Thursday May 25  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend and many of us will have a picnic to attend or a cookout to host and you want to be able to make that grilling match perfect right? Well, tonight we will try and put an end to your wine and grilling dilemmas. Prepared and hosted by Chef Kevin and the inimitable Sommelier, Hudson Austin, you know this will be a night of chillin’, grillin’ and swillin’! Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Grilled Fresh Florida Shrimp Kebabs over Soba Noodles and a Soy Dipping Sauce; Simonet Blanc de Blanc (France) NV;
2nd Course: BBQ Chicken Thighs with Baked Mac and Cheese and Home Made Sauce; Row Eleven Rose (California) 2015;
3rd Course: Dry Rubbed Beef Brisket with Grilled Sweet Potato and Blistered Corn; Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve (Virginia) 2014 & A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Blend 2013;
Dessert: Chef's Creation; Montoya Zinfandel (Lodi) 2014.



Old vs New Worlds: France vs Australia
Tuesday May 30  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Our popular Old World & New World series is set in a "Clash" type setting, pitting two very important wine regions, France and Australia, featuring some familiar wines.
1st Course: Fresh Maryland Crab Cocktail with Spring Peas, Sweet Corn, and Pea Shoots; Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Saumaize-Michelin 2014, Macon, France;
2nd Course: Clam and Mussel Risotto with Orange Zest, Local Tomato, and Saffron; Chardonnay, Hope Estate 2014, Hunter Valley, Australia;
3rd Course: Veal Medallions with Roasted Shallots, Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Jus; Crozes Hermitage, Vidal Fleury 2012, Rhone Valley, France & Shiraz "Portrait", Peter Lehmann 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Lobster and Summer White Wines from Around the World
Wednesday May 31  •  7-9pm  •  $72
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

With this warm weather upon us, tonight we will feast on lobster paired classically with some of the Summer’s greatest hits of white wine. From sauvignon blanc to pinot grigio, we will swirl, sip and savor our way through the night led by wine junkie and Sommelier, Hudson Austin and Chef Kevin. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Lobster Gazpacho with Cilantro, Cumin and Rye Croutons; Faustino VII Rioja Blanco (Rioja, SP) 2015;
2nd Course: Lobster with Red Beet Couscous, Baby Bok Choy and White Port Beurre Blanc; Peter Yealands Sauv Blanc (Marlborough, NZ) 2016;
3rd Course: Fettuccine with Spring Inspired Lobster Bolognese Sauce; Bottega Vinaia Pinot Grigio (Trentino) 2015 & Au Contraire Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) 2015;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.

JUNE

California Wine Series: Russian River & Alexander Valleys
Tuesday June 6  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Our continuing study of the various wine producing regions of California, tonight we are focusing on two excellent AVA's in Northern and Western Sonoma County. The Russian River Valley, named for the original Russian fur trappers here, and The Alexander Valley, founded by Cyrus Alexander.
1st Course: Rainbow Trout Stuffed with Chervil, Chives, Parsley, Tarragon, Mint and Dill; Garnish with Basil Leaves, Diced Tomato, Scallion and Fried Capers ; Chardonnay, Girard Estate 2014, Russian River, CA;
2nd Course: Caribbean Spiced Grilled Swordfish with Portobello Mushrooms, Fava Beans and Pinot Noir Reduction; Pinot Noir, The Calling "Dutton" 2013, Russian River, CA;
3rd Course: Veal Tenderloin with Brown Butter Gnocchi, Garlic Confit and Broccoli Rabe; Cabernet Sauvignon, Katherine Goldschmidt 2014, Alexander Valley, France & Zinfandel, Kunde Family 2013, Alexander/Sonoma, CA;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Runaway with Red Wines!
Wednesday June 7  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Red wines often fall in popularity once the weather turns even slightly warmer, well we will still celebrate them, even in May! Tonight we will have a power house tasting of big reds in all of their jammy, juicy, tannic wonderment! Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Tamarind Marinated Shrimp, Brown Sugar Syrup over Roasted Onions and Blistered Tomatoes; Austerity Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands, CA) 2015;
2nd Course: Pomegranate Glazed Squab with Spiced Quince Chutney; Rhone Paradox Cotes Du Rhone 2013;
3rd Course: Venison with Blood Orange, Parmesan Cheese, Pecans and Celery Root Puree; Antico Fuoco Rosso 2015 & Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast, CA) 2014;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



New World vs New World: Sonoma & South Africa
Tuesday June 13  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Tonight two titans of the world's wine regions are pitted against one another in this comparative tasting of wine regions often overshadowed by other great regions. This evenings class and pairings will make for a most interesting night of tantalizing tastes. The tasting is led by the never mercurial Hudson Austin, Sommelier and Wine Educator from The Wine Merchant and Chef Kevin and his artistic pairings. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2016;
2nd Course: Chalk Hill Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) 2015;
3rd Course: A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Blend 2013 & Queens Peak Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma) 2014;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Wines of Italy, Under Tuscan Sun
Tuesday June 20  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Ah Tuscany, with its beautiful cities, rolling hills and gorgeous countryside, replete with vines and olive and cypress trees. Join us as we discover San GImignano, Chianti, Montalcino, and Montepulcaino on our gastronomic journey. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Toscolo 2015;
2nd Course: Chianti Classico, Lamole di Lamole 2013;
3rd Course: Rosso di Montalcino, Argiano 2013 & Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, Carpineto 2012;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Bargin Bounty Hunter Wines
Wednesday June 21  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Tonight’s class is all about wines that over-deliver for their reasonable sum and are all made in the USA.
1st Course: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc (California) 2015; 2nd Course: Oak Grove Chardonnay (California) 2015; 3rd Course: Backhouse Pinot Noir (California) 2015 & Stratton Lummis "The Magician" (Napa Valley) NV; Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Winemaker Series: Paul Hobbs
Friday, June 23  •  7-9pm  •  $95
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast, CA) 2015;
2nd Course: Paul Hobbs Chardonnay (Russian River, CA) 2014;
3rd Course: Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, CA) 2014;
4th Course: Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley, CA) 2013;
Dessert Course: Chef’s Creation Paul Hobbs Felino Malbec (Mendoza, ARG) 2015.



California Wine Series: Monterey & South Central Coast
Tuesday June 27  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

The Central Coast regions situated below the Bay Area and above Los Angeles, encompasses a number of AVA's along the way, One of the " newer" appellations of California, its climates tend to be cooler and breezier, favoring earlier ripening grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and even Syrah.
1st Course: Chardonnay, District 7 2015, Monterey, CA;
2nd Course: Pinot Noir , Hahn Estate S L H 2014, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA;
3rd Course: Syrah, Fess Parker 2013, Santa Barbara, CA & Cabernet Sauvignon, Smith & Hook 2015, Central Coast, CA;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Farm to Table Wines from AUSTRALIA!!!
Wednesday June 28  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Fowles Wine is one of Australia's best wineries and the first Victorian winery to win the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia's Best Shiraz, but that’s just a piece of this wine sure to become a new icon! Led by Aussie wannabe Hudson Austin, this class will be a fun lesson on what is new down under. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Farm to Table Chardonnay;
2nd Course: Farm to Table Pinot Noir;
3rd Course: Farm to Table Shiraz & Farm to Table Cabernet Sauvignon;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.

JULY

Craft Beer Series: Summer Wheats & Whites
June To Be Announced  •  7-9pm  •  $77
Steve McKinney Wine & Beer Educator, Dilworthtown Inn

As we spend more time outside, enjoy lighter styles and lower alcohol for those warm and hot afternoons and evenings.
1st Course Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Beets, Braised Fennel and Spiced Orange Vinaigrette; Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Gose, 4.2%; Round Guys The Berliner, Berliner Weisse, 3.7%;
2nd Course Grilled Fresh Florida Shrimp, Julienned Vegetables, Scallions, Creamy Avocado Puree, Cilantro Leaves, Mint Chiffonade and Lightly Dusted in Cayenne Pepper; Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, Dunkelweizen, 5.3%; Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat, German Hefeweizen, 5%;
3rd Course Red Snapper with Little Neck Clams, Merguez Sausage and Romesco Sauce; Dogfish Head Nameste, Witbier, 4.8%; Stillwater Cellar Door, Witbier, 6.6%;
4th Course Veal with Braised Baby Artichokes, Fava Beans, Red Wine Compound Butter and Toasted Almond Slices; Deshutes Chainbreaker White IPA, IPA, 5.6%; Two Roads Honeyspot White IPA, IPA, 6%;
Dessert Chefs’ Seasonal Creation; Bells Oberon, Wheat Love Ale, 8%; 4 Hands Contact High. Wheat Ale, 5%;



Crab and Sparkling Wine
Wednesday July 5  •  7-9pm  •  $70
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Crabmeat is such a spectacular delicacy that it rarely takes center stage in a menu. Tonight’s class is all about savoring that delicacy in many courses and exploring nothing but sparkling wines! Expertly paired by Hudson Austin, tonight’s menu will tantalize the palate. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Simonet Blanc de Blanc (France) NV;
2nd Course: Casa do Malia Organic Prosecco (Veneto, IT) NV;
3rd Course: Gruet Rose (New Mexico) NV & Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



"Paul Hobbs Imports" Dinner
Thursdayu July 5  •  7-9pm  •  $72
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Paul Hobbs is one of California's most respected winemakers and as such has had the opportunity to fly around the world helping others to make great wine, hence the term "flying winemakers". Paul focused his efforts on South America. Paul Hobbs fell in love with Argentina on his first visit in 1988. The potential he saw in the terroir and especially in the human element, spurred his consulting career. Tonight’s dinner is all about enjoying these great wines that Paul in which saw so much potential. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Pulenta Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Lujan de Cuyo) 2015;
2nd Course: Pulenta Estate Chardonnay (Lujan de Cuyo) 2015;
3rd Course: La Flor Pulenta Malbec (Lujan de Cuyo) 2015 & Paul Hobbs Felino Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza) 2015;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Wines of South Africa
Tuesday July 11  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Michael Walsh, Wine Educator, Majestic Wine and Spirits

Description-of-class The wine region of South Africa is considered to be the first " New World " wine destination, and it has made great strides in quality and value in the post Apartheid years, the majority of offerings hailing from the Western Cape area. Tonite we will taste Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage and other reds to get a feel for these excellent wines Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Sauvignon Blanc, Two Oceans 2016;
2nd Course: Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester 2015;
3rd Course: Pinotage, Nederburg "Reserve" 2014 & Syrah Mullineaux 2014;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Summer Sippers! Wines of Sonoma
Thursday July 13  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Most wineries in Wine Country are not allowed to serve real food. Hence, the stale crackers and generic cheese that constitutes most “food and wine pairings.” It makes little sense considering that wine is most often enjoyed as part of a meal. Thankfully, if there’s a will, there’s a way – and tonight the way is paved by the incomparable cuisine of the Inn Keeper’s Kitchen and splendid pairings from Wine Educator, Hudson Austin. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Cannonball Sauvignon Blanc;
2nd Course: Sebastiani Chardonnay;
3rd Course: Au Contraire Pinot Noir & Foppiano Petite Sirah “Lot 96”;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Craft Beer & Wine Series: Allagash Beer & Trimback Wines
Friday July 14  •  7-9pm  •  $77
Steve McKinney Wine & Beer Educator, Dilworthtown Inn

History meets tradition in this matchup - Allagash long known for its Belgium style beers. Trimbach Winery since 1626 has been making great Alsation wines. This is will be a fun dinner! Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Allagash Hoppy Table Beer, Belgian Ale 4.9%; Trimbach Pinot Gris;
2nd Course: Allagash White, Witbier, 5%; Trimbach Pinot Blanc;
3rd Course: Allagash Saison, Saison, 6.1%; Trimbach Muscat;
4th Course: Allagash Triple Reserve, Abbey Tripel, 9%; Trimbach Pinot Noir;
Dessert: Allagash St Klippenstein, Imperial Stout, 11%; Trimbach Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive.



Rosé Wines! Summer’s Special Treat
Wednesday July 19  •  7-9pm  •  $67
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

Called rosado in Spain, rosato in Italy, and #summerwater on social media... by any other name, a rosé is still one of the most fashionable swirls to top a stem in today's wine world-even for men. Rosés have sashayed up to the proverbial plate, not only in popularity but in quality as well. Shedding the misperception that all rosés are sweet, and sporting a palate-pleasing acidity, today's French-style versions are flavorful, complex, even crisp and dry. And their sales are growing 10 times faster than overall table wines. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Gruet Rose 375ml (New Mexico) NV;
2nd Course: Masciarelli Montepulciano Rose (Abruzzo, IT) 2015;
3rd Course: Jean Luc Colombo Rose (Provence, FR.) 2016 & Day Owl Rose (California) 2016;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.



Lobster Lovers!
Wednesday July 26  •  7-9pm  •  $72
Hudson Austin, Wine Educator, The Wine Merchant, Ltd.

With this warm weather upon us, tonight we will feast on lobster paired classically with some of the Summer’s greatest hits of white wine. From Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Grigio, we will swirl, sip and savor our way through the night led by wine junkie, Hudson Austin. Additional menu details will follow. Additional menu details will follow.
1st Course: Gruet Brut (New Mexico) NV ;
2nd Course: Jovly Vouvray (Loire, FR) 2015;
3rd Course: Harken Chardonnay (California) 2015 & Bertani Pinot Grigio (Veneto, IT) 2016;
Dessert: Chef's Creation.