March 5, 2013

Vérité wine dinner at Gotham Steak, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach launched Cellar 1954, a Wine Series by FONTAINEBLEAU. This wine series hosts monthly events pairing some of the world’s most prestigious wines and winemakers with the cuisine of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. On Thursday, March 14, Gotham Steak will feature winemaker Pierre Seillan, of Vérité Winery, Healdsburg, California

Vérité was conceived out of a simple come visit (and work for me) invitation from a California man to a Frenchman over a decade ago. The late Jess Jackson, as in Kendall-Jackson and Jackson Family Wines invited Pierre Seillan to Sonoma, Jackson’s enticement, he wanted to make a Merlot as good as Petrus. With an offer like that Seillan could hardly refuse the visit. After Seillan explored Sonoma and examined the soils his response was “Why not better?” Every hillside, every elevation and aspect offers a different micro-cru, which is the backbone to Sellian’s winemaking viewpoint.

Pierre Seillan started in the wine industry at his family’s estate in Armagnac, France. From there he learned to farm Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and later Cabernet Franc at Chateau de Targe in the Loire Valley. Pierre then spent two decades in Bordeaux working at several chateaux for Raoul and Jean Quancard. It was there that his curiosity grew beyond the grand cru vineyard sites to specific blocks of vineyards that consistently produced the best fruit. This “micro-cru” approach is the backbone to Pierre Seillan’s winemaking philosophy.

And a fine wine it is. The 2011 vintage is Seillan’s fourteenth harvest at Vérité. Guided by his micro-cru philosophy, that the wine should honor its vineyard soils with beautiful transparency. Seillan applies his vast experience to create pure Sonoma expressions of traditional Bordeaux varieties.

Since their first releases, critics have consistently placed Vérité wines among the finest selections from the most established Bordeaux chateaux.

The Vérité portfolio is made up of:

La Muse — Inspiration Supple, balanced Merlot—inspired by Pomerol and sourced from premier Sonoma County micro-crus.

La Joie — Joy A Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, with world-class depth and power, reminiscent of Pauillac.

Le Désir — Desire Plush, exotic Cabernet Franc that honors the spirit of Saint-Émilion with superior Sonoma County expression.

Seating for this exclusive dinner is limited and priced at $245/person plus gratuity and tax. The evening will begin at 8:00 PM. For reservations call 305-674-4706.

The Vérité wine dinner menu is:

Cold Poached Maine Lobster Tail, Avocado
Orange, Fennel, Citrus Vinaigrette
Vérité Rosé 2012

Tagliatelle Carbonara, Crisp Bacon, Uni Emulsion
Sixty Three Degree Hen Egg
Vérité “La Muse” 2007

Roasted Squab, Parsnip, Brussel Sprouts
Globe Carrot, Huckleberry Jus
Vérité “Le Désir” 2002
Vérité “Le Désir” 2007

Forty Five Day Aged New York Strip, Ramps
Celery And Yukon Purée
Vérité “La Joie” 2002
Vérité “La Joie” 2008

Valrhona Guanaja Chocolate Ganache, Caramel
Chocolate Crumble, Yuzu Gel, Calamansi Sorbet


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