I love pairing champagne and sparkling wines with food, but it’s rare to get a chance to do this with high-end vintage wines and cuisine. Those twin pleasures come together April 22 at the Ivy Hotel in San Diego, when they present a Dom Pérignon champagne dinner in the signature restaurant The Quarter Kitchen.
Three vintages of DP: the 2000, the Oenotheque 1993 and the Rosé Vintage 1998 will be paired with cuisine from Executive Chef Nathan Coulon who uses classic techniques and local seasonal ingredients to create a very balanced and delicious cuisine. The menu includes a Osetra caviar, chilled leek soup with a bacon gastrique and a spring halibut with fava beans, Meyer lemon zest and spring onions in a beurre blanc sauce.
The rarest wine is the Oenotheque (that’s eno-TEK) 1993. In spectacular vintages, the house puts away wine to age in a special wine cellar known as the Oenotheque, which means wine library. Because of its long aging — 13 years for the 1993 — the champagne is described as being powerful yet with fruity and mineral notes.
The black-and-white photo with the dinner invite is one of a series with Claudia Schiffer shot and conceived by designer Karl Lagerfeld for the launch of Dom Pérignon’s Oenotheque. The back story is of a happy young couple with money who are slightly bored; drinking champagne causes the husband to fantasize about his wife being many different women: Marie Antoinette, a French maid, a dominatrix, a blushing bride…To see the rest of the series, check out this slide show on FabSugar.com
The dinner is $150 per person; cocktails will be served at 7 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:30. For more information or to make reservations, call 619.814.2000.