STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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“In the culinary world, pairing flavorful dishes and wine is considered to be an art form,” said George Gilfesis, Executive Chef of the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, in a press release.
The hotel has announced details of the first Penn’s Landing Wine Festival. It’s modeled after the Boston Wine Festival, held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
This is kind of an unusual time of year to hold a wine festival.
Well, it’s actually a pair of winemaker dinners, featuring custom creations by Gilfesis, on Friday March 4 and Tuesday March 22. They include a private welcome reception, and are followed by a collaborative four-course pairing menu.
So what are the details on the wines?
The March 4 dinner’s special guest will be winemaker Adam Campbell of Elk Cove Vineyards in Oregon. According to the festival press release: “Elk Cove is a family-owned and operated production with six vineyard sites spanning over 350 planted acres. Founded in 1974 by the Campbell family, it is one of the oldest wineries in Oregon. Campbell will present an Elk Cove 2014 Estate Riesling and a trilogy of pinot noirs, including a rare 2005 Roosevelt Pinot Noir in 5 Liter. Chef Gilfesis will prepare grilled day boat shrimp, seared ahi tuna with watermelon and French lamb chops. Campbell will walk guests through the individual wine pairings while sharing insight to the craft behind the Elk Cove production.”
On the 22nd, it’s California’s Silver Oak Cellars and their director of winemaking, Daniel Baron. From the Penn’s Landing Wine Festival statement: “Founded in 1972, Silver Oak has devoted their efforts to cultivating a single wine with a very distinct style, cabernet sauvignon. Dinner features seared duck breast and veal chops paired with vintages of Silver Oak’s Alexander and Napa Valley cabernets, as well as pinot noirs and merlots from their newer venture, Twomey Cellars. An exceptionally exclusive event for the region, this will be the first and only opportunity to meet the winemaker as Baron will retire later this year.”
Gilfesis stated: “We are honored to work with a stellar lineup of U.S.-based wineries that produce superior varietals, and to create distinctive menus that elevate the pairing experience for our guests.”
What time is dinner served?
Both are held 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. Reservations can be made at (215) 521-6555.
How much are tickets?
Tickets for the Elk Cove dinner March 4 are $95 (inclusive of tax and gratuity), and tickets for the Silver Oaks Cellars event are $175 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). Note that both events are limited to 55 seats.
Is there a festival website or social media page I can peruse?
Visit www.hiltonpennslanding.com, and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/hiltonphiladelphiaatpennslanding and on Twitter @HiltonPennsLndg.