Winemaker Dinner Series
A new way to experience, learn and enjoy Georgia wine & local agriculture. Every month, our team creates a unique pairing menu or series of tastings prepared with fresh local ingredients, artfully presented to showcase featured wines or brews. We offer monthly wine dinners, as well as other specialty pairing events. Eat, drink, enjoy, taste local and take some home!
A wine dinner is, in essence, a multi-course dinner served with several different wines. The Georgia Winemaker Dinner Series is a wonderful symphony of wine, food, timing, pairing, education, and impeccable service. We feature a different Georgia winery each month and present five of their wines, with five carefully created pairings. Combine that with representatives of the winery, usually the winemaker, to talk about the wines, our Culinary Pathfinder, Robert Rotunno to present and talk about the pairings, and the service and expertise of Sylvan Valley Lodge’s staff, and you have the Georgia Winemaker Dinner Series, now in its 6th year.
Elements of a Great Wine Dinner
The Wine: Our goal is to showcase Georgia wines, wine growers and wine makers. To that end, we start with the wines and build the menu around them. Having the winemaker at the dinner to talk about the wines gives a unique perspective and an intimate glimpse into the process from vine to bottle.
The Food: We pair flavors. We start with the wine, in the glass where we can see it, swirl it, smell it, sip it, but never spit it. Then we add flavors, tasting, combining, savoring and creating. Once we know what flavors not only go with the wine, but change the overall experience, only then do we come up with the actual “dish” for the menu. For more about the process, read our blog post, “Pairings, Georgia Style.”
Edutainment: Georgia Wine Trailblazer, John Boyes, Wine Adventure Guide and Culinary Pathfinder, Robert Rotunno will take your taste buds on a wild journey as you explore and discover what this amazing area has to offer the world of wine.
The Service: We believe there is a distinction between customer service and guest hospitality and that impeccable service is derived from the perfect combination of both. Service is the technical precision of how the product is delivered, while hospitality is the artful grace with which it is done. Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience and we absolutely love what we do.
“All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambiance. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.”
– Charles Trotter