Pinot Noir wine gets its name from the shape and color of the grapes used in creating this popular varietal. The French terms for “pine” and “black” in the name reference the pine-cone shaped clusters of deep purple grapes, which grow in many cool regions across the world, especially in the Burgundy region of France. The Yardley Inn’s upcoming 10 Pinot Wine Dinner takes place on Sunday, February 17, beginning at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fine selection of 10 Pinot Noirs and 5 courses of Executive Chef Eben Copple’s creative cuisine.
The idea for the 10 Pinot Dinner arose when the chef and his wife Carolyn visited the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. They found the experience unique as they visited room after room of the same artists, the same subject matter, and the same style, almost all impressionist works with a large focus on Renoir and Cézanne.
“This gives one the ability to see the breadth of an artist’s works and to see the breadth of a particular style very deeply,” says Executive Chef Eben Copple. “It becomes clear, after seeing Renoir upon Renoir, which ones speak to you and why. This experience was very similar to the experience of tasting many wines, something we do for the business all the time. We will sometimes taste 40 or 50 wines to get one that we want to put on the list. If you taste 10 pinots in a row, it will become clear which ones you like and why. This is not something that most people have to opportunity to do. I thought we could bring that experience to people through this dinner.”
The 10 Pinot Dinner features a unique tasting experience as compared to previous pairings hosted at the inn. For this particular theme dinner, the food is not directly paired with the wines. The pinots are matched and served in pairs with each course in the meal. Toward the end of the event, each wine is
poured once again, in a smaller serving, to allow guests to go back and compare all of the wines featured throughout the evening.
“The food will play a supporting role (though I fully intend for it to be delicious) and not a starring one,” says Copple. “The intent here is to give people the opportunity to taste many wines from many regions and many quality levels. This should be an educational experience.”
Wild mushrooms, egg, toast
Braised pheasant, gnocchi, sage, brown butter
Grilled tuna, fall caponata
Roasted pork, cherry marmalade, braised cabbage
Epoisses, quince, pear
Main Street, Central Coast, California
Le Grand, Languedoc, France
Hoffstatter, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy
Franz Heller, Baden, Germany
Fire Road, Marlborough, New Zealand
Hill Of Content, Adelaide Hills, Australia
Montes Alpha, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Bethel Heights, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dutton-Goldfield, Russian River Valley, California
Bertrand Ambroise 1er cru, Nuits Saint Georges, France
The cost to attend the Yardley Inn’s 10 Pinot Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 215-493-3800 or visit www.yardleyinn.com to make your reservations.
A variety of dinners with creative pairings take place at the Yardley Inn throughout the year, including wine dinners, beer dinners, and dinners featuring scotch, bourbon, or champagne, among others. The Yardley Inn is also open for special holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve, along
with normal business hours throughout the year.