Genovese Dinner with Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch Wines
Tuesday, July 24th
For the past forty years, Kermit Lynch has introduced wine lovers in America to a host of landmark houses such as Foillard, Raveneau, Coche-Dury, and Tempier, helping to define America’s wine culture in the process. In doing so, he has championed the idea that great wine transmits not just terroir and vintage, but also the unique stamp of the culture and humanity of a particular place.
While many are familiar with Kermit’s Provencal selections, his incredible selections from Liguria and Corsica are not as well known. Winegrowing has a long tradition in Liguria as the ancient Liguri tended to the vines on steep hillside terraces well before the Romans arrived. Today, these traditionally made wines are bright, fresh, and taste like the sea and herbs that share landscape with the grapes. In Corsica, there’s a renegade spirit and approach to winegrowing that is maybe only equalled in Sicily. Varietals such as Niellucchiu, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu are the classic varietals of this island-mountain. Here, grapes thrive amongst the rosemary and sage scented maquis, and the legedary producers of the island such as Yves Lecchia and Antoine Arena create epic wines that rival some of the best from sourthern France.
When the city-state of Genoa reached its political zenith in the13th Century, it controlled all of Liguria and Corsica, and maintained many other colonies throughout the Mediterranean basin, including Provence. Of course nothing lasts forever. The Venetians, and later the Milanese, French and Spanish, eventually diminished Genoa’s political power across the Mediterranean. However, the influence of Genoa lives on throughout the region’s culinary and winemaking traditions, and we are proud to shine the spotlight on our namesake’s regional traditions as we showcase Kermit Lynch’s incredible Ligurian, Provencal and Corsican wines.
Join us as we explore the food and wine of Liguria, Provence and Corsica, offered through the lens of Kermit Lynch and Genoa. Lyle Railsback from Kermit Lynch will co-host the event with Michael and David – offering an unprecedented opportunity to dive deep into the food and wines of this incredible region. The dinner will consist of six courses plus a brief reception with Ligurian sparkling wine and hors d’ouvres and will commence at 6:30 pm on July 24, 2012.