Last night we enjoyed some excellent food, amazing wine, and great music at Marina Kitchen’s first Winemakers Dinner. The five course culinary experience prepared by Marina Kitchen’s executive chef Aron Schwartz was incredible and was complimented perfectly with wines provided by Pali Wine Company, Moonwalker Cellers and The Hitching Post. While our pallets were dancing with precisely blended flavors, our ears were being serenaded with music from Argentine vocalist Maria de la Paz and Brazilian guitarist David Scheid.
Aside from enjoying all the good eats and drinks, we were told the story behind some of the wines by winemakers Gray Hartley and Aaron Walker. They specifically talked about the “perfect set”, a Pinot Noir by The Hitching Post with grapes from the Fiddlestix Vineyard. It was really interesting to hear them speak about how certain barrels were really “singing” to them and helped in determining which barrels were going to be used in creating the “perfect set.” It’s always nice to enjoy the experience and that was made even better when we got an understanding of how the experience began, even before we were a part of it.
General Manager Michael Miller and Beverage Director Josh Orr of the Marina Kitchen, did an excellent job of bringing everything together. This was a great event with the with the perfect blend of class, casual and fun that paired flawlessly with the food and wines that were being featured. We hope to experience more events like this at the Marina Kitchen located in San Diego’s Marriott Marquis & Marina.