Jack Sprat Oregon Wine Dinner
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
If the spring rain of early April has you down, Jack Sprat has the cure with the Oregon Wine Dinner. On April 6, Chef Andrew Brown and his line cooks will prepare a five-course, six-wine meal. The dinner features Oregon wines from the Union Wine Company and will be presented by Western Sales Manager Justin Hoffman.
Union Wine Company is located in the Willamette Valley in western Oregon, which receives an abundance of rain. Their philosophy is to create affordable wines without cutting corners on quality. Their three labels are titled Alchemist, Kings Ridge and Underwood. They are also known for selling wine in a can, which comes out to a half-bottle at 375ml. La Bodega in Girdwood carries the Pinot Noir, Rose, and Pinot Gris in cans.
Curious about canned wine, my friends and I cracked open a pinot gris and a pinot noir. The latter was a pleasant choice that paired wonderfully with a rotisserie roasted lamb leg seasoned with herbs de Provence and minced garlic. The pinot gris was crisp, light and balanced. At $6.25 a can, these wines a worthy bargain.
The wines at the dinner consist of a rosé, a Riesling, and a chardonnay, followed by three pinot noirs. The final wine is paired with dessert, a chocolate and cheese plate with a smoked blue and an aged white cheddar.
The first course is green apple leather with a gorgonzola mousse. It’s followed by Kodiak scallops with lemongrass burre blanc and preserved lemon. Up next is the rabbit roulade wrapped in prosciutto and served with pea tendrils, which suggests spring is here. The fourth course is a coriander crusted lamb rack with green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, flageolets and spruce tip gastrique.
While the words on the menu describe a varied array of interesting ingredients and tastes, they cannot adequately describe the creative, balanced depth of flavors that is Chef Brown’s trademark. His presentation on the plate is lively without being overdone. It should be a treat to see what the kitchen serves that evening.
There are only 60 seats available for the $99 Oregon Wine Dinner, so reservations are strongly recommended. Call (907) 783-5225 to book your spot.