Power Wining, Dom Pérignon Dining and Craft Brew News

dp-rose-2002.jpg• I received a visit from America’s first Master Sommelier last week. Eddie Osterland stopped by to talk about Power Entertaining, his new book about how to strategically use wine and food in business situations. A sort of Power Lunching (1985) for this generation, Osterland’s book suggests serving the finest dishes and strongest flavors first, saving the simple or rich for last; your palate, he explains, has a short attention span. You should also drink a paired wine with a bite of food still in your mouth and offer guests in your home a wine list from which to choose. Eddie, I’m working on my list now! EddieOsterland.com.

• Dom Pérignon Rosé 2002 had its U.S. release in what can only be described as ‘pink-carpet style’ at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on February 21, a five-course pairing affair attended by the who’s who. “Well, who,” you ask? There were society writers, sommeliers, restaurateurs, casino resort bigwigs, me … but most importantly, chef de cave Richard Geoffroy, who extolled, “There is nothing more exciting than the launch of a new Dom Pérignon vintage.” Chefs from Wolfgang Puck’s camp prepared a five-course meal that paired the 2002 with chestnut agnolotti in brown-butter sauce, Maine lobster under a blizzard of black truffle shavings and a tangerine semifreddo. The 2002 is the first rosé vintage released since the 2000, and a highly anticipated one at that, thanks to the success of the 2002 blanc. Insiders whispered predictions that much of the 2002 will be stashed away for the next decade, to be re-released as a noble oenothèque (library) wine, and after swooning over the Dom Pérignon Rosé Oenothèque 1993, I can see why. Of the 2002, Geoffroy also pointed out that he had to taste all the way back to 1947 (it’s a tough job!) to find its peer in ripeness, and that pinot noir, “the object of fascination” for so many oenophiles, is a fickle grape. Thus, I suppose, the sweeter the reward. DomPerignon.com.

• In local craft brew news, Tenaya Creek Brewery “beer mercenary” Alex Graham (real title) reports that a recently completed expansion has increased output by 60 percent. This is fortuitous as the Old Jackalope seasonal barley wine just received a 97 rating and glowing review (“gorgeous” and “robust”) in Draft magazine. Tenaya Creek distributes to Nevada, Arizona, Ohio, Utah and British Columbia, but in March will expand to Alberta, Canada, and Southern California. Cheers! TenayaCreek.com.

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