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Monday, January 14, 2008

Guess who's coming over?

Oh, just a wine legend, that's all. Yes, Dr. Dirk Richter, renowned winemaker of the Richter Riesling family of wines is coming to Charleston for one of only two U.S. appearances (the other is in Chicago).

Guess what else? He's sharing wines from his private library at an exclusive dinner at Fish on Friday, February 8. I am so not kidding. This is epic. Historic even. Because Dr. Richter doesn't travel much. He doesn't do many appearances. So we are feeling super cool. And you should too.

We decided to create a menu completely inspired by Dr. Richter's wines. Four courses prepared by our own French whiz kid Nico Romo. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with dinner at 7.

You wine whores, pardon me, wine enthusiasts will be all dreamy-eyed with Dr. Richter's course-by-course description of the wines. Fun fact: his family has been producing award-winning wines for more than 300 years. I think that's what we call a groove, no?

Cost is $65 per person (includes wine pairings and welcome cocktail).

Here's the the menu: lovely as always, with the rock-star wines:

1st Course: Richter Mulheimer Sonnenlay Zeppelin QBA 2006
Sashimi Tuna pizza, crispy bread, lime-jalapeno sirasha, pickled red onions

2nd: Richter Zeltliner Kabinett 1988 (considered one of the best of the century) Spicy Bouillabaisse with scallops, local shrimp, mussel, fingerling potatoes, bok choy, fennel, mushroom in Thai coconut broth

3rd: Richter Erdener Trepphen Spatlese 1990
Local Triggerfish with fried noodles, sea bean asparagus and snow peas in a green curry sauce

4th: Richter Veldinzer Auslese 1988
Fried banana cheesecake spring roll with chocolate plum sauce

Truth be told, you will not find a wine event like this again in Charleston for a long, long time. Maybe ever. If you dig on wine, call 843.722.FISH for reservations.

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