Thirty-five wines (red and white), a waterfront view, rounds of appetizers, and meeting new people. Yes! This is my type of party. I was invited to an exclusive preview of Rusty Pelican’s soon-to-be-released wine program: Taste with the Masters.
The wine tasting event was curated by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and featured a variety of Chardonnays: Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley 2015; Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley 2014; Kistler, Les Noisetière, Sonoma Coast 2014.
Reds such as: Shiraz Molly Dooker “The Boxer” Australia 2015; Pinot Noir Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley 2013; Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus, Napa Valley 2014; and Carménère, Montes, Purple Angel, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2013.
Upon entry, we were warmly greeted and treated to a bubbly glass of champagne (Nicolas Feuillate Blanc de Blanc, France)
The day started out beautifully;a breathtaking view, champagne, wine, delicious appetizers, and an eager crowd of wine enthusiasts.
There was a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres featuring a raw bar of east and west coast oysters with passion fruit mignonette, and green papaya slaw, ceviche, tuna tartare, and stone crabs. For the meat lovers, they served Ancho Rubbed Tomahawk Rib Eye, and Braised Short Rib atop Smoked Mashed Potatoes, and Piquillo Pepper Sofrito. Everything was superbly appetizing. My personal favorite was the spread of domestic and international cheeses, and charcuterie.
Night is coming!
Be sure to add The Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Key Biscayne to your list. Try to get a table on the patio and enjoy an amazing sunset, a dynamic waterfront view, view of Downtown Miami, bird watching, and great food!
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Photography by Hannah Mulik