Reflecting on how the vibe is different in the Garden, Beverage Manager and Sommelier James Jusseaume looks to wines that are not only refreshing but fun too. “Wine is art, it is to be enjoyed and supposed to be fun, especially in the summertime,” he says.
This summer, David Burke Kitchen and David Burke Garden feature an enjoyable and whimsical beverage program that keeps the conversation and the wine flowing. Along with a well-thought-out and well-crafted selection of frozen drinks and cocktails, Jusseaume put together a wine-by-the- glass menu that pulls from the familiar and then some.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rosé Champagne, France
This wine’s impressive curvy bottle is an obvious invitation to self-indulgence. And for the summer, we are featur- ing their special birdcage packaging that fits perfectly in both the Treehouse and Garden. The color is an elegant raspberry tone with shades of salmon, already refreshing with its fruity bou- quets on the nose and subtle on the palate with a strong presence of berry fruits and a soft aftertaste. It’s absolutely the wine to be enjoyed in the Garden.
Bellefleur de Haute-Serre Sparkling Malbec
Surprising and atypical, Château Haute-Serre adven- tures in a bubbly malbec. An amazing floral bouquet on the nose, with fine sparks that gives a silky texture and deep flavors. This wine is a special feature in David Burke Garden and will be available for only a limited time.
Domaine Sautereau Côtes de Reigny Sancerre, France 2013
Who doesn’t love Sancerre? Sancerre is a popular white wine, but not a lot of people are familiar with its red and rosé versions, both made from pinot noir grapes. This Sancerre rosé offers an original refreshing touch to our summer; it’s a ripe and fruity wine that comes with hints of citrus. Beautiful floral aromas.
Lucy, Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands California 2013
This lovely wine, an intense fuchsia color, carries aromas of cherries and strawberries. On the palate, it shows a beautiful acidity with soft tannins, which makes it easy drinking. Committed to breast cancer awareness, the winery donates $1 per bottle sold to breast cancer research.
Müller-Thurgau Cave des Onze Communes Valle d’Aosta, Italy 2013
A beautiful Italian hidden jewel that shows a pale straw yellow color. Outstanding tropical fruit notes of bananas and pineapple; it hits the palate with a sweet bite balanced with some fruit and acids and with a lasting finish.
Chardonnay Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Estate Sonoma County California 2012
An interesting Californian chardonnay that stands out among many. Pale greenish yellow in color with slight hints of vanilla and some stone fruit on the nose. On the palate, it offers a crispy and creamy texture with hints of oak and a nice balance between fruit and mineral.
Shiraz, The Lucky Country McLaren Vale, Australia 2012
Called “dangerous” by one of our guests who enjoyed it, this wine has a smooth presence with a high alcohol content. Intense ruby red with aromas of earth and spice. It attacks the palate with silky tannins, dark berry flavors with a white peppery finish, but is overall easy
to drink. Definitely a great summer wine for red-wine drinkers.
Pinot Noir, Fogdog Sonoma Coast California 2011
This wine takes us next to the beach since the vineyard site enjoys the cool coastal climate. Appealing color that can be called purplish red. Aromas of wild mushrooms, black cherries, and some tangerine. Nice tannins on the palate with a rich velvety texture, peppery spice, and a fruity-earthy finish.