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temptations
I S L A N D P U L S E
Hyatt
and
Arion Wine Company
present California Nights
A
n opportune alignment of exceptional
talent and good taste inspired the creation
of a rare culinary event that took place this
past summer in the Palms Restaurant at the
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort. The event,
titled California Nights, offered up a six-
course gourmet dinner inspired by Arion Wine
Company and Jackson Family Wines from
California.
Hosting the dinner was Jackson Family
Wines’ master sommelier, Jennifer Huether,
the first female master sommelier in Canada.
Huether poured the winery’s top-of-the-line
wines, pairing them with exquisite offerings
conceived by Hyatt’s award-winning executive
chef, Vincent Pellegrini.
To start the evening off on a fun note,
guests were welcomed with a black wine glass,
meant to hide the color of the wine, and were
asked to sniff, taste, and examine the contents
of the glass in order to figure out if it was a
red or a white wine. They then had to give a
description and divine the origins of the wine,
which turned out to be a Sauvignon Blanc from
the Napa Valley.
With the guests’ appetites for a magical
evening sparked, the menu of layered, complex,
and surprising food combinations kicked off
with a burrata cheese appetizer, paired with
Galarie Naissance Sauvignon Blanc (2013,
Napa Valley), followed by a duck confit, escorted
by the popular Byron Pinot Noir (2012, Santa
Maria Valley). Diners then delighted in the
roasted cigar salmon, chased by Stonestreet
Chardonnay (2012, Sonoma Valley). For the
intermezzo, an exotic passion fruit sorbet with
a splash of Arrowood Chardonnay (Sonoma
Valley) paved the way for the arrival of the main
course of seared tenderloin with roasted garlic,
shiitake mushroom ragout, charcoal artichoke,
and a porcini reduction, served with both
Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon (2010) and the
highly rated Cardinale (2010, Napa Valley).
The dessert featured one of the chef’s signature
specialties, cream of papaya, with blueberries,
hibiscus Cabernet dressing, and melt-in-your-
mouth pistachio macaroons, enhanced by an
exquisite golden elixir, Kendall-Jackson Late
Harvest Chardonnay (2007, Monterey County).