Mas­ter Som­me­lier Vir­ginia Philip

Yachts International - - On Charter - Vir­ginia pro­fes­sion­als Philip world­wide is one of to only hold just the over ti­tle 200 of Mas­ter Som­me­lier. Her dis­cern­ing palate and en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge also earned her the Amer­i­can Som­me­lier As­so­ci­a­tion’s ti­tle of “Best Som­me­lier of the United States

Sum­mer bar­be­cues, pic­nics and fam­ily days out on the wa­ter are an ideal time to serve whites and lighter reds. This chef ’s menu is a per­fect com­ple­ment to the sea­son’s op­ti­mal style of wines. (For some per­fect sips, serve the whites around 44 to 48 de­grees Fahren­heit and the lighter reds at 55 to 58 de­grees.)

The first course of oc­to­pus salad with diced pota­toes, olives and cel­ery is served along­side a mahi-mahi tartare with cit­rus skins, gin­ger and a pink salt cit­rus juice sauce. Both dishes will pair beau­ti­fully with a lively grüner velt­liner, which is a white va­ri­etal pop­u­lar in Aus­tria, Slo­vakia and the Czech Repub­lic. Weingut Knoll’s Loib­ner Smaragd grüner velt­liner, Aus­tria, 2015, has the struc­ture and herba­ceous aro­mat­ics nec­es­sary to com­ple­ment the seafood’s del­i­cate flavors. This clas­sic grüner velt­liner has a light body burst­ing with grape­fruit, freshly cut grass and a hint of white pep­per spice on the palate.

The main course of home­made gnoc­chi, stir-fry zuc­chini and shrimp is a lovely match for Mommessin’s light, fla­vor­ful, Mor­gon Les Charmes Beau­jo­lais, France, 2014. An el­e­gant ex­pres­sion of the ga­may grape, this light red wine has flavors of ripe cherries, dark plums and cran­ber­ries, and a lin­ger­ing earthy fin­ish. The wine has lighter tan­nins, a key ac­com­pa­ni­ment to this dish. Shrimp may have called for a lighter wine with other prepa­ra­tions, but the sea­son­ing here will al­low a lighter red to pleas­antly pair.

Dessert’s fruit driven-fla­vor with a phyl­lowrapped grilled pineap­ple and al­mond cake calls for a nat­u­ral pair­ing of the trop­i­cal flavors in Paul Jaboulet Aîné’s mus­cat de Beaumes de Venise Le Chant des Gri­olles, South­ern Rhône Val­ley, France, 2011. This lus­ciously sweet wine has stunning flavors and aro­mas of orange blos­som, can­died gin­ger and ripe apri­cots.

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