In the wine world, as elsewhere, it sometimes pays to know the right people.
If you were a close friend of Rosann and Bill Nunnelly, you might be one of five lucky couples invited to attend a very special dinner this Saturday. Titled “A Thirty Year Celebration of the Great 1982 Vintage,” the six-course extravaganza will be one of the most comprehensive tastings of 1982 Bordeaux ever held in the Southeast. The wines came from an auction lot at last year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival, which sold for $80,000, and have been stored in pristine condition since their release in 1985.
The dinner will take place at Old Collier Golf Club. The food will be prepared by Executive Chef Chris Jones, who has a daunting task before him: to create dishes that will showcase the gems of the 1982 harvest, which critic Robert Parker considered to be the greatest Bordeaux vintage of modern times. The wines will be served by Lamar Cheatham, sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton.
There will be far more than Bordeaux in the course of the evening. For those of us who like to press our noses against the dining room windows of the Old Collier, here is the lineup:
Hors D’Oeuvres: A quartet of formidable Champagnes—1999 Dom Pérignon, 1996 Dom Ruinart Brut, 1998 Deutz Cuv