WHAT: Charles Smith, owner and winemaker of Charles Smith Wines, will lead this unique dinner featuring extensive selections from Charles Smith Wines and K Vintners paired with a five-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Mark Mendez on Thursday, April 22.
For Charles Smith, first there was K Vintners, then Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings Chicagoans his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project focuses on the way people want to drink wine today. Charles Smith, with his big hair, vibrant attitude and bold packaging delivers an enthusiastic approach to wine: “It’s just booze—drink it!”
Smith arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following eleven years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally hailing from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. Charles Smith Wines: ‘Modernist Project’ wines are about creating wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.
Chef Mendez’s exciting paired menu includes Langoustino and lemon basil butter with K Vintners Viognier; Becker Lane spare ribs with corn bread and local honey with Charles Smith Wines “Velvet Devil” Merlot; and Red wine braised duck with Spanish olives and polenta with K Syrah “Milbrandt.” Complete menu with wine pairings is below.
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 7:00 PM
COST: $65 per person, all inclusive
702 West Fulton Market
Chicago IL 60661
CARNIVALE CHARLES SMITH WINE DINNER MENU
Blue cheese, carmelized onion, crostini
Hiramasa ceviche, avocado, aji amarillo
Pork belly, mango glaze
Wine: Charles Smith Wines “Kung Fu Girl” Riesling
Langoustino, lemon basil butter
Wine: K Vintners Viognier
Columbia River Salmon, morel mushrooms, red wine butter
Wine: K Vintners “The Boy” Grenache
Becker Lane spare ribs, corn bread, local honey
Wine: Charles Smith Wines “Velvet Devil” Merlot
Red wine braised duck, Spanish olives, polenta
Wine: K Syrah “Milbrandt”
Hook’s aged cheddar cheese, chocolate brioche
Wine: K “Motor City Kitty” Syrah