|Ninth 2017 Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Event
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO VINTUS
Wine Importer Dinner with Anthony Hendrie,
Midwest Manager, Vintus
THURSDAY, September 21, 7:00 pm/b>
|at Terry B's, 7954 Ann Arbor St, Dexter|
In 2004, Michael Quinttus, a senior executive with the venerable New York wine importer, Kobrand, left the company to form his own enterprise VINTUS with the goal of assembling a diverse, international portfolio of winegrowers and winemakers offering ‘wines of place’: wines expressive of their terroirs. He’s succeeded admirably as will be illustrated to attendees by the range of wines I’ve selected for this dinner, wines of seven distinct places of origin, winemakers, and styles.
Presenting his company and wines will be Australian native Anthony Hendrie, who, after earning a Bachelor of Wine Marketing degree at Adelaide University in 2003, became Trade Relations Manager for Wine Australia for five years, thereafter climbing the corporate ladder through three wineries and wine importers of increasing significance before joining VINTUS a little over a year ago. We spent some time together over a range of his wines earlier last month, and I was impressed by his knowledge and presentation.
I’m pleased to have had enough lead time to show both menu and wine list in our bi-monthly newsletter. Mid August, the VINTUS distributor quickly got samples of my selections to Terry B’s Executive Chef Adam and staff, and they went right to work on the menu. Some of the course elements below ( ‘apple’, ‘cranberry’, ‘pistachio’) have the flavor profiles Chef Adam envisions pairing the wines best with the final execution evolving.
THE MENU AND WINES
Michigan Shrimp, Black Bean Salsa, Apple
Berkshire Heritage Pork Belly, Grilled Peach Jam,
Duck Breast, Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, Cranberry, Pistachio
Leg of Lamb, Root Vegetable Gratin, Plum
Doughnuts and Ice Cream, Port Glaze
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