On Thursday, October 10, Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina will host a winemaker’s dinner at Showfish, featuring a five-course meal complemented by wine pairings from Alsatian winemaker Paul Blanck. Tickets are $102.90 and include tax and gratuity. In the kitchen, executive chef Jeremy Blutstein will be charming his guests with inventive, seasonal cuisine.
The menu includes a local tuna belly with Korean gochujang, house-fermented pineapple vinegar, and duck skin chicharrones, served with the 2018 Classique Pinot Blanc; a black seabass crudo with local apple vinegar, celery root from Marilee Foster’s Sagaponack farm, candied walnuts, grapes, and a saffron aioli, also served with the 2018 Classique Pinot Blanc; a Maine sea urchin with a Balsam Farms corn chawanmushi—a type of savory Japanese custard—served with a house togaraschi spice, hearts-of-palm, and shiso from Goodwater Farm, served with a 2016 Les Crus Rosenbourg Riesling; a local squid ink risotto, served with a beet-cured sea scallop, Amagansett fennel pollen, and house-made bonito flakes, served with a 2015 Les Grand Crus Schlossberg Riesling; and duck fat-poached tilefish with massaman curried Foster Farm potatoes and an Amber Waves Farm cilantro chutney, served with a 2016 Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes.
For dessert, chef Blutstein will marry the flavors of the pairing with his dish, serving a Pinot Gris-poached Halsey farm apple with fermented green almond honey and a Quail Hill Farms rye berry crumble, alongside the 2016 Les Crus Patergarten Pinot Gris.
The Paul Blanck estate, located in Kientzheim, France, was established in the 17th century. Vines are farmed without the use of chemicals and offer up mineral, vibrant expressions of Alsatian fruit. The pairing, which will begin with the entry-level line of “Classique” wines, will also include the single-vineyards of Patergarten and Rosenbourg, as well as the Grand Cru Schlossberg, some of the most sought after wines in Alsace, and, in fact, the world. Tickets to this world-class event can be purchased at online here.