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 Summer Wine Dinner on the Deck

When: Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Nashua, 2 Somerset Pkwy., Nashua
Cost is $79 per person. Call WineNot Boutique (204-5569) or Crowne Plaza (886-1200) for reservations.




From Napa to Nashua
WineNot Boutique hosts dinner with guest winemaker

07/30/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 When sommelier Svetlana Yanushkevich plans a dinner, she always starts with the wine selection.

“Very often you need to start with selecting wine and go from wine to food instead of food to wine,” Yanushkevich, the owner of WineNot Boutique and The Wine Steward, said in a phone interview. “You can adjust food, but you can’t adjust wine.”
WineNot Boutique presents Summer Wine Dinner on the Deck at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua on Thursday, July 30. It’s the third in a series of dinners that began earlier this year.
Yanushkevich held the first wine dinner after a Crowne Plaza manager suggested partnering their location and executive chef with Yanushkevich’s wine knowledge.
“One of our biggest specialties is educational wine events, food and wine pairing events,” she said. “So we decided to try it out.”
The summer evening dinner will feature five courses from Executive Chef Todd Lytle, including raspberry brie phyllo with baby arugula and citrus peach gastrique and smoked cracked pepper tenderloin with fig balsamic jam and rosemary scented crostini, all designed to complement wines from Art + Farm Wine in Napa, Calif. 
Yanushkevich worked with Lytle, describing the flavors and characteristics of each wine to help inspire his menu, which will consist of small servings to prevent guests from being overwhelmed by the multiple courses.
“Compared to many food and wine dinners we try to make smaller portions of food, because when you have a five-course dinner it’s sometimes too much,” she said. 
She wants to ensure that guests can get the full experience of enjoying a meal while focusing on the handpicked wine pairing.
At this all-inclusive dining, sipping and learning event, throughout the evening guests will hear from Lytle, Yanushkevich and winemaker Rob McDonald about each of their areas of expertise.
“He [McDonald] will be speaking about his winemaking philosophy and wines and I will explain how as a sommelier, why I choose this wine to go with [this]  food,” she said.  
Wines featured at the dinner include The Girls in the Vineyard White Field Blend, The Messenger Red Wine Number One and The Messenger Red Wine Number Two.
Yanushkevich hosted McDonald at her shop previously and is excited to hear him share his stories and winemaking philosophy with the Nashua community.
“We did an event at one of my shops and he has amazing stories to tell,” she said. 
What she really appreciates about his wine is the fact that it stands out from the typical wines found in Napa.
“A lot of winemakers from Napa produce a very narrow type of wine,” she said. “He has a lot of unique grapes, different blending … very unique.” 
 
As seen in the July 30th 2015 issue of the Hippo. 
 





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