On Tuesday, March 13, chef Michael Gifford and the Marine Hardware team welcome Italian winemaker Frank Cornelissen for his first visit to the Pacific Northwest. A former mountain climber from Belgium, Cornelissen moved to Mt Etna in Sicily in 2000 and now makes some of the most compelling wines coming out of the region.
Cornelissen’s earlier vintages were linear, angular, precise, and full of minerality. He has often said that in the early days his goal was to create liquid stone. His wines have softened with time now striking an elegant balance between fruit and dynamic minerality.
“We are beyond thrilled to host this dinner,” says Sennen David, Wine Director of Ethan Stowell Restaurants. “Frank is a winemaker of great skill who has an equally great reverence for what nature provides in the vineyard. I suppose that shouldn’t come as a surprise, the guy makes wine on a freaking volcano!”
What: Natural Wine Dinner
Where: Marine Hardware
When: Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30pm
Cost: $98/person +tax, service charge
Reservations: online or (206) 257.4390
The menu for the evening is as follows:
Crispy Pork Rillette
Salumi with Parmigiano-Reggiano
2014 Munjabel Bianco
Cold Poached Mussel Salad with grapefruit, fennel, and saffron aioli
2016 Susucaru Rosé
Potato Gnocchi with lamb neck sugo and pecorino toscano
2014 Contadino Rosso
Moulard Duck Breast with roasted spring onion, maitake mushroom, and elderberry
2014 Munjabel Rosso
*Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available by prior arrangement
Dinner begins at 6:30pm and cost is $98/person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are required. Please call, 206.257.4390 or book online.