wines of chile partnering with legal sea foods
Wines of Chile and Legal Sea Foods have announced a spring promotion showcasing the unique pairing affinity of Legal Sea Foods’ dishes and Chilean wines. The “Tapestry of Terroir” program will run from May 13-June 9, 2013 in 23 of Legal Sea Foods restaurant locations along the eastern seaboard.
Sandy Block MW and VP of Beverage Operations for Legal Sea Foods noted, “Chilean wines have really arrived in the last few years, and we want people to see just how good they are with our food.” He adds, “One out of every 3 bottles of wine we sell today is red, reflecting a growing sophistication of consumers who recognize the old rules are just that…old. It goes beyond fish or meat, and a perfect pairing captures not just the protein on the plate, but also the preparation technique and sauces. Our customers are very comfortable ordering Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon to complement a meaty fish like tuna”
Each of the wines in the program has a uniqueness to them-- a specificity based on the terroir and were chosen for their ability to work well with Legal’s signature dishes. “This is the opportunity for us to tell our customers the wonderful stories about the cool climate wines from Casablanca and San Antonio, and rich but elegant reds from the central valleys and how well they complement our menu.”
The company is also putting on four special wine dinners in their home state of Massachusetts during May in which they’ll bring in experts as well as winemakers to tell the story in greater depth to interested consumers. “We also incorporate a strong in-person and online staff training component. We encourage our servers to read the guest, and if they’re interested, to engage a bit and share stories that make these wines so unique,” Block added.
Wines of Chile Executive Director Lori Tieszen added, “We’re excited about the opportunity for Legal Sea Foods guests to learn about and explore the variety, quality and regionality of some of Chile’s best wines.” Wines featured in the program will available in a range of options including Wines by the Glass, Wines by the Bottle and also in a red wine tasting flight. Featured wines include:
- Cono Sur Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca, 2012
- Vina Errazuriz “Wild Ferment” Chardonnay, Casablanca, 2011
- Emiliana “Natura” Malbec, Rapel, 2011
- Emiliana “Novas” Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo, 2009
- Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere, Peumo Vineyard, Rapel, 2010
- Lapostolle “Cuvee Alexandre” Merlot, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua, 2010
- Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto, Maipo, 2010
- Emiliana “Coyam,” Colchagua, 2009
- Santa Rita “Triple C,” Maipo, 2007