World class wines from France. Fresh oysters from Duxbury. Black bass caught off the coast of Nantucket. Superb salmon flown straight from Scotland. Fine cuts of lamb from Colorado. Black truffles ordered from Paris. All prepared and served by highly regarded chefs and sommeliers in an elegant Nantucket home on a lovely summer evening.
These were just some of the attractions for a “Great Wines in A Grand House” dinner held last summer as a premiere 2011 Nantucket Wine Festival event. The evening was a star-studded extravaganza created by well-known chef, Robert Sisca of Boston’s award-winning Bistro du Midi, several French winemakers, and a Nantucket couple who shared their historic home with 18 lucky guests.
Working with three wine experts, Juliette Bécot of Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, Comte Eric d’Aramon of Château Figeac, and Michel Perrot, of Château Trotte Vieille, who were carefully selected by wine festival impresario, Denis Toner, Sisca spent six months envisioning the menu, artfully pairing wine and food to create an exquisite dinner. Sisca, who is known for contemporary Provencal cuisine created with fine food that is simply—yet creatively—prepared, met with the winemakers at Bistro du Midi.