Local restaurateurs, sommeliers and wine enthusiasts descend on the Occidental Grill for global trip of international wineries.
By Carolina Cornejo
The 2012 Moet Hennessy Winemaker Tour was tasty. Very tasty. And global. And certainly a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon. Some of Moet Hennessy‘s top winemakers whet the whistle of a selection of the city’s top foodies recently with international wines from New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay Te Koko, France’s Chateau de Sancerre’s Cuvee du Connetable, Napa Valley’s Chandon Etoile Brut, and Spain’s Numanthia Termanthia, among others.
Guests tasted, took notes and mingled with Washington notables, such as ABC 7′s Cynne Simpson and Jummy Olabanji; The Park at Fourteenth’s Marc Barnes; 94.7‘s Tommy McFly; Katherine Kennedy; Marvin’s Sheldon Scott; Cities’ Seyhan Duru; Mie N Yu‘s Mike Cherner; Washington Life’s Michael M. Clements, The Occidental Sommelier Michael Williams and GM Dusan Bogomirovic; W Hotel‘s Wil Lee; and Againn Gastropub‘s Jaime Lang, to name a few. Moet Hennessy pulled restaurateurs and hospitality gurus from Washington to Delaware and Maryland to Virginia, presenting their guests with a variety of wines, cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and interactive private wine seminars.