The Webster House Restaurant recently hosted its annual July 4th Sparkling Dinner. It featured 5 sparkling wines from France, America and Italy, along with a 5 course meal. Both the bubbly and the meal were outstanding. The wines were provided by Jim Vasiliadis, owner of O’Hara’s Liquors on West Boylston Street and the meal was prepared by Chef Jean Marty.
The Welcome pared a Canella Prosecco and Vermont Cheddar Cheese puffs. Both of the Proseccos, a sparkling wine from Italy which is gaining wide popularity in the states because of its sweetness, were interesting. One was a Bellini, which is a combination of Prosecco and pear nectar, and the other was mimosa flavored using Sicilian Blood oranges.
The Appetizer course paired a French Louis Bouillot with Oysters Rockefeller. The sparkling wine was dry with a backnote of sweetness. The second Appetizer course matched up a Gloria Ferrer, a Sonoma County sparkling wine, with Eggplant Napoleon. The chef’s interpretation of this dish was imaginative, with 2 layers of tiny eggplant rounds sandwiching Langostinos topped with a champagne beurre blanc sauce.
The salad was hydroponically raised baby Boston bib lettuce married with fresh strawberries, English cucumber, and goat cheese topped with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. This was served with another Prosecco ~ this time, a Bosco de Giea brut.
The Main Course was a lobster baked in phyllo dough and stuffed with haddock, scallops and crabmeat and served with my favorite Champagne ~ a Veuve Cliquot Brut. Veuve Cliquot is one of France’s major champagnes houses. The wine is usually made with 55% Pinot Noir and up to 33% Chardonnay grapes.
We reached the conclusion of our meal with locally sourced blueberry compote wrapped in pastry and topped with fresh cream accompanied by an American Classic ~ Chandon Blanc de Noir, which held a hint of pinkness and a vibrancy that worked well with the sweetness of the dessert.