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When you think of the Southwest, you might picture Tex Mex style cuisine, cowboy boots and country music.
But Antietam wants you to imagine a slightly different landscape, one with rolling hills, quaint medieval villages and acre after acre of grape-bearing vines. We’re talking about the southwest of France.
The region of Gascony is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on its west and the Pyranees mountains on its south, with Spain just beyond the mountain range. It doesn’t get as much love as powerhouse regions like Bordeaux, which lies northeast of Gascony, but this boutique locality deserves your attention. It’s home to foie gras, among other deliciousness.
To celebrate both the cuisine and the wine of France’s southwestern darling, Antietam is hosting “Tastes From the South West: A Five Course Wine Paire” on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The sips featured will all be from celebrated winemaker Alain Brumont, known for showcasing local grape varieties and producing extraordinary wines. They’ll be accompanied by plates prepared by Antietam’s own Jestin Feggan.
The menu is still being finalized, but you should expect to see upscale indulgences like oysters, Pyrenees sheep cheese and wild stone fruits. Among the possibilities on the bill of fare are Ventreche, a French style bacon that is unsmoked and salt-cured, and Moulard Duck Magret (duck breast).
Antietam also plans to serve cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole (more like a stew, really) of white beans and meat such as sausage or duck. It’s common throughout the south of France. This humble peasant dish packs a big flavor punch. And it wouldn’t be a Gascony meal without a little foie gras.
To pair with those decadently tasty dishes, Antietam will be pouring four wines from Alain Brumont: Chateau Montus Blanc 2011, Bouscasse “Les Menhirs” 2005, Chateau Montus “Cuvee Prestige” 2002, and Chateau Montus “La Tyre” 2009.
The five course feast costs $190 per person. Before you get sticker shock, think about all the oysters, foie gras and high end French wines you’ll be guzzling down with dinner. It’s well worth the price tag. Tickets are available online.