Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar presents the Ravenswood Winemaker Dinner hosted by Joel Peterson beginning at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 29. Peterson, known as the “Godfather of Zin,” is the co-founder of Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma County, California.
Roppongi executive chef Alfie Szeprethy will offer a four-course wine-pairing dinner priced at $80 per person. The first course will feature a garlic grilled shrimp salad made with frisée, shaved fennel and orange supremes in curry vinaigrette, paired with Ravenswood Sangiacomo Chardonnay. Guests will then enjoy a surf-and-turf course, with braised ox tail, diver scallops, harissa hollandaise, pickled beets and a micro green salad, paired with a glass of Ravenswood Besieged Red Blend.
The third course will offer a black pepper-crusted filet, with coriander polenta and heirloom tomato ragu with Thai basil vinaigrette, paired with a Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel. The meal will conclude with milk chocolate mousse with blackberries, candied pistachios and lemon-nutmeg whipped cream served with a glass of Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel.
Peterson has become an icon among Northern California winemakers both for his success and love-life personality. The microbiologist started out as a small-time winemaker and co-founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976 with no vineyards to his name, and has since turned it into a multi-million dollar operation. He currently serves as vice president of Constellation Brands — the world’s largest wine producer — and head winemaker at Ravenswood.