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MAR 14, 2015

Privy and Chase ring in Year of the Sheep with a Perfect Pairs Wine Dinner in Los Angeles

By Privy Editor


In Fall 2014, The Privy Groupe, together with event partner Chase, launched Perfect Pairs, a series of bespoke culinary experiences that brought together the diverse flavors of Chinese cuisine, and expertly-crafted and premium quality wines.

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The idea behind Perfect Pairs was to challenge the prevalent notion that fine wine and savory Chinese food are not meant to be matched at the dinner table. However, judging from the success of the first three Perfect Pair affairs, it is safe to say that the pairing of fine wine and Chinese food is a delightful treat and a culinary revelation.

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And on Saturday, February 28, Privy members and Chase private clients, came together for a fourth Perfect Pairs Wine Dinner held at the New Port Seafood Restaurant in Beverly Hills to ring in the Chinese New Year.

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Building on the unique concept behind Perfect Pairs — a marriage between savory Chinese food and fine wine — the event featured six courses of luscious culinary creations paired with some of the most exquisite white and red wines from California, France, and Virginia. The Newport Seafood Executive Chef Henry Hua (Le Cordon Bleu, Pasadena, CA) and Master Sommelier Mary Thompson (Court of Master Sommeliers, Matires d’Hotel for the International Pinot Noir Conference, Certified Sake Adviser under the Sake Service Institute of Japan).

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1st Course
The first course was an appetizer dish of Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls (with sweet and sauce) and Pork & Napa Cabbage Dumplings (with house soy dipping sauce). The dish was paired with Louis Sipp Cremant d’Alsace from Ribeauville, France. The sweet white wine was a perfect complement for the savory and sour notes of the spring rolls and dumplings. The fragrant wine was attractively perfumed and crisply fresh. It is full of ripe apples, layered with intense acidity, and balanced with a warmer peach flavor.

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Photo by Eddie Lin

2nd Course
Then came the salad. The second course was Crispy Soft Shell Crab served with Citrus Salad, paired with Grenadier Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie from Loire Valley, France. The refreshing flavors of pomelo, oranges, red grapefruit and mint in the Citrus Salad was a delicious harmony when paired with the fruity notes of green apple and lime zest in the Grenaudiere Muscadet. On the wine, the mouth was clean, crisp, and refreshing, with a bit more juice and body. It finished with a sensation of citrus zest and a sea salt kiss.

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Photo by Eddie Lin

3nd Course
The third course served was Steamed Black Cod with Black Bean Sauce and Mustard Greens. It was paired with Barboursville Vineyards’ Viognier Reserve from Barboursville, Virginia. The wine has a warm climate sultriness about it, and a middle palate that sustains its floral opulence. It has a full body and adaptability that makes it a perfect pair for game, as well as fish, shellfish, poultry, and Asian Cuisine.

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Photo by Eddie Lin

4th Course
Braised Duck and Tofu with House-made Pickled Vegetables was the fourth course for the night. It was paired with Bonnerland Pinot Noir from Monterey County, California. The Pinot Noir’s spice and red fruit elements, together with its weight, chewy texture, and balanced flavor, makes it a perfect pair for the succulent duck and tofu delicacy.


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5th Course
No special occasion is complete without the Newport House Special Lobster served with Longevity Yi Mein. As the fifth course, the Newport House Special Lobster was paired with Chateau Moulin Blanchon 2010 Haut Medoc Reserve from Bordeaux, France. A hearty, wholesome, and filling meal, the savory lobster was perfect with the Haut Medoc Reserve — an equally powerful and poised blend of warm cedar wood notes, poached plums, colored pepper, and underbrush. It has hints of Valhrona chocolate-covered cherries and sweet tobacco on the palate.

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Photo by Eddie Lin

6th Course
Rounding out the dinner was a dessert course of Sweet Rice Balls with Peanut and Sesame served in a Sweet Ginger Soup. It was paired with Chateau Doisy-Deane Barsac 05 from Bordeaux, France, a white wine with a cornucopia of fruit notes —pineapple, orange, passionfruit, and nectarine. Its medium weight and lovely balance was practically a smooth companion for the sweet rice balls and ginger soup. It goes down light and is eternally drinkable, and goes well with a filing bite of rice ball.

New Port Seafood Restaurant has a huge following among the Chinese cuisine connoisseurs in Los Angeles, particularly in San Gabriel Valley. The restaurant is known for their cuisine, which brings together many Southeast Asian flavors, including Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai elements.

The restaurant was decked out in lavish red decor for the occasion. Chinese New Year-themed decorations adorned the windows, doorways, and tables — bringing to life the 1930s Shanghai City motif of the event.

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Privy brought together LA’s elite ‘fooderatti’ and social media personalities together to welcome the Chinese New Year. Prominent attendees included Amy Duan of Chihuo.org, Benny Luo of NextShark.com and TheOtherAsians.com, Christopher Chen of Lucky Peach, LA Weekly and KCET food writer Clarissa Wei, Los Angeles Magazine food writer Eddie Lin, Estarla.com food blogger Esther Tseng, WacowLA food writer Kenny Lin, and LAist food writer Kristie Hang

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style and travel blogger Eugenia Grey (@feralcreature), fashion blogger Ellen Lora (@ellenvlora), and Instagram blogger Heidi Nazarudin (@theambitionista).

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Other media personalities and community figures present on Saturday night were Hollywood stars Byron Mann (Street Fighter, Catwoman, Man With Iron Fists, Arrow), Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face, Sweet Home Alabama, Daddy Day Care), Chin Han (2012, The Dark Knight, Contagion, Marco Polo) and Russel Wong (Joy Luck Club, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Romeo Must Die); Hollywood producer Teddy Zee (Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, Saving Face); theater actress Dina Morishita (Les Miserablés, Miss Saigon), theater actor Welly Yang (Miss Saigon, Aladdin); Amazing Race 2015 contestant and fashion blogger Jenny Wu; Nylon Pink band vocalist Kaila Yu; Skylink TV SVP Patrick Cheng; and Fox 11 broadcast journalist Susan Hirasuna.

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The classy evening featured a special live performance by New York Jazz Artist Christopher Yahng and his quartet. Christopher creates his signature sound by creating a smooth and soothing blend of American jazz, 60’s and 70’s hits, and classic songs, laced with equally riveting Chinese lyrics. He is currently based in New York, but travels back and forth to Taipei to record his pop album.

Classy and elegant, the Chinese New Year Wine Dinner demonstrated how fine wine is a fitting match for the opulence and richness of Chinese cuisine. No matter how different the two may be from each other, their contrasting flavors combine to make a delectable harmony of culinary textures and flavors. By the end of the night, the revelers have become believers of this Perfect Pair.

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