Royal Tokaji Wine Dinner
Fans of Hungarian Tokaji wine will have a rare opportunity on May 21. Royal Tokaji Wine Company will hold its first-ever vintner dinner in the U.S. on May 21, 2006, at the Pebble Beach Resort. The dinner will take place at the Casa Palmero Resort and will be attended by Royal Tokaji Wine Company's founding partner, Ben Howkins of the United Kingdom. The seven-course meal by Club XIX Chef de Cuisine Lisa Nakamura will be paired with six wines from Royal Tokaji but the real treat comes when each guest is served spoonful of the Royal Tokaji Essencia 1999, which sells for $500 per 500ml bottle. Beginning with the 1999 vintage, each bottle of Royal Tokaji Essencia has come with one crystal sipping spoon which bestows a neat 33 sips from the dessert wine. The wine has been described as being so different from other wines that it is like seeing a new primary color. Guests on May 21 will be given an engraved sipping spoon as a keepsake. The meal is limited to 35 guests and costs $195 per person. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling Stefanie Brand at (831) 622-8761.