Que Syrah, Syrah
Osteria Mattone Hosts Qupé for an elegant evening in support of the High Museum of Art
Written by Lia Picard/Photographed by Kyle Ripley, Haigwood Studio
In the very early days of spring, wine enthusiasts gathered at Roswell eatery, Osteria Mattone, to raise a glass for the arts as part of the Dine Around Series for the High Museum Wine Auction. The dinner featured Qupé, based in Santa Barbara County, California with pairings from sommelier Daniel Pernice and dishes prepared by Executive Chef Eric Sell.
Founded in 1982, Qupé was one of the original syrah-makers in California. Ethan Lindquist, son of founder Bob Lindquist, presided over the dinner, telling the group how his father was a “Rhone Ranger” in the late 1970s. At the time when people thought that Rhone varietals wouldn’t grow in California’s climate, Bob proved the region could produce world-class syrahs and served as an advocate for the varietals to restaurants and connoisseurs alike. Now, you can’t talk about California syrah without mentioning Qupé.
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The setting at Osteria Mattone was perfect for a springtime soiree. The house-turned-restaurant is charming with exposed brick and minimal décor. Three long tables, set with fresh flowers and candles in the front room, were warm and inviting as the late afternoon sun streamed though the arched windows.
Roswell may be more than 2,000 miles from Santa Barbara County, but for one night, we were transported to southern California. It was a revelry-filled evening that allowed diners to not only support the High, but to develop an appreciation for the oft-overlooked California Rhone varietals.
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