Monthly Wine Dinners

Each five or six-course dinner party is usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month (and sometimes Fridays too for a Wine Dinner Weekend).

In planning the menu and wine selections, we feature a wine region or food region of the world, a specific vineyard, or a special topic.  Each month, we include a wine expert, or a winemaker, in addition to Chef Barnes who explains the food preparation and why he made his food choices in pairing the wines.

As always, the menu will also be local farm-to-table driven. Our Chef tries to accommodate your needs. Menu modifications for dietary restrictions may be made upon confirmation of your reservation.

The bar will serve cocktails prior to dinner (one round included in the dinner rate).
Doors open at 6:00 pm to socially distance co-mingle with other guests. We sit for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at private tables (prior to Covid-19, we did encourage communal seating at long tables).  

 Rooms will be discounted by 10% for Winner Dinner Weekend two-night stays.

Italian Al Fresco Garden Dinner Party

Friday, June 9 (*in barn if rain demands) 

Join us for a fun outdoor dining night. Italian wine tables hosted by Rossi Imports throughout the night.

  • Parolvini Prosecco - Extra Dry
  • Rossino Rose (Merlot & Raboso)
  • Tenimenti Spinsanti Altero Verdicchio
  • Rossino Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC
  • Rossi Barbera DOC


Live music by Mary Fagan - a true original with wide ranging influences. Backing herself solidly on guitar or piano, she moves seamlessly from jazz to folk, blues and rock. She's got a voice that was forged in the blues then dipped in velvet..

The evening will start with an extended cocktail party to include:

Aperol Spritzes
Iced Espresso Martinis

Tuscan-Inspired Anti-Pasti Station
Selection of meats, cheese, grilled vegetables, and accoutrements

Passed Italian Appetizers
  • Fresh Ricotta Aperitivo - pistachio, lemon oil, black pepper, pancetta
  • Crostini Tuscani - with charred fig
  • Grilled Baby Artichokes - ramp pesto butter
  • Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Four-Course Dinner
Course One: Squash Blossoms - stuffed with crabmeat

Course Two: Wood-Grilled Quail  -in sage with lemon, farro with balsamic vegetables

Course Three: Rabbit Ragu with Bucatini - morel mushrooms, ricotta salata

Course Four: Chocolate Pistachio Tort with crème anglaise
Served with optional Vittone Fernet



$130 pp (including wine, sales tax and gratuity - $101.50 base price). Communal seating at long tables.



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Charles Smith

HOUSE of SMITH BARBECUE WINE DINNER


Guest presenter: Derek Rush, Ruby Wines


Garden Hors D'Oeuvres off the Grill with Wine Tasting Tables
&
4-Course Garden Wine Pairing Dinner

Saturday, June 24
6:00 p.m. $130 p.p. (plus tax & gratuity)

Live Rock Music in honor of Charles Smith's legendary rock background


Menu listed below
CHARLES SMITH GARDEN BARBECUE





COCKTAIL HOUR


*Substitutions for vegetarians and other dietary concerns must be made at the time of making your reservation


Doors Open at 6:00 pm


HOT OFF THE GRILL

  • Grilled stuffed Osprey oysters with spinach, linguiça and Manchego
  • Grilled avocado and tomato, sweet corn relish on crisp polenta cake
  • Pulled "Tuscan" pork slider, garlic and herbed biscuit
  • Aji Amarillo spiced swordfish and pepper kabab



WINE TABLE #1

  • 2019 K Vintners Powerline Viognier (93-95 points)
  • 2019 Substance Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2019 SIXTO Uncovered Chardonnay (90-96 points)
  • 2019 ViNO Rose (90 points)


WINE TABLE #2

  • 2019 CasaSmith Cervo Barbera (90-91 points)
  • 2020 CasaSmith Porcospino Primitivo (90-91 points)
  • 2020 CasaSmith Cinghiale Sangiovese (90-91 points)
  • 2020 Merlot Substance



SEATED 3-COURSE DINNER

FIRST COURSE

Grilled Baby Artichokes and Halloumi - garden tomatoes, cucumber, arugula, aged balsamic vinaigrette


Wine Pairing: 2019 B. Leighton "Gratitude". 70% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 5% Syrah. 93-95 points.


SECOND COURSE

Wood-Fired Local Guinea in citrus and rosemary - field green bean and peach salad

Wine Pairing: 2019 K Vintners "The Deal" Syrah. 92-96 points.


THIRD COURSE

Slow-Roasted Brisket Asado - charred peppers and onions, smoky cheddar mac and cheese 

Wine Pairing: 2019 K Vintners "The Creator" Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah Blend. 93-95 points.)


DESSERT

Blackberry Peach Galette with Lavender Gelato






Charles Smith is the visionary winemaker behind iconic brands like K Vintners and Substance. Charles has received nearly 300 scores of 95 points and above and over 1,300 scores of 90 points and above from leading wine publications. Today, House of Smith is the largest independent and winemaker-owned winery in Washington State with wines sold in all 50 states and 23 countries worldwide.

And it all started a little over 20 years ago, with 330 cases of 1999 K Syrah sold out of the back of Charles' 1987 Astro van.

Charles Smith's unlikely rise to "rockstar winemaker" status is the stuff indie cult-classic films are made of. He became intrigued with wine while working in restaurants at the age of 19. One restaurant job appealed to Charles most: the one where the guy came in late, left early, and drank all night. Before he could fully explore the path to becoming "The Wine Guy", another passion called Charles: music. Charles spent a decade touring Europe as a rock band manager in Denmark before returning to the United States to immerse himself in the emerging music scene in Seattle, Washington. He found a way to explore his burgeoning interest in wine by opening a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, but Charles felt compelled to create the wines, not just to sell them.

A chance road trip to Walla Walla, Washington, in 1999 gave Charles that opportunity. He watched, listened, absorbed. Most importantly, he created. With almost nothing in his pockets, Charles Smith found a way to produce his first vintage...the aforementioned 330 cases of 1999 K Syrah.

With almost nothing in his pockets, Charles Smith found a way to produce his first vintage...the aforementioned 330 cases of 1999 K Syrah.

In the two+ decades since, Charles Smith has left an undeniable impact on the wine industry. Charles developed (and later sold) iconic brands like House Wine and Charles Smith Wines, the home of smash-hit wines like Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Boom Boom Syrah, and the Velvet Devil Merlot. He earned recognition as Wine & Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year (2008), Food & Wine Winemaker of the Year (2009), Wine Enthusiast Winemaker of the Year (2014), and placed #2 and #13 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 List (2017). In 2006, Charles created the cult-favorite, Royal City Syrah, and that inaugural vintage made Charles Smith one of only four Washington winemakers to earn a 100-point score. In 2015, Charles opened House of Smith Wines Jet City in Seattle Washington, the largest urban winery on the West Coast.

Each of these accomplishments reinforce the same theme: Charles Smith creates wine for the people.

Wine that is significant.

Wine that proclaims, "I am from Washington."

Wine that is intriguing from first glance at the label to last sip from the bottle.

Wine that embodies the intangible wonders of life... passion, natural beauty, tradition, goodness, rock ‘n' roll, heartache, tenderness, love, laughter, life, and thankfulness.

Ever the visionary, Charles renamed the business in 2021. House of Smith includes the brands K Vintners, Substance, ViNO CasaSmith, SIXTO, B.Leighton, and Golden West, covering nearly every noble grape variety. And while the new name marks a new chapter in an already storied history, more importantly, House of Smith looks to the future. Charles' daughter Charlotte wants to follow in her father's footsteps and be a winemaker one day.

It would have been impossible to predict Charles Smith's meteoric rise to wine legend in such a short time. Likewise, it is impossible to foresee what the future holds in the next two decades and beyond.

Whatever the future holds, you'll want to be a part of it.

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blueberries

BLUES & BLUEBERRIES WEEKEND
- Part 1 -
FRIDAY AFTERNOON (July 28)

4:00 pm. Complimentary appetizers poolside for overnight guests. Cash bar for cocktails by the pool. Music on speakers. Join us for dinner in The Grazing Room!

BLUES & BLUEBERRIES WEEKEND
- Part 2 -
SATURDAY MORNING (July 29)




We welcome both overnight inn guests and locals for breakfast! Expect blueberry breakfast treats to kick off this weekend. Then, we'll shuttle you to Grounding Stone Blueberry Farm (or, join our innkeeper in a bicycle-led adventure to the farm via the picturesque Curry & Ives Scenic Byway) at 11:30 am for picking your own organic blueberries (2 free pints per room) and a picnic lunch at this spectacular property ($25 pp for lunch).

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Menu blues

BLUES & BLUEBERRIES WEEKEND
- Part 3 -
SATURDAY EVENING (July 29)



WINE DINNER in BARN

Live Blues by Brady Myrick & Eric Lindberg

$130 per person
($167.05 with sales tax and gratuity)



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BLUES & BLUEBERRIES WEEKEND
- Part 4 - SUNDAY - July 30


ANNUAL NEW ENGLANDER
LOBSTER BAKE

Seatings 4:00-6:30 pm in Barn

Live Blues by Chase Campbell Band

$100 per person ($128.50 with sales tax and gratuity) including a drink flight. Tenderloin available for anyone with seafood allergies (must order at RSVP).

BEVERAGE CHOICE (one included - more for purchase)
Moat Beer Flight
Rose Flight
All Red Flight
Flight of Rose, Orange, Sauvignon Blanc


STARTER COURSE


Selection of house made biscuits, rolls, corn bread and Anadama bread with Herbed Goat Butter, Maple Butter

Choice of:
Cape Cod Clam Chowder
Smokey Tomato Bisque
Or
Summer Garden Salad

ON THE BUFFET
Steamed Lobster
(One Ticket per Person)
Fried Chicken
Steamed Clams and Mussels
Chef Bruce's Sweet boiled Corn
Salt Potatoes
Green Bean and Charred Corn Salad
Classic Mac and Cheese
Roast summer beet salad
Quinoa with feta, olives, and charred tomatoes

BLUEBERRY DESSERT BUFFET
Chef's selection of summery blueberry-inspired desserts featuring organic blueberries from Contoocook's Grounding Stone Farm
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Sparkling Wine Dinner

CHEF'S NEW YEAR'S EVE
SPARKLING WINE DINNER

Favorite Champagnes and
Top-Pick Wine Pairings

6-Course Food & Wine Presentation
Join us to ring in 2024!

*the menu presented is from 12/31/2022. Updated version to be posted by 10/2023


Sunday, December 31.  7:00 - 10:30 pm $150 pp




We welcome you to remain with us until after midnight to ring in 2023. Additional pours of champagne and late-night snacks will be provided as well as board games and cards.

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