The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi will team up with California-based J Wilkes – Bien Nacido Wines on August 20 to present a seven-course food and wine pairing dinner. The event will take place in BR Prime, Beau Rivage’s award-winning steak and seafood restaurant.
Guests will have the opportunity not only to sample a carefully selected cross section of fine varietals, but also learn more about each wine directly from the winery. The event will be lead by Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines. Hagen has 21 years of experience as a vineyard manager and winemaker and was named by noted wine writer and author Michael Cervin as one of the 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the U.S.
Hagen has served more than a decade on the board of directors for both Santa Barbara County Vintners and Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance and has taught the Food and Wine Pairing Program at Allan Hancock College. He has lectured on the History of Wine and Santa Barbara Wine at Cornell University, Caltech, and many other prestigious institutions. J Wilkes Wines launched in 2001 by Jeff Wilkes with a focus on Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay. Wilkes made his last wine 2010, before his untimely passing in the same year. The label was relaunched as a tribute to Wilkes love of the Santa Maria Valley.
Hagen has expertly paired each wine to complement the tastes and textures woven throughout each course. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Beau Rivage website to view the entire menu. Tickets are $95 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 1.888.750.7111.