A new way to experience, learn and enjoy Georgia wine, craft beer & local agriculture. Every month, our team creates a unique pairing menu or series of tastings prepared with fresh local ingredients, artfully presented to showcase featured wines or brews. We offer monthly wine dinners and quarterly beer dinners, as well as other specialty pairing events. Eat, Drink, Enjoy, Taste Local and Take Some Home!
A wine dinner is in essence a multi-course dinner served with several different wines. The Georgia Winemaker Dinner Series is a wonderful symphony of wine, food, timing, pairing, education, and impeccable service. We feature a different Georgia winery each month and present five of their wines, with five carefully created pairings. Combine that with representatives of the winery, usually the winemaker, to talk about the wines, our Culinary Pathfinder, Robert Rotunno to present and talk about the pairings, and the service and expertise of Sylvan Valley Lodge's staff, and you have the Georgia Winemaker Dinner Series, now in its 5th year.
After an active day in the mountains, nothing goes down smoother than a hearty meal and some ice cold beer. That's why we serve up a quarterly 5-course beer dinner, featuring some of the finest craft breweries around. Our Culinary team dishes out the freshest local ingredients for pairings with each of five specialty brews. So relax in our rustic, comfortable environment and enjoy exploring the world of beer from the perspective of your palate.
The Wine: Our goal is to showcase wines and beers, wine growers, wine makers and craft brewers. To that end, we start with the wines or beers and build the menu around them. Having the winemaker or brewmaster, or their representative at the dinner to talk about the wines gives a unique perspective and an intimate glimpse into the process from vine to bottle.
The Food: We pair flavors. We start with the wine or beer, in the glass where we can see it, swirl it, smell it, sip it, but never spit it. Then we add flavors, tasting, combining, savoring and creating. Once we know what flavors not only go with the wine or beer, but change the overall experience, only then do we come up with the actual "dish" for the menu.
Edutainment: Georgia Wine Trailblazer, John Boyes, Wine Adventure Guide and Craft Beer Aficionado, Ted Videki, and Culinary Pathfinder, Robert Rotunno will take your tastebuds on a wild journey as you explore and discover what this amazing area has to offer the world of wine and beer.
The Service: We believe there is a distinction between customer service and guest hospitality and that impeccable service is derived from the perfect combination of both. Service is the technical percision of how product is delivered, while hospitality is the artful grace with which it is done. Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience and we absolutely love what we do.
All four elements were happening in equal measure - the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.
- Chef, Auther and Restraunter Charlie Trotter