Sonoma County Boutique Winery Starlite Vineyards to be Featured at James Beard House Norouz Dinner

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DC All-Star Chef Maziar Farivar will pair wines from Starlite Vineyards with traditional Persian foods at a James Beard House dinner in honor of Norouz, the Iranian new year holiday.

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Starlite Vinayards to be feaured at James Beard House Norouz Dinner

We are thrilled to have our wines featured at the James Beard House Dinner

Guests at the Norouz dinner at the James Beard House will toast the Persian New Year with wines from Sonoma boutique winery Starlite Vineyards. Chef Maziar Farivar and his business partner Shahab Farivar of the Peacock Café in Washington, DC will serve up a feast of traditional Iranian dishes to celebrate Norouz on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 PM.

The Persian New Year, a celebration of the spring equinox, is a 13-day holiday called Norouz. Iranian people celebrate by exchanging gifts and feasting on traditional foods. Maziar and Shahab will honor the 2500-year-old holiday with delectable dishes including Nazkhatun (roasted eggplant with pomegranate), Sabzi Polo Mahi (pistachio-crusted rockfish with herbed rice) and, for dessert, Shirini-e Norouz, Bastani-e Golab, Yakh dar Behesht (Norouz sweets, rose water ice cream and cardamom custard).

Starlite Vineyards, a boutique winery and estate located in Sonoma County’s famed Alexander Valley, creates elegant yet delicate wines with the most impressionable flavors and bouquets. Proprietor Arman Pahlavan, who has been friends with Maziar since they were both maître d’s at Stars Restaurant in the 1980s, selected two varietals of Starlite Vineyards’ wines to be featured with the Norouz feast. “We are thrilled to have our wines featured at the James Beard House Dinner,” said Arman Pahlavan, proprietor of Starlite Vineyards. “Wine is a long standing Iranian tradition and to be paired with Maziar Farivar’s cuisine at the James Beard House is an honor for us. Maziar is one of the finest chefs I know and he is an artful mastery of matching American culinary arts with a Persian touch to create spectacular creations.”

Starlite Vineyards’ 2010 Viognier will be paired with the Nargesi-e Esfenaj (spinach and quail egg narcissus flower). The Viognier is "Condrieu" in style and exudes scents of orange blossom and honeysuckle along with layers of apricot, peaches and nectarine. The wine is deliciously ripe and fruitful, yet surprisingly dry and full-bodied with a luscious mouth-feel. The finish is moderately long, refreshing and crisp with a burst of acidity.

Starlite Vineyards’ 2007 Zinfandel will be paired with Dolmeh-Yeh Gojeh va Bademjan (saffron-scented and beef-stuffed tomato with lamb-stuffed eggplant). The Zinfandel is "claret" in style and marks all the characteristics of the greatest mouth-watering varietals with soft tannins, rich fruit and ruby color. The wine is elegant with expressive aromas and layers upon layers of luscious berries and black cherries. On the palate, the fruit is integrated with soft tannins to create a smooth and silky texture. The wine has a long and magical finish with hints of gentle spice.

The James Beard Foundation celebrates the culinary arts. Dinners are held frequently at the Beard House, located at 167 West 12th St in Manhattan. The Norouz dinner is $130 for members and $170 for the general public. To reserve a spot, call (212) 627-2308.

For more information about Starlite Vineyards, please call (650) 464-7154 or visit Stop by Starlite Vineyards’ Tasting Room in Sonoma County, located at 5511 Highway 128 Geyserville, CA 95441 to try the vineyard’s great wines and enjoy the beautiful picnic space.

About Starlite Vineyards
Starlite Vineyards is a winery and vineyard estate located in Sonoma County’s famed Alexander Valley. The wines are European style and have the following of the sommeliers at top establishments throughout the United States who have hailed the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Viognier as the most expressive of the varietals. It obtained a remarkable 92 Point for its 2006 Zinfandel from Wine Enthusiast. With the inauguration of its public tasting room, Starlite Vineyards has become a top destination for wine enthusiasts, has now been placed on every Sonoma winery map, and offers an ideal setting for wine tasting, Sonoma County wine tours, and weekend getaways. The Tasting Room is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Mondays of major holidays.

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