Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wigwam Winemaker Dinner Series

By: The Food Hunter

Last month my husband and I attended the Wigwam Resort's Winemaker Dinner, featuring wines by Silver Oak winery. The dinner was attended by local wine enthusiasts, area food lovers and representatives from the vineyard. Guests got to experience an innovative five course menu crafted by Wigwam's Executive Chef, Kristen Seltzer and gain insight on the art of pairing food and wine.

Stretching over 440 lushly landscaped acres in Litchfield Park, the Wigwam has been providing guests with superb accommodations for over 80 years. And since you will be there for the wine dinner, it only makes sense to stay the night in one of the Wigwam's handsomely crafted Adobe style, guest rooms, casitas or suites.

Silver Oak Cellars is a family-owned, California winery established in 1972 by Ray Duncan and Justin Meyer that is dedicated to producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. They also established Twomey Cellars in 1999, where they produce Pinot Noir, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The first course of the evening was a light and refreshing spaghetti tossed in olive oil and served cold topped with white anchovies and Parmigiano Reggiano. This dish was paired with a glass of 2016 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc.

Our second was a Cedar River Beef tartar served with a raw quail egg to be poured over-top. This dish was paired with the 2013 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot; an elegant easy to drink red.

Next up Chef Seltzer presented us with another delicious plate, this time consisting of white Pekin Duck, pureed cauliflower and mizuna greens complimented with a black currant and balsamic drizzle. I loved the flavors in this elegant dish and it paired wonderfully with the 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

This was followed by a Colorado Lamb chop served with oats, lentils and pomegranate. The vibrant flavors of this dish went well with the savory components of the 2012 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet.

We finished off this delicious meal with an almond blueberry torte that was spectacular.

At $99 per person the wine dinners at the Wigwam are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the vineyards and their wines, while enjoying a deliciously prepared meal. For more information about upcoming dinners contact the Wigwam at 623.935.3811

The Wigwam
300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

This experience was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own. 


  1. That looks like an awesome place to visit!

  2. What an interesting selection of dishes. Sounds like such a fun and appetizing event. Love the dished paired with each wine and the venue is lovely!

  3. This looks incredible! I absolutely love wine pairing dinners. It's such a perfect date! That food looks insanely good.

  4. This looks incredible! I absolutely love wine pairing dinners. It's such a perfect date! That food looks insanely good.

  5. the beef tartar looks absolutely amazing!!! Making my mouth water! yummmm

  6. The blueberry torte looks over the top delicious. Nice wine parings as well!

  7. Oooh, how wonderful and fancy! Love it. We're in Arizona occasionally to visit family. I'll look the Wigwam up next time. Looks like a beautiful spot.