Wine, food, fundraiser for The Lost Colony…what could be better? 

The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor drama in the United States and they just wrapped up its 81st year—a difficult year with ten days straight of rain at one point.

But the year wasn’t all that bad and looking forward to next year, there are some things to be excited about—some new stage props and perhaps most significantly sometime during next summer performance number 5000 will take place.

It all takes money and The Lost Colony, working with Virginia Dare Winery and some amazing chefs has come up with a fantastic way to raise some of the funds necessary.

The second annual Vintner Dinner held in downtown Manteo was amazing.

Virginia Dare Winery is part of the Francis Ford Coppola family of wines. At one time Virginia Dare Winery, founded in the 19th century in North Carolina, was the nation’s largest producer of wine. 

That was some time ago, but Coppola, aware of a good story and knowing of the wine and its labels, has resurrected the name, creating some very good California wines.

Those wines were paired with an extraordinary dinner organized by Chef Sam McCann of Bluepoint in Duck with two of Durham’s finest chef’s, Phil Bey of Saint James Seafood and Josh DeCarolis of Mother & Sons.

It would be hard to imagine a better evening of food, wine and company. 

Sam McCann’s sweet potato biscuit with country ham had just a touch of apple butter on it that balanced the saltiness of the ham. Phil Bey’s vanilla pan cotta dessert was an amazing union of flavors, with a muscadine soup drizzled over it, pickled muscadine grapes and pistachios. And then there was Josh DeCarolis’ pork ragu rustica, which took pasta to a whole new level of flavors.

The wine’s paired perfectly with each dish. A real treat was 2016 Russian River 1587 Chardonnay. Not even released yet, this may have been the first tasting of the wine and it was a perfect example of what that classic wine grape can be.

A great night and a great cause. And the next season will be on us before we know it.