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Heritage pork, Tablas Creek wines, this is no ordinary wine dinner

April 14, 2014|By S. Irene Virbila
  • The bar area at Waterloo & City is packed for happy hour. But this Wednesday chef Brendan Collins is cooking a 6-course dinner featuring a Gloucester Old Spot pig and the wines of Tablas Creek Vineyard.
The bar area at Waterloo & City is packed for happy hour. But this Wednesday… (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles…)

Wine dinners come and go. Some are fabulous. Some are lame. But here’s one that seems destined for the fabulous category, a collaboration between the Culver City gastropub Waterloo & City and the French-accented Central Coast winery Tablas Creek Vineyard this Wednesday.

Just look at the menu, which involves a Gloucester Old Spot pig raised on the Tablas Creek estate near Templeton. For those who don’t follow pigs obsessively, Old Spot is a much-coveted heritage breed. And big -- sows can weigh up to 500 pounds, the boars a good 100 pounds more.

The dinner cooked by chef Brendan Collins will be six courses, each with a wine pairing, and in theory at least, it all sounds pretty great. Course one is a Gloucester Spot pork country pâté with grilled peaches and mint paired with Tablas Creek Côte de Tablas Blanc. That’s followed by spring lamb belly "pho" with calamari, ink noodles and Thai basil paired with a Grenache Blanc. More lamb belly in the third course, as in lamb belly BLT with heirloom tomatoes and black garlic aioli matched with the estate’s Dianthus Rosé.

Moving to more substantial courses, the menu touts smoked Gloucester Spot pork shoulder with fennel slaw paired with Tablas Creek’s Patelin de Tablas Rouge. Then comes a trio of lamb chops, braised lamb phyllo and lamb serrano sausage to enjoy with Esprit de Tablas Rouge.

The porky feast finishes with a Meyer lemon semifreddo with caramelized apricots and apricot sorbet with a glass of Petit Manseng.

To book your reservation for the dinner, which costs $145 per person, not including tax or tip, call (310) 391-4222.

Waterloo and City, 12517 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 391-4222.

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