Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Embassies will celebrate the Fourth with taste of R.I.
01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, July 1, 2009
By Gail Ciampa
Journal Food Editor

They’ll be raising glasses of Rhode Island wine at the U.S. Embassies in the Ukraine and on Barbados for their July 4th festivities.
Every year, U.S. embassies around the world celebrate the Fourth with All-American cookouts and parties with local leaders in government, business, civil society and culture. This year Newport Vineyards of Middletown has supplied the wines for two celebrations, said John Nunes, vintner and co-owner of the winery with his brother Paul, vineyard manager.
At the embassy in Kiev, the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and Rochambeau Red will be served to some 1,600 guests who will dine on grilled salmon on cedar planks with an orange and avocado salsa. Barbecue beef and pork will also be served with rice salad. For dessert, guests will dive into red, white and blue parfaits with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.
Nunes said Embassy officials liked the historical name of the Rochambeau Red, a blend named after the French general who landed in Newport with 2,000 troops during the Revolutionary War.
In Barbados, a colonial- themed event is to be held at Las Cibeles, the Ambassador’s residence in St. James. Pinot Gris, Riesling, Great White and Merlot from Newport Vineyards will be served with barbecue and New England seafood. No word on the number of guests from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

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