Wine dinner at Cafe Margaux, Easter cake, lots of music

Niner scores a “10”

If you are fortunate enough to have visited the Niner Wine Estates in California’s Paso Robles wine region, you probably penciled in some time for the “Niner Experience” at the on-site restaurant, listed among the Top 15 restaurants in the country for three years in a row by “Food & Wine” magazine and as one of the Top 10 Best Winery Restaurants in America by USA Today.

Niner Wine Estates’ obsession with excellence is apparent in the restaurant, not to mention its wines, available only at country clubs, upscale restaurants and boutique bottle shops across the country. 

The wines of Niner are visiting Brevard for a wine dinner at another-award winning restaurant, Café Margaux in Cocoa Village. The dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2. It delivers with a six-course menu that features Norland potato, broccolini and edam soup with peppered pancetta and crispy ramps; a Napa cabbage salad with fried wontons and toasted Marconas and a clementine and ginger citrus vinaigrette; duck rillettes in puff pastry with grilled pinot noi-mariated carrots and a Dijon brandy sauce; a cheese course of Finca Pascualete Retorta from Caceres in Spain; and, for dessert, Amaretto mascarpone gateau, with raspberry mousse and ganache with a Chambord dark cholate sauce.