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Stirring The Pot @ Wine With Me

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Wine With Me, located on Norman Manley Boulevard, was our final Stirring The Pot stop Sunday and, as difficult as it was to leave The Cliff, quite frankly, turning down an opportunity to spend time with the inimitable Cecile Levee is unheard of, and rightly so! Who else would have the style acumen to transform a blank slate into a wine haven that would be a perfect fit in Monaco or along the Skeleton Coast of Kunene, Namibia?

There's no room for frou frou! Make no mistake: Levee is the spotlight, and her staff, wines and gastronomical delights the supporting cast. Every detail is carefully curated from the Purple Lemonade — an homage to Prince — freshly squeezed lime juice, Blue Curaçao and cherry syrup to her extensive wine selection. Our recommendation is to accept her suggestions, take a walk on her wild side and leave the pretensions for Kingston. The Seeker, Chardonnay, Pasqua, Pinot Grigio and 6th Sense, Syrah — each with its own distinct notes of apples and vanilla, citrus and floral, and smoke and black pepper — were perfect complements to the combination platter of Chef Sherika Dehaney: stewed prawns in a Wine With Me garlic tomato concasse, French brie topped with cranberries and shaved almonds; burrata with home-made pesto, roasted sweet and salty pork belly with an apple compote and grilled lamb chops marinated in red wine, rosemary and thyme pepper pork loin. Plus, Wine With Me signature Scotch bonnet honey and Scotch bonnet oil for drizzling. Rest assured that discreet enquiries were made re: transporting two back to Kingston for a midnight snack!

Dessert — warm bread pudding muffin topped with caramelised apples, salted caramel sauce and crème fraîche — was as memorable as the platter, bringing our dining experience to a spectacular close, and the words 'warm, fluffy deliciousness' uppermost in our minds...

The more about Wine With Me is Levee's latest innovation — wine by the glass on the beach and her Light Wine candles.

 

Worthy of several visits, indeed our next will warrant a layover in Negril. We eagerly await your feedback.

 

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