Ernest Hemingway said it best when he claimed, “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection…”. We sat down with our Restaurant Manager, Matthew Sayer, and received his top 3 list of this summer’s best wines and what they pair especially well with here at the Willcox Restaurant!


1. Barton & Guestier Rose – Provence, France- Light, fruity and sweet, this is a classic Rosé. Bright strawberry fruits are softly linked with a crisp texture and acidity to finish. I would pair this with our spring salad- arugula, blueberries, peppercorn feta, red onion, salted pretzel & balsamic dressing. This will match well because the acidity of the wine will cut through the fatty texture of the peppercorn feta.

2. Villa Maria Private Bin Chardonnay – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – A medium-bodied Chardonnay with a focus on fruit. Honeydew and citrus flavors take the lead, then finish crisp and clean. This will pair well with the Smoked Cornish Hen. Here’s a fun fact: most chardonnays are aged in oak barrels. The Villa Maria is aged in stainless steel vats so it is very crisp and clean. Coupling this wine with the smoked hen is a play on not being aged in oak barrels, the smokey flavors that linger on your palate really mellows out the chardonnay giving a creamy feel to the wine.

3. Jean-Louis Sparkling Brut – France – This is a sophisticated wine that’s ripe and full bodied. It has acidity that supports the apple and citrus flavors, pairing this wine with the Moses Sleeper Brie. The idea here is that especially fatty and generally salty cheese is cut by the wine’s effervescence, essentially scrubbing your palate clean for more cheese.

Are you as excited as we are to taste Matt’s recommended Summer wines? Now that your wine knowledge has ripened, host a dinner party with dear friends or we’d love for you to come celebrate with us at The Restaurant with a glass of wine! Here are a few interesting facts about our wine offerings:
120 bottles on our wine list
40 offered by the glass, glass prices range from $6 to $25
We serve wine in proper stemware by Reidel
We select esoteric wines that have the flavor and balance of some of the more recognized wineries around the world.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

We’re extremely proud to announce we’ve won the 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the third consecutive year! With our carefully chosen, diverse assortment of wine we have the pleasure of delivering a satisfying experience to all of our Willcox wine lovers. Thanks for continuing to raise a glass and celebrate with us!

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Willcox_Food_Oct13-2582Here at The Willcox, we make it our purpose to use local and sustainable foods throughout our menu. Not only do we love supporting local, but we believe that in order to be the best restaurant we can be, we must serve our guests the finest, healthiest foods around. We sat down with our executive chef, Regan Browell on the inside scoop for how she creates our season menus.

What are some of your favorite Spring/Summer produce items?
I love all stone fruit, because you can use them in both sweet and savory dishes. Fresh globe artichokes are also a favorite Spring item and there is nothing that makes me happier than fresh peas in the pod for Summer.

Do you hand select produce? Where? A local market?
Yes and also, we plant a garden on the property every year so I pick from that.

What are some of your favorite Spring and Summer recipes?
I love making jams/preserves with the fresh berries/fruits that are abundant during Spring and Summer. I also love working with lamb in the spring, a roasted leg of lamb with peas, fava beans and goat is a favorite.

Anything we should look out for on the menu this season?
Lots of bright colors and flavors that celebrate the season, tasty, elegant and a few surprises to delight

What does it take to create a seasonal menu/seasonal items?
A bit of research and development has to be done. When do the products come into peak, and will that last the time frame you set your menu for? Do your suppliers have the product that you wish to use? Will they stock it for that duration? Are they sourcing local foods? Is the price point in line with what the customer will pay? Does the customer like this product? How can I utilize this product to get the best out of it? How does it complement the other items?……the list goes on.

We’d love for you come for lunch or dinner for the Willcox Restaurant dining experience. Head on over to our menu page, and call us at 803.648.1898 to make your reservation today!

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