Red Horse by David Burke Bernards Inn begins monthly winemaker dinner series

The Red Horse by David Burke Bernards Inn restaurant announced it is keeping it local with its inaugural monthly winemaker dinner series as the Meadowbrook Winery wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

It’s an exciting time for Meadowbrook Winery — located minutes away in Tewksbury — as the four-course wine dinner will feature five of its first-ever, newly released wines.

Tickets cost $99 per person, and can be reserved here.

According to Josh Bernstein, director of operations, the wine dinner will kick off a monthly wine or spirts dinner that will have either the winemaker, distiller and/or owner present to lead the dinner. It’s one of many exciting in-depth culinary events planned for Red Horse, which opened in November 2023.

Conor Quilty.

“Chef David Burke and Josh have been very supportive of our wines,” Conor Quilty, Meadowbrook’s winemaker, said. Quilty will host and lead the wine dinner. “In addition to the wine dinner, they carry a couple of our wines on their wine-by-the-glass program. There’s a renaissance in the New Jersey wine industry and we are happy to be a part of it. The knowledge and interest are increasing each year. There are several wineries like Meadowbrook that are on a quest for quality. We are making premium wines here through our dedication and a lot of hard work put into growing the grapes and innovation producing the wines. We are happy to have this opportunity to showcase our wines at the stunning Red Horse at Bernards Inn.”

The five wines featured at the dinner will be a sparkling wine, an Old World-style chardonnay, albariño — a Portuguese grape varietal with pleasant acidity and crispy, citrus flavors —and two special reserves, cabernet franc and chardonnay.

“As a New Jersey native and chef-owner, I think it’s time to recognize our winemakers’ efforts,” Burke said. “I support local when ‘local’ meets my standards, and there’s been a lot of progress and innovation in the Garden State’s wine front. Some standouts like Meadowbrook and Old York deserve a place at my tables. New Jersey wines are relatively new in relation to Old World wines, and it’s exciting to see the potential growth and interest. There is so much untapped opportunity. We vowed to place more local products on our menus in 2024 and this is a step in the right direction. And a bonus is our wineries help to keep the Garden State’s agricultural heritage strong and flourishing.”

Meadowbrook Winery wine dinner menu includes:

  • Press Cut Sparkling 2022
  • First course: Caraway Cured Salmon, fermented beetroot & its juice, horseradish ponzu
  • Chardonnay 2022
  • Second course: Orange Ricotta Agnolotti, braised lamb neck ragu, confit fennel, sage
  • Albarino 2022
  • Third course: Dry-aged Sirloin, celery root purée, apricot and prune compote, jus
  • Cabernet Franc Reserve 2022
  • Fourth course: Cheese course
  • Chardonnay Reserve 2022