America at its best
" From surroundings to service and menu, members truly enjoyed fine wines and a spirit with classic, American-style dishes "
A taste of Americana in Seoul presented a great opportunity to discover fine American wines.
The U.S. 8th Army Base is a vast, mysterious space in the heart of Seoul hidden behind tall gates. Only authorized personnel and guests are allowed on premises.
Our Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD) event therefore was particularly special because our venue was a hotel located inside the base. Dragon Hill Lodge was built in the 1990s. Perhaps due to its practical simplicity and passage of time a nostalgic air was evoked.
Sommelier Nathan Kim selected fine American drinks available at the base which were paired with signature dishes from Sables, Dragon Hill Lodge’s upscale restaurant. To put emphasis on the drinks, the menu cited them first followed by the dishes.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2016
Pan-seared diver scallops
thick-cut bacon, Thai shrimp
Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Classic Caesar salad
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2019
Half a jumbo North Atlantic lobster
Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
Traditional French onion soup
Overture by Opus One
40 oz. US-certified Tomahawk rib-eye steak
grilled fresh vegetables
cheesy layered hearth potatoes
Bulleit 95 Rye Whiskey
Apple pie à la mode
From surroundings to service and menu, members truly enjoyed fine wines and after dinner drink with classic, American-style dishes. Equally impressive was the warm hospitality and the machine-like precision and synchronization of Sables’ seasoned staff, who can be seen setting the table in the attached video.
Special thanks go to Brian Campbell, General Manager of Dragon Hill Lodge.
Soon Chul Kim
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