Inaugural dinner launches with Tondi Bolkan, Associate Winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola Winery on Friday, March 27, 2015

WHAT: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, invites guests to enjoy a quarterly series of decadent five course dinners featuring expert wine pairings from celebrated California wineries. Commencing on Friday, March 27, the first dinner will feature Tondi Bolkan, Associate Winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola Winery highlighting the subtle notes and distinct flavors of each pour selected to complement Executive Chef Thomas Horner’s culinary creations. With an innate artistic nature and enthusiasm for bio chemistry, Bolkan has mastered an analytical and systematic approach to perfecting wine quality resulting in the creation of critically acclaimed wines. She is a regular speaker at some of the most prestigious conventions, including the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Symposium and is a guest instructor for the revered Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Menu highlights will include Sofia Blanc de Blanc Sparkling paired with a Beet & Goat Cheese “Macaroon,” Director’s Cut Chardonnay poured alongside a serving of Seared Scallop with cauliflower puree, house cured bacon, red dandelion greens, and crispy leaks, and a Director’s Cut Pinot Noir paired with a Smoked Duck Breast served with a Tuscan kale salad, dried cherries, almonds, quinoa, and a pinot noir reduction. For reservations, please call the restaurant directly at 760.341.1788

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2015; 6:30 p.m.

COST: $65 per person *Pricing is exclusive of tax and gratuity

WHERE: Rockwood Grill at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74855 Country Club Drive * Palm Desert, California 92260