After I posted here and on The Washington Post’s All You Can Eat blog
castigating the Park Hyatt for not including any local wineries in its
June Masters of Food & Wine Event celebrating local agriculture, the
hotel promptly added one.
The day after my post, representatives
of the hotel approached Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Va., and asked
them to participate. The winery immediately accepted, said Rachel
Martin, Boxwood’s executive director.
The Park Hyatt D.C.’s Blue
Duck Tavern is a terrific restaurant, and Chef Brian McBride does a
great job featuring local ingredients. Local wines are underrepresented
on the list, however, and they were left out of the initial lineup for
The lineup for the event includes some top-name
West Coast wineries, including Brewer-Clifton, Melville, Caymus, and
Duckhorn. But for an event celebrating local agriculture, it seemed
fitting that at least one local winery should be involved.