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Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Dinner at Vivian

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News Release: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

About: Emmanuel Kemiji, MS, Wine Pairing Dinner at Vivian
Join the MetroWines Asheville School of Wine at Vivian, 348 Depot Street in the River Arts District, on May 20th from 6 to 9pm for a wine pairing dinner with Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier.
Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier, Winemaker and Winery Owner, will lead us through a tasting of 6 wines from his Miura Vineyards in California (http://miuravineyards.com/) and Clos Pissarra (http://miuravineyards.com/clos-pisarra/) in Spain perfectly paired with dishes from Chef Josiah McGaughey. 
Vivian was voted best new Restaurant of the year!
Seating is limited to insure the opportunity to meet and talk with Emmanuel. The evening is $87 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Vivian at (828) 225-3497. Plenty of parking available.
About Vivian:
Josiah and Shannon McGaughey, owners of Vivian in The River Arts District, live and serve by the philosophy: "Honest American food with big flavors utilizing the bountiful products of the region and the rich history of European cuisine."

Vivian is named after Josiah’s grandmother who was a driving force in his culinary upbringing as she hosted grand dinner parties in a Julia Child-like fashion as he was growing up in Georgia.  

The food will be clean, with limited elements to a plate, but with each one promising big, robust flavors.  As he focuses on combining the perfect mix of flavors across appetizers, small plates, entrees, and desserts, he will continue to explore the melding of European flavors and techniques into the realm of his Southern heritage. 

Guests will also see a lot of pre-prohibition classics on our cocktail list with additional craft cocktails that explore similar themes as the culinary concept.  And of course, we’ll continue to promote all the talented breweries of Asheville with local taps available.

More about Vivian here: https://vivianavl.com/


About Emmanuel Kemiji, MS   

Born in the United States and raised in Spain and England of Greek Cypriot and Spanish parents, Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis. In addition to his Economics and Spanish Literature degrees, he studied Viticulture and Oenology, expanding his interest in wine.

Kemiji acted as Ritz-Carlton Director of Wine & Spirits from 1988 to 1999, first at Laguna Niguel and then at the renowned Dining Room in San Francisco. In 1989 Kemiji became the twelfth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam in London, England and one of the very few to pass on his first attempt. In the same year, he received the “Sommelier of the Year” award by the California Restaurant Writers Association. Kemiji was also chosen “Wine Director of the Year” in the Critics Choice Awards, and was honored in the August 1999 issue of San Francisco Magazine.

Seeking further challenges led Kemiji to form Miura Vineyrds in 1995. Soon to follow were several projects in Spain – Arrels in 2003 and Clos Pissarra in 2005. He thus became the first sommelier to establish a commercial winery in the United States. The San Francisco Chronicle named Kemiji as one of the “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2000.”

In 2006, Kemiji received the Wine Industry Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League for exemplary commitment to community and charity. In the past he has also been a wine judge at the Los Angeles County Fair and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Follow Emmanuel Kemiji on Facebook: Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier


Contact for Vivian: Shannon McGaughey (828) 225-3497.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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