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My View: Another Op’nin, Another……… The Colony Hotel

My View: Another Op’nin, Another……… The Colony Hotel

That song is being sung on Broadway now in the Revival of Kiss Me Kate, but it was all about the Wine being opened at the Quintessa Wine Dinner at The Colony Hotel last night.  Winemaker Rebekah Wineburg was our expert guide for the Quintessa wine parings to the 6 course dinner created by The Colony’s Executive Chef Tom Whitaker.  As Rebekah Wineburg noted, “a great wine should tell you something”. This evening at The Pavilion in The Colony told us something about the exceptional cuisine and wine being served at the legendary Palm Beach hotel.  This show is happening every month and will probably have a very long run based upon the knowledgeable audience’s standing ovation last night. 

Sitting on the Eastern Edge of Rutherford at the foot of the Vaca Mountain Range in the Napa Valley, Quintessa is a 280-acre site that reflects a diversity of geology, biodiversity, exposures and microclimates. Inspired by this distinct property, founders Agustin and Valeria Huneeus believed that it was destined to become one of the world’s great wine estates. Today, a total of 160 acres are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carménère on 26 vineyard blocks. Each block is farmed—organically and biodynamically—harvested, and vinified individually to preserve and enhance the nuances of the land.  Inspired by the land’s natural grandeur, the Huneeus family dedicated themselves to capturing the beauty and harmony of this land in the form of a great wine. 

Since 1947, The Colony Hotel has been a beloved Palm Beach landmark, hosting U.S. presidents, European royalty, winter season snowbirds and the world’s most discriminating travelers.  For generations, Palm Beach’s well-heeled visitors have called The Colony home, drawn equally to the hotel’s unparalleled location adjacent to Worth Avenue, close proximity to the beach and distinct personality.  Against a backdrop of classic British Colonial architecture, The Colony mixes old and new.  It is one of Palm Beach’s most beloved boutique hotels.

Flip Arbelaez, Emma Isakoff Pastry Chef, Tom Whitaker, Executive Chef
Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker
Scallop Ceviche

Lobster Lemongrass
Bacon Wrapped Quail
Seared Lamb Loin

Jackman Ranch Beef Tenderloin
Whipped White Chocolate & Mascarpone
Eda Sorokoff & Rebecca Robinson
Eda Sorokoff & Christina Magill
The Colony Hotel


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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