In Lexington, artistry in a salad and a glass of pink
Trisha Pérez Kennealy, owner and general manager of The Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, loves when guests ask about pink wine. “There’s an art to making a beautiful rosé,” she tells them, saying that winemakers have to decide when to pick grapes for optimal ripeness and acid, as well as determine how long juice will soak with pigment-laden skins. At the inn’s gracious restaurant, Artistry on the Green, the wine pro recommends a 2016 Domaine de Nizas “Les Pierres Blanches” Rosé ($11 a glass, $44 a bottle), crafted in the Languedoc. Vigneronne Nathalie Arnaud-Bernard is known for her meticulous attention to detail and it shows in this dry Southern French pour, crafted from syrah, grenache, and mourvèdre. It’s excellent with executive chef Lucas Sousa’s shaved vegetable salad, showcasing asparagus and three kinds of peas, tossed with green goddess dressing, and adorned with local greens. The dish, which Kennealy calls “spring on a plate,” is entirely appealing with the rosé. “It smells like flowers in the countryside,” she enthuses.
Artistry on the Green at The Inn at Hastings Park, 2027 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, 781-301-6655, www.innathastingspark.com