FOUR-COURSE WINE DINNER – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – 6 pm
Vito Candela manages North America sales and distribution for the respected Tuscan winery, Rocca Delle Macie. He is going to be in town on February 5TH so we decided to use the opportunity to drink some of his wine paired with great Tuscan cuisine.
In the US, celebrity-owned wineries are a fairly recent phenomenon. Ranging from Francis Ford Coppola to Joe Montana to Fess Parker, many have owned wineries or collaborated at various levels to become involved in the business of wine making. The late Italo Zingarelli, a highly-acclaimed Italian film producer best known for his classic spaghetti westerns, was a pioneer in this vein when, in 1973, he purchased the Rocca delle Macie properties in Castellina in Chianti.
Working closely with his son Sergio, Zingarelli set about restoring the property that Sergio, together with his wife Daniela and their two children, now calls home. Then a tumbled down 14th-century farmstead near the village of Castellina in Chianti, it was surrounded by acres of neglected vines. Vineyards were replanted from scratch; further property, the nearby Sant’Alfonso estate, was acquired, and a state-of-the-art cellar built and installed with the latest winemaking equipment. Rocca delle Macie is an active member of the Chianti Classico growers’ consortium, which takes the black rooster as its symbol.
Janet has selected the pairings for this 4-course adventure.
We will greet you with a glass of Ochicco A Vento (Vermentino) paired with hard Tuscan cheese, brochette (grilled bread) with a pommodorachio (tomato) pesto and a basil-pinenut pesto. This will give everybody time to get acquainted and prepare their palates.
Janet chose the Tuenta Sant’ Alfanso Chianti Classico to pair with an eggplant and saffron torta because this bigger wine with its soft tannins is well-suited to the torta’s deep, earthy flavors.
She selected to pair the Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli, a wine that can be called the winery’s foundation stone, with duck confit tortellini in a rich brodo because the balanced acidity of this daily drinker is just the thing to make each bite a fresh adventure.
What we call Super-Tuscan the Tuscans simply call good wine. As our finale offering, Roccato – made with 50% Sangiovese Grosso and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon – is worthy of something special. So Janet has elected to pair this big, velvety wine with a Brew Beef short rib ragu over Corona beans. The combination is stunning.
This will be an evening as educational as it will be entertaining. We will sniff and slurp, chew and chortle and there will be merriment all around. Four great wines paired with four wonderful food courses for $50 beginning at 6 PM on Tuesday, February 5th. Call 503.614.0267 to make your reservation.