From Verona With Love
From the city of love, Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, we are pleased to announce a six course wine dinner paired with La Cappuccina wines, featuring food of Italy and Virginia. Chef Gay Beery and crew have crafted a wonderful menu of six courses paired with six wines.
When Gay asked for wines for a Valentine’s wine dinner, specifically something Italian, I immediately connected the day celebrating love to Romeo and Juliet and their town of Verona to the nearby winery of La Cappuccina.
Located in northern Italy’s province of Verona near the town of Soave, La Cappuccina is named for the small, restored 15th century chapel of Capuchin monks. It is an all organic winery.
“San Brizio” is a Super-Soave. This rich and complex single-vineyard white is made from 100% Garganega, the main grape of the Soave wine region. It shows “hints of vanilla, acacia honey and a complex ripe fruitiness that make it concentrated, mouth-filling and faintly balsamic.” “Basaltik” Sauvignon Blanc shows the yellow fruit character of Sauvignon Blanc with “nuances of peach, grapefruit, mint, sage and aromatic herbs.”
“Madégo” is a Cabernet dominated red Bordeaux blend from a vineyard named for the alfalfa that was once grown on the land. It is best drunk young to enjoy its smmoth, fragrant fruit. “Campo Buri” means “Field of the Buri family,” the former owners of this plot of land. “Carmenère (an old Veneto biotype of Cabernet Franc) and Oseleta (an ancient and rare indigenous Veronese variety) are blended to give a product of the highest quality and refinement. This wine has a rich ruby red hue. When young, it offers herbaceous notes that blend with suggestions of berry fruits and spicy hints (pepper, cloves and vanilla). It develops greater complexity with age.”
“In the Greek culture, being “Filòs” is to be a friend, to win a friendship. To participate in a “Filos” is to tell a story. To meet for a “filòs” is to celebrate together. “Filòs” by night, like fireworks in the sky in Venice. This is a pleasant Brut from Garganega grapes that are born on the volcanic rocks of Soave.” And finally, the sparkling wine served with the aperetivo is our favorite wine of the new year. This charming Lambrusco sits right on the line between a light red and a dark rose. We love its nose redolent of strawberries and cherries, and the nice bit of sweetness is balanced by a high acidity that makes the finish almost dry.
All quotes are from La Cappuccina.
Where: APimento’s Catering space in the Glass Building.
When: Sunday, 14 February, 2016. Doors open at 6 pm. Dinner at 6:45
How Much: $85 per guest (inclusive of tax, exclusive of gratuity)
Menu & Wines
with multiple bellissimo appetizers
“Emma” Lambrusco Rose Amabile NV, Cantina Sociale Sorbara
Chestnut-Parsnip Soup, under a Cloud
Soave “San Brizio” Barrique 2013
Grilled Raddicchio, Warm Seafood Salad and Almond Aioli
Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Fazzoletti with Confit Duck, Sage and Walnuts
“Madego” Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Carmenere 2013
Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Cavolo Nero
“Campo Buri” Carmerere/Oseleta 2009
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Peaches and Pine Nuts
Ricotta Fritters with Honey
“Filos” Sparkling NV