THE Southern Italian Wine Dinner!
Church Street Wine Cellars and Three Tomatoes trattoria in Burlington, Vermont present superstar Wine Guy Michael Burke from Vias Imports fresh out of VinItaly to share with us some of his newest and most exciting wines. Join us to celebrate the wines and cuisine of the south and the islands, the Mezzogiorno.
Chef Shane will be cooking up five courses of killer dishes matched with flights of 10 brilliant southern Italian wines. ONLY $59 per person includes tax and tip! Thursday, June 2nd, starting at 6 pm.
If you aren’t familiar with the wines of Southern Italy, you really, really should be. What a great way to start! Don’t miss this one. Seriously.
802-660-9533 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations
Additional background info
A country only three-quarters the size of California, and one with such unique viticultural & climatic diversity and dozens of indigenous varietals, no other country on earth has more land under vine than Italy except Spain. According to the Italian Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture, there are currently three-hundred and thirty one actively cultivated grape varieties being farmed today, with a rich history of well over one thousand! A far cry from our mono-varietal culture of chardonnay, cabernet and merlot, you aren’t in Kansas anymore Dorothy!!
Only twenty-five years ago, Italy was not known for much more than Bardolino, Valpolicella, Soave, acidic Chiantis and In those days Riunite was the #1 imported wine in the United States. Forward to 2011: Italy is brimming with expertly crafted, world-class wines and is a top exporter to the United States. Nowhere else too will you find such a dynamic, innovative generation of new winemakers who seek above all terroir-rich, quality wines that effortlessly blend tradition and modern technique.
Come see the energy and dynamism in Italian winemaking in every glass. Nowhere else in the world will you experience such a rich selection of native varietals than in Italy and the most dramatic change in the wine world has been the renaissance and tremendous improvements in the quality of wine coming out of all regions of Italy. The Italian model can at first glance be daunting, so let Michael and the CSWC team be your guides to the vinuous and culinary pleasures of the Italian peninsula.
Join us for an unpretentious evening of fun, some great wines and camaraderie. Ciao!
Heirloom Caprese Salad
tri-color heirloom tomatoes, Maplebrook fresh mozzarella & Pitchfork Farms basil
Frascati Superiore, Tenuta di Pietra Porzia “Regillo” DOC Lazio 2009
Greco di Tufo, Terredora di Paolo DOCG Campania 2009
Vermont Fresh Pasta with cockles & fresh herbs
Cataratto/Pinot Grigio , Purato Organica IGT Sicilia 2010
Grillo, Feudi di Pisciotto “Carolina Marego” IGT Sicilia 2008
Sesame & Fennel-Crusted Tuna
quick-seared ahi tuna with fennel agodolce
Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Feudo di Santa Tresa DOCG Sicilia 2008
Nero d’Avola, Purato Organica IGT Sicilia 2009
Braised Brisket with Creamy Polenta
presented Southern Italian-style; braised with tomato, fennel, oregano, garlic, pancetta, kalamata olives and a hint of spice
Gaglioppo, Statti IGT Calabria 2009
Aglianico, Terredora di Paolo IGT Campania 2009
Special Chef’s Surprise Dessert
Passito di Pantelleria, Colosi DOC Sicilia 2006
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