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Dining On The Italian Riviera - TastersGuild/NY Castello Banfi Wine Dinner at East River Café

Dining On The Italian Riviera - TastersGuild/NY Castello Banfi Wine Dinner at East River Café

Sunday, September 26, 2010

We all enjoyed a delicious 5 course Italian feast prepared by Executive Chef Paolo Nozzoli with incredible wines supplied by Castello Banfi. Luciano Castiello of Castello Banfi wowed us with the history of the creation of the company and his discussion about each wine. Everyone had a fantastic dining experience.

TastersGuild/NY Castello Banfi Wine Dinner at East River Café Full Retail Price $
Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Vigne Regali Principessa Gavi Perlante 2009
Color of yellow straw, stone fruit on the nose, mineral, apple & pear on the palate. Principessa Perlante captures the fresh, fruit-forward bouquet and elegant structure of Gavi with a delicate natural effervescence. - An elegant aperitif that was a delightful complement to the hors d’oeuvres.

Gamberi Allo Spiedo - Grilled Shrimp wrapped in proscuitto and sage served with canelloni beans, avocado and mango salad.
Carpaccio - Slices Filet Mignon, Apple, Parmesan Cheese, Arugula, Drizzled with White Truffle Oil

Centine Rose 2009
Grape Variety: Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes are vinified for 14 days, with brief skin contact, in stainless steel tanks at 18°C. Intense pink color. The bouquet has hints of woodland berries. Dry, with rich berry flavors; well structured, with a long crisp, clean finish.

Pasta: Lasagne
Veal Rague, Porcini Mushroom, Béchamel and Tomato Sauce

Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2009
Light straw yellow color. Very fresh and fruity bouquet with pear, banana, peach, anise and honey notes. Rich, full, round and very persistent on the palate.
This 100% Pinot Grigio belongs to Castello Banfi estate-bottled single-varietals range. Thanks to the Montalcino microclimate this Tuscan Pinot Grigio adds to the typical aromas of this variety an unusual body, flavor and balance which was a perfect match for the richness of the Lasagne.

Entree: (Choice of)
Anatra Ai Fruitti di Bosco - Roasted breast of duck in berries sauce, mashed potatoes, oyster mushroom
Salmone In Crosta Al Patate all Senape - Baked Salmon wrapped in potatoes served in Dijon mustard sauce, asparagus, frisse and pine nuts.

Castello Banfi Belnero 2007
100% Sangiovese. Intense and deep mauve red color. Gentle aromas in the nose with notes of vanilla, tobacco and coffee, and also fruity hints of cherry jam and prunes. Powerful structure with soft and well balanced tannins. The wine was perfect with both main courses.

Dessert: Choice of Assorted Desserts

Rosa Regale 2009
Rosa Regale is created in one of Italy’s smallest production zones, the Brachetto d’Acqui Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, commonly referred to as DOCG. It is crafted from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The label features a single red rose, representing the wines origin from this single vineyard La Rosa estate.

Rosa Regale has a delicate bouquet of rose petals and offers sensuous flavors of fresh raspberries and strawberries. Its effervescence is softer than that of champagne, yet it yields a persistent and delicate pink froth. Its lively garnet color makes other sparklers pale in comparison. Served chilled and with a low alcohol content, it serves as the perfect partner throughout the entire meal, beginning as an elegant aperitif, moving to a savory appetizer and ending with a sweet dessert. No wine pairs better with chocolate than Rosa Regale. The bright fresh berry flavors complement the sweet velvet of the chocolate. Rosa Regale is a seductive red sparkler that turns any occasion into a celebration.

A perfect ending to a sumptuous dinner.

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