Italian Wine Dinner Menu

Italy 2009-2 - Version 3Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, January 23 - over Forks & Corks weekend! - our Italian Wine Dinner will feature superstar wineries Altesino (with winemaker/manager Guido Oralesi) from Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino!) and Vittorio Marianecci from Zenato, Valpolicella – famous Amarone producers! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Please Note: This wine dinner has sold out. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 if you would like to add your name to the waiting list. 

Italian Wine Dinner Menu Forks and Corks Friday, January 23, 2015

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres 

Lobster Arancini with Basil Tomato Puree & Toasted Goat Cheese

Dolce Bleu Cheese-Stuffed Dried Fig Wrapped with Apple-Wood Bacon

Scampi Escargot, Crispy Fingerling Potato Cup Hackleback Caviar & Micro Greens

First Course

Pan-Seared Branzino Chanterelle, Basil Brown Butter, Anise Butternut Squash Purée & Salmon Caviar

Second Course

Pistachio-Crusted Veal Loin Roasted Root Vegetables, Chive Parmesan Gnocchi, & Sweet Onion Demi-Glace

Third Course

Black Pepper Wood-Smoked Rack of Lamb Oven-Dried Plum Tomatoes, Braised Shallots, Roasted Garlic-Scented Baby Kale & Brunello Demi-Reduction


Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle & Hazelnut Tart Pistachio, Apricot, Fig & Orange Chocolate Petal

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Italian Winery Profile: Altesino

AltesinoNear the end of 2002, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, owner of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, purchased the Altesino winery. Winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino’s hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.  Amid the eastern hills of Montalcino near Siena in central Tuscany, stands the magnificently elegant 14th century-built Palazzo Altesi, home to the Altesino winery and a marvelous resort. Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged some conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been a leader, unafraid of innovation. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine’s personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance. Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of cru wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. They also pioneered the concept of Brunello futures (wine purchased before its release) with its 1985 vintage. Click here for details about the Altesino winery.
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