October Wine Pairings

featured-items-eatlikealocal-restaurantweek Each month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to design a unique menu inspired by the world's most exotic food (and wine!) destination as our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar work hard to select perfect wine pairings for the featured menus. This October, Michael's culinary team at Michael's On East looks forward to celebrating the rich flavors of Italy and its classic Italian wines. In fact, October will will be a perfect time to "Dine to the Nines" at dozens of local, independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties as part of "Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week, October 3-9, 2016. (Michael's On East is closed on Sundays including Sunday, October 9.) As you enjoy Michael's special Italian menu as part of Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week, we invite you to sip these hand-picked wine pairings designed to complement the two-course lunch ($19) and three-course dinner ($29) menus. WINE PAIRINGS Featured for $5 Each in October at Michael's On East Trebbiano "San Benedetto", Zenato, Lugana, IT Brilliant gold in color, Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana offers an intense yet elegant floral bouquet. Beautifully layered on the palate, this wine tantalizes the senses with notes of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers. Nero D’Avola, Stemmari, Sicily, IT Deep ruby-red with pleasant reflections of violet, this wine's bouquet is intense and covered, with notes of currant stick out, wild strawberries, and pomegranate. Soft and velvety, distinct characteristics of fruitiness come forth.
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La Spinetta Wine Dinner

-LaSpinetta-GiorgioRivettiPlease join us for a special Italian Wine Dinner hosted by La Spinetta's leading winemaker Giorgio Rivetti. Michael's Wine Cellar will host an extravagant La Spinetta Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Featured wines will include: Aperitif Vermouth Bianco Cocktail with Lime & Sage 1st course Contratto Millesimato La Spinetta Vermentino 2nd Course La Spinetta PIN La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti “Ca di Pian" 3rd Course La Spinetta Barbaresco “Bordini" La Spinetta Barolo “Garretti" Dessert Course La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti “Bricco Quaglia" Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make wine dinner reservations, click here or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. LaSpinetta-Rivetti-Sign Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world and visiting wine personalities. Our wine specialists select each wine, and our culinary staff creates a menu to complement the intricate layers of the wines.
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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

Dessert

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

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Northern Italy Wine Dinner

WineTastingSarasotaMy wife Terri and I recently led a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey in partnership with Malaka & Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International to Northern Italy (September 5-14, 2014). Our trip specifically explored throughout Tuscany and the Piedmont & Veneto regions with highlights including wine tastings in legendary cellars, indescribably decadent dinners and truffle hunting adventures to unexpected discoveries in tiny villages plus the thrills of high fashion (and Ferrari!) in Milan. On the heels of our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip our culinary team is thrilled to present Northern Italy Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menus in the Restaurant throughout October. Each featured dish has been inspired by the top restaurants enjoyed by the Connoisseur Club travelers! Most importantly for readers of our wine blog: these journeys are also wine-buying trips! Guests on the trip have the opportunity to purchase wines via Michael’s Wine Cellar. Plus, I bring back new favorite wines for Sarasota residents and visitors to enjoy in the Restaurant and Store. Now we are thrilled to announce a special event which will feature many of the top wines from the recent Connoisseur Club winery visits!  Northern Italy Wine Dinner 7 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95/person Advanced reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to secure your reservation.

Northern Italian Wine Dinner Menu October 18, 2014

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Truffled Beef Tartar with Goat Cheese Crumbles on Crostini

Grilled Octopus with Olive Oil Confit Cherry Tomatoes & Balsamic Reduction

Tuna Cannolis with Micro Greens

Zardetto “Zeta” Prosecco Superiore, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, IT,2012

First Course

Black Olive and Tuscan Bread Crusted Halibut

Baby Vegetables, Roasted Yellow Pepper Oil, Mussels & Saffron

 Lugana "Riserva Sergio Zenato", Veneto, IT, 2010

Arneis "Blangé", Cerreto, Langhe, IT, 2012

Second Course

Prosciutto & Sage-Wrapped Duck Breast

Ricotta Gnocchi con Salsa Della Nonna, Eggplant, White Beans,

 Toasted Pine Nuts & Brunello di Montalcino Gastric

 Brunello di Montalcino, Altesino, Tuscany, IT, 2009

Brunello di Montalcino, San Polo, Tuscany, IT, 2008

Third Course

Roasted Rack of Lamb

 Red Wine Risotto, Confit Baby Artichokes,

Cipollini Onions, Roasted Baby Carrots, Trumpet Mushroom,

 Barolo Demi-Glaze & Fresh Truffles

Red Blend "Corbaia", Castello di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2009

Barolo, Cerreto, Piedmont, IT, 2010 Corvina "Cresasso", Zenato, Veneto, IT, 2007 Dessert

Ricotta Cheesecake with Honey & Figs

Hazelnut Short Bread & Vin Santo Sauce

Moscato d'Asti, Cerreto, Piedmont, IT, 2012

   
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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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Italian Winery Profile: Castellare di Castellina

The Castellare estate, located in Tuscany’s Castellina in Chianti, is one of the best examples of tradition in the area. The winery’s owner, Paolo Panerai, has closely studied the world’s best wineries and applied this understanding and experience to viticulture in Italy. Castellare di CastellinaIn the town of Castellina, one of Chianti’s best locales, Castellare’s vineyards are at 1200 feet elevation – only a few Chianti Classico vineyards are higher. The vineyards of this 46-acre property are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of the Classico region. At Castellare, the yield-per-acre is very low, far lower than the maximum level allowed by Chianti Classico DOCG rules, which enhances the concentration of aromas and flavors. The estate has also become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on their labels. With each vintage, the Castellare label features a different bird, symbolizing the estate’s commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. The birds selected for the labels are among the rarest creatures in Chianti, and represent birds threatened by extinction, mostly due to synthetic chemical products and hunting, both of which are forbidden on this property. Click here for more information about the Castellare di Castellina winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castello di Bossi

Castello di BossiWith a history dating back to the 9th century AD, the Castello di Bossi estate has evolved with the times. A dynamic team leads the estate and never shies from technological innovation, while remaining true to the terroir of Chianti. It is this balance that has been a key part of Marco Bacci’s vision as he has brought Castello di Bossi to the highest ranks of international wine. (In the last 10 years, Marco has added two properties to his holdings: Renieri in Montalcino and Terre di Talamo in the Morellino di Scansano appellation.) The Bossi Castle is located in the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost appellation of Chianti Classico, amid evergreen woods and long rows of vines. With his brother Maurizio, Marco is creating high-quality wines from some of the top Tuscan appellations. Following in his father's footsteps, Marco's son Jacopo joined the company in 2004. First involved on the production side, Jacopo has come to be especially active in the US and Asian markets. Click here for more information about the Castello di Bossi winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castello di Volpaia

The first document that mentions the cultivation of vines in Volpaia dates back to 1172. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League) and played a pivotal role in protecting Chianti Classico integrity and reuniting the broken Consorzio. Castello di VolpaiaCastello di Volpaia is located in the medieval village of Volpaia. The Estate is more than 900 acres divided between vineyards, olive groves and woods. The winery is fully devoted to Organic Farming techniques for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and wine, in particular Chianti Classico. Owned by Carlo and Giovannella Mascheroni Stianti assisted by their son Nicolo' Mascheroni Stianti, the family decided to commit their considerable energies toward modernizing the winery and producing world-class wines while keeping the external structure of the 11th-century village intact. They were the first in the Chianti Classico region to utilize temperature-controlled fermentation techniques. An amazing “wineduct” that connects the winery’s stainless-steel fermentation tanks in the upper part of the village to the various barrel cellars in the lower portion of the village was installed. The family also painstakingly converted several historical sites to cellars, offices and apartments. Achieving their desired level of quality has been a decades-long process, and one that is never finished. Click here for more information about Castello di Volpaia.
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Italian Winery Profile: Ceretto

 Ceretto WinesFamed Italian gastronome and intellectual Luigi Veronelli wrote, "The land, the land, the land, the land, always, the land." The Ceretto family has sustained this same philosophy since the sixties when Bruno and Marcello joined their father Riccardo in the family business in Alba. The two brothers' objective was to select vineyards in the most historically important areas for the production of great wines. This idea, spawned by a visit to Burgundy, would prove the wisdom of the Ceretto family, placing their bottles among the greats of oenology and elevating Barolo and Barbaresco among the most appreciated and prestigious wines in the world. The idea was revolutionary at the time for a territory in which the concept of "cru" was completely unknown. This intuition was most-notably seen as they began to display their crus as manifestations of their special terroir. The Ceretto family is one of the largest vineyard proprietors in Piedmont with more than 400 acres of estate-owned vineyards, located primarily in the Langhe and Roero region, including in the prestigious DOCG areas of Barolo and Barbaresco. The family name is synonymous with estate-grown, carefully-produced wines that express true varietal character with purity and elegance. The family owns four wine estates in Langhe, each devoted to the production of specific wines and each named for its geographic location. They were the first in Piedmont to invest in the image of their wine, dedicating careful attention to packaging design and working with creative designers to refashion wine labels and bottles. Click here for more information about Ceretto wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Marchesi di Gresy

Marchesi di GresyIn the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates where he concluded early on that he didn't want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area, as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 Alberto di Grésy began vinifying his own wine: the objective to produce wine with the best available technology while respecting tradition, and to transfer as much as possible of the character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle. Famous in ancient Roman times when the estate was known as "Villa Martis", today Martinenga's 29.5 acres of Nebbiolo vineyards are considered to be one of the greatest single vineyards dedicated to the production of Barbaresco d.o.c.g. Ideal southern exposure and a particular composition of the soil (blue marl), produces fruit that is transformed into a Barbaresco of extraordinary class and finesse. The winery, recently expanded, provides the means to produce products of the highest quality, with respect to the oenological tradition. Click here for more information about Marchesi di Gresy.
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Italian Winery Profile: La Spinetta

LaSpinettaGiorgio Rivetti's magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose have taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out. Their lushness, aromatics, concentration, and length are unrivaled. Rivetti's speedy ascent, from Moscato producer in the 1970's, to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today, is studded with success. The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting Giorgio Rivetti's inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend Pin are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbarescos and Barolo are at the very top of their category. In fact, his wines are among Italy's most celebrated, as he has attained the coveted "Tre-Bicchieri" award for more than 30 of his wines throughout his relatively short career. Click here for more information about the La Spinetta winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Marchesi de' FrescobaldiThe history of the Frescobaldi family begins around the year 1000,during the same time period as the birth of the banking industry of Medieval Florence. The Frescobaldis quickly became the absolute protagonists of political and economic life earning them the right to the title ‘treasurers to the English Crown’. They inscribed their name in the history of Florence commissioning grand public and architectural works such as the Santa Trinità Bridge on the river Arno, and the construction of the Church of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi. Among the most illustrious representatives of the family, Dino Frescobaldi played an important role: poet of the dolce stil-novo, he was celebrated for having recovered and returned to his friend in exile, Dante Alighieri, the first cantos of the Divine Comedy, allowing Dante to continue his work. The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the family has demanded that their wines be of quality and reflect the uniqueness of their terroirs, and by the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello had become faithful clients. A century later, Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth. Click here for more information about Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.
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Italian Winery Profile: Il Borro

Established more than one thousand years ago, Il Borro has ancient and mysterious origins, now lost in the mists of time. Perhaps the Etruscans founded the settlement, but there is no concrete evidence to support this thesis. What is certain is that Il Borro was a lookout point on the Roman road Cassia, where a fort was built, due to its strategic location. Records show that the Mascagni family owned the castle until 1254, when Marchese Borro Borri, a Milanese nobleman, bought the property. He later became the Mayor of Arezzo. By1512, the property had passed through his family to Girolamo del Borro, philosopher and scientist. But it was under the patronage of his son Alessandro, that the Il Borro we know today was established. Alessandro dal Borro, visionary and an important figure in Tuscan politics, is the true “father” of Il Borro. The Il Borro family eventually sold the domain and were succeeded by some of the most famous and revered families in Europe: the Medici of Florence, Tornaquinci, the Torriani of Milan, the house of Waldemburg Hohenlohe, and since 1904, the Savoy dynasty. Finally in 1993, and having visited the property many times, Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro, determined to restore the estate to its former glory. Click here for more information about Il Borro.
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Italian Winery Profile: Poggio Scalette

Poggio Scalette takes its name from the landscape, which is characterized by dry, stonewalls supporting terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of its previous owner, Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore, one of Italy’s most famed winemakers, discovered the property in 1991 with his wife, Adriana. In 1996, 42 additional acres of land became available, enabling them to expand. It was discovered that the plot of land known as Il Carbonaione was the first area to be replanted after World War I (1914-1918), which means these vines, more than 90 years old, are a rare example of the original clone of the famous Sangiovese di Lamole variety in the Chianti Classico area. Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scalette’s signature wine, is the culmination of knowledge and experience and therefore an important message of quality. Vittorio Fiore dedicates this wine to Tuscany and to Sangiovese — the region and the variety that have allowed him to fulfill his aspirations to produce superb wine. Click here for more information about the Poggio Scalette winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: San Polo

San Polo is a beautiful estate located in the southeastern part of Montalcino at 1,300 feet above sea level overlooking the Sant’Antimo Valley and Mount Amiata. It is comprised of 52 acres, 40 of which are dedicated to vines. Twenty acres are currently producing Brunello di Montalcino, while the rest are dedicated to Rosso di Montalcino and IGT wines. The vineyards at San Polo were planted between 1990 and 2000 and the first wines were produced in 1997. All vineyards have been planted at high density and are sustainably farmed. Winemaking at San Polo takes a comprehensive approach of quality and sustainability. Natural compost and nitrogen-rich plants have replaced chemical treatments in the San Polo vineyards. Picturesque olive groves and a magnificent farmhouse enrich the property with genuine Tuscan charm, while the modern, underground winery and cellar provide the best environment and technology for state-of-the-art winemaking. Winemaker, Nicola Biasi, meticulously manages the estate-grown fruit and strives to keep energy consumption to a minimum during the winemaking process. The ultimate goal at San Polo is to maximize the expression of the unique hilltop terrior of Montalcino, while preserving it for future generations. Click here for more information about San Polo Montalcino.
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Italian Winery Profile: Zardetto

Located in the heart of the famous Prosecco territory between Conegliano and Valdobiadene, Zardetto has been a leader in sparkling wine for more than 40 years. This vibrant and refreshing off-dry Prosecco is produced from carefully selected grapes grown on the finest hilltop vineyards, after which Zardetto’s state-of-the-art winery blends modern techniques and traditional practices that result in an acclaimed brut. As one of the first companies to introduce and distribute Prosecco outside Italy, Zardetto continues to conquer the global market with a wide portfolio of high-quality products. Owner Fabio Zardetto made his way to the forefront of modern Prosecco production thanks to a long lineage of winemaking. The Zardetto philosophy is steeped in the potential of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills, aiming to make sparkling Prosecco that truly emphasizes the characteristics of the beloved land. This requires a consistently high level of quality, from exploring new soil in search of unique characteristics, to a significant investment in technology. Fabio personally oversees the entire process, from the vine to the final customer, utilizing his rich knowledge of every hill and terroir in the Prosecco DOC to source the best grapes of the region. Click here for more information about Zardetto wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Zenato

Founded in 1960 by Sergio and Carla Zenato, the Zenato winery was originally based on the production of quality wines from an indigenous varietal, Trebbiano di Lugana. Over time, the winery has been passed to Sergio and Carla’s children, who have maintained and expanded upon this vision. Zenato has also explored another important area of Italian wine production — Valpolicella. It is here that they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. The Zenato winery possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture, and continues to develop this connection today. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Cherishing a ‘frank and simple’ approach to life, Zenato is committed to producing affordable wine of exceptional quality. Click here for more information about Zenato wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Allegrini

Allegrini WineryFor centuries, the Allegrini family has defined winemaking in the Valpolicella area north of Verona. Today, they operate one of the most highly-acclaimed Italian estate wineries, renowned in particular for their exceptional Amarone production. As one of the first families to develop several cru vineyards, including the famed La Poja dedicated to 100% Corvina, they continue to demonstrate a respect and devotion to Valpolicella wines paired with a modern sensibility. Based in northeastern Italy, the Allegrini estate is steeped in the culture and heritage of Fumane di Valpolicella, a small village just north of Verona. Since the 16th century, the Allegrini family has handed down grape growing and wine producing traditions from one generation to the next. Records reveal that the family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important landowners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions. In modern times, the well-earned Allegrini reputation is considered to be a direct result of the intelligence and hard work of Giovanni Allegrini, an instinctive man who dedicated his resources to the land and innovative wine-producing techniques. Giovanni was among the first to question local viticultural procedures, and as a result, he revolutionized accepted practices, while combining the science of oenology with strict grape selection to create several of Valpolicella’s most famous wines. Today, Giovanni’s children continue his legacy. Click here for more information about Allegrini wines.
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Italian Wine Feast

Join us at Michael's Wine Cellar where we will take you on an exploration of Northern Italy and the wines of the Piedmont and Tuscany regions with a dinner created to delight your senses and tantalize your tastebuds.  Five courses and eight wines will lead you through the beautiful flavors associated with these regions. Please register now for this Italian Wine Fest set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Price per person is $95.00 plus tax and gratuity. Italy 2009-2

Aperitivo

Lobster Cannoli with Salmon Caviar

Burrata Bruschetta Crispy Baby Artichokes, Braised Tuscan Kale & Crispy Pancetta

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Fisherman’s Sauce & Tuscan Spicy Mayonnaise

Sparkling "Brut", Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont, 2006

Primo

Pan-Seared Branzino

Summer Corn and Flageolet Minestrone, Fresh Pennette,

 Light Shellfish Broth, Micro Basil & San Martino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Roero Arneis, Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont, 2012

Chardonnay "Albizza", Marchesi d'Frescobaldi, Tuscany, 2012

 Secondo

Manchester Farm Grilled Quail

Truffle Polenta, Seared Elephant Mushroom,

Chianti Demi-Reduction, Roasted Garlic & Sage Tomatoes & Parsnip Allumettes

Dolcetto d'Alba, Bruno Giacosa, Alba,  2012

Chianti "Castig", Marchesi d'Frescobaldi, Chianti, 2012

Terzo

Pepper-Crusted Venison Loin

Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots, Red Wine-Braised Onions, Grilled Baby Zucchini,

Anise-Butternut Squash Puree, & Nebbiolo Demi-Glaze

Nebbiolo d'Alba, Bruno Giacosa, Alba, 2012

Red Blend "Luce", Marchesi d'Frescobaldi, Tuscany, 2011

Dolce

Roasted Peach Ricotta Cheesecake with Frangipane Crust

Moscato "Ben Rye", Donnafuagate, Sicily, 2011

Seating is limited for a more interactive experience.

To register for the dinner, click here.

For more information, please call Morgan Gerhart at 941-366-0007 extension 229 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Italian Wines

Tuscany   I'm thrilled to start preparing the itinerary for a 2014 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey through Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto in Italy! Details will be released soon for this exclusive food and wine excursion slated for September 2014, but in the meantime, I invite you to browse the current selection of Italian wines available for sale online through Michael's Wine Cellar.  Our local friends can also stop in the restaurant for a special Tuscan Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menu which will be featured throughout October 2013. Ciao!  
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Sarasota, FL 34239