Friday, April 27, 2012

Mamma Mia!

Went to my second wine tasting night at Emilio's. This time it was Italian wine with the Italian food. I was in heaven! Great food, great wine and the sommelier was actually from Italy. He was pretty hot. I could listen to that man read the phone book as long as I could stare at him while he did it. ;) But I digress....

First course was the Antipasti:
Clams Oreganate

Clams filled with a stuffing of homemade bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, bell peppers, and onions and baked golden brown and paired with La Marronaia Vernaccia.  The clams were so good. And the wine was a white wine with yellowish color. It balanced well with the seafood.

Second course was the Insalate:

I did not get a picture of the salad. :( It was fresh mesclun greens with hearts of palm, black olive, tomato, and white onion sprinkled with feta cheese, and served with a homemade Italian Vinaigrette paired Poggio alle Querce Mola Rosé.  As it's hard to pair wine with a salad due to the strong flavors of the dressing, I'd have to say he did well here too. The Rose was a good choice as it didn't have a lot of tartness.

Third course was the Pasta:
Cappellini Con Pomodoro e Basilico
Cappellini pasta tossed with garlic, fresh peeled tomato, basil, and extra virgin olive oil, topped with pecorino cheese and paired with Colli Senesi Chianti.  A pleasant surprise in the Chianti, it didn't take away from the freshness of the tomato and basil but yet didn't disappoint in flavor.

Fourth course was the Entree:
Tonno al Vino Rosso

Pan-Seared Tuna Steak with a fine red wine sauce, topped with a salsa of sautéed garlic, tomatoes, anchovy filets, black olives and capers, served with a creamy risotto and grilled asparagus.
Paired with La Marronaia Quattrorsi Supertuscan.  Another great wine from La Marronaia, the name supertuscan means wines that come from the Tuscany area that are then blended together such as Sangiovese and Merlot. The Sommelier taught us that Quattrororsi means "4 Bears" and is a reference to the winemakers' family name.

Fifth course was the Dolci:

Cheesecake topped with a homemade strawberry brandy glaze.  Paired with Brachetto D’Acqui.  This was my favorite wine, of course I'm partial to the sweet dessert wines. Although this wine was sweet, it wasn't so overly sweet as to take away from the dessert. It was sparkling and complimented the cheesecake very well.

I had an awesome night and enjoyed some awesome food, wine and company. Can't wait to do it again soon!

Do you have some favorite wines?

<3 Melanie

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