Italian Wine Dinner October 26, 2012

Chef Bill, Jonathan Sindleman, our wine consultant for the evening, Dave and I just finished our tasting this afternoon.  All I can say, what a line up of wines!  We would have loved to have done a 15 course dinner just to showcase these amazing wines, but judicially paired it down to 7!

The premise for our dinner is two fold – showcase Italian varietals grown in Washington and Oregon and to present a traditional Italian dinner like those enjoyed in Italy. We did have to stray to California for one of our white wine selection, but more on that in a moment.  We have selected some of the finest Italian wines produced from small boutique producers right in our back yard.

The most exciting part of this dinner is the flight of sangioveses – Italy vs. Washington.  We will enjoy the Cana’s Feast Sangiovese Grosso, 2007 that uses the same VCR-6 grape clone as the celebrated Brunello di Montalcino wines from Italy.  Livio Sassetti, Brunello di Montalcino 2004, one of the most  highly regarded of its class, will be tasted side by side with its Washington partner from Cana’s Feast.  The flight will be paired with venison tenderloin.

Anne Amie Vineyards, Cuvée A Amrita 2011, Oregon is a northern-Italianesque white field blend made with pinot gris, vermentino and chardonnay amongst others.   This will pair beautifully with a baby octopus, shaved fennel and fig salad.

The Hard to How Primitivo, 2008 WA is jammed pack with raspberries, chocolate spice and black fruit , ending with herbaceous notes of cedar and thyme on the finish.  This will pair with lamb encrusted with goat cheese and pine nuts.

In order to keep true to our second premise for our dinner, creating a traditional Italian dinner, we jumped the border to California to find our Moscato.  We will end the evening with a traditional cheese course paired with Vino Noceto’s, Fivolo Moscato Bianco, 2011, CA.

Italians often begin their meal with an aperitif and end with a digestivo.  Our aperitif with be an Italian Prosecco to set the stage for the evening.  Cana’s Feast, Chinato D’Erbetti, couldn’t be finer selection to round out the end.  Infused with 18 different herbs, spices and flowers, this fortified exotic elixir with allow you to sip and savor every last bit of your chocolate truffle.

Chef Bill and  Jonathan have teamed up to create a magical evening. They will lead us through the food and wine. We hope that you can join us for an evening of food, wine and friends….isn’t that what Italians do so well?

Dinner is $50 and the wine pairing $25. Reservations are recommended.  For more information or reservations, please contact Coho Restaurant at 360.378.3587


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