DouxVin Wine Strategies presented a Best of Italy Wine Dinner at Old Vine Kitchen and Bar last Tuesday (March 12), and the sold out event was a huge success. I presented and spoke about 10 wines spanning the length of the Italian peninsula, with accompanying cuisine by Chef Mark McDonald.
The highlights included a beautiful seafood salad with the best octopus I have had outside of Italy, with a flight of white wines that ranged from Monchiero Carbone Arneis to the great Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg, always a favorite of mine. The next dish was a deceptively simple Tuscan bean preparation, that, accompanied by a La Pederzana Lambrusco Puntamora 2007, might have been the hit of the evening. For good measure we also poured the 2013 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino which provided a full-bodied counterpoint to the dish.
Braised short rib in Barolo wine was next up, with a flight of red wines that included an outstanding 2011 Mastroberardino Taurasi Reserva, the always crowd-pleasing 2014 Orma Toscana, and of course a Barolo, the 2014 Ceretto. That Mastroberardino just might have won the round.
A cheese plate including teleggio and pecorino romano was accompanied by the 2012 Secondo Marco Recioto della Valpolicella, a beautifully sweet wine with incredible depth and length. A great way to end an epic evening of Italian food and wine.
Thanks to Chef Mark McDonald, co-owner Kate Perry, and their amazing staff for helping to make this a wonderful evening.
We are looking forward to another great dinner at Old Vine Kitchen and Bar on April 9th, where I will present 10 wines that I call “The New California.” (Reserve your place)
Every year, it is our pleasure to host Paolo Scavino in January, on their annual trip to Northern California. This year, we enjoyed the company of Elisa Scavino herself, and her new Worldwide Ambassador, Andrea Ostorero.
Before we even begin to share our experience with the new 2015 vintage of Paolo Scavino wines, we just have to share what a joy it is to work with Elisa and her team. Thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable, fun, authentic – these are only a few of the adjectives that describe the Scavino family and team. Paolo Scavino is what we love at DouxVin, family owned estates and winemakers, putting their pride and passion in every single bottle.
Enrico Scavino together with the daughters Enrica and Elisa, fourth generation, run the family Estate.
The Barolo wines of Scavino are world class. Elisa shared their philosophy of selling wine to the BULK market for anything that does not meet their standards – including from every single Cru, and Rocche dell’Annunziata as well. That is a commitment to quality that is unparalleled.
The 2015 vintage is excellent, and every Barolo lover will be delighted with this vintage. It is fruitier and more expansive than the 2014 vintage. All the wines were stunning, and especially the Cannubi and Bric del Fiasc vineyards. The Bricco Ambrogio and Monvegliero vineyards have a softer, gentler style. One of Susan’s favorite Barolo vineyards is Ravera, and it was wonderful to have this in the Scavino line up for the first time. To say it was amazing, would be an understatement.
Paolo Scavino Cru wines sell out every year, and these are limited quantity wines. If you are interested, subscribe to DouxVin down below so we can send you the limited time pricing on these wines.