On February 23, I attended the Shades of Italy dinner that featured 3 different regional wines (Canada, USA and Italy) based on a specific grape varietal. Each wine flight was paired with culinary delights created by Executive Chef, Romy Prasad. I had an opportunity to meet with the principals of the various wineries who were in attendance, this dinner was part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival.
A selection of passed canapes were served
Bruschetta di Salmone
Smoked salmon crostini, caramelized onions, capers
Involtini di Prosciutto e Burrata
Prosciutto di Parma, burrata, fresh basil
Sicilian risotto balls, saffron, Pecorino Romano
This reception wine was paired with the canapes.
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Leonia Pomino Bianco DOC Brut 2012
One of the winery principles brought some of the best Olive Oil with him from Italy which we had a chance to taste and it was some of the best I have enjoyed.
Now on to dinner and the pairings!
Pancetta di Maiale
crispy pork belly over an apple and celery root puree
accompanied with an arugula salad, shaved Taleggio
Paired with the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Attems Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT
Seghesio Pinot Grigio
Sandhill Pinot Gris
Risotto ai Funghi
risotto with assorted local organic mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano
Paired with the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina
Sandhill Small Lots Sangiovese
Guanciale di Agnello con Tortelloni di Zucca
slow braised lamb cheeks in red wine,
house made squash tortelloni in a Fontina cheese fonduta,
served with Brussels sprouts sautéed with pancetta
Paired with the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Momoreto Toscana IGT
Seghesio Marian’s Reserve
Sandhill Small Lots Three
Cantuccini almond biscuits
chocolate hazelnut cake
Paired with the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Pomino Vinsanto DOC
Chef Romy Prasad did a fine job pairing the wines with each of his dishes, everything was delicious, my favourite wines in the parings were for the First Course, I liked Italy and Canadian wines; for the Second Course, the USA and Canadian selections; for the Third Course, the Italian and Canadian wines and lastly the Italian pairing for the Fourth Course.
Federico Fuoco who is the owner of Federico’s Supper Club performed some of his musical hits for guests to enjoy and dance to following the dinner.
Most of these wines are now available in the Vancouver area wine stores as well as on the list at some of the restaurants including Federico’s Supper Club at 1728 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak