Winemaker Dinner with Villa Italia
Villa Italia's proprietor Lorenzo Scarpone will be the featured guest at the Winemaker Dinner on Oct. 21. Passionate about food and wine, Lorenzo established Villa Italia in 1989, importing fine artisan-made wines from the largest wine-producing country in the world, Italy. Lorenzo was introduced to the importance of culinary and wine-making traditions at a young age. His family farmed for more than 300 years in the Abruzzo region, due east of Rome, that descends from the highest peak (Gran Sasso) in the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. As an advocate for small-scale, sustainable agriculture and hands-on artisan wine-making, Lorenzo founded Slow Food® San Francisco, promoting local food and traditional cooking. During this tasty dinner, Lorenzo Scarpone & The Tides' Chef Luca D'Oria guide us on a tour of the finest quality, authentic Italian cuisine and wine. Our journey begins by the sea with a fine seafood salad of chilled diver scallops, wild prawns and Monterey calamari, paired with 2016 Pierpaolo Pecorari Pinot Grigio from the Venezia Giulia region. Next, Chef Luca prepares a delicate Duck Egg Carbonara with La Quercia Guanciale, paired with Lorenzo's own 2010 Scarpone Tribute "Colline Teramane", Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. This wine is a special tribute to Lorenzo's father Vincenzo, presenting the culmination of a generations-old dream of the Scarpone family. The main course, is Roasted Tagliata, or sliced beef with a Barolo glaze, served with two DOCG certified wines, a 2013 Garesio "Serralunga D'Alba" Barolo and the 2016 Casa Alle Vacche "I Macchioni" Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The dolce or "sweet" finish is Semifreddo ai Cantucci with chocolate fudge and orange anglaise paired with La Montecchia "Fior D'Arancio" Sparkling Moscato.
Cost: $98 per person plus tax & gratuity
800 Hwy 1.
Bodega Bay, CA 94923