Buon Giorno, Tutti!

Summer has arrived and, along with it, the bright and flavorful tastes of the season we will share with you at our June 23 Taste & Learn event. Beginning with a refreshing sparkling wine from La Spinetta, the evening will also feature three splendid wines from Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani. As always, each tasting will be accompanied by small plates prepared by our talented, award-winning Chef Francesco DiCaudo. (A favor: Don’t tell him I said that—his head is already so big!)

In any event, La Spinetta is an esteemed winemaker with vineyards spread between Piemonte and Toscana. The Rivetti family has been making wine at the original La Spinetta (which means “top of the hill”) in Castagnole since 1977. One vineyard eventually expanded into four and, in 2011, La Spinetta acquired the Asti’s historic Contratto winery, which has been in operation for more than 150 years. We will be tasting Contratto Millesimato, 2011, with our first pairing.

Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani, located near Verona in the Veneto region, is known for regional favorites such as Soave and Amarone Classico—both of which we will be pouring that evening. You will also taste its less-familiar Pràgal wine, which is a fruity and spicy blend of Corvina, Merlot and Syrah grapes. The Bertani family boasts winemaking expertise that dates back to as early as the middle of the 16th century—you can’t be more of an expert winemaker than that! Truly, you will love these wines.

Here is our menu for the evening:

La Spinetta, Contratto Millesimato, 2011

Fiore di Zucca

Zucchini variation, goat cheese, black pepper sablé

Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani, Lepia Soave, 2016


Crab, potato, caviar

Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani, Pragal, 2015


Herbed quail ravioli, taleggio cheese sauce, lampong pepper

Tenuta Santa Maria di Gaetano Bertani, Amarone Classico, 2011


Lamb loin, pickle baby eggplant, cumin dust, sheep’s milk yogurt


Taste & Learn begins at 6 p.m. sharp and sells out each month. Make reservations today and join us!  Tickets are $65, inclusive of tax and gratuity, call 702.364.5300 or click the reservation link below.