Hello, Wine Lovers!

Our next Taste & Learn wine-pairing event will be held on August 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the best Italian restaurant in Las Vegas—mine!

That day, we will feature Italy’s northeastern Veneto region—one of Italy’s most important wine-producing regions—with wines from the Allegrini winery. These wines derive from the area of Valpolicella, located on the eastern part of Veneto between the city of Verona and the Lago di Garda.

Wine production has taken place in Veneto since ancient times. In fact, the name “val polis cellae” means the valley of many cellars. The Allegrini family has been producing wine since the 16th century. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the pleasure of visiting this winery multiple times and have met Franco and Marilisa—the brain and force behind this great winery. I’m pleased to say Marilisa has dined at Ferraro’s a few times. And once, I brought a party of 25 people to Allegrini for a wine tasting and lunch. What an afternoon that was!

OK…now back to Taste & Learn…

The first wine of our August 22 event will be Vermentino,  a dry, crisp and herbal white wine, which will be paired with scallop carpaccio, celery root, green apple and caviar.

Our second wine will be Palazzo delle Torre, which is made using the ripasso method, where most of the grapes are vinified at harvest time, while some grapes are left to dry for months and then blended for a second fermentation. The blend of palazzo delle torre is corvina, rondinella and sangiovese. This wine will be paired with Montasio cheese risotto, bitter honey and coffee powder.

Next, our guests will savor La Poja, Allegrini’s most important wine made with 100 percent corvina veronese, exerting a full body with aromas of fruit, spices and herbs with a powerful and long-lasting finish. La Poja will be paired with a Calabrese-style meat stew.

Finally, we will enjoy the popular Amarone Classico, a blend of corvina, corvinone, rondinella and oseleta. This wine will be paired with pears and gorgonzola to complement its texture and temperature.

I would like to thank all of you who attended our last Taste & Learn with the Mastroberardino wines. As you are aware, Taste & Learn is becoming very popular—with this great line-up of wines and food, we’re sure our next event will sell out quickly, so please make your reservations soon!


Looking forward to see you on August 22.

Grazie and arrivederci…

Gino Ferraro