Tribute to the King of Wines – Barolo!
What a fabulous evening at the Italian Cultural Centre on Thursday May 27th. The event was entitled, “Tribute to the King of Wines – Barolo Villero Riserva”. It was a wine pairing dinner featuring the wines of Piemonte and from the cellars of Franco Molino and Casalone. There was even music interlude from guitarist, Sandro Camerin. The wines were presented by wine importer, Italo Fionda.
It went way above the expectations that I had had for this evening!!
The evening presented us with the opportunity to pair 6 Italian wines from the Piemonte region of Italy with 6 different menus that we all meticulously prepared by head chef Rebecca Johnson. I must say, and I say this with all sincerity, that I was blown away with the quality of and presentation of the food we had last night at the Italian Centre!! Completely blown away!!
There were only 80 or so people at the event – a sell out. Tickets were $85 per person. Perfect sized event and once you read on – incredible value for what we got!
When we were invited to this event last week by our dear friends Carla and Joe, my only reason for going was for the wines. I love Barolo’s, and the wines of the Northern Italy have always been my favourites! I was not going because I thought the food was going to be anything better than just good.
WOW, was that expectation destroyed! The food was as good (in many cases better), and the presentation was as good as many of the higher end Italian or European style restaurants that I have been to anywhere in the city of Vancouver – I mean anywhere in the city!! Never mind just Vancouver; Toronto and Montreal included!!
The dinner and the wine pairings were as follows;
A pomegranate glazed prawn and mixed vegetable salad with a beautiful white wine called Monemvasia. This grape originated in Greece and was brought to Italy by the Venetians in 14th century. The wine was light and fruity and went really well with the dish! Production of this wine is about 3000 bottles.
An agnolotti stuffed with braised organic rabbit, caciocavallo cheese and spinach in sage butter sauce and paired with a red wine called Red Cello Dolcetto d’Alba. This portion of the meal gets the OMG award! Wow! Fabulous! The agnolotti was awesome and the wine, which is young tasting, went together wonderfully. The wine is a perfect every day, table type, wine. Real easy to drink.
Roasted smoked black cod with beet and white kale ragout in a caper citrus sauce with a Langhe Nebbiolo. First off, just writing this is making me hungry and is making me smile!!! This dish with this red wine (yes I said “red” wine with fish) was incredible. The fattiness of the black cod paired with a flavourful full bodied red like this one was outstanding! Wine production is about 4000 bottles.
Organic Guinea foul confit with organic infused demi glaze and red wine reduction with roasted turnip and asparagus puree and orange saffron risotto paired with a Bricco Morlantino red wine. Another stellar dish with awesome wine choice! This is another really versatile wine that was just delicious! Production is about 3000 bottles.
Grilled organic venison tenderloin in sweet cheery demi glaze with artichoke polenta cake and eggplant terrine and carrot pave that was paired with my favourite wine of the evening, the Barolo Villero Riserva 2000 from the Molino vineyards. I could have eaten the whole dear and I would have swum in a vat of the wine!!!! This was insanely good; yes, insanely good!!!!
Finally, a fresh rhubarb-apple tartlet with Piave forte cheese and a strawberry coulis and then a hazelnut biscotti and then paired with a Monemvasia Passito. Outstanding through and through!! I am not a fan of the sweet desert wines or ice wines, but I have to say – Wow!!
I could go on for days as I had a really great evening and ALL of my expectations for the wines and the foods of the Italian Centre in particular, were completely blown away!! It was fabulous!
Credits to the following;
Rebecca Johnson – Head Chef of the Italian Cultural Centre – WOW!! All I can say!!
Sandro Camerin – Music – Very nicely played – suited the evening 100%!
To the Italian Center staff and facilities; Well served and presented – Great Job!
I can’t wait until the next one of these events!!
Ciao for now @kootenayborn