Those who already love, or want to learn about wines from Italy's Le Marche region, are in for a treat this week with two winemaker dinners, featuring the exceptional Le Corti dei Farfensi winery. Owner/winemaker, Marco Cavalieri, will guide guests through a tasting of his beautifully made wines, which are known for their varietal purity and lack of manipulation in the winery.
Le Corti is located in the south of Le Marche, between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains. The Monks of Farfa, a Benedictine order, first brought viticulture to the area in the 9th century. Le Corti dei Farfensi sits on some of the land the monks once occupied.
It is a family-owned enterprise, founded by Marco, his wife Antonella and son, Francesco Maria. The Cavalieri's pride themselves for being on the forefront of organic viticulture, and for their devotion to Marche's native grape varieties: black vernaccia, malvasia, montepulciano, passerina, pecorino and sangiovese.
Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., the first dinner will be held at Spumante in North Hollywood and features four wines. The cost is $70.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. On Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., La Bruschetta in Westwood offers five wines with its menu, for $75.00 per person, tax and gratuity included, as well. Menus and reservation details follow.
Appetizer: Eggplant Melanzane~2011 Curtes Pecorino
Fettuccine Bolognese~2011 Clos Marche Sangiovese
Wild Mushroom Ravioli~2009 S. Ioseph Rosso Piceno
Sliced New York Steak in a black raspberry reduction Fresh Vegetable Risotto~2009 Abate Pietro Marche Rosso IGT (Montepulciano/Syrah)
Spumante’s Homemade Surprise Dessert~Freshly brewed coffee or tea
Advance Reservations required: Call (818) 508-7716 Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hours prior to the event. Spumante, 11049 Magnolia Blvd., #107, North Hollywood, CA 91601
From La Bruschetta:
Appetizer: Bruschetta & Arancini~2012 Ampor Passerina
Jumbo Scallops wrapped in Speck with brandy sauce~2011 Curtes Pecorino
Beggar’s purse with Porcini Mushrooms in a White Truffle Sauce~2009 San Joseph Rosso Piceno DOC
Lamb Loin Chop with Rosemary & Balsamic Vinaigrette~2009 Abate Pietro Marche Rosso IGT
Mango Panna Cotta e Tozzetti~NV Carenum Vino Cotto
Freshly brewed coffee & tea
Advance reservations required: Call (310) 477-1052 Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hours prior to the event.. La Bruschetta, 1621 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024