Small fresh basil fritters on a bed of arugula, zucchini e aged salted ricotta
Cream of chickpea soup with Pioppini mushrooms, pancetta (Italian slab bacon smuggled in from Italy) wrapped shrimp and a hint of rosemary
Asparagus Risotto with lemon zest and baby goat cheese
Pork tenderloin with a Sangiovese grape jelly glace accompanied by spicy, dark-leaved kale and roasted almonds
Panna cotto and Choco&Wine (sweetened cooked cream served with a special chocolate sauce made of Petroio Riserva wine and bittersweet chocolate)
All ably pared and accompanied by lots and lots of Petroio wine
It was a magical evening, emotionally rich and very satisfying for everyone!
Saturday, a back to back tastings at McCarthy & Schering’s two stores with Dan McCarthy on Queen Anne and Jay Schiering on Ravenna NE we closed the week “in bellezza” Beautiful Ending!
After a mini break over the weekend with family and friends, on Tuesday I was off to Portland, feeling excited and happy to be going almost home, away from home.
Here too the week was full of programmed events and some that just came about as the week progressed.
The first tasting was at Enoteca Vino, followed by Liner & Elsen Wine Merchants on Quimby St., our longtime clients and friends, and finished at AgriVino Restaurant di Carlton.
And thus the idea was born a wine dinner like this:
Pici, handmade pasta, with cured pork cheek, fried eggplant, tomato confit, and aged, salted ricotta and mint
with Chianti Classic 2012
Lamb shoulder with lemon zested potato flan, and red swiss chard.
with Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
Tiramisu Chianti style with home made almond biscotti and vinsanto
with Vinsanto Petroio 2015
Then the final appointments, that were just as important as the previous one, including a Staff meeting with the Estates Group team at the home office of Young’s Market Company, where during those days a large study was underway regarding the Territory of Tuscany followed by a quick drive down to Eugene to pour our wines at the prestigious Admiralty table at Young’s Market Road Show.
After my intense and successful visit came to its end I came home to my land, because here too at Petroio, we never do finish our working towards our goal of producing an ever better wine for the tables and cellars of our clients and friends!
In order to publicize the unique quality of our wines in America, I will…never stop…because the experience is fantastic and gratifying and overcomes the fatigue, diminishing all those hours of lost rest and sleep.