Jeez. I’ve been home from the Festival del Gusto di Bolzano for mere hours—more on that later—& already there’s so much news in my face. None of the following will suck in the least.
First up, on 6/12, 5pm: Uncorked Denver‘s Argentine Patio Party at Second Home featuring the wines of Mendoza’s Gauchezco Vineyards—run by, of all people, a CU grad, Eric Anesi. In the JW Marriott’s swank little courtyard, he’ll be pairing the following wines with passed apps:
Malbec Rosé 2010
Malbec Classico 2009
Malbec Plata 2009
Malbec Oro 2008
Note that reservations ($28 pp) are already 75% booked, so sign up quick here to ensure your spot.
Next, on 6/15, 6:30pm, Jack Bittner, VP & GM of Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville, CA, will be on hand for a 5-course wine-paired dinner at Elway’s Downtown ($100+ pp; call 303.312.3107 for reservations).
Scallop carpaccio with spicy guava drizzle, frisée, red chili
2010 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Oak-smoked duck breast with new potatoes, chard, berry jus
2008 Breggo “Ferrington Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Wild boar ravioli with tomatoes, olive oil, Mahon cheese
2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District
Lamb osso buco
2007 Cliff Lede “Poetry” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District
Last but hardly least, on June 21 at 7pm, Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar welcomes Brian Duncan, acclaimed wine director of Chicago’s Bin 36 (the former stomping grounds of co-owner David Schneider) & a winemaker in his own right for a 6-course dinner ($95 pp, 303.825.0100) featuring Bin 36’s proprietary vintages.
Passed hors d’oeuvres
Chef’s selection of appetizers
2001 Brut Rosé
Cured Scottish salmon with pink pepper crème, cucumber noodles, mustard seed tuile
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Tombo ceviche cocktail with spicy chile-lime broth, cilantro, popcorn
Duck & fig sausage with shaved pear, mâche salad, Szechwan pepper gastrique
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon & 2007 D&S Cabernet Blend
Grilled NY strip with broccoli di Cicco, rösti potatoes, citrus chimichurri
Local artisan cheeses & mignardises