Biagio’s Ristorante hosted a delicious Duckhorn Wine Dinner Wednesday, October 26. The dinner brought together families and couples alike to enjoy a night of seasonal dishes and exquisite wines.
Five delicious courses including Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Roasted Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque, Cider Glazed Lamb Chops and Chocolate Lava were each paired with a wine from Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley.
Duckhorn Vineyards was co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976 and has since established itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest beginning with 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to the addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has created a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today as the vineyard grows.
The evening began with a beautiful assortment of cheeses, breads, fresh vegetables and fruits paired with a Decoy Chardonnay to warm up the palate. Frank Barbagallo, of Duckhorn Vineyards introduced each selection describing the wine and the history behind it. “I don’t care if you have the best winemaker in the world if you don’t have good grapes, you’re not going to have good wine,” he explained. According to Frank, geological influences have provided a wide range of soils in the Napa Valley which lend themselves to unique growth in the vineyards.
All of the wines were paired beautifully with the seasonal dishes prepared by Chef Jimmy Perides. The next few courses included the Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc paired with the Pan Seared Diver Scallops and Golden Eye Pinot Noir with the Crispy Pork Belly. To demonstrate the balance of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the two were paired with the cider Glazed Lamb Chops. Each of these wines was balanced using a blend of the other to lighten the Cabernet and darken the Merlot.
To end the evening, several bottles of the Duckhorn wine were raffled off to lucky guests while the Chocolate Lava was served with a Paraduxx blend.
With a great staff, mouth watering dishes, delicious wines and excellent company, Biagio’s is looking forward to hosting a second Wine Dinner on Thursday, November 17 featuring Italian wines of Belguardo and Castello Fonterutoli.
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