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December 9 – Wine Dinner at Opus Bistro Featuring Villa Banfi Wines – Clear Lake Shores

Five wonderful Italian wines from Castello Banfi were paired with a specifically selected menu prepared by Chef Chris Simon at Opus Bistro; all part of the first in a series of Wine Dinners. 

Tim Ryan, the Italian wine expert from Villa Banfi educated guests on the history behind the Villa Banfi winery and on the wines selected for the tasting while Ricardo from Opus Bistro discussed each course paired with the wines.  Rolfe Schaumburger, Wiredin’s own food, wine and spirits connoisseur worked in tandem with Tim and Ricardo answering questions and entertaining.

The dinner started with Banfi’s Principessa Gavia 2009 made from 100% Cortese grapes. This wine was paired with a Sunrise Salad which consisted of beef steak tomatoes, goat cheese and a  balsamic peach dressing.

The second course was the Villa Banfi Cum Laude 2006. This Super Tuscan blend made from 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and 5% Syrah was paired with Opus Bistro’s  famous Crab Cake with Remoulade Sauce.

Next came the  Banfi’s Brunello Di Montalcino2004 which consists of 100% Sangiovese grapes. “King of the Wines”, this flagship of the Banfi winery was paired beautifully with Grilled Baby Lamb Chops.

Sartori Amarone del Valpollicella 2006 made from 50% Corvina, 40% Rondinella and 10% Molinara grapes was matched up deliciously with a perfectly prepared Steak Diane.

To cap off a wonderful gastronomical experience Banfi’s Rosa Regale made from 100% Brachetto grapes was served with a sinfully wonderful Chocolate Mousse with a Raspberry Reduction Sauce. 

All of these wonderful wines range from $12 - $57 a bottle and may be purchased and or ordered from your local Specs Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods stores. Special Thanks to Tim Ryan and Opus Bistro for a night of great wine and food. Please enjoy your wines and as always remember to drink responsibly. 

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