I recently attended a wine tasting at Social Restaurant for Ruffino wines hosted by Natalie MacLean and Constellation Brands.
Starting with a deliciously bubbly prosecco, our dinner with Ruffino Global Brand Ambassador, Beppe d’Andrea was every bit as entertaining as a dinner at Nonna’s. The history behind not only Ruffino wines, but all Italian wines was very enlightening.
Social Restaurant certainly did not disappoint on the expertly paired 4 course meal. Starting with a plate of asparagus, truffle, prosciutto, shaved foie and a poached duck egg which was complemented by the earthy yet fresh 2014 Lumina Pinot Grigio.
The Ricotta gnocchi was a group favourite, paired with a 2014 Ruffino Chianti and shared with wine stories straight from the Italian countryside. One such story, of the annual Medici celebration of San Lorenzo on August 10th which was likely the only time the hard working citizens of Tuscany ate beef.
The third course consisted of grilled steak with mushrooms and goat cheese, paired with two vintages of the Riserva Ducale (the Dukes reserve).
Additional reds were tasted in two groups – Brunello DOCG and Modus IGT.
We finished of the evening with a delicious serving of strawberries and cream, Japanese cheesecake and matcha streusel.
Natalie covers the event in wonderful detail in her blog post here. Make sure you check out the videos in the post. They provide solid proof that our guest was a master story-teller!
This was far more than a wine tasting event, it was an entertaining history lesson. It is clearly evident that Ruffino wines are produced with qualità della vita in mind!“Wine is not only wine, wine is culture, it’s history – it’s all connected.” ~ Beppe d’Andrea
Saluti … Donna