Our Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club held its first wine dinner of 2016 at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart last Thursday evening (January 28th). It was great to see some familiar faces, such as Jeff and Tish Wilsey, Judge James Rieckhoff, and Don and Gayle Parker to name just a few of our guests.
This was the first wine club event for Matt Hiland, McCarthy’s new Chef. He did an outstanding job of preparing the evening’s dishes, all of which were Italian, paired with our Italian wine selections. Here is a list of the wine and food pairings:
Starter: Bortolin Prosecco Extra Dry
Course One: Charcuterie Board. Hot Capicola, Salami, Prosciutto, Pickles, Mixed Olives, Duck Liver Pate and Italian Cheeses Served with Italian Bread — Paired with the 2011 Fabbri Olinto Chianti Classico
Course Two: Butternut Squash Ravioli. Pureed Butternut Squash and Apple Stuffed in Handmade Ravioli, Served with Housemade Brown Butter and Sage Sauce — Paired with the 2012 Salvano Barbera Piemonte
Course Three: Baked Meatballs. Housemade Meatballs of Veal and Pork Smothered with Marinara, Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese Served with Italian Bread — Paired with the 2009 Podere Canalino Brunello Di Montalcino
Course Four: Crispy Parmesan Roasted Rack of Lamb: Lightly seasoned, breaded with panko and Parmesan cheese then roasted to a perfect medium rare — Paired with the Legenda Aurea Primitivo Cabernet
Dessert: Ricotta Cheese Quenelle. Served with Fig & Mix Berry Preserves – Paired with the Marrone Tartufo Bianco
I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge of Old World wines, especially Italian and French, is far less than it is of New World wines. Since I have expanded the Italian wine offerings at Tiedemann Wines I figured I better start educating myself on these wines Old World favorites.
Allow me to share some of my research and education with you. I think it is good stuff. For example, I didn’t know that Italy is the second or third largest producer of wine in the World, behind only France and Spain. Italy has been producing wine for more than 2,000 years.
The Italian government has divided Italy into twenty primary wine regions. Each of these has sub-regions as well. There are three significant regions when considering both quantity and quality of Italy’s wine: Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto.
The Tuscany region, located in central Italy on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is one of the most notable of the three regions. The most popular wines produced in Tuscany are:
- Chianti Classico
- Brunello di Montalcino
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The Piedmont (Piemonte) region is located in the northwestern corner of Italy. The most well know and popular Piedmont wines are:
The Veneto region is smaller than Tuscany and Piedmont and is located in the northeastern corner of Italy. The notable wines from this region are:
- Soave (White)
- Prosecco (White)
My Italian wine importer friends are always talking and telling me about the Italian wine classification system. The system, designed by the Italian government, is primarily a four tier classification system that controls the quality and quantity of wines produced in