June Naylor 2017-08-30 05:12:20
Italian whites just right for easing into fall Italian red wines have been especially popular for years, but whites are perfect to ease your way through a Texas fall that frequently sees 90-degree days. While pinot grigio is popular — Santa Margherita has been on wine lists and in every grocery store for ages — there are more interesting options. We checked in with three Italian restaurants to fi nd out what they serve — and what they like. Loveria Caffe In Colleyville, owner and Emilia-Romagna native Andrea Matteucci carefully chooses wines from throughout the homeland he left a year ago for North Texas. His all-Italian list is fi lled with jewels from lesser-known wineries with small and/or organic productions, including the Sant’Elena sauvignon blanc 2010, made in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia area of northeast Italy. Deeply yellow and surprisingly assertive — Matteucci calls it “persistent” — it pairs as easily with ragu-topped capellini as a red would (it’s on the Loveria list for $44 and available for retail purchase at the restaurant for slightly less and at a signifi cant discount by the case). For guests wishing for something delicate and especially dry, the Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Arneis 2015 ($42) from Piedmont is fresh and fl owery, a good accompaniment to pasta tossed with browned butter, sage and Parmesan. Deeply pink but especially dry, iGreco Savu Rosato 2015 ($48) from Calabria is the right match for Loveria’s risotto and pork loin scaloppine. Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House Francesco Secchi has devoted 35 years to winning guests over with Italian wines at his Grapevine restaurant. He’s fond of Maso Canali pinot grigio from Trentino 2015 ($45) for warmweather sipping and with salads and gnocchi with gorgonzola. Secchi visits Sardinia annually, and his favorite fi nd of that region is the Soletta Vermentino di Sardegna 2015 ($47), the right match for Ferrari’s crab-topped sea bass and shrimp scampi with pesto. Find the Maso Canali at Spec’s (Hulen and Eastchase locations), Fossil Creek Spirits on Precinct Line Road in Colleyville and select Tom Thumb grocery stores. Piattello Italian Kitchen Kellen Hamrah, who runs the wine program at the Fort Worth restaurant, points to the Lenotti pinot grigio 2016 from Veneto ($45 on the wine list and also available for $13.99 at Gran Cru on Magnolia Avenue) as a bright, citrusy white with bigger aromatics and more weight than the typical pinot grigio, good for any of the restaurant’s shrimp-topped salads. For a rich, full-bodied white, he recommends the Alois Lageder chardonnay 2015 from Alto Adige, which is close to the Alps. With pear and apple notes, it’s great to drink while eating Piattello’s roasted chicken with peaches and basil. Listing for $40, it’s available at Central Market in Fort Worth for $14.99. Cheers to fall, even if it feels like summer. THE DETAILS Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, 817-251-2525, ferrarisrestaurant.com Loveria Caffe 5615 Colleyville, Blvd., Colleyville, Suite 410, 817-893-5880, loveriacaffe.com Piattello Italian Kitchen Waterside, 5924 Convair Drive, Suite 412, Fort Worth, 817-349-0484, piattelloitaliankitchen.com PAIRINGS WINE | SPIRITS | BEER Cadillac Wines 3500 W. Loop 820 South, Fort Worth, 817-989-4433 or 817-989-4435 or cadillacwines.com • Sept. 9, Little Giant Sip & Go Napa Valley’s Chris Dearden crafts five Carneros wines, some of which will be poured at this drop-by event. 1-3 p.m., complimentary. • Sept. 22, Chappellet Wine Dinner April Collins visits from the St. Helena winery to introduce five Napa Valley wines poured at the four-course dinner prepared by chef Carol Ann Kroehler. 7 p.m., $55. Café Modern Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-840-2157 or themodern.org • Sept. 27, Chilean Wine Dinner Chef Denise Shavandy and her team create a five-course feast to pair with South American wines. Among matches is an empanada duo with beef, olives and raisins and with shrimp and Gouda, paired with Ritual pinot noir; a dish of pheasant, corn mousse with Thai basil, currants, caramelized onions and quail egg paired with Primus carmenere; and steak with cognac chile demi, poached egg and potato souffle paired with Neyen carmenere cabernet blend. 6:30 p.m., $89 for museum members and $95 otherwise. Cantina Laredo 530 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, 817-810-0773; 4020 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, 817-358-0505; cantinalaredo.com • Sept. 16, Casa Noble Tequila Dinner In Grapevine, a Mexico City-style dinner includes four courses, each paired with a different tequila cocktail. The menu includes a tortillalike huarache stuffed with shrimp and chorizo; cranberry salad; grouper topped with white wine sauce or peppercorn filet; and lemon blueberry cake. 7 p.m., $59.99. • Sept. 29, Corralejo Tequila Dinner In Fort Worth, the Grapevine menu is repeated. 7 p.m., $59.99. The Capital Grille 800 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-348-9200 or thecapitalgrille.com • Through Sept. 3, The Generous Pour The annual summer celebration of wines earning ratings of 90-plus points returns. Guests at dinner enjoy as many of these exceptional wines as they like for a bargain price. 4-11 p.m., $28. • Sept. 11-Nov. 19, Wagyu & Wine Diners in the bar and lounge enjoy a deal pairing a choice of wagyu burgers with special wine selections. Choose from a menu of burger topped with havarti, fried egg and crispy onion; caramelized onion, Jarlsberg, mozzarella and shallot mayo; or applewood-smoked bacon and Vermont cheddar, served with a glass of Caymus cabernet sauvignon, Belle Glos Las Alturas pinot noir or Emmolo merlot. Lunch and dinner, $25. Cat City Grill 1208 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-916-5333 or catcitygrill.com • Sept. 17, Kim Crawford Wine Dinner Chef Osman Suarez prepares a four-course meal to pair with pours from the renowned New Zealand winery. 6:30 p.m., $85. Central Market Cooking School Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4651 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-377-9005, centralmarket.com • Sept. 9, Oktoberfest Dinner Celebrating the age-old autumn festival, the cooking school hosts a hands-on class that features special beverage pairings, such as a lateharvest riesling with the dessert course. The menu includes German cucumber salad; pork schnitzel with mushroom sauce; braised red cabbage and apples; spaetzle; and a rustic pear tart. 5:30 p.m., $65. Chef Point Cafe 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, 817-656-0080 or chefpointcafe.org • Sept. 19, Off the Beaten Path Tasting This month’s class requires an adventurous spirit for exploring lesserknown varieties. Think of wines made from teroldego grapes, for instance, and from places like Crete and Slovenia. 6 p.m., $20 The Classic at Roanoke 504 N. Oak St., Roanoke, 817-430-8185 or theclassiccafe.com • Sept. 26, Wine with Francis Resident wine expert Francis Silmon takes guests on a sipping tour through Spain and Portugal. Food pairings include appetizers from chef Charles Youts. 6:30 p.m., $65 Grace 777 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3388 or gracefortworth.com • Sept. 22, Clambake The annual fall patio party is back, with chef Blaine Staniford’s ode to seaside dining with beer and wine pairings. Enjoy East and West Coast oysters and myriad sauces for raw bivalves, plus oysters baked with white cheddar and scallions, paired with 2014 Domaine L’Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine; bay shrimp roll with pickled ramp aioli and fingerling potato chips, served with 2015 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Grenache Blanc Blend; a selection of clam varieties, diver scallops, Maine lobster, jumbo prawns, bouchot mussels, blowfish tails, king crab and Long Island calamari with pours of 2014 William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis and 2014 Maison Roy Petite Incline pinot noir. Dessert is huckleberry cobbler served with Blandy’s 10-year Malmsey Madeira. 6:30 p.m., $125. Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique 1257 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-923-1717 or grandcrumagnolia.com • Sept. 29, Charles Smith/K Vintners Dinner Chris Langan represents the famous Walla Walla winery, introducing five pours paired with several courses. Meal, time and pricing (under $40) to be determined. Tickets will be sold at eventbrite.com. Loveria Caffè 5615 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 410, 817-893-5880 or loveriacaffe.com • Sept. 18, Italian Wine Dinner Dominic Nocerino, owner of New York-based importer Vinifera, introduces wines from Italy. Pairings with each of the pours are prepared by restaurant co-owner and chef Michele Ragazzini. Time and price to be announced. Messina Hof Winery 201 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-442-8463 or messinahof.com/Grapevine • Sept. 6 and 20, Wine & Chocolate Pairing 5-8 p.m., $20 • Sept. 13 and 27, Wine & Cheese Pairing 5-8 p.m., $20 Next Bistro 5003 Colleyville Blvd., 682-325-4046 or nextwoodfiredbistro.com • Sept. 26, Duckhorn Vineyard Dinner Caitlin Hartwigsen of Glazer’s introduces four wines from the famous Napa Valley winery, paired with chef Ying Aikens’ three-course dinner. Courses and wines will include duck breast in an Asian plum sauce paired with Duckhorn’s 2014 Napa Valley merlot; and beef Wellington paired with Duckhorn’s 2013 Howell Mountain Napa Valley red wine. 6:45 p.m., $149. Silver Fox Steakhouse 1651 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-332-9060; 1235 William D. Tate, Grapevine, 817-329-6995; silverfoxcafe.com • Sept. 6, Sommelier for a Day Each month, guests have one evening in which to sample selected wines and choose which will be the featured wine in the next month. Enjoy six French wines alongside passed appetizers; the favorite wine will be October’s wine of the month. 5-7 p.m., $20. Tarrant Area Food Bank Demonstration Kitchen 2525 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 817-857-7137 or tafb.org/tafb-events/empty-bowls-chef-series/ • Sept. 21, Empty Bowls Chef Series Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s and Waters in Fort Worth stars in the next installment of this fundraising program. Offered in an interactive cooking-demo format, the four-course dinner called Seafood Sensations includes pairings of wine and spirits provided by Proper on Magnolia, as well as a packet of recipes to take home. Proceeds feed the hungry; the series continues monthly through October. Buy tickets online. 6 p.m., $75. The Wine Thief Omni Hotel Fort Worth, 1300 Houston St., 817-350-4108 or omnihotels.com • Sept. 20, Blind Tasting A tasting aimed to educate your palate includes six pours along with food pairings from Bob’s Steak & Chop House. To reserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 p.m., $50. EVENTS Aledo Wine & Art Festival | Sept. 24 Chuck Tordiglione of Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard throws a daylong party of wine tasting, music and art in this inaugural event. Participating area wineries, among many, include Brennan Vineyards, Pemberton Cellars, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Barking Rocks Winery and Blue Ostrich Winery. Check out work from Western artists and enjoy food from Mancuso’s Italian Ristorante, Del Norte Tacos and Wenzel LoneStar Meat Company, to name a few. A portion of proceeds benefits St. Jude’s hospital. Tickets include wine tastings; food is extra. Noon-8 p.m., $25-$30. Stillwater Meadow Event Center, 9842 E. Bankhead Highway, Aledo, 817-917-6908, stillwatermeadow.com GrapeFest | Sept. 9 and 14-17 The annual wine celebration kicks off with the Texas Wine Tribute Gala & Auction, a black-tie benefit Sept. 9 at the Grand Hall, 636 Main St., benefiting Metroport Meals on Wheels. The four-day festival unfolds along historic Main Street, offering everything from live music on four stages to a carnival and midway with games and rides. The focus on wine, however, happens within festival events like GrapeStomp; the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic; and four separate wine pavilions that showcase bubbly varieties, wines from Grapevine’s several tasting rooms, premium international wines and wines from New York’s Finger Lakes region and Canada’s Niagara-on-the-Lake. Gala tickets are $125. Daily festival tickets are $5-$8. Downtown Grapevine 800-457-6338, grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest
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