Musings on the Vine @ Cappella Restaurant, Needham, MA
I first delivered this tasting back in 2008 and then adapted it to a 10 glass flight. It is unusual because it focuses on the 3,000+ year history of Italy and the glasses are milestone markers along the way. Each milestone is connected to a moment in history in many ways and is meant to solidify one’s understanding by creating a visceral taste and aroma memory.
The foods are equally important and Rob and his crew at Cappella did an outstanding job of finding small plates that not only paired perfectly with the wines, but tied beautifully to the history, as well.
We will conduct this tasting again – we had too much fun and the class is just too enriching to only teach once. Stay tuned.
The flight and the foods as as follows:
Etruscans 2019 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso, Umbria
Black Truffe Pecorino
Greeks 2021 Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico, Veneto
Roman 2018 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso, Verona
Red Wine Risotto / Brown Butter Sage Pumpkin Ravioli
Arabs 2022 Vietti Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
Renaissance 2018 Rocca delle Macie Famiglia Zingarelli Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany
Grilled Beef & Red Wine Sauce
Napoleonic Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut, Lombardy
Fried Green Tomato and Caper Aioli / Aged Parmigiana and 12 Year Old Balsamic
Reunification Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Centenario Amabile, Emilia Romagna
Modern Age 2019 Morgante Nero d’Avola, Sicily
Duck Breast and Cider Sauce