OUR FIRST WINE DINNER OF 2020
Italian Elia Pellegrini used to eat, sleep and breathe soccer in his home country of Italy, where "futbol" is king. Then a devastating knee injury at the tender age of 22 derailed his professional futbol career. Looking for a new direction, Elia returned home to Tuscany and his families winery, Aia Vecchia, to begin a career in a different field, with new goals. The soccer star turned vintner is making a rare trip to America and will be joining us for a special Winter Wine Dinner on Tuesday, February 4th, 6:30pm. Elia will be bringing several of his Tuscan wines to be paired with a multi course, seasonal dinner.
Aia Vecchia, the name of an old building situated in the Tuscan countryside between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci and next the Tyrrhenian coast, is the center of this winery today. The particularly favorable microclimate and ideally suited soils of this area make the production of high quality wines possible. The position of the vineyards allow the vines to receive a great deal of light, both direct sunlight and indirect as reflected off of the sea, which allows for an early harvest.The property consists of 104 acres split into two estates in Bolgheri and Maremma Grossetana. In the Bolgheri zone are planted: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot grapes, which are used for the production of two of the flagship wines: “Lagone” and “Sor Ugo.” In the cellar situated in Castagneto Carducci there are 2,000 barriques. Cost for the event is $80 per person (+tax & grat.). Space is limited - please call for reservations.