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Cost: 5-Course Winemaker Dinner $125 (Includes Tax & 18% Gratuity)
We're excited to announce the next dinner in our Local Winery dinner series!
Please join us for our return to local winery dinners! Postponed for the past two years due to covid, Chef Erin is very excited to announce this unique experience focused on our local wineries and vineyards. Enjoy wine selections from our award winning local wineries while taking in the sights of the winery, vineyards and surrounding areas where the wines are produced. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the full romance of winemaking and cultivation. Owners/winemakers will join us for these events to present their creations and share their vision of what making wine in San Diego County means to them.
For our second dinner we are pleased to be working with Castelli Family Vineyards in Ramona. Winemaker Nelson Pizarro creates beautiful wines with a focus on the varietals that grow best in San Diego County. In addition to growing their own vines, Castelli also sources grapes from other areas of San Diego County and a few other special California vineyards. The Castelli family has created a wine paradise in the Western part of Ramona, complete with Tuscan architecture, overlooking the valley and vineyards. This dinner will be held in the lovely Tuscan style winery, which comfortably seats 46 guests. You won't want to miss this fantastic evening of wine, food and conversation.
* Please note, this dinner will take place in a working winery. Though the event is in June and indoors, a light jacket is recommended.
Each selection will be paired with its own wine inspired dinner course, prepared by Chef Erin Sealy. Chef Erin specializes in pairing food with wine, with a slightly different approach than most. Prior to creating a menu, each wine is tasted and reviewed and then she creates a food pairing, highlighting the nuances of each wine. This concept creates a dinner and pairing experience with layers of complexity and unique creations which exemplify the enjoyment of each wine. With a passion for food and wine, Chef Erin delights attendees with a detailed account of the pairing concept and cooking techniques that create each course. Expect a fabulous evening of wine, food and educational insights! Seating is limited.
Wine + Dinner Menu:
2016 Castelli Family Vineyards Sangiovese
Focaccia Crostini Topped with Italian Truffle Fontina, Blackened Portobello, Heirloom + Castelvetrano Fresh Bruschetta, Crumbled Bacon and Rosemary Crème Fraiche Drizzle
2018 Castelli Family Vineyards Tempranillo
Broiled Salmon with Chef Erin’s Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam Glaze in Brown Butter Fennel Puree with Charred Cherry Tomatoes and Chimichurri Drizzle
2016 Castelli Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Black Pepper + Panko Crusted Pork Loin Topped with Shredded Duck Confit Served in Sauce Tomat with Roasted Fingerlings + Red Wine Braised Crimini and Shallot
2018 Castelli Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
Wine Braised Lamb Shank Osso Bucco in Au Jus Reduction with Braised Tomatoes, Sweet Onion and Eggplant over Caramelized Shallot + Romano Soft Polenta and Topped with Shaved Parm-Romano
2017 Castelli Family Vineyards Dessert Wine
Bitter Chocolate Crème Brulee with Blackberry Preserves Center and Black Pepper Dusting served with Fresh Blackberries, Mint and Rosemary-Hazelnut-Black Pepper Florentine
5-Course Winemaker Dinner $125 (Includes Tax & 18% Gratuity)