It all began in 1893, when Luigi Cecchi became a professional wine taster and understood the potential of Italian winemaking. As Andrea Cecchi’s surname is cloaked in tradition, the wines that he crafts on his family estates have their own powerful nomenclature: Chianti Classico, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Morellino di Scansano. But in those centuries-old denominations of humble beverage wines, Mr. Cecchi, who holds a Master’s of Enology degree, saw the potential for greatness.
Reception 6pm • 4-Course Dinner 7pm
La Mora Vermention
Fried Sardine with Caper Aioli
Petite Crab Cakes with Lemon and Parsley
Prosciutto and Melon
Zucchini Fritter with Parmesan and Black Pepper Cream
Atlantic Swordfish "Saltimbocca", Sage Pesto, Crispy Parma Ham, Turnip Puree
La Mora Moralino di Sconsano
Short Rib Ravioli, Mushroom Bolognese, Vin Cotto, Wilted Swiss Chard
Cecchi La Familia Cecchi Reserva
Cassis Glazed Grilled Hanger Steak, Polenta Fries, Chianti Jus, Roasted Parsnips
Espresso Ganache, Oak Honey Ice Cream, Smoked Bing Cherry Coulis, Almond Tuile
$104.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity
The Grand Vintner’s Dinners, now a Winter Wine Festival tradition, fully express the epitome of the Festival’s philosophy on the marriage of food and wine. Hosted by winemakers from the finest wineries around the world, each dinner starts with a meet and greet wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. Chef Ken Lingle then presents a dinner with ingredients carefully selected to enhance each wine. Service is in the dramatic presidential style by a highly trained staff, a spectacle not to be missed.