Wednesday, March 4 – Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner
For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933) and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. The goal of Robert Mondavi Winery has always been to produce wines that stand in the company of the greatest wines of the world. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap District AVA.
Please join us to celebrate the legacy of Robert Mondavi and enjoy the delicious fruits of this labor with special guest, Karen Wetzel, Director of Education for Robert Mondavi Winery and the Constellation Academy of Wine. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Vistas.
Chef choice passed appetizers. – Fume Blanc – Mr. Mondavi wanted to create a Sauvignon Blanc that reflected Napa Valley: He was able to produce a richer style with the brightness of Sauvignon Blanc. The creation of Fumé Blanc is the symbol of Mr. Mondavi’s innovation.
House smoked wild salmon platter with grilled flatbread, pickled red onion, fried capers, chive whipped triple cream brie and arugula dressed in a gremolta infused olive oil. Chardonnay – For this classically styled Napa Valley Chardonnay it is the unified voices of both the fruit and the oak that allow the terroir to speak.
Duck coq au vin over a house made Thai basil gnocchi. Merlot – Mondavi sources only quality vineyards in the Napa Valley for this Merlot to ensure that it is concentrated, harmonious and memorable.
Red wine and plum braised lamb shank with sage roasted fingerling potatoes and butter glazed baby carrots. Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville – Recently received 95 points from Beverage Dynamics. It is an honor to work in Oakville for the winery that really put this appellation on the map. Since the moment Robert Mondavi chose Oakville for his vineyards and winery, his vision of gracious living and world-class winemaking has extended all the way down into its soils.
Grilled peach with cinnamon and clove infused mascarpone cheese Moscato d’Oro – Robert Mondavi began producing this sweet, intensely perfumed wine in the 1960s to complement his dry wine portfolio and as a nod to his Italian roots.
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