Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Risotto Rendezvous

The summer is in full swing, and with it, my schedule has been full of wining and dining my clients and friends. There have been some great bottles and I’m looking forward to sharing many of those experiences with you. However, today I wanted to also make my readers aware of an interesting event taking place in NYC at the end of July.

Pumpkin Risotto
If you are a friend or client you know that one of the things that people love about my work are the many risottos in my arsenal. I love it! Nothing makes me happier than risotto and especially one that is made with patience and with a deft hand. Unfortunately, there’s a lot lack luster risotto being served in restaurants today. This causes many people to ask me what it takes to make risotto. My number one answer is patience and the best ingredients. However, I never would have gotten off the ground without the lessons taught to me in school by culinary professionals.

Imagine my fascination when I heard about the following event coming to New York this July. The Risotto Rendezvous on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the International Culinary Center in downtown New York.

Michelle Lawton of “The Joyful Plate,” and Lina Pernigo, chef at La Foresteria Serègo Alighieri at Masi, will prepare and serve three risotto courses while instructing guests as she cooks. What also makes this event special is that Raffaele Boscaini, of Masi Agricola, will be hosting the event and pairing a number of Masi wines with the food. I can’t think of a more interesting evening for someone who enjoys the wines of the Veneto and the joys of risotto.

For anyone who follows this blog, you may recall that the 2005 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera, was one of my top ten wines from the Gambero Rosso, Tre Bicchieri tasting in NYC earlier this year. This event makes for an excellent way to learn about risotto and Masi. I’m hoping to be there myself, if my schedule permits.

To purchase tickets: Masi Risotto Rendezvous
Masi website: Masi Agricola

Some of my recent notes on Masi wines:

2007 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso Veronese IGT - The nose showed black cherry, dusty potpourri and sautéed mushroom with hints of cinnamon and clove. It was soft and enveloping on the palate with wild berries, and spices leading to a juicy sweet finish with red fruits and minerals lingering to the end (91 points)

2005 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Vaio Armaron - The nose showed black cherry, yet it was savory as salty cheeses and holiday spice filled the senses. On the palate, it showed a full body with cherry liquor, herbs, cedar and earth. A little sweet but wonderfully finessed with a long, slightly pepper filled finish. (92 points)

2005 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera - The nose showed rich black cherry, spices and tree bark, yet there was something animal about this wine that truly balanced the seductive fruit. On the palate, it was large scaled and rich, with cherry and spice, yet still feminine and graceful. The finish was long yet fresh. (93 points)

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