Aventine Glen Ellen is pairing up with pioneering California winemaker Sam Sebastiani for a special winemaker dinner March 31. Sam Sebastiani, patriarch of the Sebastiani winemaking family, will pair four of his La Chertosa wines with four dishes.
Chef Adolfo Veronese's meal includes a crudo plate with ahi, shrimp and marinated octopus paired with La Chertosa 2012 reserve Chardonnay; house-made veal tortellini with English peas, fried porcini mushroom in a sage cream sauce and the 2012 reserve Zinfandel; roasted prime beef tenderloin paired with the 2012 reserve Sangiovese; and a cheese course featuring the 2010 La Chertosa Cabernet Sauvignon "Winemaker Remembrance.
La Chertosa wines are produced primarily from grapes grown in red, Tuscan-like soils in Sonoma and Amador counties. The wines are named for the 14th century Renaissance monastery in the Tuscan valley of Farneta where the Sebastiani ancestral roots began. It's the place where Sam Sebastiani's grandfather Samuele Sebastiani reportedly learned to make wine. Samuele came to Sonoma in 1893 and compared the area's soil, climate and hills to Farneta. He founded Sebastiani Winery in 1904, one of the first wineries in California.
The winemakers dinner is $100, plus tax and tip. Call 707.934.8911 or visit glenellen.aventinehospitality.com for more information.