For the past 15 or 20 years I have hosted a Gourmet Wine dinner to benefit the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey. They are a remarkable group of people who do an awesome job in supporting the hemophilia community of NJ. This year’s event netted more than $40,000.00 for the association. The event was held at Il Capriccio Ristorante, Whippany, NJ on Monday evening, May 7, 2012. Eighty-three people enjoyed the great food prepared by Tony Grande and his son Natale, and enjoyed the magnificent wines of Giuseppe Quintarelli. Readers of this blog know how I feel about these wines. I always have wanted to do a wine dinner that featured all of his wines and since he passed away in January of this year I felt that now was the time to honor the man and his legacy. I served every wine he makes, with the exception of the dessert wine Amabile, which I served last year.
|Cappellini w/ Meatball|
|Primofiore & Clos du Bourg Sec|
|L to R, Rosso di Bepi, Amarone, Alzero|
It was simply a fantastic evening with the wines showing beautifully. My sincere thanks to Tony and Natale Grande and the Il Capriccio staff for their great food and service, to Brian Hider, Wine Director for the Pluckemin Inn for getting me the wines at a very reasonable price & for and adding his comments & knowledge about the wines, to Chris Cree, MW for his comments & knowledge also and to Gene Urban, Mater of Photography, for memorializing the evening on camera. To view this incredible evening, Gene uploaded an incredible slide show of the event. Please click here to view it. Thanks also to my wine loving friends for their support.
|Me, Brian Hider & Chris Cree|
|Tony & Natale Grande|