GRILLED RADICCHIO SALAD
candied pistachio, pecorino, fig
apricot & chili mostarda, reggiano, sicilian black olive
red sauce, bufala mozzarella, basil, olive oil
BRAISED LAMB SHOULDER
rosemary scented jus, crispy saffron polenta, burnt cipollini, rapini gremolata, black trumpets
Prunois Drei Donà’s ‘first wine’. It comes from the strictest selection of 100% Sangiovese, from our best vineyards. It is bottled unfiltered so the great terroir of Predappio can reach its highest expression. All the Drei Donà wines are named after the family’s horses. Pruno is a Maremmana horse; big, powerful, sure of himself, and with a huge heart. He was the first Maremmana horse to compete in dressage at a national level and win. He’s proof that not only technique counts, but also with heart, passion, and dedication to a dream, one can achieve great results. The wine we dedicate to Pruno is the one closest to our hearts, the Sangiovese Riserva which, like him, has strength, character, elegance, and above all a special soul that never stops amazing. Pruno is an important wine of great character, made for important occasions. Its full body and high extract are balanced with crisp acidity and sweet tannins. Red fruit, floral, mineral, and coconut aromas float above a deep, plush texture. Juicy fruit flavors are accented with lovely fragrance and sweet spice. The marvelous integration of every element pushes through the long, rich finish.
Notturno is, as the French would say, Drei Donà’s ‘second wine’. It’s born when we choose and blend the barrels for Pruno's final aging. Generally, younger vines produce the majority of the grapes to make Notturno. Notturno was the first horse to enter our house, so it was fitting to name the first wine we made after him.
Notturno the horse had all of nature’s force and energy; his eyes were full of love and sweetness for those of us who loved him, and he had a wisdom beyond human comprehension. To him we wanted to dedicate the wine that reflects the peacefulness and pleasantness of a companion that never tires.
Deep ruby red color; characteristic, slightly spicy, wild fruit bouquet; a very pleasant wine with balanced complexity. Notturno's medium body and crisp acidity make it an ideal companion for any sort of food.
Il Torneseis Drei Donà’s exceptional white, from a land of great reds. The wine is called Tornese, after the horse with which Ida Vittoria succeeded getting into the 1994 Junior European Dressage Championships, the beginning of a brilliant career that brought her to become the Italian champion. Chardonnay too is a grape variety like so many others, but here at Tenuta la Palazza, it has a special soul that reflects the sun of our singular microclimate. That’s why it’s dedicated to Tornese, a horse like so many others that the love and passion of a few people transformed to greatness. From Chardonnay and Riesling of our own vineyards, it’s partially vinified in large wooden casks and aged “sur lie”. Tornese is an elegant wine with considerable structure.
LE VIGNE NOUVE FUME BLANC
Grapes from our younger vines contribute to this vintage white from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. A fresh, balanced wine with characteristic fruit and floral aromas, it’s the ideal companion for any light meal.
winter? what winter?
Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hey Fat Choy or 新年快乐
Sunday post Valentine's Blitz was a great night of friends, Spanish food and wine. Join us next week for Sunday Staff Meal!
this week, with the help of @henderikco
2nd Seating Still Available
VALENTINE'S DINNER ------ $80 PER COUPLE ----- $130 W/ WINE PAIRINGS
Ontario vs Italy structured tasting with Ian d'Agata, Will Predhomne and Magdalena Smit at the Somm Factory.
First flight of light Whites
A Chenin Revelation! South Africa Chenin vs Loire and World Examples with the who's who of Toronto Somm and media
Ken Forrester of SA, with Will Predhomme & Veronique Rivest holding court
Szabo and Lawrason (centre and right - my former instructors) reporting on South Africa Chenin Blanc
Thursday May 8th we present Apostolos Thymiopoulos. The man behind the Greek wines you have come to love. 6:30 onwards. Meet and greet. Informal gathering and a chance to taste these wine and shake the hand that made them.
a few of the wines tasted today during a midfield wine session. A Syrah lineup. Extraordinare.
We had another great tasting with some well informed wine focused clients. Blind and Structured of Cabernet from around the world. Cool and Warm climates, old and new world, with a few blends. Great group!
the blind tasted wines.
The Henry of Pelham was a favourite as was the Tuscan Sangiovese/Cab blend and the St. Estephe Bordeaux.