Apr 29, 2009

Peter Franus Wine Dinner

Last night under the wrought iron trellises on the Piazza of Il Fornaio we enjoyed a wonderful evening of Peter Franus Wines. Hosted by Il Fornaio at 400 Capitol Mall, we were greeted by General Manager Daniel Shea, Wine Director Justin Williams, and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Franus. We were lucky enough to share our table with Deanne & Peter Franus and Trey & Luz Bonetti, where we dinned on traditional Italian Cuisine by Chef Bruno Amato.

Polenta con Gamberoni di Santa Barbara:
Sauteed Santa Barbara prawns served over the best polenta topped with fresh herbs I've ever had! And the olive oil...Oh My, this was the money! Paired with Peter Franus 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. I really enjoyed this wine with hints of ginger,lime,lemongrass,smooth melon, and if you close your eyes…fresh hay. It had a very rich feel, I like that in a nice Sauvignon Blanc.

Pappardelle Al Piccione:
House made spinach pappardelle with roasted squab ragu, pureed asparagus, topped with black truffles. Oh la la! This was wonderful! Paired with Peter Franus 2006 Napa Zinfandel. In this beautiful ruby color Zinfandel, we notice the spice, roasted coffee, and blackberry with a hint of sweetness. Very nice!

Maille al Melograno:
Pork tenderloin on a bed of couscous and caramelized onion served with a cranberry Cabernet reduction. The presentation was beautiful! This dish paired wonderfully with the 2005 Peter Franus Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is primarily associated with the Loire Valley and Bordeaux France. Lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, this is truly one of Kevin's favorite wines!

Ravioli alla Mela con Cannella:
House made sweet ravioli stuffed with granny smith apples topped with zabaione custard and caramel sauce. This was paired with Peter Franus 2005 Brandlin Zinfandel. The Brandlin terroir of mineral and earth makes this my personal favorite Peter Franus wine! The aroma of blueberry, allspice, and black cherry, with hints of French oak elevates your senses. This is a wine that makes me want to be selfish with the entire bottle!

Now, I am not a dessert type of person, but did enjoy a ravioli or two, while secretly slipping the third on to Trey's plate. As I stated above... I really would have been perfectly happy selfishly indulging in an entire bottle of the Brandlin Zinfandel! Now that's my kind of dessert!

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