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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

There are few winemakers who are as well respected as Giovanni Manetti from Fontodi in Panzano, the heart of the Chianti Classico region. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of wine as well as for his warmth and charm. While we’ve tended to present more traditionally made wines (Fontodi is considered somewhat modern in style), Fontodi wines are exceptionally well made, from one of Chianti’s oldest and finest wine valleys.

We’ll arrange tables so that we’ll be able to chat, dine and taste with Giovanni Manetti. The standard of “modern wine style” has evolved in recent years, and we’ll have a chance to hear about how he sees this changing profile.

We will be tasting the following Fontodi wines:

2005 Chianti Classico DOCG

2003 Syrah

1998 Flaccianello della Pieve

1999 Vigna del Sorbo

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Chef Canales will offer a special prix fixe menu:

Bitter greens and Tuscan-style pigeon liver crostino

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Polenta with rabbit ragù

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Charcoal-grilled wild fennel, olive, and pork belly sausage braised with chestnut honey

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Vin santo and biscotti for dessert

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$120

prix fixe, with wine flight

For reservations please call 510-547-5356 or reserve online