Wednesday, March 23, 2011

6:30 PM

A legend among piedmontese producers, Giuseppe Rinaldi has been producing Barolo wine for over a century. As traditional as it gets, “Beppe” Rinaldi still ferments all of his Baroli in the massive, 110 year old piedmontese oak vat that his great grandfather used. The wines are aged in large old oak for two years before bottling. Rinaldi still holds to the tradition of blending fruit from different vineyards to create a perfectly balanced, long aging wine. In recent years, Giuseppe’s daughter Marta Rinaldi has become more involved in the business. Along with Eleanora Barale, Maria Teresa Mascarello, Mariacristina and Mariavittoria at Oddero, and Bruna Giacosa we are now seeing a younger generation of women making many of these traditionally masculine wines, ushering in the feminine future of Barolo. Marta will join us for a very special prix fixe menu paired with select Rinaldi vintages. For those interested in our regular à la carte menu, all of the Rinaldi wines will be available by the glass and half-glass to the whole dinning room.

1st Course Antipasti Misti: Celery with marrow sauce, leeks with red wine sauce, and soft green chard with amaretti cookies

Wines: Brunate 1998 Brunate 1999

2nd Course Red Winter wheat bigoli with ragù of duck giblets

Wines: Brunate 2000 Brunate 2001

3rd Course Slow Roasted Liberty Farms duck with butter poached lobster

Wines: Brunate 1996 Brunate 2006

Cheese Course Brunate 1995

$260 + tax and service charge

please call 510-547-5356 to make a reservation