Master Italian Chef Vittorio Muscariello prepared an exquisite five-course meal, with each dish complimented perfectly by its matching Banfi wine. To start off the dinner, guests were served Tuscan inspired Crostini, with cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, carrots, basil, anchovies and extra virgin olive oil, which was paired with the Banfi Brut. The Principessa Gavi Banfi provided the perfect counterpoint to the brininess of the following course: fresh mussels and clams sautéed with fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil and parsley. The next dish presented a baked breast of duck, with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sage and rosemary, served with haricots verts and baked potatoes, accompanied by the Colvecchio Syrah Banfi. Holding up well against the final Main Course, a Brunello di Montalcino Banfi was paired with veal Ossobucco, braised in white wine with fresh herbs and spices, and a black truffle risotto. Ending the evening on a sweet note, the dessert presented a baked tart, served with pears, chocolate and Chantilly cream, complimented by the Rosa Regale Banfi.
The evening’s guest of honor, Raymond Rivera, Export Manager for Castello Banfi, together with Romar Trading’s wine artist Clive Faustin, had the pleasure of presenting each wine that was served, entertaining and also educating everyone about Castello Banfi.
In 1978 John and Harry Mariani, owners of the U.S. wine importer Banfi Vintners, established the award winning vineyard estate and winery Castello Banfi in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A constellation of single vineyards located on ideal sites cover about one third of the 7,100 acre estate. The remaining land consists of bucolic meadows, olive and plum groves, and woodland. Central to the property is a medieval castle that functions as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at a full service restaurant, enoteca and museum dedicated to the history of glass and its relation to wine. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavia, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking.
Photos show everyone enjoying a delightful evening of Tuscan food and wine, hosted by Romar Trading and Castello Banfi at Hostaria da Vittorio.