Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wine Dinner with Valter Scarbolo, June 19th, at Empire State South

Good ol’ Valter.  
Pretty much everyone that meets Valter Scarbolo seems to fall in love with him.  He’s just one of those personalities.  There are the big bear hugs, the kisses on the cheek.  Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey named his Boulder, Colorado restaurant directly after Valter’s restaurant in Lauzacco, La Frasca, around which Valter appears to be the unofficial mayor of the village.  Valter’s wines are equivalent charmers, ranging from terrific everyday expressions of typical Friulian forms (like the Sauvignon or the Cabernet) to impressive examples of a distinctive winemaking mind (like the coppery Ramato XL or the rich, intriguing blend, My Time).  His Refosco is one of the best examples I’ve tasted of that indigenous Friulian grape, rustic and brawny.  In all cases, however, Valter and his wines are the kinds of special beings you need to meet, and spend some quality time around.

chilled squash soup with marinated scallop, vidalia, pickled ginger 
Sauvignon, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2012
marinated summer vegetables, lettuces, foraged greens, city ham
Pinot Grigio, Scarbolo, ‘Ramato XL’, Friuli, Italy, 2011
poached wreckfish in warm cucumber broth and herb oil
Chardonnay/Friulano/Sauvignon, Scarbolo, ‘My Time’, Friuli, Italy, 2011
grilled hanger steak with tokyo turnip gratin and turnip greens
Cabernet, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2011
Refosco, Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy, 2009
crème fraiche cake, peaches, almonds
$110 per person plus tax and gratuity
(404) 541-1105 for reservations
June 19th at 7:00pm

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