A Special Night of Tuscan Wines From Podere Ciona

Keith Ellis from Cook’s Pots and Tabletops teamed up with Italian wine maker Lorenzo Gatteschi to present an outstanding evening of food and wine from the Tuscan Region of Italy, and his wine Podere Ciona. The focus of the evening was to provide properly paired food with the unique wines of the region. Lorenzo spoke of the distinct regional wines, the variety of wines throughout Italy, the wine making process as well as the government oversight that standardizes the wine production and guarantees a reliable certified product for enjoyment.

Lorenzo took us through three varietals of wine and the pairing to four courses of a typical meal representative of the region, prepared by Keith. This included a red wine paired with dessert, which really was icing on the cake for the evening.

Lorenzo spoke of the importance of wine in the enjoyment of a meal, the difference in alcohol content in comparison to American wines (lower than American wines, so not as big) and shared a joke of what do you call a meal without wine in Tuscany … breakfast!

Lorenzo’s knowledge and love of wine was abundantly shared and it was equally matched by Keith’s knowledge and love of food! It was a splendid night, another quality production by Cook’s Pots and Tabletops. I encourage you to check out their cooking classes and if you do tell them that Dr Don sent you, Ciao!

The menu was set …

Lorenzo was ready …

and the evening began.

The food …

was excellently paired with the proper wine.

The food was simple food …

that truly represented the common cuisine of the region.

The risotto with truffle, paired with the Chianti Classic Reserve was well worth the wait …

and was the perfect lead in to the wine soaked figs with chocolate ganache, pistachio and sea salt.

It was every bit as good as it looked. The menu was amazing because every dish could be easily prepared at home with your own additions to make it uniquely your own.

Lorenzo gave a great presentation, truly has a passion about what he does and would be the the perfect host if you ever wanted to experience the Tuscan region and stay at Podere Ciona.