Quintarelli and Luce – Italian Icons…and Dinner, too…at Angolino

(Monday , May 30, 2016 & Tuesday, May 31, 2016) — Quintarelli, Luce, the historic Frescobaldi-Mondavi partnership – names that bring to mind some of the SoldOutvery best and legendary practitioners of Italian winemaking. And being able to taste some mature vintages of these iconic wines during these lovely days as spring moves into summer, what could be better?

How about matching them with a 5 course, traditional Italian feast prepared by one of the rising stars in the TO Italian restaurant scene? The restaurant is Angolino and, no, there’s no link to Ms Jolie. Angolino is the Italian word for “nook”, which describes this cozy, fairly new, west-end venue quite well.

The chef is Tyson Liebrecht, who has had several stints in top restaurants in town before finally settling in front of his own stove at Angolino, which is already getting rave reviews in local media. He also worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy, where he honed his skills and developed his passion for Italian cuisine. His specialty area is wild game, such as his signature wild boar meatballs, which we will taste. Other highlights include his Paganelli-supplied salumi, pillow-y gnocchi and ultra-light tiramisu.

Oh yes, the wines. After a fascinating rarity for an aperitif, the Pupillo 2010 Moscato (still, not sparkling, and from Sicily), we will accompany our two appetizer courses with a comparison of the Quintarelli 1995 Valpolicella and the Quintarelli 1995 Ca’ del Merlo, a single-vineyard Valpolicella (and not a merlot at all). Both are the best of their styles from the Veneto region and are the epitome of elegance and complexity with notes of plum, black cherry, tobacco, dried herbs and spices to be found. Then we will explore the Frescobaldi-Mondavi enterprises, starting with the 2001 Danzante Sangiovese delle Marche, a venture from south-central Italy (with the Primi) and then the 1997 Luce della Vite, their flagship sangiovese-merlot “super-Tuscan”, which is big, full bodied and loaded with ripe berries, licorice, spice and minerals (with the Secondi). We end with a Tuscan Castellani Vin Santo “Sommavite”, the classic match for tiramisu.

So come and join us for a memorable evening and let yourself be transported to the Tuscan hills or Veneto countryside on a warm spring evening. Sign up early as we are limited to 24 for each night.

As always with our tastings, this event will be strictly non-smoking, and we request your cooperation in not wearing any scented after-shave or perfume.  Please don’t drink & drive.

Date:  Monday, May 30, 2016 | Tuesday May 31, 2016
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Limit:  24 people
Place: Angolino Restaurant, 1595 Dupont (Between Dundas West and Symington), Toronto
Members: $125
Guests:     $135

Cancellations accepted up to May 9, 2016 — Dave Roberts (416-968-2166). No reservations by phone, please. No confirmations will be issued for mail-in reservations — you will be contacted only if we are sold out.  First come basis. Non-members may attend at guest rates, but preference will be given to members.

GST/HST account: 844742619RT0001;  Business name: Winetasters Society of Toronto

[Register now by mail.]