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Winter Wonder Wine Dinner

Winter Wine Dinner

Cranberry Liquors, Norabella and Ruby WInes

The weather last night was threatening enough that I wasn’t sure I would make it to this event. Joselle and I, along with 18 other intrepid food and wine lovers, made our way to a wonderful wine dinner on Wednesday, January 26.

Norabella, located at 702 Main Street (Route 28), West Dennis, featured a 5 course meal with wines from Marchesi di Barolo paired with each course. The wines, provided by Ruby Wines and selected by Lori Larsen, were the perfect pairings for chef Jeff Wilson’s creations. They are available at Cranberry Liquors and represent some excellent italian wines for aperitif, dinner or dessert. Let me tell you how I enjoyed them:

First Course: Clams Foriana, little necks served on the halfshell with pine nuts, walnuts, raisins and spices. Delicious starter paired with a Gavi – a crisp white wine that would go well with any seafood or alone as an aperitif.

Second Course: Smoked chicken ravioli served with a Dolcetto. Tasting the wine before eating the ravioli, the Dolcetto is a bright, fruity wine and would be fine solo as an aperitif. With the ravioli, you not only appreciate the subtle structure of the wine but a definite cherry flavor comes forth!

Third Course: Scarola, Grilled Italian sausage with escarole and beans. This is my kind of food and the Barbera “Maraia” was the perfect food wine to accompany this dish. More structure and dryness complemented the comfort food quality of the dish and I’m sure I could have had two more helpings of the dish and the wine. My favorite combination of the evening.

Fourth Course: Italian style beef stew with butternut squash dumplings served with a Barolo. How can you go wrong with this type of food and wine on a snowy night in January? The stew was delicious and the wine was the clear favorite among our party of diners this evening.

Dessert: As if to ensure our return to Norabella, the Zabaglione served over pears, apples and plums, was paired with a delicious moscato which exhibited its own pear and apple flavors. Such a nice change of pace that brought forth the richness of a simple dessert that was just the right way to finish this lovely meal!

This Wine dinner cost $65 per person. Given the friendly nature of the group, the expertise of our wine rep Lori and the delicious creations of chef Jeff, this meal was clearly a bargain! I look forward to the next wine dinner Norabella chooses to host and I look forward to telling you about it.

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