Archives: October 2016

Truffle Dinner - Girasole

6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

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6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 13, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, GD Vajra
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Our annual Truffle Dinner celebrates the famed white truffle from Italy’s Piedmont region.  Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Estate. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Since Roman times, truffles have been hunted for both their aphrodisiac qualities and taste.  The white truffle, also referred to as the White Diamonds of Alba, found in the Piedmont region of Italy is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. Girasole’s white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized, four-legged companion, Jolly.

Chef Patierno, always committed to using only quality ingredients, transforms the white truffle into complex dishes that show with one bite why the truffles have been prized for centuries. Girasole’s fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra will give tribute to the Piedmont truffles and will delight every palate.

Chef Patierno’s menu for 2016 is inspired by traditional regional Italian dishes and locally available, seasonal ingredients that highlight the flavors of the white truffle.

Featuring the following courses and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:

Della Neve Nebbiolo Rose Brut N/V

Raviolo bergese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Ricotta and local farm egg yolk ravioli with shaved white truffle
Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2013

Insalata verde dell’orto con capasanta e olio di tartufo bianco
Local greens with white truffle oil and seared Diver scallop
Riesling ‘Langhe Bianco’ 2015

Risotto alla Piemontese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Piedmontese carnaroli risotto with shaved white truffle
Freisa ‘Kyé’ 2011

Cotoletta di vitello e scaglie di tartfufo bianco
Milk-fed veal chop with shaved white truffle
Barolo ‘Ravera 2011
Borolo ‘Bricco della Viole’ 20

Dolce al tartufo bianco
Moscati d’Asti 2015

To make a reservation, call 540-253-5501. Space is limited. Menu is subject to change based on availability.

Fall Wine Tasting

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Fall Wine Tasting

Sunday, October 16, 3-5pm
Hosted by Jason Bise, The Country Vintner
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Join us for a Fall tasting of Italian wines.  Hosted by Jason Bise, of The Country Vintner, come enjoy some of Chef Patierno’s light antipasti and the following Italian wines:

Ceretto Blangé Langhe Arneis
Lageder Pinot Bianco
Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio
Venica Sauvignon Blanc ‘Ronco del Cero’
Tascante Buonora
Isole e Olena Chardonnay
Tascante Ghiaia Nera
Venica Merlot Collio
Avignonesi ‘Cantaloro’ Rosso
Avignonesi Vino Nobile
Ceretto Barolo
Sperino Lessona
La Giaretta Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso
La Giaretta  ‘I Quadretti’ Amarone
Isole e Olena Vin Santo

The cost for the wine tasting is $35 per person, exclusive of tax.  Wine may be purchased at the tasting for competitive prices and there is a 10% discount for full or mixed cases ordered.  All wine ordered at the event will be available for pick up in approximately one week, at the latest.  Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make a reservation.


Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner

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Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner

Sunday, October 9, 6:30 pm

Lydia and Lou are thrilled to welcome their friend, Spencer Graham, back to the area, even if only for a visit.  Formerly of Charlottesville, VA, Spencer moved to Napa in the 1990s for love and wine.  It’s there that he founded Elizabeth Spencer Winery with Elizabeth Pressler.  Join us for this special reunion with Spencer and enjoy the following courses with exquisite pairings by Elizabeth Spencer Winery:

Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Fava Bean Salad
Chenin Blanc 2015

Quail Risotto
Grenache Rosé 2015

Swiss Chard Wrapped Duck Breast in a Sour Cherry Sauce
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Herbed Polenta
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


4 Course Robert Sinskey Vineyards Dinner

4 Course Robert Sinskey Vineyards Dinner

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4 Course Robert Sinskey Vineyards Dinner

Sunday, September 25, 6:30pm
Hosted by JB O’Brien of Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Cost : $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Join us for this wonderful four course meal, featuring the best of late-Summer fare and classic California wine pairings. The event will be hosted by JB O’Brien of Robert Sinskey Vineyards (RSV) of Napa, CA.  RSV is a second generation, family-owned vineyard and winery. The vineyard is beyond organic.  Since 1991, RSV has been practicing the “whole farm” philosophy which means that they seek to use farming methods and practices that heal the earth. This fixed-price dinner will feature the following courses and RSV wine pairings.  The cost is $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 540-253-5501 to make a reservation.

Sole Mousse on Poached Faroe Island Salmon
Pinot Blanc 2013

Sautéed Sweet Breads with Taleggio Ravioli
Abraxas Blanc 2013

Duck Breast Wrapped in Swiss Chard
with Duck Confit Risotto and Crispy Prosciutto
Carneros Pinot Noir 2012

Boneless Lamb Shank with Mushroom Duxelles Crostini
Carneros POV 2012