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Wine Tasting, Girasole, The Plains, VA

Tour of Italy Wine Tasting

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Tour of Italy Wine Tasting

Sunday, January 29, 3-5pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person

Join us for a winter tour of wines from all over Italy.  Hosted by the ever-popular and engaging Max Evans of Siema Wines, this will be a fun afternoon exploring the various Italian wine-making regions.  As always, Chef Patierno will feature light antipasti and the following wines will be poured and available for purchase at very competitive retail prices.  A 10% discount will apply to all case and mixed-case purchases.  The cost is $35 per person, exclusive of gratuity. Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.
Lovisolo Nebbiolo Rose Brut  NV
Ze Becco Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2015
Durin Pigato Riviera Ligure 2015
Alcesti Grillo Sicilia 2015
Elisabetta Vermentino Toscano 2015
La Cappuccina Soave “San Brizio” Barrique 2013
La Cappuccina 100% Corvina Rose 2015
Vill’ D Toscana Rosso 2013
Mottura Negroamaro 2014
Colsanto Rosso Montefalco 2013
Alessi Chianti Classico Gold “Cennatoio”  2011
Baracchi Sangiovese DOC Cortona “Smeriglio” 2012
Fay Sforzato Valtellina Ronco Del Picchio 2010
Begali Amarone “Ca’Bianca” 2010
Kellerei Kalter Moscato Rosa “Rosenmuskateller” 2015

Mystery Dinner, The Plains VA, Girasole

4 Course Mystery Dinner

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4 Course Mystery Dinner

Sunday, January 15, 6:30pm
Hosted by John & Holli Todhunter,
Three Fox Vineyards
Cost: $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

The Paris Express runs daily between Paris and Zurich in Switzerland, a 6 ½ hour trip by luxury train.  On this trip, a special guest has promised to provide a tasting of wines at brunch in the First Class dining car, but alas the special guest never shows up for the tasting. Get clues and help solve the mystery while enjoying the following four courses by Chef Patierno and wine pairings by Three Fox Vineyards.
Belgian endive with Brie Crostino
La Boheme Viognier
Gnocchi Parisienne
Calabrese Pinot Grigio
Salmon with Sole Mousse
Signor Sangiovese Reserve
Gatto Bianco

The cost for this entertaining dinner is $70 a person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  We hope you’ll join us for this evening of fun and deliciousness.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.


Cooking Class

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Cooking Class
Dishes of Sicily with Guest Chef DeVivo
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

A cooking class of classic Sicilian dishes will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm.

Guest Sicilian Chef, The Plains VA, VA, The Plains, Girasole

4 Course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner

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4 Course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner

Thursday, January 19, 6:30pm
With Guest Chef Ludovico DeVivo
Cost: $85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Girasole is thrilled to partner with Tasca d’Almerita and warmly welcomes Chef Ludovico DeVivo from Sicily.  Chef DeVivo, along with Pasty Chef Gabrielle, will cook along with Chef Patierno and bring you not one but TWO events. A cooking class of classic Sicilian dishes will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm.  The following night, Thursday, January 19th, Girasole will host a four course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner.  This $85, fix-priced meal, will include antipasti and Tasca d’Almerita Regaliali Bianco to whet your appetite for the four courses to come, each paired with Sicily’s Tasca d’Almerita wines.
Lamb skewers
Lamuri Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC

Risotto alla Norma
Rosso del Conte Contea di Scalfani DOC
Pan-sautéed sea bass with parsley sauce, swiss chard, and anchovy
Grillo Cavallo delle Fate Sicilia DOC
Sicilian Cannolo
Diamante Passito Sicilia IGT
Space is limited for both events.  Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation. *Menus subject to availability


Christmas Eve Dinner

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Christmas Eve Dinner
Saturday, December 24, 4-9:30pm
Featuring the dinner menu with festive chef specials

We want to make your holiday season memorable and delicious!  We hope that you’ll dine with us for either Christmas Eve, with seatings from 4-9:30 pm, or for New Year’s Eve dinner.  On Christmas Eve, we will be featuring the Dinner Menu with a festive array of seasonal chef specialties, such as housemade chitarrini with lobster, pan-seared veal chop with fresh herbs, and halibut with local mushrooms.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

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New Year’s Eve Dinner
4 Course, Fixed-Price Dinner
Saturday, December 31, Seatings from 5-10pm
Cost: $90 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity

For New Year’s Eve, we will be featuring a four-course, fixed-price dinner with seatings from 5-10pm.  Chef Patierno will be offering the following options for each of the four courses:

Appetizer selections:
Olives all’Ascolana
Lamb skewers
Speck and radicchio risotto
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and walnuts
Butternut squash ravioli

Salad selections:
Fennel salad
Arugula salad
Radicchio Trevise

Entree selections:
Seafood ravioli
Venison medallions
Chestnut stuffed rabbit
Halibut wrapped in prosciutto
Lasagna Bolognese
Pappardelle al Chinghiale
Veal medallions vespucci

Housemade Desserts

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

Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale

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Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale
Sunday, December 4, 12-5pm

Join us on Sunday, December 4, from 12-5pm and let us help make your holiday season a little easier.  We will have specialty Italian items, such as ceramics, soap stones, olive oils, reserve wines (including some signed GD Vajra magnum-sized bottles!) that are perfect for your holiday list.  We’ll also have gift certificates and baskets complete with wine, imported Italian specialities, artisanal olive oil, bread, and tastings of house smoked meats and fish.  Of course, our event wouldn’t be complete without featuring the wonderful art of Robert Patierno, brother of Chef Louis Patierno, whose art can be seen throughout Girasole!

So, please mark your calendars, bring your holiday list, enjoy a glass of wine with us, and get all of your shopping done early!

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting

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Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting
Sunday, December 11, 3-5pm
Hosted by Mark Luna, Roanoke Valley Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Hosted by Mark Luna of Roanoke Valley Wine Company, this tasting will showcase Champagne and sparkling wines!  Come and enjoy a little bubbly and then select the perfect sparkling wine for your holiday table. We will serve light antipasti and feature the following:

Tocco Prosecco NV
Bisol Jeio Rose Prosecco
Jansz Sparkling Sparkling Rose NV
Michael Shaps Methode Blanc de Noir 2011
Reginato Torrontes/Chardonnay Sparkling Wine NV
Castillo Perelada Cava Brut Reserva NV
Bott Geyl Cremant d’Alsace Extra Brut Paul-Edouard NV
Reginato Sparkling Rose of Malbec NV
Chapuy Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV
Coutier Champagne Brut Grand Cru Tradition NV
Gatinois Champagne Brut Rose Grand Cru NV
Voirin-Jumel Champagne Brut Grand Cru Cuvee 555 NV
Gaillard Cremant de Loire Clemence Guery NV
Agrapart Champagne Extra Brut Bl de Blancs GC Terroirs NV
Michel Arnould Champagne Brut Rose Grand Cru NV

Join us for this exciting event by calling the restaurant at 540.253.5501.

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.