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Girasole in Middleburg Life

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Girasole in Middleburg Life’s February 2017 issue


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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


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


Murder in the Shadow of the Coliseum Interactive Mystery Dinner

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Sunday, March 20, 6:30 pm
Hosted by John & Holli Todhunter, Three Fox Vineyards
Cost: $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity


Join us for an evening of fun, mystery, and deliciousness on Sunday, March 20 at 6:30.  Hosted by John and Holli Todhunter of Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia, this three-course interactive dinner is sure to delight you and your palate. The following three courses and wine pairings by Three Fox Vineyards are included in the fixed-price of $70 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity.)

Fennel Salad with Shaved Carrots
Calabrese Pinot Grigio 2014

Penne Amatriciana
Volpe Sangiovese 2012

Saltimbocca Pollo alla Diavola
Trovatella Merlot 2014

Gelato Frutti di Bosca
Gatto Bianco (NV)

Avignonesi Wine Dinner

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Hosted by Giuseppe Santarelli of Avignonesi, this $90 fixed-priced dinner will be held on Sunday, March 13th at 6:30 pm.  The 5 courses and Avignonesi wine pairings will be:

La Staffa Verdicchio di Castelli de Jesi 2013

Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
Desiderio 2011

Quail with Winter Risotto
Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2012

Braised Short Rib in Red Wine Sauce with Creamy Herbed Polenta
Griffi 2011(Cabernet & Sangiovese)


Truffle Dinner

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Sunday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $225 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Carpaccio di Carne alla Piemontese Accompagnato da Microinsalatina e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Classic Piemontese Carpaccio with Micro Greens & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba 2012

Pasta di Castagne alla Piemontese Fatta in Casa e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
House Made Piemontese Chestnut Pasta & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2011

Uovo Affogato al Brodo di Porcini Servito con Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Poached Farm Egg in Rich Porcini Broth & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

Insalata Verde dell’Orto
Local Mixed Greens, Artisanal Olive Oil & Crostini
Vajra Langhe Bianco Riesling 2012

Risotto alla Piemontese e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Piemontese Carnaroli Risotto & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Rosso 2011

Coniglio Arrosto e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Roasted Rabbit & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2009

Vajra Moscato D’Asti 2013

Father's Day Wine Dinner - Girasole, The Plains, Virginia - Tacchino Winery

Father’s Day Trattoria Dinner

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Sunday, June 15th

Dinner hosted by Romina Tacchino of Luigi Tacchino Winery
We hope that you’ll join us on Sunday, June 15th for a memorable Father’s Day Trattoria Dinner hosted by Romina Tacchino of Luigi Tacchino Winery.  This six course,  fixed price dinner will delight everyone in your family. Chef Patierno is planning the following courses and wine pairings:

Tortellini di Salmone con Piselli dell’ Orto
Salmon Tortellini with Fresh Garden Peas and Pea Shoots
Tacchino Gavi  2011
Calamari Ripieni al Liguriano
Grilled Stuffed Ligurian Style Squid
Dolcetto di Ovada 2011
Anatra Brasata con Pappardelle di Castagne
Braised Fields of Athenry Duck with Chestnut Pappardelle
Di Fatto Monferrato Rosso 2008
Ratatouille alla Romana
Barbera del Monferrato  2011
Ragú di Vitello con Polenta d’Erbe
Veal Ragú with Summer Herb Polenta
Du Riva Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore 2009
Biscotti & Caffè

The cost is $100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required.  Please contact the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to reserve your table for this exciting event.

Santa Barbara Wine Dinner

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Sunday, April 27th 7pm

Hosted by Roberto Rotatori from Azienda Santa Barbara
5 Course Fixed-Price Menu
$ 85 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuity

First Course
Baccalà con salsa di erbe e capperi
Salted Cod with a Caper Herb Sauce
2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC

Second Course
Tagliatelle fatte in casa con pancetta, porcini, e castagne
Housemade Tagliatelle with Pancetta, Porcini & Chestnuts
2013 Rosso Piceno DOC  (Montepulciano & Sangiovese)

Third Course
Tradizionale zuppa di pesce
Traditional Adriatic Seafood Soup
2012 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico “Le Vaglie”

Fourth Course
Coniglio farcito
Braised Stuffed Rabbit
2010 “Vigna San Bartolo” (Montepuliciano & Cabernet)

Fifth Course
Assorted Marche Pastries

Vietti Wine Dinner

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On June 2nd at 7 pm, Mike Hendry from Hendry Wines will host a fixed-priced wine dinner at Panino Restaurant in Manassas. The Hendry family has been farming the same vineyard in Napa since 1939. The Hendry Ranch is composed of 114 acres of vineyard situated in the hills north west of Napa. This latitude in the valley experiences substantial marine influence, and allows us to grow 10 different varietals, each carefully distributed among our 47 vineyard blocks. All Hendry wines are made from estate grapes, and 2011 will be the 20th vintage of the Hendry label. Through the subtle use of oak, and restraint in ripeness, our wines are crafted to highlight the terroir of the vineyard.

The dinner will feature the following courses and wine pairings:

Clams Gratinate
Hendry Albarino 2012

Duck breast wrapped in swiss chard and ratatouille with local vegetables
Hendry Pinot Noir 2009

Roasted Rabbit with Italian Chestnuts
Hendry Chardonnay ‘Barrel Fermented’ 2010

Braised Pork Belly with Cider Reduction
Hendry Zinfandels

Roasted Loin of Lamb with Seasonal Vegetables
Hendry Red Wine


The cost of the dinner is $100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make your reservation, call Panino at 703-335-2566.