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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:

Antipasti
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
Dessert
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

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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

 

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm
Dishes of the Emilia Romagna region
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Patio Wine Tasting

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Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Hosted by max Evans, Siema Wines, this tasting will feature light antipasti and the following wines.  To make a reservation, please contact the restaurant at 540-253-5501.
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

 

Patio Wine Tasting

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Patio Wine Tasting

Sunday, August 21, 3-5 pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Enjoy the summer season with a patio wine tasting! Hosted by Max Evans of Siema Wines, the cost of the tasting, which includes the 15 wines listed below and light antipasti, is $35 per person, exclusive of tax.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540.253.5501.

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

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm
The Art of Making Risotto
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Patio Wine Tasting

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Patio Wine Tasting

Sunday, July 10, 3-5 pm
Hosted by Mark Luna,
Roanoke Valley Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Enjoy the summer season with a patio wine tasting! Hosted by Mark Luna of The Roanoke Valley Wine Company, this tasting features wines of the Pacific Northwest.  The cost of the tasting, which includes the 15 wines listed below and light antipasti, is $35 per person, exclusive of tax.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540.253.5501.

Belle Pente Pinot Gris 2012
Cameron Giovanni Pinot Blanc 2015
Montinore Borealis 2014
Ryan Patrick Chardonnay Reserve 2014
Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rose 2015
Grochau Cellars Gamay Noir 2014
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir La Grive Bleue 2013
Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Lia’s Vineyard 2014
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard 2014
JK Carriere Pinot Noir Anderson Vineyard 2012
Kiona Estate Lemberger Red Mountain 2012
Tyrus Evan Claret Ciel du Cheval 2011
Ryan Patrick Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013
Owen Roe Syrah Chapel Block 2013
Kiona Estate Late Harvest Riesling 2013

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Dishes of Veneto
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing