Tastings & Events

An Evening with Italian Winemaker Alessandro Fiore at McLean’s Assaggi Osteria

Wednesday, October 16 – Reception at 6:30 – Dinner at 7:15 promptly
Cost $95.00 per person (all inclusive)

Join us for this exciting (and tasty!) evening to meet Tuscan winemaker Alessandro Fiore. Alessandro's father and co-winemaker, Vittorio Fiore, is Tuscany's most respected consultants and a man who helped drive Chianti's return to world prominence over the past 30 years.

Alessandro will be showing the highly rated (and utterly delicious) wines from their two personal estates - Poggio Scalette in Chianti and Castelluccio le More in Emilia Romagna.

We’ll start with a welcome reception featuring two delicious whites from other Italian regions before moving on to the main event – a tasting of Vittorio’s Chianti Classico, Emilia Romagna Sangiovese, and then two “big gun” reds:  the oak-aged, 100% Sangiovese Ronco dei Cigliegi and the famous (if seldom seen) super-Tuscan Il Carbonaione. As Wine Advocate has reported, “Il Carbonaione is one of the most age-worthy wines in Tuscany, and has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle. It remains one of the best relative values in fine, ageworthy wine.”

All the wines will be served with a magnificent Italian feast including everything from dainty quail to powerful roast suckling pig.  Here’s the full menu:

Reception (6:30 – 7:15)

Crispy Ascolana Olives
Sheep’s Milk ricotta , honey & mint bruschetta

2011 Soave Classico, Gini        
2011 Poggio Argentato, Le Pupille

Dinner (from 7:15 promptly)

Spiedo di Quaglia e fungo porcino all’alloro con crema dei suoi fegatini
Quail and porcini mushroom skewer with bay leaves, cream of quail liver

2011 Castelluccio le More

Pici con ragu di vitello
Pici pasta with a veal ragu

2011 Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico

Collo di maiale al forno con patate alla toscana
Roasted Suckling pig Neck, Tuscan new potatoes

2007 Castelluccio le More Ronco dei Cigliegi

Assaggi di formaggi stagionati accompagnati da nostri condiment
Aged Cheeses platter with house made condiments

2010 Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione

Piccola pasticceria secca
Mini biscotti

A fine feast of food and wine – and a lovely bargain, too, for just $95 per person inclusive of tax and tip.  Assaggi Osteria is located in McLean at 6641 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22101 with plenty of free parking available.  To reserve your seats, just call the restaurant at (703) 918-0080 and let them know we sent you!  Or, just call us at 703.356.6500, email us, or stop by the store.  Anyone who is a fan of great Italian wine or fine Italian food won’t want to miss the fabulous dinner.  Join us!

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