Beer & Wine

Ernie's Italian Chophouse to Host Bell Wine Dinner

When dining Italian you must have wine. That statement is pure, simple, and true. In Italy, wine practically flows down the cobblestone streets, made in basements, at home, and at gorgeous Tuscan wineries.

And yet, Ernie's Italian Chophouse restaurateur Ernie Patti has chosen to celebrate American wines for his wine pairing dinner. Not only that, but Patti, along with executive chef Gary Wood, are taking a contemporary spin on the menu for the evening, which will feature wines from California-based Bell Wines.

Chef Wood has created dishes based on the wines to be featured. "Wine dinners are a great chance to experiment and serve dishes that might not be on the menu but possibly could, " he said.

The special five-course dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 for a limited number of guests. The $125 price is all-inclusive and must be paid in advance and diners can reserve a space by calling 954-781-0910.  The menu includes:

First Course

Oven Roasted Sea Scallops with Chili Champagne Foam and Pea Tendrils
Chardonnay 2010 Napa Valley

Second Course

Grilled Quail with White Polenta, Taleggio Cheese, Bing Cherry Gastrigue, Local MicroGreens
2010 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon

Third Course

Short Rib Ravioli with Upland Cress and Celeriac Chips

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley and The Claret 2009 Napa Valley

Fourth Course

Coriander Crusted Lamb Loin with Beluga Lentils and Grape Mostarda

Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Clone 6, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Fifth Course

Fresh Pork Belly, Baby Arugula, Black Mission Figs and Maytag Blue Cheese

Petite Sirah 2006 Massa Ranch Yountville

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