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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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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