Photograph by Dalla Terra Direct
Vietti is one of those special Old World, Italian wineries with a long list of characteristics that substantiate its growing fame.
Longevity: They’ve been growing grapes since the 19th century.
Esteemed scores: Wine critics love this Barolo and Barbera powerhouse and consistently laud it with near perfect ratings.
Innovation: Vietti was one of the first wineries to export to the U.S. They dared to incorporate the use of French barriques, and reinvigorated the Italian white varietal arneis.
Popularity: Vietti aficionados await the new vintages while wine distributors and retailers fight to secure a strong allocation to fulfill their market’s demand. Vietti has beautifully blended tradition and modernity to create unparalleled wine experiences.
When I learned that O.C. wine lovers have the opportunity to break bread and share wine with Vietti’s fifth-generation family member, Elena Currado, I was giddy. I can sit for hours and listen to wine’s inner sanctum share about vintages and winemaking, tell tales of family lore, and eventually, truly relax and enjoy their own wines in the glass.
On Monday, Sept. 18 Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach is hosting a beautiful four-course luncheon of innovative and delicious Italian dishes to showcase Vietti’s renowned Italian varietals. The event begins at noon and costs $68 per person, not including gratuity and tax. I got a sneak peek at Cucina Enoteca’s menu with the Vietti wine pairings, and it certainly whets the palate and appetite.
Course 1: Smoked and tartare salmon, scallion + pickled red pearl onion + carrot + fennel + crispy quinoa. Wine pairing: Arneis
Course 2: Egg yolk chitarra + roasted pork ragu, braised ceci bean + pecorino. Wine pairing: ‘Tre vigne’ barbera d’alba
Course 3: Dry-aged beef, cauliflower gratin + late summer salad. Wine pairing: Barolo castiglione + barolo lazzarito
Course 4: La tur crostini, fig + ‘mieli’ thun honey + melon jam. Wine pairing: Moscato d’asti cascinetta
Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach
951 Newport Center Drive