June Signature Culinary Series at Montage Laguna Beach

Two very special June wine dinners are planned at the Loft, as part of the Montage Signature Culinary Series. The restaurant’s chef de cuisine Casey Overton invites guests to a multi-course dinner on Friday, June 6, with esteemed winemaker Michael Browne of Kosta Browne Winery, and a second dinner June 18 features Antinori family scion, Allegra Antinori, of Italy’s Marchesi Antinori.

The highly flavorful and intensely fruity pinot noirs of Kosta Browne, which I liken to “bombs bursting in the mouth,” are coveted by wine enthusiasts, and only sold to those on its exclusive mailing list. Several thousand people are also on the wait list, hoping to receive an allocation when a space on the mailing list opens up. There probably has never been another California pinot noir producer to so quickly captivate the wine-buying public.

Michael Browne has used his longstanding friendships to accumulate an admirable collection of premium fruit sources necessary to produce top-quality pinot noir. It allows him to craft pinot noir in a New World hedonistic style that appeals to a broad audience. Michael has said, “Wine is enjoyed much like music, and I like rock ‘n roll.”

The five-course Kosta Browne dinner will be paired with the 2012 Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay; 2010 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (‘Wine Spectator’ Wine of the Year in 2011); and the very limited and highly-sought-after 2008 Kosta Browne 4 Barrel California Pinot Noir (only 100 cases produced in each vintage).

On Wednesday, June 18, the legendary wines of Antinori Estate will be offered by Allegra Antinori and paired with an inspired four-course menu. The Antinori family’s legacy of world-class wines began in 1385, and the winery has been family owned and operated for more than six centuries. With properties in Tuscany, Umbria, Washington, and California, the Antinori reputation has grown by making innovative wines steeped in tradition.

This dinner will feature 2011 Antinori Cervaro della Sala from Umbria; 2011 Antinori Tignanello from Tuscany; 2010 Antinori Guado al Tasso from Tuscany; and 2007 Antinori Muffato della Sala from Umbria.

Advance reservations are required for both dinners, and space is limited. Call 949-715-6420. The Kosta Browne dinner is $175 per person plus tax and gratuity; the Antinori dinner is $145 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

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