Vietti Wine Luncheon at Cucina Enoteca
Grab a glass and let one of Italy’s most established family owned & operated wineries take you on an educational journey, sniffing and swirling through the wine country. On Monday, September 18th, CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach is hosting a luncheon set in Piedmont, Italy, and they’re bringing in a fifth-generation family member of the region’s iconic Vietti Winery, which was founded back in the 19th century. Hosted by Vietti’s Elena Currado, this four-course lunch of innovative Italian dishes will pair with Vietti’s more exclusive, lesser-known red and white varietals aged to perfection.
DETAILS: $68 per person + service fee + tax | Tickets available online at Cucina the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil.
Although the family has made wine for two centuries, the first Vietti-labeled wines were produced by third-generation Mario, who transformed the family’s farm into a grape growing winery. In 1952 Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter Luciana and made a name for Vietti’s single-vineyard Barbera and Barolo. He also put the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map. In 1970 the Viettis began working with artists on an ongoing, original artwork label program, featuring Pier Paolo Pasolini and Janet Fish among others, which received an exhibition at New York’s MOMA in 1996.
In 1990 Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca joined the family business as winemaker. His innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional. Recently he eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, and wine-specific approach, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines. In 2005 Luca’s wife, Elena Penna, started to work in the family winery in marketing and public relations.
WHERE: CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach | 951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Smoked and tartare salmon | scallion + pickled red pearl onion + carrot + fennel + crispy quinoa
Wine pairing: Arneis
Egg yolk chitarra + roasted pork ragu | braised ceci bean + pecorino
Wine pairing: ‘Tre vigne’ barbera d’alba
Dry-aged beef | cauliflower gratin + late summer salad
Wine pairing: Barolo castiglione + barolo lazzarito
La tur crostini | fig + ‘mieli’ thun honey + melon jam
Wine pairing: Moscato d’asti cascinetta