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Seven Course Wine Pairing Dinner - $70 (Includes Tax & Tip)

I am delighted to invite you to enjoy a Seven (7) course wine dinner at Pearl Restaurant, 17 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, NJ, featuring its American Nouvelle Cuisine paired with wines from one of the oldest wineries in California, Pedroncelli Winery, a Sonoma tradition since 1927. All Pedroncelli wines will be provided by Patrick’s & Sons Super Cellars of Ridgewood. In addition, all wines will be available for purchase. This is a fabulous opportunity to thoroughly investigate the wines of a single producer paired with food courses to match at a compelling price of $70 (Includes Tax & Tip!)

To RSVP, please call this number:[masked]

(RSVP on Dave’s Fine Wine Meet-up site BUT call number above as well.

[masked] is the official reservation number BUT I wish to know in advance how many members of our group are going...


Tuesday, May 14 @ 7 PM

Seven Course Wine Pairing Dinner - $70 (Includes Tax & Tip!)

Pearl Restaurant - American Nouvelle Cuisine

17 South Broad Street

Ridgewood, NJ

With Wines from Pedroncelli Winery, a Sonoma tradition since 1927

All wines provided by Patrick’s & Sons Super Cellars of Ridgewood, NJ


The super delicious port wine & story is reason enough to attend:

Pedroncelli Four Grapes Port 2007 (500ml)

Sonoma, CA

Accolades for previous vintage:

Gold Medals: San Francisco International Wine Competition & Taster's Guild International Wine Competition

Best of Class/Sonoma Appellation: CA State Fair


Double Gold Medal & “Best of Class” at the CA State Wine Competition for the last 5 years in a row!!

Arguably The Best New World Port!


The Port ”Perry Mason” Prefers… Rich aromas of caramel, ripe berries, & spiced toffee lead to decadent flavors of cream soda, black plum, clove & butterscotch. This delicious dessert wine is well rounded, smooth & just the Port for anything from chocolate, toasted nuts with blue cheese & dried fruit or drizzled over your favorite ice cream. Although this wine is ready to drink upon release, it would do well aged for 10 to 15 more years.


The grapes for this dessert wine came from Pedroncelli’s estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.  The 4 acre vineyard was planted in 1995 with these traditional Port varietals: Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional & Souzao.  They are harvested as a field blend & each of the varieties contribute acid, color & flavor components.


Four Grapes Story: The fruit for this dessert wine came from the Pedroncelli estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. The 4-acre vineyard was established in 1995. Pedroncelli planted these varietals on 2 hillsides just north of the tasting room & they are divided almost evenly: Tinta Madera, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional & Souzao. They are harvested as a field blend because each matures at the same time & each grape lends either a color, flavor or acid component to the wine. This is the 18th vintage.


The Back Story: Four Grapes Port all began with Raymond Burr, star of stage and both small & large screen in such iconic works as Perry Mason, Ironsides, Hitchcock’s Rear Window (with Jimmie Stewart & Grace Kelly – with Burr as the harrowing uxoricidal creep) & the original US version of Godzilla, King of the Monsters! as well as Godzilla 1985. Raymond Burr & his partner Robert Benevides bought property in Dry Creek Valley in the late 1970s. Burr owned an orchid business & planted a vineyard by the early 1980s.  Besides Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay, ½-acre was planted to Portuguese varietals in honor of Robert’s heritage. Burr was a collector of wines & art, and, like most gourmands, was very fond of cooking.  He lived adjacent to the Pedroncelli’s with whom he was on very friendly terms.  In the 1980’s Burr approached John Pedroncelli, Jr. with a proposition.  He asked John to make him some Port.  John asked him how much he wanted and Burr replied 30 gallons. Raymond arranged with Pedroncelli to make wines from his grapes beginning in 1990 which was the first year Pedroncelli produced Port from their vineyard. It was very small production but was very popular in the Pedroncelli tasting room. By the mid-1990s the Raymond Burr vineyard became diseased & it was pulled out, but, before that happened, John Pedroncelli planted 4-acres (1 each) to the four varietals: Tinta Madera, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional & Souzao. He used bud-wood from the original Burr vineyard, having cleaned it up from disease. The Pedroncelli Estate has been making a multiple-award winning Four Grapes Port ever since. John calculated that he could make 300 gallons of Port from the vineyard set aside for the Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, & Souzao grapes allowing him to sell about 270 gallons annually. The vineyard was on a sloping ridge & John planted the more robust grapes at the top, the cooler & rocky-most part & in gradual fashion planted the least robust grapes at the bottom, more fertile & warmer section.  It turns out John’s calculation was correct and all the vines ripen at the same time! This enabled the vine to produce ripe fruit at the same time allowing the Pedroncelli’s to harvest at the same time to create a “field blend.”  John travelled to Portugal to learn the art of Port wine-making.  When he returned & when the vines were mature enough to produce grapes for wine, John began his field blend port wine-making effort.





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  • Bina P.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner & especially the wine from Pedrocelli Winery! It was the best evening ever!!

    May 15, 2013

  • Jane

    Thanks Dave..Great evening!

    May 15, 2013

  • David V.

    Thx to all who attended! Hope to see more of you at our Australian wine pairing @ Amazing Grapes @ 7 PM on Tuesday, May 28. As they did for us in March, MaryAnn Flatt & husband Dean will be catering this event. Cheers!

    May 15, 2013

  • JUDY

    Best one yet! Thanks, Dave.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sally

    Goid food; goid wine.

    May 14, 2013

  • Greg

    Very Nice

    May 14, 2013

  • Laura B.

    looking forward to good food, wine and fun!

    May 14, 2013

  • Jane

    Love wine, great food, and interesting people.

    May 14, 2013

  • Greg R.

    Dave - This series of events you have scheduled looks great. Due to prior commitments, I can't make these May events. However, I am looking forward to meeting you and other members of the group in the coming weeks.

    May 13, 2013

  • John I.

    Sorry but work now has me traveling that day.

    May 11, 2013

  • David V.

    There will be plenty of wine to enjoy during this fine evening of wine & food pairing. Don't bother to bring any wine.

    May 9, 2013

  • Laura B.

    Ask attendees

    May 8, 2013

  • Pat

    Sorry cant make it that night. Hope to see you all soon!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oops. I just see I can't make that date-see you at the next one

    April 28, 2013

  • David V.

    The reservation number[masked] is for Patrick & Sons Super Cellars which is closed Sundays. However, this fine wine shop is the official & central organizing RSVP location for this event. Please call them Mondays through Saturday after 10:00 AM.

    April 28, 2013

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