All events are ADVANCE PAYMENT ONLY: Payment Link: http://uncorked-russo.eventbrite.com 5/9/11 We have a half dozen tickets left....please do not RSVP on the meetup without payment. Unpaid meetup RSVP's have been moved to "no". The payment link will be up until 7am on Tuesday morning and then cut off so we can get the headcount to the chef. We have a medium sized group of 55 attending and you'll get more personal time with our Italian winemaker!
Our group gets all excited about wineries with high ratings from California that they are familiar with. Some of the hidden gems are small/medium family owned wineries that put their own blood and sweat into building a winery, planting a vineyard and creating great wines, many of these wineries over generations and hundreds of years with very old vines. Many of you have been to Italy and like me will say "I haven't met an Italian wine that I don't like"....and most Piedmont and Tuscan wines are at the top of everyone's list. You are in for a real treat and more attention than usual with a medium sized group.
Meet Massimo Bracco (photo) with Sartarino Vineyards who will be visiting us from the Piedmont region of Italy with two of his families vineyards represented: San Silvestro and Costa Di Bussia. Massimo will be talking about both of his family's wineries, the wines and the Piedmont region of Italy.
We'll be on the patio at the new Russo's Kitchen and Tavern just opened by Chef Brian Laird (previously of Barolo Grill) and his partners. Brian studied to be a chef in the Piedmont region so we will get the full taste of Italy with our next event.
Experience Piedmont wines with Massimo Bracco, the young family owner of the Sartirano vineyards in Piedmont. The two vineyards we will be featuring are Costa di Bussia and San Silvestro. http://www.sartirano.com/eng/ We will be on the patio of a new Italian restaurant in the DTC with award winning chef Brian Laird, a partner in this restaurant who also trained in the Piedmonte. Many of you know about Brian from his years with Barolo Grill. Payment Link:http://uncorked-russo.eventbrite.com
What: Italia! Italia! Explore the wines of the Piemont region of Italy with Massimo Bracco, the young family owner of the Sartirano vineyards.
When: Tuesday May 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Where: Russo's Kitchen 10111 Inverness Main Street 80112 Englewood, CO (DTC Area right off the light rail bridge) Just north of the Inverness Resort http://www.russosvallagio.com/
Crowd: Mostly Young/Mid Professionals
Cost:$27.99 includes tax and tip (Wine Party Only)
Payment Link: http://uncorked-russo.eventbrite.com
Please note that most people are just signing up directly on eventbrite and don't RSVP on the meetup if you are looking at the members signed up. Over 1/2 of the paid confirmations sign up directly on eventbrite (this is reflected in the "guests" number Stacey is bringing on meetup!)
Dress: Business/Dressy Casual to Business/Dress to Impress
Directions and Parking: I-25 to Dry Creek exit, East on Dry Creek, turn right on Inverness Drive (outer road). You'll see a new development immediately to your left with loft units and restaurants, turn left at this first light. If you see the Inverness Resort , you have gone too far.The restaurant has FREE parking in front is a few blocks from the Light Rail to the Dry Creek Station (take the walkway over the I-25)
Wines are from two estate bottled vineyards. If you want some information, please click on the winery and wine links below. Small European wineries don't participate in as many of the wine rating systems as we have with wines here in the states and some of the large conglomerates in Europe.
A lot of the winery info for press on the Sartirano website is in Italian but I did find one International Wine Challenge award last year for the Barbera D'Alba on their site that is recent and many other European awards for the Arcaplà and several other wines that are all in Italian and are for different competitions in Europe. Michelle, our rep who will be pouring was very interested in making sure we could get the Lange do Arcaplà which is one of the medium/high end wines, a Barbera/Nebbiolo blend. You'll all have an easier time visiting with the winemaker about the wines with a medium size group on Tuesday.
Estate Winery #1 Costa di Bussia Vineyards
2009 Barbera d'Alba International Wine Challenge 2010 Bronze Medal 100% Barbera
2006 Langhe doc Arcaplà 80% Barbera and 20% Nebbiolo Arcapla in the local dialect means “put on top”
Estate Winery #2 Sartirano Vineyards
2010 Dulcis Moscato d'Asti
2009 Barbera Ottone
2010 Dulcis Rosso
Piedmont trained Chef Brian Laird's Piedmont fabulous menu:
Gnocco fritto with sliced prosciutto
Mini cups of mushroom risotto
Sample of short rib
Mini creme brulee please with the moscato.
Dinner after the wine tasting: We usually have 40-50% of the group stay for dinner after the event. It's a great way to continue the conversation with new friends. Russo's will be offering a prix fix menu. There is a place on eventbrite to RSVP for dinner afterwards. You may also order off of their wonderful menu. For members who want to continue to casually mingle, the fireside lounge will be open.
Please Note: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR/NO WALK UPS!....sorry but we will have to turn away anyone who doesn't have an advance ticket as wine and food has been allotted based on the ticketed attendees and we do not handle money at the door. We are limiting this event to 100 attendees with a winemaker due to capcity of the room. Our events sell out quick! Please see the Denver Wine Meetup for the refund policy.
About the wineries:
The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly produces the leading Piedmontese Doc and Docg red wines, with a storage capacity in a controlled microclimate of around 400,000 bottles within a total surface area of over 5,000 square metres. The grapes vinified by Cantine San Silvestro are mostly grown in the Langhe, and from vineyards to be found in the Roero and the Monferrato. Today, San Silvestro represents the continuation of a project begun by Giovanni Sartirano, and carried forward through four generations. Over the years the firm - run today by cousins Paolo and Guido Sartirano - has gradually expanded beyond the local market, and now the production of “Cantine San Silvestro” is sold throughout Italy and abroad. Since 1988, the Tenuta Arnulfo Costa di Bussia estate in the area of Monforte d’Alba has also belonged to the Sartirano family, and in 2002 they also took over the Tenuta Ghercina estate, which includes vineyards in the villages of Barolo and Novello, where the headquarters of the company are now located.
Our events are different from festivals and distributor events, it's a wine "social mixer" and a great opportunity to make new friends as you learn about this fabulous winery and meet the wine owner.
Eventbrite utilizes paypal for payment which is SSL secured. You can use any credit card and there is an echeck option. You do not have to have a paypal account. We do not see your credit card info, it's encrypted. Please see the Denver Wine Meetup for the refund policy located on the event and the ABOUT page. Refunds are processed up to 2 days prior to an event for any reason. 99% of advance refunds have been processed for this group!
Please note: We cannot refund "no shows" and folks who decided in the afternoon or after the event has commenced they cannot attend. Notifications the afternoon of the event for illness are too late for the organizer to refund as the headcount has been sent to the chef, it's too late to find waitlist people to take your ticket and the group is charged based on the headcount. If you are ill the morning of the event, please email immediately, before 8:00 am.