Sunday, October 3, 2010


San Antonio Winery

The only working winery in Los Angeles - San Antonio Winery - invites you a Winemaker Dinner on Saturday October 9th, 2010 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The dinner will be hosted by Anthony Riboli and Michael Papalia.

San Antonio Winery, at 737 Lamar Street in downtown Los Angeles, has been functioning since 1917, and that includes Prohibition.  The winery was allowed to continue producing sacramental wines during that period.  Today, the Riboli family still owns it, and makes wine produced from estate vineyards in Napa Valley, Monterey, Paso Robles and other California grape-growing areas.

It's well worth a visit to San Antonio Winery anytime, to see their wine store and the gourmet restaurant, Maddalena Cucina.  It's a particularly good time to visit for this Winemaker Dinner, a once-a-year event.  It's $78 per person, and you can buy tickets through their website, or call 323.330.8771.  The four-course gourmet menu will be paired with wines from the Riboli family library.

Among the wines to be sampled are:

2009 Maddalena Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles

2009 Heritage Blanc, Central Coast

2008 Windstream Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands (this was my favorite wine at a Pinot Noir event in Pasadena earlier this year)

2007 San Simeon Syrah, Monterey

2006 Heritage Red Blend

2007 Riboli Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford - Library Selection

2008 Riboli Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

La Quinta Crema Marsala

These wines will be paired with the following dishes:

Glazed marinated albacore salad with avocado and ginger

White frisee with Dijon vinaigrette and tarragon puree

Grilled five spice marinated quail and bacon fried rice with orange hoi sin sauce

Sweet potato gnocchi with fourme de ambert cheese sauce and roasted shallots

Herb roasted veal strip loin with sautéed porcini mushrooms and baby turnips

Chocolate terrine with spiced dried fruit compote and cinnamon cream.

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