Wine Enthusiast magazine owners Adam and Sybil Strum hosted an early Valentine’s Day dinner for members of the Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents Organization, and their dates, at Upper Story in New York City.
Guests were treated to a delicious four-course meal prepared by world-renown chef Charlie Palmer and paired with Banfi wines. Additionally, Banfi co-CEO Cristina Mariani-May was the guest speaker, providing inspiration, business advice, and wine pairing education.
Here were the courses and pairings:
Arugula, Fennel, Radiccio & Frisée Salad
Wine Pairing: Banfi 2014 La Pettegola Vermentino
Eggplant Stack with Mozzarella & Aged Parmesan.
Wine Pairing: Banfi 2012 Belnero Proprietor’s Reserve
Third Course (Main)
Balsamic Grilled Hanger Steak
Wine Pairing: Castello Banfi 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
Fourth Course (Dessert)
Chocolate Molten Cake
Wine Pairing: Rosa Regale 2015 Brachetto d’Acqui
Below are photos from the event:
Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for over 20 years. He launched one of the first wine blogs back in 1997, the now-defunct “Wine Dictator,” and cut his teeth on his grandfather’s homemade wine. He still keeps a copy of Wine for Dummies nearby for reference.