European Wine Council's annual gala dinner took place at the well-known Cirque restaurant last Thursday, celebrating fine wine and outstanding cuisine. Participants, who included wine importers and experts, members of the press, restaurateurs, chefs and retailers specializing in food and wine, tasted crab cakes with béarnaise sauce, shrimp tempura with spicy mayonnaise and duck brochette ala orange canapés (amongst others) while sipping Champagne Gosset Brut and Mont-Ferrant Brut Rosé. The sit-down dinner was equally impressive: the wines were paired with the menu specially prepared under the personal direction of owner Sirio Maccioni.
The list included Jean-Luc Colombo, "Amour de Dieu", 2005 maching the egidiana ravioli, Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2007 with the saddle of lamb and Ayios Onoufrios 2006 with the selection of the three cheeses. The dessert, the amazing Millefoglie was accompanied by the Centurion Commandari 30 years old and "Lo Clavell" Muscat de Rivesaltes, 2005.
The Gala honored founder of Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits, Tom Geniesse, and the vice president of European Imports and Sales at Total Wine & More, Alfio Moriconi. The Ambassador's awards were presented by Dr. Lucio Caputo, the chairman of the European Wine Council.
The elegant reception, the fantastic dinner, the impeccable service and the warm atmosphere made this gala dinner an event to remember.
I am looking forward to next year's already.