The Seghesio Family Vineyards Chef's Summer Dinner Series Returns

Seghesio Chef Dinner

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The Seghesio Family Vineyards Chef's Summer Dinner Series Returns

 It sounds like the perfect summer time menu:

  • Sonoma County beef carpaccio with avocado, Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes and ricotta salata paired with 2011 Dutton Manzana Pinot Noir
  • Grilled Prawns with English pea risotto and sea urchin butter paired with 2011 Barbera
  • Wood-grilled filet mignon with green garlic potato puree, Zuckerman Farm asparagus, and morel cream paired with a vertical of Old Vine Zinfandel and a rare library vintage of San Lorenzo 

Add to that an exquisite location – Passalacqua Ranch / San Lorenzo in Alexander Valley, and you've got the return of the popular Chef's Summer Dinner Series from Seghesio Family Vineyards. The first gathering takes place June 8, then continues on once-a-month Saturdays through August.

The price may be a bit, well, pricey, at $200 per person. But the opportunity to dine among the vines of the historic properties where the landmark grapes are grown is a special experience.  

Add to that the menus from top chef Peter Janiak, formerly of San Francisco's Boulevard and Presidio Social Club, plus Seghesio family talent as your hosts, and it's little wonder that the events sell out quickly. Seating is limited to 50 guests per event, and reservations are required.

Part of each evening will be dedicated to exploring the legend of the winery. Established in 1895 by Edoardo Seghesio, the family is best know for its elegant Zinfandels. The vineyards themselves were established over more than a century, for 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

Westphall Ranch, Rockpile AVA - July 13 - Hosted by Winemaker Ted Seghesio

Rockpile is one of California's newest appellations, situated on a narrow ridgetop with breathtaking views of Lake Sonoma.

Rattlesnake Hill at Home Ranch, Alexander Valley - August 10 - Hosted by Winemaker Ted Seghesio

The series finale will be at Home Ranch, the birthplace of Seghesio Family Vineyards and the home of America's oldest Sangiovese vines.  Dinner will be served atop Rattlesnake Hill overlooking Alexander Valley.

Details: [email protected] or call (707) 395-3609. 

Carey Sweet