The first course of the evening paired a beautifully balanced Longboard Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from 100-percent Russian River Valley grapes with a tasty mélange of fresh seafood, including oysters Rockefeller, grilled calamari, clams casino, and shrimp wrapped with Fontina cheese and prosciutto. Served with the friendly attention and elegant yet relaxed style that has won Albertos’s numerous fine dining awards over the years, the second course featured light yet tasty Beef and Mushroom Ravioli, stuffed with portabella mushrooms and Asiago cheese in a cognac demi-glaze.
Served with a fine North Coast Red Blend (Longboard 2010 Point Break), the course was a perfect intro into a fall -off-the-bone tender Osso Bucco—a braised pork shank with light fresh vegetables in a merlot and cabernet wine sauce. A Dakine Vineyard 2009 Merlot from Oded’s estate vineyard and a Redgrav Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon gave the main entrée a celebratory finish.
The final sweet end to the evening was a single fresh Bosc pear stuffed with mascarpone cheese, giving the guests a light and bright send-off served with a Longboard 2010 Late Harvest Semillon.
Warmed by tastefully creative Cape Cod cuisine and wines touched by the California sun and a talented winemaker’s vision, the guests eagerly wrote down Longboard’s website and shared dreams of heading over the bridge soon for the bountiful vineyards of the Russian River Valley.
For more information, go to longboardvineyards.com, or albertos.net
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