We also headed down to lesser known Livermore Valley to visit
Wente is the oldest family owned winery in California,
dating back to 1883.
I found it interesting that 75% of all California Chardonnay wines are derived from the Wente Clone which creates grapes that perform well in this terroir (land characteristics, sun and overall environment).
In the picture below, we are enjoying a wine class
where you learn to identify the aromas of what you are tasting.
Is it mushroom or is it cork?
Is it butterscotch or is it vanilla or is it coconut?
Toward the end of the class there was a
contest to decipher nine specific aromas.
I thought the butterscotch was vanilla, and did not win,
but it was great fun and put our noses to test!
Afterward we had a delightful time
with even more wine around the fire pit.
What a fabulous wine time in lovely verdant California wine country!
I will be back!
It! Woman Kyle
Cotto recently revamped their team and it is excellent:
Claudio’s impressive background took flight in 1994 while managing the trendy Green Club, an American bistro in Ostia Lido, Rome before going on to own and operate Lasergun Pub in Via Giordani, Infernetto, Open Bar Wine Bar and Disco in Ostio Lido, and Trattoria Oggi C’e’, in Casal Palocco.
Chef Rolando Guardado, formerly of Fairfield County’s Z Hospitality Group, recently joined Claudio, refreshing COTTO’s menu and creating a catering arm for the business.
Accredited Sommelier Ian Toogood came to COTTO via Marc Restaurant Group’s A Voce in Manhattan and Le Fat Poodle in Greenwich, CT, revamping COTTO’s wine list and further elevating its service.
Completing the team is bartender Eric Bufo, who created a name for himself while at Walrus & Carpenter in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport, CT.
You are in great culinary hands with this impressive team of restaurant professionals.
The depth of knowledge about Italy's wine and food, culinary skill,
quality and housemade ingredients left me feeling well taken care of.
Cotto Wine Bar & Restaurant
for an authentic delightful Roma evening!
"It!" Woman Kyle
Cabell chose SONO (South Norwalk)
for its hip location
to showcase her art and
other artists she represents.
Click here to find all artists represented.
We thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous
4 course dinner of
Seared Lobster Medallions
served over a mixed micro-green salad
in a lemon Cognac sauce
Paired with Hennessy VSOP
House Made Gnocchi
wild boar ragu with porcini mushrooms
Surf & Turf
Filet Mignon Medallions
with Bordeaux sauce
with herbed spinach and champagne butter
Paired with Hennessy XO
Hennessy Paradis Imperial Offering
Valhrona Chocolate Mousse
Cognac bananna cream center
vanilla bean Cognac sauce
What an extraordinary way to spend a Monday evening!
Thank you Hennessy and Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse
for an exceptional evening!
"It!" Woman Kyle