What’s better than good food, wine and some friends. The Black and Gold club tried a new first with their Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Monday night at . Debbie Boyle and Lynn Mirro spearheaded the organization for this event.
“It’s the first time we’re doing this. We have (Marc Newman) explaining all the wines and their pairings,” said Kathi Mooney of the Black and Gold Club. “
Trinchero Estate Vineyards are located in Napa Valley and New York Representative Newman guided the guests through the meal and each dish’s wine pairing.
Mooney added that she was happy that, of the 50 attendees, there were parents with kids from all sports..
“The money will go to things that will benefit everybody,” she said. “Jimmy (Guarasci) is a Nanuet Alumni so he has a personal reason for doing this.” There was a basket valued at more than $500 that was raffled off and those that came automatically received a special Golden Ticket raffle. The winner of this Golden Ticket would receive a wine tasting and duplicate of Monday night’s dinner for six in the comfort of their own home.
“This is an honor. It’s our second wine tasting dinner. I love them because they’re both educational and fun,” said Guarasci. “Marc (Newman) flew me out to Napa Valley. I was educated on their wines and their family.” Guarasci visited Napa Valley before last harvest and only carries the Trinchero’s wines.
“There’s a nice group tonight. We’re showcasing the Main Street wines tonight,” said Newman. Also, Seaglass Riesling and Terra D’Oro Zinfandel Port were also served with dinner.
“The Trincheros are actually from New York,” said Newman. “They came from humble beginnings.” After going through a mid-life crisis at 1948, Mario Trinchero moved his whole family over to California to start up a vineyard. Because of financial constraints, they couldn’t change the name on the roof of their house, which is what crop dusters used to identify the farmlands.
“So they made their wine under the name of Sutter, the name on the roof from the previous homeowners. They made the first white zinfandel in the early 70s by accident and are currently the second largest family-owned wine company in America. I have the privilege of representing this family in New York.” Visit their website for more information about their history.
On the menu was:
- Roasted Garlic Hummus with Sliced Veggies and Grilled Pita Points
- Sliced Fresh Fruit and Berries
- With Seaglass Riesling
Family Style Salads
- Crisp Romain Lettuce, Green Beans, Cannellini Beans, Red Onions, Black Olives with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Oven Roasted beets, Arugula & Fresh Pears topped with Goat Cheese and Crispy Almonds with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- With Main Street Sauvignon Blanc
- Jumbo Shrimp sautéed in a lemon, garlic wine sauce served in a homemade biscuit
- With Main Street Chardonnay
Garden Vegetable Napoleon
- Layered grilled zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, Portobello mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes topped with a marinara sauce over Couscous
- With Main Street Pinot Noir
Grilled Certified Angus Bistro Steak
- topped with Mushrooms and Onions served with Sweet Mashed Potatoes
- With Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon
Jimmy’s Chocolate Cake
- With Terra D’Oro Zinfandel Port