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Wine Dinner with Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Monday, March 5, 2018
$95 per guest (15% less for wine club members)

ONE. ceviche sweet potato, pickled onion, lime radish, bibb lettuce, potato chip
G. D. Vajra Riesling Langhe, Piedmont, Italy ‘16

TWO. flatbread house made naan, anchovy tomato sauce, fennel, frisee
G. D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy ‘15

THREE. handmade pasta poached quail egg, peanuts, speck, butter sauce
G. D. Vajra “Albe” Barolo Piedmont, Italy ‘13
Luigi Baudana Barolo Serralunga, Piedmont, Italy ‘12

FOUR. beef cheeks pepper jam, lentils, parsnips, shiitake mushrooms
Luigi Baudana “Baudana” Barolo, Piedmont, Italy ‘12

FIVE. cheese toma brusca, apricot mostardo, grilled bread, arugula
G. D. Vajra Chinato Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

We are excited to host Francesca Vaira for our first wine dinner of 2018! Francesca, along with her brothers Guiseppi and Isodoro, represents the new generation at G. D. Vajra. The multi-generation family estate dates to the 1880s and the Vairas have grown Barolo since at least the 1920s, Francesca's grandfather, Guiseppi Domenico Vaira, built the winery in 1972. Located in the village of Vergne, Vajra's vines are some of the highest elevation in Barolo and they own important vineyards, such as the Barolo cru Bricco delle Viole and their top Dolcetto vineyard, "Coste & Fossati".  

Francesca's father, Aldo Vaira, has built the estate both in area and in reputation. A philosophical winemaker, Aldo's approach is to retain traditionalist approaches in the vineyard and the cellar. As he explains, "Traditional wines are more elegant, with more delicate perfumes, leaner, somewhat difficult, but offering more pleasure at the table". Our aim with this dinner will be to compliment these excellent, traditional wines, with appropriate, simple, delicious cuisine.  

The Vaira's have extended their Barolo holdings beyond Vergne, with the acquisition of the small Luigi Baudana winery in Serralunga, including their namesake Baudana cru. Serralunga, is the opposite of Vergne in terms of geography (located on the east side of Barolo) and in terms of style (Vergne makes elegant, high toned Barolos, where Serralunga is known for dense, tannic and structured versions). As the Vairas continue to produce top quality Barolos, it is fascinating to compare the Vajra wines of Vergne and the Baudana wines of Serralunga side by side as we will have the opportunity to do with this dinner.