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Emilio's Italian Restaurant

"Blends of France" Wine Dinner - June 14th and Thursday, June 15th 2017 Staunton VA


Greetings Fellow Wine Lovers!

     Its time to experience the blends of France!  If you are familiar with French wine regions, then you may look at the wines listed and already have an idea of what grapes make up each of these wines, if not, it may be difficult to know what we have in store for this wine dinner, but thats all part of the fun, trying new styles of food and finding new wines we love! 

     In the US, it is more common to purchase a wine based on its varietal, but in France, it is customary to purchase a wine based on region.  So in Virginia, you may purchase a Pinot Noir or Merlot, but in France you would purchase a Burgundy or Pomerol.  So why put the place on the label rather than the name of the grape?  The answer is terroirthe wines expression of the place from where it came. Terroir encompasses everything from climate, soil type, aspect of the vineyard and anything else that differentiates one area of land from another.

     Generations of French winemakers have learned that certain grapes not only grow best in particular regions, but can complement each other and combine to make a whole that is better than the sum of its parts. Different qualities from each grape play an important role in the actualization of the wine. 

     The real joy of blends is that theyre delicious and there is something for everyone in the bottle!  Robert Crum, of Roanoke Valley Wine Company, will be joining us to share his knowledge of French blends and to give us a heightened tasting experience. We hope youll be able to join us for this stellar wine dinner!



Ashley Esposito, Manager

Emilio Amato, Owner


Emilios Italian Restaurant and Lewis Creek Market Present:

The Blends of France

23 East Beverley St. Staunton, VA

Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th 2017 at 7:00pm

5 wines paired with 5 courses $60/person

Space is limited and reservations are required.

To make a reservation please call 540-885-0102 or e-mail us at

Please include your name, date of choice, number of people, and a phone number.




Reception Wine: Monterose Cava

Course 1:

Crostini topped with warm smoked salmon and a Dijon butter sauce with orange zest

Paired with Domaine Sorin Cotes du Provence, 2016

Course 2:

 French onion soup topped with gruyere crouton

Paired with Domaine Bott-Geyl Pinot dAlsace, 2014

Course 3:

 Fresh Lamb Bolognese with black olive over penne pasta

Paired with Boutinot Domaine Pontbriand Vaucluse, 2015

Course 4:

Filet Mignon topped with a béarnaise sauce served with a potato leek gratin.

Paired with Chateau Maine dArman Cotes du Bourg, 2012

Course 5:

Cote du Rhone poached pear, triple cream brie, rosemary croccatini


Paired with Boutinot Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2012

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