Friday, February 5, 2010

Italian SensofWine Festival Flows Through Cipriani

It's a great night to be a New Yorker.

Poison Ivy headed to Cipriani 42nd Thursday night to attend Luca Maroni and Alta Cucina Society's SensofWine festival. And it was one of the most exquisite affairs we've seen in some time!

The event featured over 100 wines from 70 Italian estates, utilizing both indigenous and international grapes in the fermentation process.

Being a Champagne girl ourselves, we gobbled up tons of Prosecco.

Tosti Asti, a sweet and savory dessert wine, was our favorite (second photo), while the extra dry Prosecco Valdo ran a close second. Our favorite red was Zonin's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (with 10% Sangiovese), while the Sturm Pinot Grigio Collio served as a crisp, delicious white.

In terms of cuisine, a citrus-cured calamari salad stole our hearts, while an aged Asiago took the cake in terms of cheese. We also fell in love with antipasti Braciola, a Carpaccio-style beef glazed with olive oil (check out a pic on Poison Ivy's Twitter).

On our way out, we chatted with artist Fabrizio di Nardo about his sand-encrusted interpretation of Italy (middle photo), with whom we shared the little Italian we know: Bellisimo!

See you guys next year!

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