Viola Winemaker Dinner

Save the Date! Portland Winemaker & retailer extraordinaire, Darryl Joannides of Viola Wines will be joining us for a memorable night with a specially themed menu paired with current releases.  Five course meal paired with wine is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Viola Wine Cellars is an urban winery that produces wines with an Italian spirit crafted from Northwest grapes. Darryl worked his first harvest at Imagery/Benziger in Sonoma in 2001 while also volunteering at Ravenswood's working with open-top redwood fermenters for their old-vine Zins. 

His second harvest was with Andrew Rich at the inaugural year for the Carlton Winemaker's Studio in 2002, where Tony Soter, Lynn Penner-Ash, Eric Hamacher, Kelly Fox, Ann Hubatch and Stuart Boedecker were all milling around, providing a great learning and industry bonding experience.

2002 was also the first vintage for Viola Wines - Sangiovese made from Alder Ridge Vineyard. Ten years later, marked the first full-time harvest and loads of travel in between to Italy, especially Piemonte, where spending time with good friends at Cantina del Pino, Castello di Verduno and Vietti helped inform much of his winemaking decisions that he still utilizes today in the cellar.

Chef Mike has created a playful menu to accompany these tasty wines. This event has very limited seating and is expected to sell out in advance. Please email jen@brimmerandheeltap.com now to reserve your spot or learn more.

 1st course paired with 2015 Ramato Kiss - Allegre Vineyard, Columbia Gorge
Watercress Salad- grilled & chilled prawns, fermented black beans, radishes, grilled spring onion

2nd course paired with 2014 Dolcetto d'Allegre - Allegre Vineyard, Columbia Gorge
Roasted Pork Belly- baby chiogga beets, pickled celery, quince

3rd course paired with 2014 Zinfandel, Volcano Ridge Vineyard, Columbia Gorge
Fried duck leg and waffle- maple nuoc chom

4th course paired with 2014 Barbera D'Alder - Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, WA
Smoked escolar- radicchio, pickled shallot, ginger, pistachio, miso vinaigrette

5th & final course paired with 2014 Barbera in Barrique - Dugger Creek Vineyard, Walla Walla, OR
Grilled Beef cushion steak- soy pickled peppers, onion, radishes