Undici Wine Dinner

(Todays blog comes from Caroline Salz, National Sales Manager at Dark Star Imports. Thanks Caroline for contributing to the blog and for the fine field reporting!)

It has been a while since I’ve blogged here and thought this wine dinner was worth sharing! As busy as Joe’s schedule has become, it is not every day that he can commit to hosting a wine dinner.  However, when we were contacted by Victor Rallo, the owner of Undici restaurant in Rumson, New Jersey, we knew it would be worthwhile. Undici has a Wine Spectator award winning, all-Italian wine list; the kind of list that we want our wines to be on. Apparently Victor had been hoping for a visit from Joe for quite some time, and promised Joe that if he came in for a dinner, our wines would be well represented in both of his restaurants.  This was not a deal breaker, but definitely an added bonus. The night of the dinner, we found out that Joe and Victor have more in common than just being restaurateurs! They both compete in triathlons, not to mention they have the same hair style! (ok that was really cheesy). The dinner was sold out right away, with a waiting list of a couple hundred people. Joe knew the second he walked into the restaurant that this was going to be a superb event. He explained it as a kind-of sixth sense that restaurateurs have, and he was right. The food and wine pairings were spot on, and fun was had by all.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the evening, taken by Victor’s good friend Ron Sulak.

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Wines were for sale at the dinner, and bottles were signed by Joe.

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Patrick Bautista (Lauber sales person who helped plan the dinner), Me (Caroline Salz), Joe Bastianich, and Victor Rallo enjoying the Bastianich Rosato!

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Chef Giovanni Atzori explaining his menu.

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Joe and Victor chatting with the guests.

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Joe signing his new book: Grandi Vini

 

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