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Ristorante Lombardo April 30 wine dinner to celebrate Niagara Wine Country vintages

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By Andrew Z. Galarneau

While Michael Chelus of Nittany Epicurian was writing about Western New York wine for the New York Cork Report, he came to the conclusion that Niagara and Lake Erie wines included some under-appreciated specimens.

So he decided to talk to local chefs about how those wines could be shown off in their best light. The result is a wine-pairing dinner at Ristorante Lombardo on April 30 featuring some of the best Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery have to offer.

If people like it, there may be more, he said.

The dinner is 6:30 p.m. April 30; call 873-4291 for reservations. It's $85 plus tax and tip. The menu is below:

first
SHAVED ASPARAGUS SALAD
preserved lemon, baby pea shoots, Maggie’s round cheese
with SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE, Leonard Oakes 2012

second
RAVIOLI
ricotta, mushrooms, amarena cherries, brown butter
with PINOT NOIR BARREL #44, Arrowhead Spring 2012
& BLAUFRÄNKISCH, Leonard Oakes 2012

third
T MEADOW PORK PATE
fennel, toasted coriander seed, burnt orange
with RIESLING RESERVE, Leonard Oakes 2012

fourth
T MEADOW PORK SHOULDER
goat cheese polenta, blackberry gastrique
with ESTATE SYRAH, Arrowhead Spring 2010
& ESTATE SYRAH, Arrowhead Spring 2011

fifth
PRIME RIB EYE FIORENTINO
Florentine herb crust, Capezzana olive oil, pee wee potatoes
with ESTATE MERITAGE RESERVE, Arrowhead Spring 2008
& ESTATE MERITAGE RESERVE, Arrowhead Spring 2010

cheese
MOUNTAIN GORGONZOLA
nut brittle, wildflower honey
with VIDAL ICE WINE, Leonard Oakes 2012

email: agalarneau@buffnews.com

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