VAIL- Wednesday night at Sonnenalp restaurant Ludwig's, guests will be able to experience a piece of Sonoma in Vail Village. Sonnenalp's Head Sommelier Jarrett Quint will join with Martinelli Winery to create exclusive pairings with Sonnenalp's Executive Chef Steve Topple's wild game cuisine.
"We are thrilled to kick off our winter wine dinners with this amazing California winery," said Topple. "Last season, we found that the dinners were a guest and local favorite so we're happy to continue the tradition."
Having moved from the Tuscany region of Italy to California, the Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1887. Regina Martinelli will join the dinner this evening to share her knowledge of the Martinelli wines with Ludwig's guests.
The menu pairing includes: amuse bouche; jicama-fennel salad and toasted pecans with pear vinaigrette paired with 2008 Lolita Ranch Chardonnay; seared Kobe mini beef New York steak with polenta fries and cherry steak sauce paired with 2010 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir; cranberry-orange crusted elk tenderloin with wild rice pilaf and juniper berry sauce paired with 2007 Lolita Ranch Syrah. Finally, for dessert, caramelized peach phyllo crisp with Muscat poached apricots with Indian cinnamon ice cream paired with Late Harvest Muscat Alexandria.
The Martinelli wine dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The cost is $85 per person (tax and gratuity are not included.) Reservations can be made by contacting the concierge's desk at 970-479-5429.