Those who already love, or want to learn about wines from Italy's Le Marche region, are in for a treat this week with two winemaker dinners, featuring the exceptional Le Corti dei Farfensi winery. Owner/winemaker, Marco Cavalieri, will guide guests through a tasting of his beautifully made wines, which are known for their varietal purity and lack of manipulation in the winery.
Le Corti is located in the south of Le Marche, between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains. The Monks of Farfa, a Benedictine order, first brought viticulture to the area in the 9th century. Le Corti dei Farfensi sits on some of the land the monks once occupied.
It is a family-owned enterprise, founded by Marco, his wife Antonella and son, Francesco Maria. The Cavalieri's pride themselves for being on the forefront of organic viticulture, and for their devotion to Marche's native grape varieties: black vernaccia, malvasia, montepulciano, passerina, pecorino and sangiovese.
Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., the first dinner will be held at Spumante in North Hollywood and features four wines. The cost is $70.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. On Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., La Bruschetta in Westwood offers five wines with its menu, for $75.00 per person, tax and gratuity included, as well. Menus and reservation details follow.