Barrel Masters Passport to Flavor – Italy

Barrel Masters Passport to Flavor – Italy Forever Sabbatical
1st Barrel Masters, Forever Sabbatical

Barrel Masters invited us to explore flavors of Italy through food and wine. We each received a Barrel Masters notebook to write our experiences of each wine and what food it was paired with. The wine vendor shared with us what we would be tasting and a little history of each wine. The Chef would come out to the group before each mean and share how he created the art and why he paired it with the wine. Join us on this flavorful adventure!

First Course

Parisian Gnocchi, Parmesan Mousse Ziobaffa-Prosecco

Wine: Ziobaffa Prosecco (Organic)

The evening started with white wine. I like whites and I liked this one. We are learning that there are different types of white wine, such as dry and sweet.

Second Course

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Seared Branzino, Asparagus Ribbons

Wine: Familglia Castellani-Pinot Grigio 2017

This wine was also white. Hunter is not a white wine fan.

Barrel Masters Third Course

Pork Osso Bucco, Piquillo Polenta, Cherry Reduction

Wine: Ziobaffa- Toscana 2013

Now we get into the red wines. This one was Hunter’s favorite of the evening.

Fourth Course

Grilled Lamb Chop, Braised Fennel, Cannellini Puree Grilled Tomato Compote

Wine: Arnaldo Rivera- Unidichicomuni 2014

This glass was filled with another red wine. Hunter liked it but not as much as Ziobaffa- Toscana.

Fifth Course

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Cannoli Semifreddo

Wine: Trentadue- Chocolate Amore

Wow, I learned that I like chocolate-flavored wine with ice cream!

Barrel Masters Passport to Flavor – Italy

This evening event was held outside in San Tan Valley, Arizona, and the weather was wonderful. Great weather with delicious food and tasty wine was delightful. Would you attend an Italy themed wine and food pairing?

45 thoughts on “Barrel Masters Passport to Flavor – Italy
  1. I need to get on some list somewhere because I’d love to take part in these types of events.

    1. We get a list from our state travel and tourism. They send us 3 months in advance so that we can plan. Check with your state and see if they will do the same.

  2. Wine and dinner pairings are so much fun! We’ve done a few in the past and always had a fantastic time. This looks like a delicouis one for sure.

  3. Wow, the food looks amazing. I love going to these food and pairing events, I always learn so much. I hope you took good notes so you can reproduce your experience at home.

    1. I could order the same wine and purchase the food ingredients but not sure the food would turn out the same. LOL

  4. holy moly do these look good! Someone did a tremendous amount of homework to get those pairing done well and so beautiful.

  5. This looks like such a delicious and fun night out! Is Barrel Masters a company? A winery? Either way, looks amazing and yes I would definitely consider an Italian leaning Food and Wine event!

    1. Barrel Masters is a program for Trilogy community members to organize events and wine clubs.

  6. Man that looks delicious! Italy is on our list of to do’s! I’ll have to check out this place when we go!

  7. I’m not a big wine connoisseur…didn’t grow up with it and never got into it, but I’ve often felt that if I had someone teach me about the different types, I’d probably fine a few I enjoyed. Looks like you had some fantastic food to pair with each wine.

    1. The nice part about the dinner is that you did not have to try the wines. You could just eat food.

  8. This all looks delicious! I am more of a white wine fan, but am trying to like reds more. And that chocolate wine sounds sooooo good! Also, that gnocchi looked amazing.

  9. Wow. What a great experience. Food looked drool-worthy! I love the cool notebook. Do you still use it to record wine tastings?

  10. This looks really delicious – I love food + wine tastings! How did you find out about this? I would love to do something like this as well.

    1. It is a Trilogy Barrel Master Club event. We get a list of upcoming events and when we can attend we go.

  11. I had the opportunity to participate in a wine and food pairing in California. So fun, aren’t they? It looks like you all had a blast!

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