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Il Cortile plans ‘reverse’ winemaker dinners 

Paso Robles restaurant crafts menus around special bottles of wine

Il-Cortile-1Il Cortile Ristorante will once again welcome top local wineries to their restaurant, offering guests a unique take on food and wine pairing this winter season.

Each Wednesday in January and February, the downtown Paso Robles fine dining establishment will hold “Reverse Winemaker Dinners,” in which Chef Santos MacDonal crafts seasonal three-course menus to complement a handful of very special local wines.

“Unlike a traditional winemaker dinner, where the winemaker selects wines to pair with a meal, we wanted the food to come to the wine, so to speak,” said Owner, Carole MacDonal. “We are fortunate to live in a region that boasts such wonderful wines and talented winemakers. This is our way of honoring their craft.”

The Reverse Winemaker Dinners will be held on Wednesday evenings, and each Wednesday will feature a different local winery. Once guests select a varietal from the featured producers’ handful of wines, Chef Santos will then “reverse” it and create a three-course meal to complement the flavors and textures of the wine chosen. These unique evenings are offered at $40 per person, plus the cost of wine which will vary depending on the varietal chosen.

  • Jan. 8 Justin Vineyards & Winery
  • Jan. 15 Epoch Wines
  • Jan. 22 Lone Madrone
  • Jan. 29 J Dusi Wines
  • Feb. 5 Daou Vineyards & Winery
  • Feb. 12 LXV Wine
  • Feb. 19 Linne Calodo
  • Feb. 26 Clos Solene

 

Il Cortile is located in downtown Paso Robles at 608 12th Street. The restaurant serves dinner seven days a week in its warm, contemporary dining room as well as additional outdoor seating inside its sheltered courtyard. Il Cortile offers off-site catering and hosts special events featuring local wineries, as well as participates in a number of local charities.

About the author: Scott Brennan

Scott Brennan is the editor and publisher of the Paso Robles Daily News.

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