|Tenth 2017 Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Event
WORTH A DETOUR
PIAGGIA CARMIGNANO Winemaker Dinner
with Silvia Vannucci, Owner of Piaggia
TUESDAY, October 24, 7:00 pm
|at Evans Street Station, 110 S. Evans St, Tecumseh|
TThe Piaggia estate is situated in the commune of Poggio a Caiano, in the province of Prato, about 8 miles west of Florence. It has vineyards in the Carmignano DOCG area, partly in the commune of Poggio a Caiano and partly in the commune of Carmignano. Carmignano is unique and special, because long before the era of Super Tuscans, cabernet sauvignon was permitted to join sangiovese here.
The winery was set up by Mauro Vannucci, who purchased the land in the DOC area near Piaggia in the mid 70s. He was convinced that the excellent exposure to the sun and the permeable, dry and clayey soil would produce a great Carmignano wine.
He produced the first Piaggia Carmignano Riserva DOCG in 1991, and since then his passion for wine has steadily grown. He has involved his daughter Silvia in this project, and she is now the current owner of the winery. At the beginning of the 90s he bought a further 40 acres in one of the best areas of the appellation, a kind of natural basin a few hundred yards from the centre of Carmignano, which gives a spectacular view of the city of Florence. The current property extends to about 65 acres, 40 of which are cultivated with vines.
We’re pleased to have Azienda Agricola Piaggia principal Silvia Vannucci with us to present her wines. They are four in number, so we’ve book-ended them with an appropriate aperitif and dessert wine from the portfolio of AHD-Vintners, the importer of Piaggia wines. And we’re pleased to have in the Evans Street Station kitchen once again Kelly Johnson, the restaurant’s original chef and a member of the family. I’m a big fan of Kelly’s work..
Tecumseh’s destination restaurant, Evans Street Station is surely worth a detour. Come to town early, enjoying the autumn color on the way, and walk Tecumseh’s main street, stopping in at a winery tasting room, a brewery, a gourmet market and cheese shop, a British tea room, and more. Drive or stroll the nearby residential streets to take in a collection of fascinating heritage homes that rivals Marshall’s.
THE MENU AND WINES
House Smoked Salmon on Blini
Herbed House Ricotta
Braised Rabbit and Black Pepper Pappardelle
Pancetta Wrapped Venison
Cocoa Bean Semifreddo and Local Fruits
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