Wine Chat: Wine Dinners Worth Checking Out

Stephanie Webster

Calling all lovers of wine and food (isn't that all of us?)...We have gotten wind of a few wine dinners that are worth checking out in the next few weeks. Cafe Lola in Fairfield, Da Pietro's in Westport, and Coromandel in Norwalk are all offering food and wine events that look promising. At Cafe Lola, Bons Vivants can sample the 2007 vintage of Jean Luc Colombo's wines. Da Pietro's Chef Scotti has partnered with Castle Wine & Spirits to create the beautiful French-Northern Italian menu below. And last but not least, Coromandel will be hosting Joanne Davis from World Wide Wines as their special guest/ wine expert for their monthly wine dinner. 

You can review some of the menus below. Make reservations ahead of time as these events do sell out. If you do make it to any of these three dinners, let us know how you liked them.


Cafe Lola Cotes Du Rhone Wine Dinner, Fairfield

Tuesday, January 26th

Doors open@ 6:30. Dinner served @ 7

2007 Cotes Du Rhone Wine dinner-preview of the 2007 vintage

$65 Per Person plus tax and gratuity 

For reservations, please call 203.292.8014



"Les Abeilles" Blanc 2007

Paupiettes de Saint Jacques au Caviar

Paupiettes of Sea Scallops in a Caviar Beurre Blanc Sauce



Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf du Pape 2007

Salade de Confit de Canard en Feuille de Brik

Duck Confit & Wild Mushroomsin a "see thru" Crust

Baby Greens, Cassis Vinaigette



Cornas Force One 2007 & Cornas Les Ruchets 2007

Jaret D'Agneau aux Herbes, Aubergine a la Provencale

Lamb Shank Braised with Herbs & Purple Eggplant a la Provencale



Viognier La Violette 2007

Nougat Glace au Miel, Coulis de Fruits Rouges

Chilled Nougat with Wild Flower Honey, Red Berry Coulis


Da Pietro's Wine Dinner, Westport

Monday, February 1, 2010 7:00 pm 

$75.00 plus tax and gratuity

For reservations call 203.454.1213



Braised Loin of Yellow Fin Tuna

Served Over Salad of Arugula, Cannellini Beans, and Grape Tomatoes 

Drizzled with Citrus Vinaigrett

Frascati Casale Marchese 2008, Lazio



Agniolotti alla Toscana

Pietro's Homemade Pasta stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Spinach

In Mushroom Broth Drizzled with White Truffle Oil

Chianti Classico Riserva Panzanello 2003, Toscana



Branzino Alesso

Poached Mediterranean Sea Bass over Root Vegetables

Finished with a Green Tea Buerre Blanc

Morellino di Scansano Pellegrone 2007, Toscana Maremma



 Braised Black Angus Short Ribs

Served with Sautéed Spinach and Soft Gorgonzola Polenta

Finished with Amarone Wine Sauce

Barbaresco Cascina Saria 2004, Piemonte



Ricotta Dolce Del'Pastore

Pietro's Homemade Goat Cheese Ricotta

Served with Fresh Berries and Raspberry Coulis

Arzimo Recioto di Soave La Cappucina 2004, Veneto


Coromandel Wine Dinner, Norwalk

Thursday January 28th, 7PM

$50 per person excluding taxes and gratuity

For reservations, please email

On the last wednesday of the month Coromandel gets diners together for a wine dinner at their SoNo location.

Cocktails and Special Coromandel- SoNo appetizers are served at 7PM before their four course dinner & wine pairing 

RSVP at your earliest convenience as the seatings are limited. For more information on their menu, email their events representative: