On Saturday, March 20 -  cocktail reception begins at 7:45pm, immediately followed by the four-course dinner -   20 diners will get the first taste of newly released wines from Schiopetto and Sandrone vineyards in Northern Italy, guided by Cioppino Sommelier Jorge Mendoza and Dr. Cristian Maddalena from the renown wineries.   

The highly Parker rated wines - Schiopetto, Sauvignon DOC Collio 2008; Schiopetto, Friulano DOC Collio 2008; Sandrone “Valmaggiore” Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC 2007; Sandrone Barolo DOCG “Le Vigne”  2005 and Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2007 – will be paired with a menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Ezio Gamba. The specialties: scampi stuffed zucchini blossom with melon and a creamy buffalo mozzarella; Carnaroli risotto with duck confit and Robiola cheese; and roasted lamb loin medallions atop of grilled polenta with apricot and rosemary jam.  Wine Room at Cioppino, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive. Limited to 20 guests. RSVP Carolina at 305.365.4286.