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Galaxy Wine and Dalla Terra present an Italian Winemakers dinner at Ned Ludd on March 11. Please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of Italian wine and Northwest cuisine. This winemaker dinner will feature wines from three of Italy's most prestigious family wineries representing three different regions, whose wines will showcase Italy's incredible diversity of grape and place. A four course dinner will be served with wine pairings and dessert crafted by Chef Jason French and his signature wood fired Oregon fare. Come enjoy a fantastic evening of food and wine, and learn the stories behind each of the wines as told by our hosts for the evening: Gianluca Garofoli of his family's eponymous winery, the oldest in the Marche; Alfredo Falvo owner of the pioneering Li Veli winery in Puglia; and David Redoni, Export Manager for Tuscany's Sangiovese specialist, Poliziano. Please read below for more information on all three wineries.
Flatbread, west coast olive oil & sea salt
Marinated black olives with orange & fennel
Radish & fennel, Oregon albacore tonnato
Shrimp, proscuitto, pork noodle
2012 Garofoli Macrina Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
2012 Li Veli Masseria Verdeca
Quail breast spedino, pork stuffed olives, cabbage
2010 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montelpuciano
2010 Garofoli Piancarda Rosso Conero
Lamb leg, baby chard, polenta, garum
2010 Poliziano Lohsa Morellino di Scansano
2009 Li Veli Lohsa Pezzo Morgana Salice Salentino
Orange and almond biscotti
**Thank you to our retail partner, Portland Bottle Shop
Price includes gratuity.
Call (503) 288-6900 for more information.
Garofoli: Garofoli is one of the oldest wineries in the Marche, dating back to 1871 when Antonio Garofoli began producing wine for the local pilgrims coming to the famous church of Loreto. In 1901, Antonio’s son, Gioacchino, founded the Gioacchino Garofoli winery. His two sons, Franco and Dante, succeeded him in management of the estate after World War II. Casa Vinicola Gioacchino Garofoli became a company in 1950 and started distributing the Garofoli wines to Italy’s major cities, as well as other European markets. In the early 1970’s, Franco’s sons, Carlo and Gianfranco, joined the family company. Together, the two genera- tions worked to further development of the winery’s production and commercial activities. Today, Garofoli wines are available in more than 50 countries worldwide. Altogether, the Garofoli family has been involved in the wine industry for more than five generations. The same philosophy has always guided the estate: constantly updating production techniques while respecting traditional winemaking methods and the unique terrior of the Marche. In 2005, the fifth generation entered the Garofoli company: Carlo’s daughter Beatrice and Gianfranco’s daughter and son, Caterina and Gianluca. Gianfranco Garofoli, has also been the president of “Istituto Marchigiano di Tutela,” the consorzio of Marche wineries since 2010.
Li Veli: Masseria Li Veli is an imposing building on the southern most slopes of the Murge hills. In 1999 the Falvo family bought this 128-acre property on Puglia's Salento peninsula, also known as the "heel of Italy". Their purchase gave new life to Masseria Li Veli, a winery born in the 19th century by Marquis Antonio de Viti de Marco, an internationally known Italian economist and university professor, who set out to make the Masseria into a model cellar for the entire south of Italy. The pre-existing stone structure dating to the late 19th Century has been transformed and enlarged, according to a well-planned and functional design in keeping with the style and layout of the original building. Today the estate comprises 35 hectares of vineyards with albarello training, planted with the traditional Apulian varieties. In 2009, as a commitment to these native grapes, the Falvo family created the ASKOS project, with the aim of selecting long-forgotten indigenous varietals for making new wines, with the highest standard of quality in viticulture and winemaking. Li Veli produces a range of wines including the white Verdeca and the red Negroamaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello and Aleatico. These reds are made into powerful, inky-dark wines of great character and elegance. All of the Li Veli wines are produced by these indigenous grapes exclusively, and are cultivated according to traditional methods. In 2005, Li Veli's vineyards were certified organic, and in the cellar, all vinification practices are carried out with special care for the environment, according to international standard control for an Environmental Management System ISO 140001.
From the outset, the Falvo family's vision has been to estalish a new quality benchmark in the region both through vineyard management and vinification. Applying the knowledge and expertise gained from generations of wine making in Tuscany, the effort is to realize the ultimate potential for the local varieties with dines that have more primary fruit, freshness and structural acidity while still maintaining the character this dry, hot Mediterranean land provides.
Poliziano: In 1961, Dino Carletti bought 22 hectares of land in the commune of Montepulciano, Tuscany with the desire to reconnect with his cultural heritage by cultivating the vine. Dino planted vineyards in the region and established Poliziano, named as an homage to humanist poet Angelo Ambrogini (1454-1494), known as "Il Poliziano," who was born in Montepulciano. Dino’s son, Federico, who’d grown up tending the vines, pursued an agriculture degree in Florence in 1978 with the intent of carrying on the family tradition. Today, Federico runs the Poliziano winery, and has not only continued to carry the torch as one of the most prestigious producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, but has grown the estate from 22 to 120 hectares, expanding into the region of Maremma, and also adding a Cortona DOC wine to the portfolio. The main winery, known as Il Poliziano sits in the center of Montepulciano, with southeastern-facing vineyards planted primarily to Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese). The various soil compositions divide the property with the names Caggiole, Valiano, Lama, Casale, Pozzi and Asinone. Asinone is the crown jewel vineyard of the Tre Bicchieri award-winning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG “Asinone.” At Il Poliziano, solar panels power more than 40% of the cellar. Except for the Morellino di Scansano, all Poliziano wines are produced at Il Poliziano. The Morellino di Scansano DOC is produced at the Lohsa Estate, which sits atop a hill with a striking view of the Island of Giglio and the Gulf of Argentario in Maremma. Lohsa is planted to 27 hectares of vineyards dedicated to the production of Morellino di Scansano DOC (primarily Sangiovese with some Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo) as well as the “Mandrone di Lohsa” Maremma IGT (Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Petit Verdot and Carignano).
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Ned Ludd is owned and operated by Chef Jason French. Our seasonal menu changes weekly and draws from the bounty of Oregon, the Northwest and greater West Coast region. We work with a growing list of passionate, committed artisanal local producers. Our love of spices, coffee and cheese necessitates a global approach to sourcing and we work closely with importers and our purveyors to ensure that these products are responsibly procured. We look forward to sharing with you the best of an American Craft Kitchen.