Please join us for a Marco Caprai Producer Dinner on Tuesday, January 22, at 7pm in our Private Dining Room. You will enjoy five courses of Chef Gabe Thompson's Cuisine paired with five Arnaldo Caprai wines. Marco Caprai and Filippo Bartolotta will be in attendance to walk you through each wine and explain the philosophy behind the grapes. Tickets are $150, all inclusive.
Grecante Grechetto DOC 2011
Montefalco Rosso DOC 2010
Collepiano Sagrantino DOC 2005
Sagrantino DOCG 25 Anni 2007
Passito Sagrantino DOCG 2005
dayboat scallops sea salt, olive oil, lemon espelette
chicories parmesan, lemon, anchovy dressing
roasted mushrooms pancetta, fried egg, ricotta salata
garganelli mushroom ragu, ricotta salata
potato gnocchi lamb shank ragu, tomato, pecorino
orecchiette sausage, salumi, radicchio, pecorino
roasted chicken hen of the woods
hanger steak crispy potatoes, salsa bianco
brussel sprouts pecorino, black pepper
About Arnaldo Caprai
In 1971 Arnaldo Caprai bought the Val di Maggio estate in Montefalco, located in the region of Umbria. His lifelong dream was to produce a wine of his own and discover the potential of the local varieties –most of all Sagrantino. In 1988 his son, Marco Caprai, started managing the winery and with his passion and determination gave the necessary impetus to the production of top quality wines. The Arnaldo Caprai winery is now the acknowledged leader in the production of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from Sagrantino, a native grape variety that has been growing in the region of Montefalco for more than four hundred years. Thanks to a commitment to ongoing research and long term experimentation, the Arnaldo-Caprai winery now produces top quality wines that show unique character and depth.
The Arnaldo Caprai winery extends for about 370 acres, 136 of which are currently in production. The vineyards are located in the area of Montefalco, which is rich in history and winemaking tradition. The main white grapes grown in the region include Grechetto, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon, while Sagrantino is the leading red variety together with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite all its rich history, the local industry has changed and improved over the years thanks to the work of the Arnaldo Caprai winery. Originally, Sagrantino was made using the passito method, where the grapes are left to dry on straw mats after harvest so the sugars can become concentrated. The sweetness of the passito wine helped balance Sagrantino’s natural tannin. However, groundbreaking work in viticulture done over the past decade by Marco Caprai has led to huge improvements in the quality of Sagrantino made as a dry wine. By working on clonal selection, new trellising systems, and high density pantings, the Arnaldo Caprai winery is enhancing the quality of Sagrantino and revaluating its tradition.The winery is currently collaborating with the University of Milan and the Parco Tecnologico dell’Umbria to further research and experimentation with Sagrantino.. This project represents another opportunity for the Arnaldo Caprai winery to exercise its innvoative approach both in the vineyards as well as in the cellar. Because of this hard work and research, the Arnaldo Caprai winery has received many recognitions and awards over the years including Winery of the Year 2006 from Gambero Rosso. However, their goal today is the same as 30 years ago—careful and constant work aiming at excellence, research and innovation in the agronomic and enological sector, and communication of the culture and identity of the rich Montefalco region.
When & Where
L'Artusi opened in December 2008. It is named for Pellegrino Artusi, (1820-1911) and his self-published cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di Mangiare Bene (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well).
The kitchen presents Gabe and Katherine Thompson's modern take on traditional Italian Cuisine. The mostly Italian wine list is presented by region with a map DOCs and DOCGs as well as traditional local dishes, helping to demystify Italy, the most diverse viticultural nation in the world.