We were privileged here at Allora Vineyards to host the first ever Allorium dinner. We don’t pour this small production wine at the winery and only sell it untasted. But we wanted to finally share! The dinner started with our guests and their families enjoying a fresh pulled mozzarella station or “al minuto” hosted by Chef Nash of Tre Posti. Everyone stood around the picturesque grounds at some tipped up wine barrels and sipped on some chardonnay, enjoying the views. We then progressed into a 4 course, sit down dinner.
After a few opening comments by Terry, the dinner commenced. We first set out to pair each meal with only one wine but when we sat with chef Nash and did the tasting, we thought that everyone should experience what we did. We tried each wine with each dish and were left in utter amazement. So, we had a vertical tasting in front of each person showcasing the 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Allorium. The first course was a Rigatoni with braised rabbit and wild mushroom sugo, finished with grana padano. The second course was introduced and did not disappoint. It was a pan roasted Liberty Farms duck breast with caramelized sweet potatoes, shaved spring vegetables and pea tendrils. We then had the opportunity to hear Cortney and Chris make a few expressions about the special wine. Cortney highlighted that Allorium is not made every year but, rather, is made only when we feel like the growing season was truly exceptional. She then introduced the third and main course of smoked and braised short ribs with a three-cheese polenta and roasted broccolini.
Chris introduced the dessert course and opened with a brief history of the Allorium wine as well as its meaning. Then, of course, came the dessert. It was a stunning flourless chocolate cake with a strawberry reduction sauce. The dinner concluded with Terry and Nancy thanking our guests for their support. Right now, we only make magnums of this wine but we are finally going to make this wine into 750 ML bottles starting in 2016, which will be the next vintage we make.
Allorium is truly rare. We only make one or two barrels of it in exceptional years. The highest production year so far was two barrels. We are proud to announce that we have now sold through our first two vintages and are midway through our third. Don’t be left out, plan ahead! Reserve the wines now and make it a goal to attend next year!