Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mastroberardino Winery at Relais Blu - Snapshot of a Territory with a View

Wednesday night, June 25, a few days after the summer solstice. The evening of my photo exhibit featuring snapshots taken over a four year period vineyard hopping with Mastroberardino Winery. It had rained pretty hard that morning, but as I drove towards Relais Blu I was pretty confident that the evening would go smoothly.  

As the staff and I placed the photos along the spacious entrance way which leads out to their breathtaking terrace, the clouds that had blocked the view of Capri seemed to lift slowly.  Just in time for aperitifs prepared by Chef Roberto Alloca and his team paired with   Morabianca Falanghina 2013.  

Then it was time to officially begin.  I had the pleasure of presenting winery owner Piero Mastroberardino who, through his words, took us on a journey through his family's history as well as the selection of the wines that we had chosen for the evening.  Mastroberadino's crus along with 2 older vintages as well as their fiano passito (produced with noble rot grapes).  

The dinner, then, continued with dishes chosen by the chef and his head sommelier to pair with each wine.

Octopus with roasted potatoes, Ligurian olives , candied tomatoes and lemons from Massa Lubrense: Novaserra Greco di Tufo 2013

Carnaroli rice with zucchini, Nocerino onions and gelato made from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (aged 24 months) : Radici Fiano di Avellino 2013

Bundles of pasta stuffed with redfish with a ragout of peppers and basil: Vintage Fiano di Avellino 2008

Almond -crusted yellowtail fish, eggplant caviar and tomato gazpacho : Vintage Greco di Tufo 2007

Bianco mangiare,almond cookies and frozen zabaglione : Melizie Fiano di Avellino Passito 2011.

Between courses was an excellent opportunity to mingle with the dinner guests, talk about the wines, the food. 

The end of the evening was an excellent opportunity to talk with the dinner guests about  my photos. My photos that were displayed photos along the spacious entrance way of Relais Blu which leds out to their breathtaking terrace.

There was no view of Capri, it was too dark.  But that didn't matter.  There was a cool summer breeze and about a dozen new memories that would stay with me for quite some time.

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