Nao, the Culinary Institute of America’s restaurant at the Pearl Brewery, will host an Icons of the Andes wine tasting dinner Friday.
“Dinners and tastings like this allow the CIA and Nao restaurant to fulfill one of our core value missions,” said CIA Senior Director of Special Projects Waldy Malouf. “We are able to invite the community to fun, unusual and enlightening events.”
Chef Geronimo Lopez will prepare a four-course dinner with each course accompanied by two perfectly paired wine selections.
The menu will begin with a Conch, Mussel and Shrimp Cocktail paired with Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc and Santa Ema Chardonnay Reserve. The dinner will continue with Chifa Style Rice “Saltado” paired with Guarachi Pinot Noir and Resalte Crianza. The third course will be a Fire Roasted Aged Rib-eye paired with Norton Privada and Pascual Tosso Alta Syrah Reserve. The dinner will conclude with a Chocolate Pot de Crème paired with Achaval Ferrer Quimera Malbec and Kaiken Ultra Malbec.
The reception will feature eight wines with labels that include Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, Guarachi Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay, Resalte Vendimia Seleccion, Santa Ema Amplus One, Montes Alpha Syrah, Perdriel Malbec, Kaiken Corte Malbec and Achaval Ferrer Malbec.
Guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with South American and Spanish winemakers and brand ambassadors who will be in attendance. This will include Montes winemaker Alberto Eckholt, Kaiken Brand Manager Salome Miller, Santa Ema winemaker Andres Sanhueza, Achaval Ferrer U.S, and Canada export director Eclio Dumon, Bodega Norton brand manager Eduardo Swinnen, Guarachi Family Wines Luxury brand manager Perry D’Agostino, Pascual Toso regional export manager Juan Pablo Gonzalez and Bodegas Resalte export manager Laurence Colson.
Tickets are $100 a person plus tax and a 17 percent tip. For pre-paid reservations, call (210) 554-6484.
Nao is located at the Pearl at 312 Pearl Parkway.