We spent an evening with friends in early August at Chrisman Mill Vineyards enjoying one of their Tuscan Dinners. We have been to many of these special dinners over the years and have never been disappointed. Denise and Chris Nelson and their staff provide a memorable dining experience. The food, the wine, the ambiance, and the service are exceptional.
For over two hours, we were treated to six courses paired with wines, from mini bite size gourmet pizzas to an entrée of filet mignon with cognac cream. We enjoyed each course, but have to say that our favorite was an eight layered Bolognese spinach lasagna. It was amazing. There was something for every taste. With the dessert of homemade vanilla bean gelato with an Apricot Strawberry and fresh berries, we were treated to a special treat–a glass of LaMadre.
LaMadre is a dessert wine that was released that night. We had the privilege of trying this new wine from the barrel and had been looking forward to its release. LaMadre is made in the style of a Vin Santo, a wine made in Italy. This unique wine is made from Vidal Blanc grapes that have been left to dry. The dried grapes are then pressed for a special, almost raisin-like flavor. It was worth the wait. LaMadre is excellent.
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