Sommeliers recommend that you swirl a glass of wine and inhale its bouquet before throwing it in the face of your enemy. Enjoy pleasures that are worth the wait with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for a chef tasting and wine pairing class for 2 (a $100 value)
- $89 for a chef tasting and wine pairing class for 4 (a $200 value)
- $299 for a chef tasting and wine pairing class for 12 (a $720 value)<p>
Celebrity chef Luigi “Louie” Desiato pours wines from the restaurant’s onsite vineyard and his private wine cellar during each class for an intimate experience with the chef, interweaving lessons on grapes, pairing, and trellising with tales from his own culinary journey. Artisanal and Tuscan-style cheese, olives, breads, sausages, and dry-cured meat accompany tastings of six or more flights, and, weather permitting, classes will venture into the vineyard and gardens. Groups of 12 enjoy larger portions, as well as some additional edible surprises from the restaurant’s kitchen.<p>
Desiato Winery at Mamma D's Restaurant
When Food Network staple Robert Irvine and his Restaurant Impossible crew arrived at Mamma D's, they were overwhelmed. Ambitious owner Luigi Desiato operated an eatery that was equal parts restaurant, vineyard, and petting zoo, a combination that clouded his sizable culinary prowess and led to an overabundance of greased pig races. But Chef Irvine's visit enabled the charismatic Luigi to pinpoint his vision, and Mamma D's has since transformed into a hub for high-end cuisine and fresh-off-the-vine wines. Vinos, such as a dolce vita sweet red and chardonnay pinot, gush from taps beside craft beers at the full-service bar that, along with the outdoor patio, overlooks the idyllic 2-acre vineyard. Sips on these homegrown varietals complement the menu of small plates, chops, and seafood, which, according to the Montgomery News, encompasses a "combination of recipes from Bologna and Abruzzo, where both sides of Chef Louie’s family grew up."
The host of his own Sayre Woods Media series, Wine'm and Dine'm with Chef Louie Desiato, Luigi also presides over daily classes where he shares his bottomless knowledge of cultivating grapes and pairing wines while serving up artisanal cheese and surprises from the kitchen, which is manned by his talented son, Nick Desiato.