Brunello di Montalcino Dinner

August 26, 2013 at 11:35 am 2 comments


Montalcino (Photo ©Tom Hyland)

I will be conducting a memorable Brunello di Montalcino dinner at Vivere Restaurant at The Italian Village in Chicago on Wednesday, September 11. There will be a total of 10 wines, ranging from the current 2008 vintage of Poggio di Sotto to the monumental 1997 Biondi-Santi Riserva. Details follow.

Seating is extremely limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact me right away!



Brunello di Montalcino is of course, one of Italy’s longest-lived and most iconic red wines. Produced in a limited area in southern Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino is produced exclusively from the Sangiovese grape; aged for several years, the wine is only released into the market in its fifth year.
This special dinner will combine 10 different offerings of Brunello di Montalcino paired with five courses specially selected and prepared by Vivere chef James Giacometti.
1st course:  Tartar three ways:
- Veal tartar, sweet onion marmalade
- Wagyu tartar, tomato chutney
- King salmon tartar, herb infused aioli
2008 Lisini
2008 Casanuova delle Cerbaie

2nd course: Pasticcio
-Venetian style layered lasagna with spinach pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, provolone, braised wagyu short ribs, red wine reduction au jus. 
2008 Tiezzi “Vigna Soccorso”
2008 Poggio di Sotto

3rd course: Risotto:
Slow cooked canaroli rice, charred corn, wild boar, golden chantrelle mushrooms. fontina cheese
2007 Tiezzi “Vigna Soccorso” Riserva
2007 Silvio Nardi “Manachiara”

4th course: Braised lamb shoulder with roasted beets and white truffle foam
2004 Le Chiuse Riserva
2004 Col d’Orcia “Poggio al Vento” Riserva

5th course: Assorted cheeses
2001 Le Chiuse Riserva
1997 Biondi-Santi Riserva

Cost: $175 per person (tax and tip included) or $190 per person, which includes a signed copy of my book Beyond Barolo and Brunello: Italy’s Most Distinctive Wines. This book details more than 600 wines of Italy, including a few dozen examples of Brunello, a few of which we will enjoying at this dinner.
The retail price for the current release of the Biondi-Santi Riserva is $550 per bottle, so you can imagine the price of the 1997. This alone makes the cost of this dinner a value. Combine that with a total of 10 different Brunellos along with a spectacular menu and you have a once in a lifetime experience of the best of Italian wine and food.
This dinner will be limited to 10 people, so everyone gets to enjoy enough wine. To reserve, you must pay me, Tom Hyland, before September 2 to reserve your spot and I must have payment by the end of the day on September 3. This is necessary as I cannot take any cancellations after September 4.
Please note that you need to contact Tom Hyland about this dinner – do not contact the restaurant. You can reach me at To reserve your seat, first check with me to make sure there is space available and then either send me a check, made out for $175 (or $190 per person to TOM HYLAND and send to Tom Hyland, 5236 N. Damen Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60625.
You may also pay me via PayPal. If you wish to do so, contact me and I will give you the necessary information.
Naturally, as this is a limited dinner, I am taking reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis.
I hope to see you on September 11 for a remarkable Brunello di Montalcino dinner!
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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  August 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Tom,
    That dinner looks absolutely fabulous and a great value. I would come up to Chicago for that in a heartbeat, be we move to Italy the following Monday and will be in the midst of putting stuff in storage and packing for the move.
    I hope it goes well and I look forward to reading your review and notes from the tasting.
    Don’t forget to drop me a note if you’re the Bari area in the next year. I’m taking a copy of your book with me for our travels through Italy.

    • 2. tom hyland  |  August 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm


      Thanks for the note and best of luck with the move. Boy, that sounds exciting – good for you!

      I’d love to definitely catch up with you in Bari.

      alla prossima,
      Tom Hyland


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