A 5-Course Dinner with Ruffino wines from Tuscany – October 25th

Award Winning Wines from the Heart of Tuscany

Ruffino wines have teamed up with Sopra Upper Lounge in Toronto for an exclusive five-course dinner featuring the food and wines of Tuscany. WineAlign’s Michael Godel will join Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Senior Global Brand Ambassador, to bring you the Ruffino story and their award winning wines.

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Event Details:
Date: Thursday, October 25th
Place: Sopra Upper Lounge (265 Davenport Rd., Toronto)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Ticket Price: $120 (includes HST and fees)

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

About Ruffino Wines:

In 1877 cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino embraced their passion for winemaking by establishing a small winery in the town of Pontassieve, near Florence. After a mere four years, the cousins received their first gold medal for their Chianti. Within two decades, Ruffino earned gold at the Bordeaux Wine Fair and the Ruffino name became synonymous with Chianti.

Chianti has been made in Tuscany since at least the 13th century, so it should be no surprise that this distinguished wine was among the first the Ruffinos chose to make. Ruffino released the inaugural vintage of Riserva Ducale as far back as 1927. In 1984, Chianti became Italy’s first DOCG and the first Chianti bottle sporting the required red band, numbered AAA 00000001, came from Ruffino.

Today, Ruffino carries on the tradition that Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino began and has evolved into the symbol of Italian lifestyle and quality, setting the standard for fine Italian wines throughout the world.

About Beppe d’Andrea:

Beppe d’Andrea embodies the Italian way of life that blends a love of wine with passion for food. Beppe began his wine industry career in the early 1980s as a cellar master for several Italian wineries. In 1987, he began his career with Ruffino and has never looked back.

Initially working in the vineyards, Beppe soon joined the Ruffino winemaking team. During his first season in the cellar, Beppe made white wines and later, as cellar master, he made Ruffino’s Chianti Classicos and other red wines. In 1989, Beppe earned the AIS Professional Sommelier certification. In 1995, Beppe, a dynamic storyteller and enthusiast spokesperson for Ruffino and Tuscany, was tapped to be Ruffino’s Brand Ambassador.

Today, as Senior Global Brand Ambassador for Ruffino, he hosts visitors from around the world when they come to visit Ruffino’s estates in Tuscany. He also travels outside Italy to bring Ruffino wines and the Ruffino story to winelovers around the world.

Beppe d'Andrea

Beppe d’Andrea

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Menu and Wines:

Polenta cups with a sausage ragu and pecorino
Ricotta & Zucchini Fritters with black truffle and parmigiano
Crostini Toscani, a classic antipasto of chicken liver pate with crostini
Paired with Ruffino Proseco

First Course: 
Cacciucco alla Livornese, Tuscan fresh fish and seafood stew, crostini
Paired with Ruffino Il Ducale Pinot Grigio 2017

Second Course: 
Wild Boar Agnolotti, in-house made wild boar stuffing, agnolotti with port stewed dried cherries, wilted greens, roasting jus
Paired with Ruffino Il Ducale Toscana 2015 and Ruffino Modus Toscana 2015

Third Course:  
Frutti Di Bosco Sorbetto, mixed berry sorbet

Fourth Course: 
Brassato Alla Toscana, slow braised AAA Flat Iron steak, olive oil, fork-mashed potatoes, pecorino, fresh green beans and mushroom
Paired with Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2015 and Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2012

Fifth Course: 
Panforte, traditional Tuscan dessert
Paired with Ruffino Serelle Vin Santo del Chianti


About Sopra Upper Lounge:

For over 20 years, Mistura has been a renowned Italian Restaurant in the heart of Toronto. Proudly owned by the Paolini Family, it was opened in 1997 by Paolo Paolini.  Sopra Upper Lounge is Paolo’s elegant event space where he showcases his most succulent dishes to selective clientele.