An Exclusive 4-Course Dinner featuring the wines of Zenato

The Soul of Lugana and the Heart of Valpolicella.

WineAlign is pleased to invite you to an exclusive dinner featuring the wines of Zenato at Carisma’s new location on Monday, November 5th. Alberto Zenato and our own Michael Godel will join you to guide you through this wine and culinary evening. Enjoy a range of Zenato’s wines including delicious whites from Lugana, Ripassos and classic Amarones from the heart of Valpolicella.

The Zenato family and their wines have been a benchmark in the Veneto region, which has a long cultural and historical tradition in quality Italian winemaking. Zenato possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture. The family is avid in their dedication, through rigorous research and innovation, which translates in the continued development expressed in their wines. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, an area with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Besides being the protagonists of the Ripasso Renaissance, which is epitomized through their iconic Ripassa, another of Zenato’s claims to fame includes putting the white wine appellation Lugana on the map. Zenato produces wines that transcend both classic and modern styles continuously offering a mix of popular appeal, their passion of the vine and a clearly evident winemaking expertise.

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Event Details:
Date: Monday, November 5th
Place: Carisma (15 Toronto Street., Toronto – please note this is the grand opening at their new address)
Time: Reception 6:30pm, Dinner 7:00pm
Ticket Price: $150 (includes HST and fees)

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

About Alberto Zenato:

Alberto Zenato lives on Lake Garda in the province of Verona in San Benedetto di Lugana, the town in which he grew up and where his family wine-growing business is located.

Alberto’s life has always been intimately linked to the wine world. He was exposed to it from an early age when, as a child, he would follow his father, Sergio, up and down the rows of vines until his initial curiosity grew into a passion that has become his life’s work.

As soon as he finished his studies, he immediately went to work full-time on the estate. Given his training, he was put in charge of the accounts, but he also dealt with the sales and production side of the business. All this was many years ago now and today the role Alberto plays represents the wealth of diverse experiences he has accumulated over the years, experiences that have given him an in-depth knowledge of each phase of the wine-producing process from the vineyard to the bottle. Today, he focuses his energies on managing the estate and developing two extremely different if synergic areas of the business. One is production, which ranges from managing the cellar right through to the bottling stage. Here, is where his father, Sergio – one of the leading lights in the Veronese wine world – offered him constant inspiration and guidance. The other area is business strategy development, where he is responsible for sales to a range of overseas markets, including Europe, Canada and Scandinavia. Alberto has no doubts that he made the right choice. Today he loves his work more than ever and one day aspires to pass on all his experience to his son, just as his father did before him, so that the family passion for wine will live on in future generations.

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Alberto Zenato

Alberto Zenato

Menu and Wines:

Canapés – Veal Stuffed Fried Olives/ Venetian Cream of Bacala on Crostii/ Bruschetta
Paired with Lugana Brut

First Course: 
Foie Gras Torchon w/ Pear Cranberry Mustarda, Grilled Crostini
Paired with Lugana San Benedetto 2017 and Lugana Riserva Sergio Selection 2015

Second Course: 
Pappardelle w/ Braised Ontario Rabbit Ragu
Paired with Valpolicella Superiore 2016 and Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore 2014

Third Course:  
Gorgonzola crusted Beef tenderloin; Potato Puree, Saute Chantrelle Mushrooms, Broiled Scallions, Natural Jus Reduction
Paired with Amarone Classico 2013 and Amarone Riserva Sergio Selection 2012

Fourth Course: 
Dessert – Molten Chocolate Lava Cake w/ Lindt Chocolate Gelato
Paired with Recioto


About Carisma:

Steps away from the King Edward Hotel, Toronto’s financial, business, theatre, shopping and culinary districts. The Carisma family offers something a little different. With a long history of being in the business, including restaurants such as Il Mulino and Barolo, Carisma prides itself on offering impeccable real Italian food and quality service. Carisma epitomizes the overall dining experience. Whether it is a drink at the bar, or a culinary journey where you enjoy food with your senses first.  It is a place where you feel at home and coming for years, even if it’s just your first time.

Carisma has moved from their previous location. This will be the grand opening event at their new location at 15 Toronto St.