Friday, November 5, 2010

Winemaker of C.G. DiArie Vineyard & Winery visits Bella Bacinos La Grange Nov. 9

Join Bella Bacinos for a wine event with Chaim Gur-Arieh, fascinating winemaker and proprietor of C.G. DiArie Vineyard & Winery, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, at Bella Bacinos in Downtown La Grange, Ill. (36 S. La Grange Rd.) The cost includes wine, light fare and artisanal cheeses. The event continues Bella Bacinos’ “up close and personal” Seminar Series that in the past has included wine luminaries Paul Hobbs, John Duval of Penfolds Grange fame and Pinot Noir Maestro Ken Wright, among others. Cost to attend is $39 pp (excludes tax and gratuity); seating is limited and reservations are required. Make reservations for this event by e-mailing or calling wine director Dan Bacin at (708) 420-9600.

Turkish-born Gur-Arieh followed his lifelong dream and founded C.G. DiArie Vineyard & Winery in 1998 with his wife, Elisheva, in the Shenandoah Valley Appellation in the Sierra Foothills. This area is home to the oldest grape vines in America. The winery produces an array of red wines, including varieties of Zinfandel and Syrah, along with Barbera and Petite Sirah. The winery also creates whites and rosé, including Rosé DiArie, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Roussanne.

“I like to make wines that are elegant and have good balance,” Gur-Arieh says. “My style of wine has forward fruit that carries to the mid-palate and a long, sustained finish. I use the oak to enhance the varietal identity of the wine, rather than mask it.”

Also an inventor with a background in food product development, Gur-Arieh developed his innovative “Dual Compartment Submerged Cap Fermentation Tank,” a process of submerging the cap during the entire fermentation process, creating highly extracted concentrated wines with robust fruits, soft tannins, elegance, balance and complexity. The wines serve as a perfect match to Bella Bacinos’ homemade Italian cuisine.

Bella Bacinos serves authentic Napoletana wood fired pizza, homemade ravioli and other Italian specialties in the restaurant’s dining room and outdoor patio. Bella Bacinos uses only 100% real Wisconsin cheese in its pizza. Bella Bacinos’ award-winning wine list includes more than 600 wines from around the world, including more than 20 served by the glass. The restaurant is located at 36 S. La Grange Rd., Downtown La Grange, Ill. and is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, and is closed Monday for private events. For private events, please call restaurant manager Hande Dokur at (708) 352-8882. For more information, visit Follow them on Twitter and find them on Facebook.

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