Banfi Wine Dinner

BLU Italian Grille will host a five-course Banfi Wine Dinner, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17.  The evening centers around an Italian-inspired meal paired with wines from Banfi Wines. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the wine from Guiseppe Luisi, Ambassador for Bolla and Fontana Candida and Italian wine expert. In addition, Westport Whiskey & Wine will be on hand allowing guests the opportunity to purchase the wines tasted throughout the meal.

BLU Italian Grille Chef Graham Weber has developed the menu to highlight the five wine pairings. Diners will start off with a glass of Bolla Tufaie Soave Classico (2010) alongside a crostini of Soppressata, olive, artichoke and oven dried tomato before enjoying a pasta course featuring a ricotta, pecorino, mascarpone, and mozzarella agnolotti pasta with toasted walnuts and butternut squash carbonara.  Additional courses include a duck confit with wild mushroom risotto and a braised short-rib “Osso Bucco.” The meal includes pairings with Fontana Candida Luna Mater Frascati Superiore (2011), Bolla Le Poiane Valpollicella Classico Superiore (2010), Bolla Amarone della Valpollicella Classico (2007) and Vigne Regali Rosa Regale Acqui (2011). Guests will be able to ask questions and learn first-hand about these distinctive Italian varieties.

The dinner is $55 a person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502.671.4280 or emailing BLU Italian Grille is located inside the Louisville Marriott Downtown at 280 W. Jefferson St. Dinner guests can park for free in the hotel’s parking garage. Westport Whiskey & Wine will allow guests the opportunity to order their favorites wines of the evening at a 15% discount. For more information visit