Wandering Wino: Cinco de Derby Edition

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It's a pretty light slate of tastings this week, campers. But with both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, something tells me that y'all won't have too much trouble getting into too much trouble.

In fact, the only event I have on the calendar is over a week away, but it's worth marking your calendars for. Fleming's is hosting a wine dinner featuring the wines of Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Rubicon Estate on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Here are the details:

Francis Ford Coppola brings the same touch of genius to winemaking as he does to filmmaking. And like his films, Coppola's wines show tremendous range — from delicate Chardonnays to highly complex Cabs, like the 94-point Rubicon Estate CASK, made from old-growth Inglenook vines. You'll taste a bit of everything at this event, while enjoying a special 5-course menu from our Chef Partner, Tracy Riddick. A must for Napa Valley wine enthusiasts.

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.
$85 per guest, including 5 wine pairings
Call 342-0131 to reserve

Check out the mouth-watering menu:

RECEPTION

Black-and-White Sesame-Seared Ahi with Daikon Radish
Wild Mushroom Tart
Poached Pear and Gorgonzola Crostini

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, Director's Cut Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, 2008

FIRST COURSE

Chopped Salad
mixed greens, tossed with red onions, grape tomatoes, bacon, eggs, hearts of palm, croutons and blue cheese vinaigrette

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, Votre Santé
Chardonnay Central Coast, 2008

SECOND COURSE

Seared Diver Scallops
tomato chutney, saffron beurre blanc

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, Su Yuen Riesling
Monterey County, 2010

MAIN COURSE

Porcini-Rubbed Ribeye
truffle mashed potatoes, broccolini,Cabernet demi-glace

RUBICON ESTATE, CASK Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, 2008 — 94 pts. Wine Enthusiast

DESSERT

Peach Crêpe Soufflé

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, Sofia Blanc de Blancs
California, 2011

Until next week, pace yourself. Steeplechase is right around the corner!

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