The evening was entitled Midsummer Night’s Dream, a one night only pairing of select wines from the Chianti Region of Tuscany


It was the longest day of the year when Cibo Trattoria General Manager and Wine Director Mark Taylor hosted a four course Chianti Dinner to an excited crowd of wine lovers.

Pairing a rustic four course Italian inspired offering from Chef Josh Gonneau with an selection of Chianti wines and an overview of the region, terrior, and its wines courtesy of Taylor. A moderately priced event at $89 plus taxes and gratuities. An informal, casual dinner where we savoured a taste of Tuscany.

“Taylor is a respected and award-winning sommelier who has collected numerous Italian stamps on his passport and is a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, a judge of the annual Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition and a member of the Winery Selection Committee of the Vancouver International Wine Festival.”

The evening started with a glass of bubbles and an amuse bouche as everyone greeted their table mates and made introductions.  Tables were set for pairs; foursomes with larger settings of six and eight. Seating was for the most part random and it was nice to enjoy the company of fellow wine lovers.





Pesce Marinato e Fagioli Bianchi cured halibut on cannellini beans with charcuterie stuffed olives, dressed rucola
Le Rote Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012



Pappardelle al Ragú di Cinghiale e Funghi wild boar and mushroom ragu, preserved tomato
Fattoria di Rodáno Chianti Classico ‘Vigna Viacosta’ 2010
Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2008



Agnello Due Volte grilled peace country lamb loin, Tuscan spice braised lamb belly, potato purée, cipollini agro dolce
Rocca delle Macìe ‘Riserva di Fizzano’ Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Riserva 2012



Budino di Panna Biologica organic crème fraîche panna cotta, fruit preserve, almond biscotti
Rocca delle Macìe Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2008


ABOUT CIBO TRATTORIA | Paying homage to the experience of an authentic Italian trattoria — where simple, rustic food, casual service and good wine goes hand-in-hand — Cibo Trattoria presents an unforgettable dining experience and memorable outing in the heart of downtown Vancouver whether for daily breakfast, lunch or dinner service or weekend brunch. Located in the city’s vibrant theatre and cultural district, Cibo’s cozy and inviting dining room is the perfect spot for any occasion or social gathering — a warm and intimate enclave where guests can relax and enjoy a wide-ranging list of Old- and New-World wines and sample hearty, Italian-inspired dishes and daily specials made from scratch and prepared in a traditional manner that showcases understated elegance on each plate.

900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 0A8 | (604) 602-9570 | www.cibotrattoria.com

Hours: Monday to Friday: Breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. | Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Dinner 5 to 10:30 p.m. | Weekends: Brunch 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Dinner 5 to 10:30 p.m.

For more information about Cibo Trattoria, visit www.cibotrattoria.com, become a fan of Cibo Trattoria on Facebook and follow @CiboTrattoria on Twitter and @cibotrattoria on Instagram. Cibo Trattoria also offers private dining spaces available to be booked for evening and weekend events. For more information, inquiries and pricing for private functions, call 604-602-9570 or email gm@nullcibotrattoria.ca.

Featured image: Allison Kuhl Photography
Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket for this event. All opinions are my own.

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