Giuseppe Quintarelli, the most famous wine maker of the Veneto, spent 60 years producing some of the world’s most iconic wines. His name has become synonymous with the region and is largely responsible for changing the way wines there are produced. Many of the easy drinking reds of the past have been replaced with wines of incredible depth, power and aging potential. While others in the region were ramping up production to meet voracious demand, the man nicknamed “Bepi” never sacrificed quality for quantity.
Along with establishing himself as the Godfather of Amarone and setting the bar for high quality wine production in the area, Bepi’s greatest contribution lives on in the wines of Romano dal Forno and Celestino Gaspari of Zýmē. His techniques, ideas and beliefs have inspired the next generation of Veneto winemakers who continue to carry on Giuseppe’s principles.
On the evening of September 26th, we will examine Quintarelli’s finest wines. All of the bottles come directly from Babbo’s cellar. This is a rare opportunity to taste impeccable bottlings from the finest producer in the Veneto. Highlights include the 2006 Ca’ del Merlo Rosso, benchmark 2007 Valpolicella Superiore, 2001 Recioto, monumental 1993 Alzero, 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella, and the rarest of all his wines: 2003 Amabile del Cere Bandito. Inspired by the cuisine of the region, Chef Frank Langello has written a 7-course menu to complement the vintages.
Sarde in Saor
Giuseppe Quintarelli “Ca’ del Merlo Bianco” Veneto IGT 2013
Polenta e Schie
Giuseppe Quintarelli “Primofiore” Veneto IGT 2012
Tortellini di Valeggio
Giuseppe Quintarelli, Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2007
Gnocchi al Ragù di Carne, Funghi e Piselli
Giuseppe Quintarelli “Alzero” VdT 1993
Braciole di Manzo
Giuseppe Quintarelli, Amarone della Valpolicella 1995
Formaggio di Veneto
Giuseppe Quintarelli, Recioto della Valpolicella 2001
Cinnamon Spice Cake with
Concord Grapes and Blood Orange Sauce
Giuseppe Quintarelli “Amabile del Cerè Bandito” IGT 2003
WHAT IS VINTAGE BABBO?
On select Monday evenings, we invite Italian wine lovers to join us for a special tasting menu paired with the best vintage wines from the depths of our cellar. Unlike many restaurant wine dinners, these are not distributor-sponsored events featuring “current-release” wines. The allure of Vintage Babbo is that it’s a personal expression of the restaurant; an opportunity for us to dig deep into our cellar (as much as it may sometimes hurt to see these wines leave); and an excuse to share the best of the best with our customers.