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An Evening with Vino & Dino

When: Sunday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m.
Where: Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis
Cost: $89; includes all food and wines
Visit: fulchinovineyard.com




Dinner, wine and a show
Fulchino Vineyards honors Dean Martin

08/24/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 For the past four years, winemaker Al Fulchino has hosted a six-course gourmet wine-pairing dinner at Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis with live tributes to honor the late music great Frank Sinatra. But a new event will honor another prominent figure of the Rat Pack era: singer Dean Martin.

On Sunday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m., Fulchino will host “An Evening with Vino and Dino” as a tribute to Martin. The four-course wine pairing dinner will include food provided by Pig Tale Restaurant and a live performance by Steve Palumbo, who portrays Martin.
“We’ve done a number of dinners, but this is the first one of its kind,” Fulchino said. “[The dinner] will not only feature the sounds of Dean Martin, but complementary Fulchino wines will be specifically paired with four different dishes prepared by [Chef] Rob Jean from Pig Tale, representing some of Dean Martin’s favorite foods.”
The dinner will begin with pasta e fagioli as the first course, a dish Fulchino said is meant to be a refined version of Martin’s homemade pasta and bean soup.
The second course will feature linguine and clams, inspired by Martin’s favorite dish from the former Da Vinci Ristorante in Beverly Hills. Those will be followed by grilled lamb chops with yogurt sauce and rosemary potatoes as the third course and butterscotch crepes with chantilly cream as the fourth and final course, a dish also inspired by Da Vinci Ristorante. Two wines will be paired with each plate, Fulchino said.
“Pig Tale has been doing all our meals for the last three years,” he said. “Chef Jean has a lot of talent and creativity and adds a lot of different twists I don’t think of.”
Palumbo is expected to sing many of Martin’s old tunes throughout most of the dinner, beginning at 4 p.m., Fulchino said.
“He has a beautiful, rich voice and does a wonderful job capturing the essence of Dean Martin’s singing,” he said. “It will really bring you back to the patina of a bygone era.”
Fulchino said he will choose from about eight or nine original wines grown at the Vineyards to pair with each meal. The focus for each of these dinners, he said, is for visitors to discover good combinations of wine and food.
“Wine-pairing dinners can be somewhat educational, because [they take] people out of their wheelhouse a bit,” he said. “They might try a wine they may not otherwise when it’s put with a certain meal, and they’ll give it a go regardless of whatever ingrained habits or preconceptions they might have had.”
Fulchino Vineyard is also planning a grape-themed festival in September to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Features will include wines, gelato, photo opportunities in a grape-stomping barrel and more, to raise money for the Hollis Police Benevolent Association. 





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