I was invited to attend a wine tasting on June 23, 2009 at Little Venice Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. This wonderful restaurant is owned by our friends from Capri, Italy, Peppino and Alberto Mastromano. Kathy and I attended this sold- out affair with six of my paintings from our travels in Italy. We enjoyed the most delicious dishes from Peppino’s kitchen such as Marinated Swordfish, Orecchiette and Roasted Hangar Steak in a Barbera Demi Glaze. Wines were paired with the menu which ranged from a most refreshing Insolia from Sicily, a lovely Pinot Grigio from the Alto Adige region, Barbera From Piedmont with its elegant smoky, red cherry and rhubarb notes to the essence of Tuscany- Chianti Classico, the famed wine of Italy.
The convivial group munched, swirled, sipped and viewed six of my painting from the north of Italy in Venice, to the central, Tuscan Region in Lucca and Siena and the south of Italy in Positano and the Isle of Capri.