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Castello Banfi Wine Dinner

Nov. 20 – 24 @ R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant, Saigon

The Reverie Saigon is presenting a fine dining experience in collaboration with the award-winning Castello Banfi vineyard and winery at the hotel’s R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant from Nov. 20 through 24.

Dating back to the ninth century, Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in Tuscany’s Montalcino region

Lovers of Italian wines won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous, six-course tasting menu by the estate’s Chef Giuseppe Sposito served with an impressive range of its Tuscan wines paired by Banfi Wine Ambassador Guillaume Blanchard.

Dating back to the ninth century, Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in Tuscany’s Montalcino region. The estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognised as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.

Chef Giuseppe Sposito

Born in Brusciano, a province of Naples, Chef Sposito began working in restaurants at only 16 years old before attending the culinary school Istituto Alberghiero in Cicciano. He then worked at the Michelin-starred restaurant Parizzi in the city of Parma, and the two Michelin-starred Perbellini. He subsequently moved to the restaurant of Castello Banfi.

“At Banfi I have continued to create good food and cultivate my passion for cooking expressed through the simplicity and elegance of fine dining,” he said.

“We are very pleased to have Chef Sposito with us all the way from Italy for what promises to be memorable nights for Saigon’s lovers of fine food and wine”

Chef Sposito’s sumptuous creations with paired wines include Pappa al Pomodoro (Fresh tomato, garlic, basil and Tuscan bread, extra virgin olive oil) matched with Banfi Tener Vino Spumante Brut; ‘Caciucco’ Livornese Salad (Lobster, tuna tarta, scampi, oyster, crab, black olive and caper salad) matched with Centine Bianco IGT Tuscany; Ribollita (Traditional Tuscan vegetable soup, finocchiona samali, farmer’s bread) paired with Banfi Aska Bolgheri; Pappardelle Cinghiale (Home-made pasta with wild boar ragout, truffle and Pecorino Toscano cheese) paired with Cum Laude IGT Toscana; Guancia Maremmana (16-hour-cooked beef cheek with potato, porcini, hazelnuts and Montalcino honey sauce) matched with a Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino; and Cioccolato, Amarena, Pistacchio (Chocolate and pistachio ice-cream with almond crumble, with Banfi Florus Amarena cherry sauce) matched with Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui.

Mr. Kai Speth, Vice President Operations and Business Performance of WMC Group, which operates The Reverie Saigon, said the Castello Banfi wine dinner continued the hotel’s tradition of hosting superior culinary events. “We are very pleased to have Chef Sposito with us all the way from Italy for what promises to be memorable nights for Saigon’s lovers of fine food and wine,” he said.

The special wine dinner on Nov. 20 is priced at just VND2,488,000++ per person. The dinners on Nov. 21 through 24 are VND1,488,000++ or VND2,488,000++ with paired wines.

For more information, go to rjitalian.thereveriesaigon.com and facebook.com/rjitalian

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