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Pio Cesare Wine Dinner at Trattoria la Gondola

Pio Cesare Wine Dinner at Trattoria la Gondola

The renowned regular wine dinners at Kempinski’s are always a highlight of the city’s culinary calendar. A divine selection of dishes prepared specially for the evening is paired with an equally special range of fine wines.

5th from the left, Mr. Stephan Interthal, Managing Director Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, Mr. Pio Boffa, Pariede Noviello Italian Executive Chef, Mr. Johannes Mayr Director of F&B Kempinski Hotel Beijing

During the event on 9th July, La Gondola’s outstanding Italian cuisine by chef Paride Noviello was complimented by a range of engaging wines from Pio Cesare. Mr. Pio Boffa, the great grandson of Pio Cesare came and joined the wine dinner.

“We organize the wine dinner as an entertaining and educational experience to our customer and it is positive to see that all the seats are occupied with wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts. It was quite memorable and not surprisingly that half of our guests are Chinese customers. ”said Mr. Johannes Mayr, Director of Food & Beverage.

The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 by the great-grandfather Cesare Pio. He was one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and in the other great wines of Piemonte. Cesare Pio in the second portion of 1800s was among the very first winemakers to produce these wines with a philosophy that was dedicated to the terroir and the strictest quality of the wine.

For five generations, the Pio Cesare family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars, located in the centre of the town of Alba.

Now the family-owned vineyard estate and winery in has become recognized the world over, for excellence and sparked a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking.

Following a welcome of enticing stuzzichini, guests enjoyed tuna cube with parma ham served with Pio Cesare Gavi 2009, exhibiting a delicate, refined bouquet intense with the scent of ripe fruit, green apple and moss. The second dish, swordfish carpaccio with seared scampi and melon salad was accompanied by Pio Cesare “Dilei” Chardonnay 2009.

Other highlights include Risotto with cauliflower, vanilla and seared foie gras served with Pio Cesare “Fides” Barbera d’Alba 2008 - a sumptuous wine and meant to age. While a dish of succulent rigatoni pasta with braised lamb neck ragout and parmesan shavings is perfectly matched with Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG 2001&2002.

The memorable evening’s dining ends with a sweet tribute to coffee served with Pio Cesare Moscato d’Asti 2009, a soft and alluring with rich fruit scents.

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