Siena Ristorante recently hosted it’s first wine dinner of the season featuring the legendary Silver Oak Winery. The evening was filled with chef Harvey Harris’s outstanding cuisine and an impressive selection of Silver Oak and Tomey Cellars’ finest wines.
Since its first vintage in 1972, the Silver Oak Winery in Oakville, California, has set the benchmark at the highest level for “California cult Cabernet,” making its wines from top-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon and aging it in barriques, small wooden casks, made from American oak. Silver Oak is still run by the Duncan family, who founded it and planted its first vintage in 1972.
Chef Harvey prepared a stunning tasting menu to pair with every glass, designed to be perfectly scrumptious and regale as each course arrived.
The evening started with the Schiacciata di Prosciutto di Parma, which is a Tuscan flatbread with parma proscuitto, goats milk ricotta, heirloom tomatoes, paired with a Tomey’s Sauvigon Blanc 2014. We arrived so ravenous, I was nearly ready to eat my own hand. That usually means I eat more apps than I should, but It wasn’t hard to glutton over this small, but tasty aperitivo before diving in to the first course.
I’m a sucker for Texas Quail, especially when it’s prepared with Italian flare. The 2nd course (Antipasta) featured the Petto di Quaglia e Ginepro, which features wood-grilled quail breasts, candied pancetta crisp, juniper black cherry gastrique with eggplant caponata. This was all paired with Tomey Cellars’ Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013, probably our favorite of the entire evening.
The third course and fourth courses included a wonderful display of chef Harvey’s skilled touch with a beautiful mix of proteins like roasted veal sugo and lamb with black truffle crostone, paried with Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet and Sliver Oak’s Alexander Cabernet respectively. The final dessert course was topped off with delicious assorted Italian cheeses.
As you can probably tell from the menu, the dinner was one of the finest you’re likely to find in all of Austin, which is a grand testimony to the success of Siena’s dinner series. The restaurant offers a new dinner each month of the year, featuring a different winery in every part of the series. Austin is filled with many wonderful wine pairings at many of the fine new restaurants in the city, but if you have a penchant for Italian flare in the Austin hilly country, we highly recommend Siena Ristorante.
Click the link below to make reservations on their next dinner series on Oct. 21st: