Broadway by Amar Santana – Laguna Beach is hosting a five course Gaja wine dinner with Giovanni Gaja!
A little about Giovanni:
The 1992 vintage in Langhe was not a good one; “A disaster,” in the words of Angelo Gaja. “We declassified completely.” However, on the heels of disaster, came a blessing. In February 1993 the family welcomed a son, Giovanni. The younger of Giovanni’s two sisters is 12 years older than him, and he jokes that as a child it was like he had three mothers. Growing up in Barbaresco, he loved spending time in the vineyards, and in summers earned €5/hour—money he always saved—helping with the bottling. Building on a degree in economics and management earned at Milan’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 2015, he is shadowing his father at the winery, gleaning wisdom that only Angelo Gaja possesses. He is eager to increase his experience with time abroad, as his sister Gaia has been doing for over a decade. Beginning in 2017, Giovanni spent a year as a fine-wine specialist in New York City and returned permanently to Barbaresco in 2018. As a member of the fifth generation, he will help guide the family winery—founded a century and a half ago by his great-great-grandfather Giovanni Gaja—into the future.
Menu:Hors D’Oeuvres’ Reception ** Gaja, Vistamare, Tuscany, Italy 2017 First Course RED SNAPPER CRUDO Buttermilk, smoked rosemary oil, white peach, squid ink tuile **Gaja, Rossj-Bass, Langhe, Italy 2017 Second Course RARE SEARED AHI TUNA Seared foie gras, crispy potato, wilted spinach, truffle jus **Gaja, Sito Moresco, Langhe, Italy 2016 Third Course BRAISED RABBIT PASTA Roasted walnuts, prosciutto **Gaja, Barbaresco, Italy 2015 Fourth Course WOOD GRILLED PIEDMONTESE STEAK Porcini puree, crispy salsify, smoked bone marrow bordelaise **Gaja, Pieve Santa Restituta, Sugarille, Brunello di Montalcino, Italy 2013