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aMano on Main Road in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

After the grapes have been picked, pressed, fermented and bottled who is to say when a wine is ready for prime time?

Find out how a too-young-to-be-released wine stacks up against its mature counterpart during a comparative tasting and winer dinner hosted by Osteria aMano and Pellegrini Vineyards later this month.

Pellegrini winemaker Zander Hargrave, whose family founded Long Island Wine Country more than 40 years ago, will offer a comparative tasting between a flight of young unfinished wines and ones that have been appropriately bottle aged during the “Wine Before its Time” dinner.

Each tasting will be paired with a gourmet course prepared by one of the North Fork’s most venerable chefs and the restaurant’s owner, Tom Schaudel.

The inventive menu features crayfish and rabbit meatballs as well as cocoa scented fettucine, fitting items for an out of the ordinary wine tasting.

The event is March 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $90 or $80 for Pellegrini wine club members.

aMano is located at 13500 Main Road in Mattituck. Call (631) 298-4800 for reservations.

First Course:

Rabbit and crayfish meatballs and polenta served with Gewürztraminer/Zenzero 2014 Gewürztraminer compared to 2013 Gewürztraminer.

Second Course:

Prosciutto wrapped prawn, concentrated tomato, olive and Lemon 2014 served with chardonnay compared to 2013 chardonnay.

Third Course:

Cocoa scented fettucini with wild boar ragu and smoked ricotta 2014 cabernet franc compared to 2010 cabernet franc.

Fourth Course:

Bistecca fiorentina with sliced ribeye served with lemon, arugula and roasted potato served with 2014 Merlot compared to 2010 Merlot.


Zabaglione – Finale scented Italian custard with fresh berries served with Finale Bin #3311 compared to Finale Bin #1331