Il Cortile's Paired Chef Tasting And Wine Pairing Dinner Series


Join us every Wednesday night, through Feb. 26, for our Paired Chef Tasting and Wine Pairing dinner series.

Il Cortile will partner with a different Paso Robles winery each night, who will pour three of their signature wines. Chef Santos MacDonal will create an exceptional menu highlight the flavors and textures of the wines featured from each winery.  


January 15 – Austin Hope, Hope Family Wines  

Family owned and operated, the Hope Family has been farming in Paso Robles for more than 40 years. Starting in the wine industry as grape growers, the family now owns five of their own unique labels: Liberty School, Austin Hope, Treana, Troublemaker, and Quest. The limited-production label, Austin Hope, focuses exclusively on Rhone varietals grown on the family’s vineyard. 


January 22 – Alta Colina

Best known for their bold and balanced Syrahs, Rhone blends, and gorgeous whites, Alta Colina produces Rhone wines from its organically farmed estate vineyard in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. This family owned and operated winery uses minimal intervention in their vineyard and winemaking practices resulting in high quality wines. 


January 29 – Benom

Born in the South of France and raised in Bordeaux, Benom has been a longtime dream project between two brothers. Arnaud Fabre, the sales and marketing manager for Law Estate Wines, and Guillaume Fabre, the winemaker/proprietor of Clos Solene, bring an eclectic collection of wines to Paso Robles with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Spanish inspired blends. 


February 5 – Tablas Creek

Founded in 1989 by the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, Tablas Creek has been a longtime pioneer of California’s Rhone movement. After finding soil and climate similar to that of the Beaucastel’s property in France, the duo settled in Paso Robles and began planting their imported cuttings, which has now been spread to more than 600 U.S. vineyards. 


February 12 – Epoch Estate

In 2004 Geologists Liz and Bill Armstrong’s knowledge of soil and climate led them to two vineyards in Paso Robles: the historic Paderewski Vineyard, first planted in the early 1900s by Polish pianist and Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and the Catapult Vineyard. Each with different characteristics, Epoch is able to create delicious and complex, small production wines that are carefully crafted from Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varieties.  


February 19 – Diablo Paso Winery and Hayseed and Housdon

Two winery’s that are at the forefront of Paso Robles’ garagiste winemaking movement will come together for Il Cortile’s Paired dinner series. Diablo Paso is dedicated to limited production Spanish varietal wines including Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Albariño and Rosé. Hayseed and Housdon produce small lot wines with minimal intervention and a big community focus; when you purchase a bottle of their To Paso Rosé, Pray for Love Pinot Noir, Excuse my Dust Chardonnay, or Warrior Cabernet, 50% of the profit is donated to each wine’s respective non-profit organization. 


February 26 – Hubba WinesNelle and Top Winery  

This dinner will highlight three of Paso Robles’ young and upcoming winemakers: Riley Hubbard with Hubbard Wines, Tyler Russell of Nelle and Stanley Barrios from Top Winery. Each winemaker will feature one of their signature wines for one combined tasting experience. 


The Paired Chef Tastings and Wine Pairings dinners sell out quickly and seating is limited, so booking well in advance is recommended. These events are a rare and unique opportunity to experience the Il Cortile team’s passion and pride, which has been an innovative force on the Paso Robles Wine Country culinary scene in recent years. 

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