By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 04, 2019 at 5:01 PM

If you are a lover of wine – maybe even a fan wines from California's Russian  River Valley – consider this an invitation to indulge.

Black Shoe Hospitality will be hosting an ambitiously paired, first-ever wine-maker dinner at Blue’s Egg in Shorewood, 4195 N Oakland Ave., on Thursday, April 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

For the special dinner, they've partnered with one of their favorite wineries – Gamba Vineyards and Winery – a small, family owned and operated producer known for their Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel. And, for the first time, the dinner will include an appearance from owner, grape grower and winemaker Agostino Gama who will be available to talk through the evening’s wine selections and answer guests’ questions.

The paired dinner will be prepared by members of both the Blue’s Egg Shorewood and Story Hill BKC culinary teams under the direction of co-owner Chef Joe Muench.

The proposed menu (still subject to change) includes:

  • Grilled halloumi with salt cured bacon, cauliflower hummus and apricot; Tuna poke skewers with chili, cucumber, mango, lime and togarashi
    Pairing: 2018 Etrusca "Natalia" Rosé.
  • Shrimp and scallop crudo with green pea salad, chervil, fried lemons, pistachios
    Pairing: 2016 Etrusca "Cecilia" Chardonnay
  • Pork sausage crepinette with peppered clams, tomato braised fennel, agrodolce mustard
    Pairing: 2016 Gamba Family Ranches Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
  • Creamed mushrooms with grilled figs, duck pastrami, crispy polenta and super-aged balsamic
    Pairing: 2016 Gamba Starr Road Zinfandel Old Vine
  • 72-Hour short rib with rosemary parmesan potatoes, grilled rapini, chili salsa verde, fried garlic
    Pairing: 2014 Etrusca "Velia" Red Blend, Russian River Valley
  • Flourless criollo chocolate tart with molasses caramel, espresso glaze, bitter orange
    Pairing: 2016 Gamba Petite Sirah

Tickets for the Gamba Wine Dinner are $125 per person (includes wine, dinner, tax and gratuity). The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available online

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.