Rare Winemaker Dinner with Sam Sebastiani’s La Chertosa at Aventine Glen Ellen

Aventine Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen’s newest critically acclaimed restaurant, Aventine Glen Ellen is thrilled to announce a very special Winemaker’s Dinner with Sam Sebastiani, patriarch of the Sebastiani Family. On Tuesday, March 31 starting at 6:00 PM, Chef Adolfo Veronese will pair four La Chertosa wines alongside a 4-course dinner menu. The cost for the evening is $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (707) 934-8911.

The menu for the evening is as follows:


La Chertosa Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley, 2012

Crudo – ahi tuna tartar with basil and pine nuts, sweet shrimp, marinated baby octopus, yellow frisee, blood oranges and lemon vinaigrette


La Chertosa Reserve Zinfandel, Fra Paolo, Amador County, 2012

House made veal tortellini, English peas, fried porcini, sage cream sauce


La Chertosa Reserve Sangiovese, Sonoma Valley, 2012

Roasted prime beef tenderloin, roasted Sicilian sun dried tomato, and seared polenta in a red wine thyme sauce


La Chertosa Cabernet Sauvignon, The Winemaker Remembrance, Napa Valley, 2010

Shaft’s Bleu Vein, aged 24 months and Estero Gold Reserve, aged 15 months, served with Mostarda di Cremosa, candied pecans, lavender honey and grilled focaccia


La Chertosa (www.lachertosawines.com) wines are produced primarily from grapes grown in red Tuscan series soils in Sonoma and Amador counties and aged moderately in new and young oak barrels.  Their style is described as “Old World” because the wines are balanced, harmonic and wonderfully pleasing with foods.

La Chertosa is named for the magnificent 14th century Renaissance monastery in the Tuscan valley of Farneta, Italy where the Sebastiani ancestral roots began.  Here Sam’s grandfather Samuele Sebastiani learned to make wine in the “Old World” style. Samuele came to Sonoma in 1893, and found that Sonoma closely resembled faraway Farneta in three ways; it boasted a mild Mediterranean climate, had the same red soils and was blessed with gently sloping hillsides. He founded Sebastiani Winery in 1904, one of the first wineries in California. Samuele employed the time-honored techniques taught him by the Chertosinian monks in Farneta, to create in Sonoma, the winemaking style Sam continues in crafting the harmonic flavors in La Chertosa wines.

Aventine Glen Ellen has wonderful weekly specials. Their Taste Tuesdays Menu features Happy Hour pricing all night and Wine Wednesdays offer patrons the chance to purchase selected wines off the impressive wine list for half-price. Live Thursdays, starting up again in the Spring, features free live music talents from 6 PM to 8 PM. In addition there is a daily Happy Hour Tuesday to Sunday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Aventine Glen Ellen has a full bar, on premise brewery, inside and outside dining, and fresh, farm-to-table modern Italian dishes. The location, nestled next to Sonoma Creek, is breathtaking and creates a tranquil setting—perfect for any kind of private event. In addition to restaurant dining, Aventine Glen Ellen and Chef Veronese offer a wide variety of catering options. Perfect for weddings, corporate events or private parties, clients can elect to rent the main dining room, the upstairs private dining room or any of the restaurant’s lovely patios. Chef Veronese can also provide food and staffing for off-site events.

Aventine Glen Ellen, from the partners who created the wildly popular Taverna Aventine in San Francisco and Aventine Hollywood, is the newest fine dining and entertainment hot spot in Wine Country. Aventine Glen Ellen is located at 14301 Arnold Dr. Glen Ellen, CA in the historic Jack London Village. Aventine Glen Ellen will feature a modern take on classic Italian food prepared by Chef Adolfo Veronese. It will have an on-site brewery, full bar and live music. It has private rooms and beautiful terraces available for banquets, private parties and weddings. Aventine Glen Ellen will be open for dinner six days a week from 4:30 PM to 10 PM (until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday) with Happy Hour Tuesday to Sunday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Additional Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.

For information or to make reservations please call (707) 934-8911. If you prefer, you can email us at info@aventinehospitality.com

For events contact (707) 931-6153 and email: eventsge@aventinehospitality.com

Further information is available on our website www.aventineglenellen.com