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5 Course Wine Pairing Dinner

November 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for a 5 course wine pairing dinner in the romantic pavilion at Gioia dell’Amore Cellars.

Are you looking for an adult celebration before the holiday chaos and family gatherings begin? This exclusive wine pairing dinner will feature our wines expertly paired with creative courses from Pepper Moon Catering. Additionally, we will be introducing our new holiday spiced wine, Glowing Ember! Most importantly, this is a fund raiser for the local Toy’s for Tots chapter and a portion of each ticket will be donated. The cost is $67 per person and includes 5 courses of food paired with 2-ounce pours of wine. Seating is limited and tickets will be on sale until October 27th or until sold out.

This 5 course wine pairing dinner will feature:

  • Flirt (our reserve traditional method sparkling wine). Specifically paired with a brie, bacon and blackberry grilled cheese.
  • First Blush (our all estate grown rose blend of Chambourcin and Merlot). Paired with an orzo salad course.
  • 2021 Riesling (off-dry wine with great minerality and notes of pear and dried apricot). Paired with baked fish and a vegetable.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (dry red with black current and blackberry notes). Accordingly paired with braised beef short rib with a seasonal demi glaze and vegetable risotto.
  • Glowing Ember (sweet red spiced holiday wine). Paired with a glorious fall dessert.

Additionally, the Chef will be incorporating our wines in some of the sauces used to prepare the meal. Presently the menu is being refined and final descriptions of each course will be shared with attendees closer to the event.

An evening with meaning

This event is a fundraiser for the Rockingham County Chapter of Toys for Tots. A portion of each ticket will be going to this great charity to support our local community. Concurrently, we will have a raffle for a 2-night weekday cabin stay at Gioia dell’Amore Cellars. To enter the raffle, bring an unwrapped gift as a donation. Notably, this gift certificate is transferrable and would also make a great holiday gift for someone on your list!

About the hosts

Toys for Tots: The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Marine Toys for Tots Program. An IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, it serves as the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation provides the leadership, funding, and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.  The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located in Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.

Pepper Moon Catering: has over two decades of experience serving in the triad. Pepper Moon Catering understands the power of great food and gorgeous presentation to transform an event into an experience.

Gioia dell’Amore Cellars: is a 96-acre vineyard, winery, wedding venue, and cabin rental facility nestled in the rolling hills of Rockingham County among the vines of Autumn Creek Vineyards. The winery name translates to the “Joy of Love” in Italian, and was born out of the owners’ love of family and wine. Gioia dell’Amore Cellars endeavors to share these passions in its romantic, rustic country setting where it aims to “Scatter Joy!” to its community and customers.


Gioia dell’Amore Cellars at Autumn Creek Vineyards


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