Friday, November 13, 2009

Cat In The Hat Wine Dinner Benefits Humane Society

A lively crowd enjoyed a tasty Italian feast accompanied by wine at Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant on Monday, November 9, at the  Cat in the Hat benefit for the Toledo Area Humane Society.
Four wines were served with the dinner: Fat Cat Chardonnay, California; Little Black Dress Cabernet, California, House Wine Red, Washington; and Lunetta Prosecco, Italy. Wine was provided by Glazers distributors.

The Fat Cat was snappy, but wasn’t our favorite selection. The Little Black Dress Cab is a smooth and tasty selection. This wine is a crowd pleaser.

Also accompanying the delicious pasta entree was House Wine Red. This is from the Magnificent Wine Company in Washington that makes some terrific wine. Don’t be put off by the label, which looks like it was hand drawn. This is a complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Any wine that includes Malbec AND Cabernet Franc is a winner in my book. It is an opulent wine from the Columbia Valley with a taste of complexity and smokiness.

The final wine was Lunetta Prosecco from Italy. This wine  is produced in northern Italy’s Trentino region by Cavit.  It is a sparkling and fragrant with aromas of apple and peach. We had just sampled this and felt it wasn’t as crisp and dry as we liked when we made a pleasant discovery. It paired very nicely with the chocolate mousse dessert and countered some of the sweetness of the wine.

Adding to the enjoyment of the evening was entertainment by a youthful troupe that performed a number from the Cat in the Hat musical. Guests also were able to capture the memory of the evening through Photoboothlive. If you haven’t done this before, it goes beyond photography and is a fun activity in itself. Photo subjects pick props from a large assortment and then pose in front of the screen. After you click to take your pictures, they are displayed as a photo slide show and you can later order them online.

“Hats off” to the organizers of this enjoyable event.
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