Mortons & Mondavis Collaborate on Nationwide Wine Event

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Morton's The Steakhouse and the Mondavi family are planning a nationwide wine dinner and charity auction on October 7, 2010 at Charles Krug Winery's historic Carriage House in Napa Valley to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The gathering will be broadcast simultaneously to 54 Morton's private dining rooms via satellite.

The evening's hosts will include Michael Mondavi of Folio Fine Wine Partners, Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi Borger of Continuum Estate, and Peter Mondavi, Sr., Peter Mondavi, Jr. and Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery.

The event will kick off an online auction of the first-ever red wine produced by the extended Mondavi family, Siamo Insieme, which means "We are Together" in Italian. The Mondavi family has collaborated to produce a 27-liter bottle (called a primat); a unique blend of Napa Valley grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, produced and blended by the second and third generation of the Mondavi family especially for this event. This bottle will be auctioned online on Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.'s website October 7, 2010 through October 30, 2010, with 100 percent of the winning auction bid benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Guests in 54 Morton's locations will be served the same menu and wines as guests at the Charles Krug Carriage House in Napa Valley. Menu items include tenderloin crostini and miniature crab cakes paired with Charles Krug – Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009; a harvest green salad topped with sea bass and roasted caper vinaigrette paired with Isabel Mondavi, Sonoma Carneros, Chardonnay 2008; an entree of New York strip sirloin, baked sweet onions with Gruyere, a roasted tomato stuffed with leap spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potato paired with Continuum, Napa Valley, 2007, M by Michael Mondavi, Animo Vineyard, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Charles Krug – Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, VS Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006. The meal ends with cappuccino cream paired with Charles Krug – Peter Mondavi Family, Napa Valley, Zinfandel Port, Lot XIII.

Each Morton's private dining room is equipped with 1080i high-definition programming; a nine-foot screen and theatre-quality surround sound. Members of the Mondavi family's fourth generation will host the event at select locations around the country, from San Francisco to Miami to New York. At each restaurant location, guests will be invited to bid in a silent auction for a trio of premium wines, featuring an autographed bottle from Charles Krug Winery, Continuum Estate and Folio Fine Wine Partners. 100 percent of the winning auction bids from the wine trios will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $175 per person.

By Deidre Woollard | Source :: www.luxist.com