Wine Dinner with a Focus on Female Winemakers

June 13, 6:30 pm, at Kala

$69 per person all inclusive

Call Kala at 203.889.2275 to reserve.

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Mediterranean yellow fin tuna tartare
caper, bell pepper, cucumber, cornichons, olive oil, aged sherry vinegar, olives, scallion

manila clams
fresh squid ink pasta, white wine, parsley, edamame beans

shrimp, baby potato, snow peas, romanesco, chorizo sausage, sauce americaine

crispy lamb pockets
celery root puree, asparagus, organic mushrooms, tomato, black olive, scallion, roasted rice vinegar mint sauce

cheese board
cheese board Murcia al vino, Manchego, Mahon, dried figs, quince paste, Marcona almonds


Chef Manuel Romero’s inspired menu will be complemented by three wines from Spain and one from France—a Sauvignon Blanc crafted by Adèle Rouzé at Domaine Adèle Rouzé in the Quincy region of the Loire Valley. A medium-bodied white, it offers flavors of grapefruit and lime, followed by a crisp, minerally finish.

Two of the featured wines come from the Ailalá-Ailalelo winery located in the Avia Valley of Galicia’s Ribeiro DO, where the focus is creating a sense of fun with exciting indigenous varietal wines—crafted by oenologist Inma Pazos.

The Ailalá Blanco, made from the Treixadura grape, features “stunning aromatics of lemon curd, apricot, white flowers, and seashells,” with a “dense palate … loaded with ripe melon, sweet lemon, white peach, blood orange, and grapefruit peel.” The Ailalá Tinto, a red wine from the Sousón grape, is “fresh and lively with spicy character and delicious acidity and soft tannins.”

The star wine of the evening is a fully mature beauty, the Viña Tondonia Red Reserva (2006) made by Maria José and Mercedes López de Heredia at the López de Heredia wine estate in the Rioja region. It has a light fresh texture with notes of vanilla and dried berry aromas on the nose, and is rich, very dry, smooth, and developed on the palate, with firm tannins and good balance.