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Destination Florida: Italy vs. California Tasting Experience, New Johnny Trio Entree at Carrabba’s Italian Grill

(Photo courtesy Carrabba’s Italian Grill)

Are you heading to Florida? You might want to check this out. Vendemmia has arrived! Celebrate the beginning of the wine harvest season and explore Old World Italian wines matched against New World California wines at Carrabba’s Italian Grill from now through November 1.

Featuring wine matchups from Italy and California in whites, reds and red blends, guests will receive two–3-ounce pours (1 Italian and 1 Californian) with the opportunity to vote for their favorite wine through a QR code to learn more about the wines and wineries.  

Each wine is hand-picked to pair perfectly with Carrabba’s made-from-scratch Italian dishes, including a special Italian Wine Harvest menu featuring a new entrée – The Johnny Trio. 

Named after Carrabba’s co-founder Johnny Carrabba, the Johnny Trio features three menu favorites, a Tuscan-Grilled Sirloin Marsala, Chicken Bryan and Mezzaluna which pairs perfectly with the red wine duo. The Italian Wine Harvest Menu also features a Four-Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Mushroom as an appetizer, and entrees such as the Rigatoni Campagnolo which pairs with a red blend duo and Pollo Rosa Maria which pairs with a white wine duo, and a Cannoli Cake for Two for the grand finale.  

The wines include:

  • White: Chloe Pinot Grigio (Italy), fruit and floral notes and a lemon undertone, vs. Imagery Sauvignon Blanc (California), featuring flavors of lemon zest and grapefruit.
  • Red Blend: Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy), tastes of wild berries with a bitter almond finish, vs. Conundrum Red Blend (California), bing cherries and blackberry with hints of spice, currant liqueur and warm vanilla.
  • Red: Gabbiano Chianti (Italy), medium-bodied with berry taste and smooth finish, vs. J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon (California), ripe black cherry and currant with tastes of toasted pastry and dark coffee   While guests can experience the featured entrées and a selection of paired wines across all Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations, the Wine Harvest Tasting Experience may vary by location.

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