Boteco is a convivial dining venue where owners Marcus & Alessandra Fortunato have fashioned a lovely and inviting space to sip and savor. The thoughtful menu is sure to please even the most discriminating diner. Boteco is all about shareable plates with flavors from around the world created with seasonal and fresh ingredients.
Boteco or Botequim is from Brazil meaning a casual meeting place for friends and family. Small bites or Petiscos is what it is all about here and wine tasting events have assembled a dedicated following.
On our visit it was a very special occasion: a celebration of legendary winemaker Mike Grgich’s 95th birthday with wines paired alongside Boteco’s distinctive dishes. Mike Grgich is a foremost winemaking pioneer who first gained international recognition at the “Paris Tasting” of 1976.
Judges were shocked when they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Grgich, in a blind tasting as the finest white wine in the world. We were eager to begin our culinary journey with Grgich’s exceptional wines.
Plates in front and glasses ready, the first course arrived to our delight. A rich tomato and mushroom salad harmoniously paired with the 2014 Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc.
The next course of Coquilles St. Jacques Gratinées au Vin Blanc married with the 2013 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay exceptionally well.
Veal Involtini and Euro buttered mashed potatoes with the 2013 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot had the evening ending on a perfect note. “Every day do your best, learn something new, and make a friend,” wrote Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. We could not agree more as we raised a glass and a fork in gratitude to great American wines. For future wine events go to botecolv.com