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Three eateries host wine pairings, feature a winemaker for Martin Ulisse

Grapes are transported to Cantina Colle Moro Winery in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its wine manager, Diamante Zulli, will make three stops in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of JAG Distribution)

Grapes are transported to Cantina Colle Moro Winery in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its wine manager, Diamante Zulli, will make three stops in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of JAG Distribution)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Southern Italy meets central New Mexico during three days of events at various Albuquerque eateries that will pair Italian wines with special bites, appetizers and small plates.

Diamante Zulli, a third-generation winemaker for Martin Ulisse Wines, is traveling thousands of miles to visit the Duke City. Zulli will make stops at The Stumbling Steer Brewing Company, Pelican’s and Elaine’s to meet wine lovers, and share her expertise in winemaking and managing Cantina Colle Moro Winery in the Abruzzo region of Italy, where Martin Ulisse wines are made.

Zulli works closely with the vintner of the winery, Vincenzo Marchioli, and is a third-generation cousin to the Ulisse family. Mocavero wines, another Southern Italian brand imported by Martin Ulisse, also will be part of the events at Stumbling Steer and Elaine’s.

Cantina Colle Moro Winery produces the Martin Ulisse wines: Trebbiano D’Abruzzo, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Cerasuolo, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Signature, Merlot and Sangiovese and more, according to Laura Harris, operations and marketing director for JAG Distribution, which distributes the wines in New Mexico.

The Stumbling Steer will host the first event from 4-6 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature Martin Ulisse and Mocavero wine pairings. Mocavero Chardonnay will be served with a puff pastry, Brie and honey drizzle.

It will be followed by a Mocavero Negroamaro served with a special cheese and charcuterie plate and roasted grapes. The Mocavero Primitivo will be paired with a coffee-rubbed pork belly and white beans.

To cap off the evening, the Martin Ulisse Merlot will be accompanied with a house-made brownie topped with a dark-fruit, salted compote.

The Pelican’s event from 4-6 p.m. Monday will offer a wine sampling of Martin Ulisse wines along with wine and appetizer specials. The events will wrap up at Elaine’s in Nob Hill. Elaine’s will offer five pairing choices where patrons can select three for $20.

More can be ordered if desired. Pairing selection information and reservations for the event at Elaine’s is available by calling 433-4782.

Also, visit elainesnobhill.com for more information about the fine dining location.

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