Wine tasting Dinner at La Bruschetta – March 7, 2011

The Los Angeles Chapter of the HAAS Alumni Network invites you to an exclusive wine-tasting & dinner featuring:

 Cornerstone Cellars wines at La Bruschetta

Join fellow alumni, spouses, and friends for this wonderful opportunity to taste the outstanding wines of Cornerstone Cellars at La Bruschetta for the latest in a series of popular events that have featured California’s finest wines and eateries, accompanied with a four course dinner.

Please register online: 


  • $70 per person through February 26
  • $75 per person through March 5
  • $80 thereafter or at the door


  • 6:30 PM – Registration
  • 7:00-9:00 PM – Wine Tasting / Dinner


While we assemble, we will taste the restaurant’s signature bruschetta and arancini.  We will then have a formal tasting of the Sauvignon Blanc, Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,  and finally the exceptional Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

Four Course Dinner includes a glass of your choice of wine; and:

Choice of appetizer:

  • Smoked Salmon on arugula with marinated artichoke hearts
  • Fresh Mozzarella with Parma Prosciutto

Porcini filled pasta with butter and sage

Choice of entrée:

  • Barolo wine braised medallions of beef with soft polenta
  • Dover sole baked in tomato, black olives, garlic, and caper, with potato/vegetables
  • Lightly breaded chicken breast in lemon and garlic sauce, with potato/vegetables
  • Napoleon Tower of grilled eggplant, spinach, and tomato with melted mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Choice of Dessert:

  • Lemon ricotta cheesecake
  • Nutella panna cotta


LA BRUSCHETTA, is noted by Zagat as one of L.A.’s finest Italian restaurants in continuous operation in Westwood for nearly 27 years.  Angelo Peloni has created a special menu tailored to the wines we will be tasting.


CORNERSTONE CELLARS, a maker of 90+ point wines, has been creating classic, collectable Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon for 19 years.  Cornerstone produces distinctive cabernets, signature single vineyard Howell Mountain, and single varietal Napa Valley, both reflecting the character of their vineyards and age-ability, nearly two thirds of which are certified organic.  The cabernet is complimented by the Cornerstone Sauvignon Blanc from dry-farmed old vines in St. Helena.  The winery has slowly expanded to include the sister label Stepping Stone by Cornerstone.  They are conceived from the beginning to be ones crafted with outstanding quality that is both reasonably priced and capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth.  “From the beginning it has been our philosophy to use the finest grapes, barrels and facilities.  Making the best wine we can bottle has been the real bottom line for us”  Dr. Michael Dragutsky. Proprietor and founder.

2009 Sauvignon Blanc-offers rich flavors of limes, green melons, and lemongrass with a softly, creamy texture and a long, spicy, honey rich finish.  Wine Enthusiast 90 points and Editor’s choice.

2008 Cabernet Franc, Stepping Stone-pretty flavors of tart, red cherries, Accented with smoky oak, and brightened with crisp acidity,  The dryness and smooth tannins add to this polished cabernet franc.

2007 Napa Valley Cabernet-ripe black cherries, cassis, a hint of clove and fresh potting soil transition to a mid-palate that presents surprisingly smooth round tannins for a wine this young.  The oak is very well integrated providing subtle hints of caramel and cinnamon.  The finish is something all its own with a dash of black tea and white pepper

2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet-Strong black raspberry, black cherry, sweet tobacco and pepper interweave intriguing array of aromas.  At entry it is surprisingly silky and round with forward flavors of vanilla, sage, grilled fruit, rosemary and toasty French oak.  The texture is full and rich, and fruit flavors linger; Rated 91 Points by Robert Parker

We are indebted to Cornerstone Cellars and La Bruschetta for the promotional pricing that enable us to bring you this event at this great value.

Valet and street metered parking are available.