Il Cortile’s Chef Santos Creates Special “Reverse” Wine Dinners

Many people have experienced the traditional wine pairing dinner - the chef creates a delicious menu, which is complemented by a wine that enhances the meal’s flavor profile – but many people have not experienced a reverse wine dinner.

Now through March, Il Cortile Ristorante’s Chef Santos will be rethinking and reversing the traditional Chef’s table dinner. The ‘reverse’ aspect of the meal creatively asks guests to choose their wine first, with Chef Santos then creating a special three-course meal around the wine selection.

For nine straight weeks, a featured Paso Robles winery will bring a selection of their wines to the restaurant for guests to choose their perfect pairing. Once guests select their wine, Chef Santos will craft a unique three-course meal that complements the flavors and textures of their chosen bottle. The meal is $50 per person, plus the cost of the wine, which varies per winery.

The 2017 schedule is set for:
February 1: Law Estate Wines
February 8: Tablas Creek Vineyard
February 15: TH Estate Wines
February 22: Adelaida Vineyards & Winery
March 1: Ranchero Cellars
March 8: Oso Libre
March 15: Jacob Toft

Book your table for a Reverse Wine Dinner to capture the passion, art and pride at Il Cortile and experience how Chef Santos and Carole MacDonal are transforming the culinary scene in Paso Robles Wine Country. Il Cortile Ristorante has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for three consecutive years – 2014, 2015 and 2016. This award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Reservations can be made at 805-226-0300 or online at