The Homestead Hosts Maculan Winemaker and Wines from Italy

Maculan Wines

Maculan Wines

It is not often that a winemaker from Italy travels to Leelanau County to interact with dinner guests, but on September 26, 2011, Angela Maculan of Maculan Estate Winery was at The Homestead to do just that.

Guests experienced exemplary Italian wines from Maculan paired with gourmet food prepared by The Homestead’s Executive Chef John Piombo of Nonna’s. The winemaker chose five distinct wines to serve at each of the five dinner courses including:

Costadolio Rosato, a full and soft Rose wine made with 100% Merlot grapes

Brentino, a dry and full-bodied red wine made with 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

Palazzotto Cabernet Sauvignon, a full and dry ruby red wine made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

Pino & Toi, an intense and fruity white wine made with 35% Pinot Bianco, 15% Pinot Grigio and 60% Tai

Dindarello, a sweet and fresh, full and balanced wine made with 100% Muscatgrapes


Maculan Winery Barrels

Maculan Winery Barrels

Chef John Piombo is the Executive Chef at The Homestead. John was born in New York but returned to Italy with his parents when he was four years old. John had a passion for food even as a young child. He attended L’alberghiera Maria Mazzine in Genoa, Italy and worked in local restaurants as he perfected his culinary skills. He traveled to France, England, Germany and Spain to study different cultures, cuisines and cooking styles. In 1980 he returned to the United States to work in famous restaurants in Washington, DC, Florida, New York and San Francisco. John came to Northwestern Michigan in 2004 to help build The Homestead’s reputation as a dining destination. 

Read about Chef Piombo and Nonna’s in the a recent article, “10 Places I’ve Never Been – Nonna’s.”


Chef John Piombo, The Homestead

 Chef John Piombo at The Homestead

The Maculan Winemaker Dinner served at Nonna’s Loft located in the Village at The Homestead. Nonna’s menu changes daily and is open for happy hour from 6pm to 7pm and for dinner at 6pm (closed Tuesdays). Call Nonna’s for a reservation at 231.334.5150.

Get social with The Homestead on Facebook, Twitter and You can also get social with Chef Piombo on Nonna’s social networks, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Blog by Ileana Habsburg-Snyder

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