D'Vino's fine dining is divine

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The lower banquet room of Alberini’s in Niles was recently renovated into D’Vino. The new restaurant offers a fine-dining and wine experience that customers would expect to find in a larger city.

Valley Vino Tasting Calendar

Jan. 12, 7 P.M

“Taste The List,” Avalon Golf and CC at Buhl Park

Jan. 17, 6:30 P.M.

“Discovery Series,” Station Square Ristorante

Jan. 31, 7:30 P.M.

“Wine Academy - Italy,” Avalon Golf and CC at Squaw Creek

All events are open to the public. To learn more or make a reservation log on to www.myvalleyvino.com.

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Hostesses Kolbie Foust, left, of Girard and Aimee Creatura of Hartford are shown in front of D’Vino’s wine cellar.

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Chef Daimer Cescon of Venice, Italy, cooks in the new kitchen at D’Vino.

Looking for a great new restaurant that offers a high-quality wine experience?

You might be surprised where you find it: in the downstairs of Alberini’s in Niles.

The lower banquet room was recently renovated into D’Vino, offering a fine- dining and wine experience you would expect in a much larger city.

Let’s start with the name. It cleverly combines a reference to divinity and wine.

More importantly, D’Vino delivers an ambitious and powerful wine list in three key areas: California, France and Italy.

Some of the wines are among the most sought after in the world, while others are pleasant surprises and great values.

D’Vino isn’t just about the wine, though.

Their chef, Daimer Cescon, was brought from Venice to open the restaurant. He is a Michelin three-star chef, and his menu is original and diverse with items starting at $15.

There is nice representation of seafood, chicken, pork and beef along with some interesting pasta options.

The menu evolves day to day and offers the chance to taste any five selections for $50.

Cescon is a chef who understands the wine/food connection better than most.

He spent six years working in France and tasting the great wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.

He also recognized the wines of the Alsace region, particularly the whites, as wines he enjoys and likes to pair with his culinary creations.

As one would expect, Cescon knows his Italian wines well. He identifies Sassicaia as his favorite from his native country, and generally identified the wineries from the Florence area as near and dear to his heart.

D’Vino has some big things planned to enhance the wine/food experience for Valley diners.

In January, all menu items will be paired with a wine or two from their list.

Cescon also will be bringing in guest chefs from around the world to do wine dinners and other special events.

The D’Vino wine list is top-notch and “will only expand,” according to Cescon.

Here’s a look at two favorites from my evening there:

2011 Stags Leap Chardonnay: This winery has a great reputation and it lived up to expectations. It was bursting with orchard fruit flavor balanced by subtle oak and a great viscosity. It paired incredibly well with my scallops.

2009 Masi Campofiorin: I represented Masi during my days as a fine- wine specialist and have great respect for their wines. This one delivered everything I expected and was an excellent complement to the suckling pig entr e.

Other favorites from the list:


2011 Caymus Conundrum White

2008 St. Supery Meritage

2008 Groth Cabernet

2009 Nickel and Nickel Cabernet


1982 Chateau Margaux

1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

2005 Chateau Haut Brion

2005 Chateau Laffite Rothschild

Italy (57 wines available):

2009 Masi Campofiorin

2003 Valchairo Merlot

2010 Ornelia La Voltre Toscana

2010 Pio Cesare Barbera d’ Alba

It’s exciting to see such a progressive, wine-themed, fine-dining experience available to us right here in the Valley. They have some ambitious plans for wine events that should be really great experiences for those of us who love the vino.

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