|*** Big Red of the Week ***
If you have never wrapped yourself in a Tuscan Blend of French Grapes,
you are missing something luxurious, smooth and sexy.
This is the way to do BIG right. And Italian!
Winemaker Says: "A vivacious wine, freshly persistent fruitiness,
Vinous Says 91 Points. "The 2018 Yantra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
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This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante...
This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante Trippi in Valtellina as well as text from the winery websites for some of the many Italian Wines on the shelves @MetroWines. Andiamo! (let's go!)
A look at Giada's approach to healthy, balanced living.
Giada selects food that makes you feel better and support a healthy mind and body.
Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Everyday Italian,
Giada Entertains, Giada at Home, Giada in Italy, Giada's Holiday Handbook, and Next Food Network Star. Author of 9 New York Times best-selling books.
Read, Cook and Serve with this lively
and light wine from Hungary!
The name, Harslevelü refers to lime tree leaves. Although South Africa
is harvesting some of this varietal, Harslevelü is native to Hungary.
Fresh, ripe pure notes, honey, floral fragrant, lime peel and touch of elderflower.
A palate of white peach and tropical aromas followed by a silky lingering finish.
Easy-drinking wine solo or with food, including healthy food!
The 2018 is $16.99
Even though this wine sounds great, you might be asking why
we picked a wine from Hungary for an Italian cookbook. Because it works.
It would be easy to pick a versatile Vermentino or Grillo or Verdicchio
but there is a world of grapes! It's a global economy. Take advantage of it!
Somebody, a Mr. Pashman, has developed what he says is the perfect pasta!
|*** Do the Different***
From a Local Importer
This Wine from Ischia, Italy is HARD to find!
MetroWines has it ONLY
at Metro North in Reynolds Village.
Call (828) 424-7410 Email us to order
or shop 10 to 5 on Saturdays!
100% Biancolella from Ischia island. Soil is volcanic, pumice and obsidian.
Biancolella is an indigenous grape grown mainly on hard and stark slopes
ONLY AT METRO NORTH IN REYNOLDS VILLAGE
*** BAROLO ***
on the nose, followed by delicate tones of Nebbiolo pomace, tar, cranberries
and raspberries, mint, anise, gentle musk and a whiffle of white pepper.
On the palate, it’s fragrant and uplifting, yet disclosing a rich texture,
a fresh but poised mid palate and velvety tannins.
Authentic and expressive, Albe beautifully celebrates Barolo
"Such a delicious expression of the balanced and drinkable 2016 harvest with fresh red cherries, strawberries and rose perfume.
The palate has bright, fine and fleshy texture with a super fine, chalky and plush delivery of ripe,
supple and concentrated cherries. So complete. Drink or hold." 93 Points James Suckling$40 for a 94 Point Barolo!
Has the World Gone Mad?
Francesca Vaira at the Winery in Barolo, Italy
Indeed. Calls for a sparkling wine from The Veneto!
$14 at Drizly and $14.99 at Local 604 Bottle Shop
Meanwhile, back in Pompeii, a chariot has been unearthed.
And Pizza with a Purpose in Washington DC
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Wine & Spirits Says 92 Points!
From The Ciao Asheville Recipe Department: Rita Lenderman, Director
If you watched the episode on Rome with Stanley Tucci of "Searching for Italy" on CNN, this is the recipe!
If you watched "Searching for Italy" with Stanley Tucci last Sunday,
Your consider it ALL with Wine:
Teaching Moment: Monica? Monica is a grape variety found exclusively on Sardinia,
2 caes only. $19.99 (red tag)
In the late 1990’s, Giampaolo Tabarrini put years of experience to use and decided to bottle his own wine. Giampaolo now makes some of the most highly respected wines from Central Italy. He produces the top 3 wines in the region and is called “The Rising Star of Umbria.” Tabarrini is continually well rated for his single-vineyard Sagrantino’s by Gambero Rosso, The Wine Advocate, and most recently, Wine Spectator.
A great wine is born in the vineyard. Faithful to this maxim, the Tabarrini family pays careful attention to their “terroir,” the earth itself, the vines and their generous fruit: the grapes. Vineyards rich in charm and mature beauty. Even after the grapes have been picked, the Sagrantino leaves still color the countryside with their vibrant red.
"The winery is magical and the wine is truly special." says Gail Rampersaud, Director of Ciao Asheville who has been to Tabarrini in Montefalco. "You don't want to miss this opportunity to travel vicariously to Italy and meet Giampaolo!"
took over the winery in the mid-1990s and has helped revolutionize Umbrian wine. With , his wife and partner in their shared passion for wine, they have made Tabarrini into the outstanding business it is today. In the cellar, Giampaolo’s uncle uses his unparalleled skills to diligently care for the wines, from bunch to bottle. In the vineyards you might meet , aka “Sgabellino.” He’s the fastest tractor driver in the Region. Giampaolo is also devotedly assisted by the company’s enological consultant . Likewise, , our agronomist consultant, intimately knows every inch of the property and helps supervise operations in the vineyards. manages our faithful team of workers in the vineyards. And of course, we can’t forget and , Giampaolo’s mother and father, who dispense experience, wisdom, and advice every day. Together, this is a loyal team, lucky enough to work with their passion every day! All of them are obsessed with quality, from vine to wine bottling when the literal fruits of their labor can be enjoyed by our customers at home or their favorite restaurants.
Montefalco Rosso Boccatone
DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA (DOC)This is not Sagrantino’s younger brother; it is a flavorful and age worthy wine in its own right, with great dignity and much potential. The fusion of traditional grapes, Sangiovese and Sagrantino - along with the precious input of Barbera, ensure this wine has the makings of a future Montefalco classic.
DENOMINAZIONE DI ORGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA (DOCG)This was Giampaolo’s first Sagrantino, which brought him early critical acclaim. The grapes come from a silt-rich and clay soil, well exposed to the southeast, guaranteeing perfectly ripened grapes and a powerful, deep and balanced wine that is refined in big oak casks. It is released no less than four years after harvest.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Stanley Tucci in "Searching for Italy"
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy is a six-part CNN Original Series following
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*** MAKE PIZZA ***
Learn to make the perfect New York slice in an online pizza-making class
Your Pizza Pounding and Pizza Partner Wine:
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Popular throughout Europe. Not widely distributed in country.
|Paint Your Front Door
Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Facelift
This wine is the door to a new wine experience. Sure, like a dingy old brown door, because you don't know the name of the winery or the varietal, in this case, GRIGNOLINO, you walk by it. You are missing out.
Try it. Be the one who knows!
*** Washington Post Says ***
Vivino Says $21.99
Need Another Reason to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?
When in Rome...
The Wine? You might think Tuscany. Close but no sigaro!
Lazio Wines are not easy to find in country.
** Be the ONLY one! $19.99 **
(Personal Note: I love this wine! And not just because
|*** Baby Brunello ***
Lettie Teague writes that retailers, for different reasons, often use the word "baby" before wines known to be costly such as Brunello, Barolo, Bordeaux or Sancere.
We do too sometimes. John calls Poggio Apricale a "Baby Brunello." Why?
$19.99! Oh Baby!
*** New Book ***
In this new interpretation, art historian Francesca Fiorani offers a different view.
Or, if this is too heavy, a slightly lighter endeavor, if you can find it:
Can't find the film. you can read the book!
Either Experience Calls for a Traditionally Made Tuscan!
A quintessential Tuscan quaffer with a price to quality ratio so rarely seen these days.
|*** New Discovery ***
Pompeii Fast Food Counter
The Wine? Pair Ancient to Ancient.
Most ampelographers believe that the Malvasia family of grapes are of ancient origin,
It's an Andy Pick!
Bottled Antiquity for Today: $24