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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!)

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Veneto and Wine, etc.

Perchance to Dream: 
Travel Through the Treasures of Venice Online

 

Byways of La Serenissima: The Venice You (Probably) Don't Know - WSJ
https://www.wsj.com/articles/byways-of-
la-serenissima-the-venice-you-probably-dont-know-11596279600

Your Travel Veneto Vicariously Wine
(Just arrived in shop!)

Product - Alla Costiera Bianco Costiera-1.jpg

Brett says: "Fresh and viscous floral stone fruit from  the classical Veneto grape of Friulano 
and balanced floral finish coming from the high elevation varietal in the blend. The weight is similar 
to Viognier making this wine a crowd pleaser. The Cabernet and Merlot Blend is glorious.
All in all, these wines, for the clean quality, should cost double the price.

Certified Organic, Biodynamic and Vegan. 
$15.99 for the White or Red
You are probably familiar with the Prosecco from Alla Costiera.
Another amazing value at $16.99.

Read about the family here: https://www.piedmontwineimports.com/alla-costier

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Priest Choker, Selvapiana and Cala Civette Toscana

*** PRIEST CHOKER ***
Will economic conditions reinvigorate a traditional Tuscan savings plan?

https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/travel-stories/
the-choking-history-of-italys-prieststrangler-strozzapreti-pasta/news-story/3c3c5d599fee7ac42df25f5d4f63489f

Your Discuss it Over OR Pair with the Pasta - Wine

SELVAPIANA | Our Producers | Dalla Terra

92 Points Wine Enthusiast
LA Times: 
http://www.selvapiana.it/los-angeles-times-recommened-selvapiana-rufina-2013/

A blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has alluring,
earthy aromas of new leather, tobacco and ripe black-skinned berry. On the smooth palate,
fresh acidity brightens juicy raspberry, Marasca cherry, orange zest, star anise and eucalyptus. Polished tannins lend elegant support. 

$21 Cellar Potential: Drink through 2025.
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Also Consider Cala Civetta Toscana 2018 $14.99

Los Angeles Times recommened Selvapiana Rufina 2013 - Fattoria ...
 

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Columbo and Freisa

New York Times Says Cling to COLUMBO

 

Columbo turns 50 - why we still love Peter Falk's crumpled ...
NYT suggests that we take a step back to find comfort in troubled times.
Before there was cable TV with omnipresent gratuitous and graphic sex and violence,
unremittant misogyny, stupid story lines and blood, blood, blood, there was Columbo!
In this David vs. Goliath show, Columbo, a poorly paid, stogie smoking LA detective
wearing a cheap rain coat, takes down the rich and famous every week without violence,
DNA, CCTV, smart phones, or GPS, just good old fashioned smarts.

While the Columbo character was said to be of Italian Heritage,
and Peter Falk played the part to perfection, Falk's heritage was from Poland and Russia 
on his father's side and from Hungary and Poland on his mother's side.

Your Sink into The Comfort Zone and Watch it With Wine:
We chose this bottle as it is made in the colder, northern climate of Piedmonte.
So whether you celebrate Peter Falk, the actor with real-life Northern European roots,
or Peter Falk as the character of Italian Heritage, Colombo,

It works!

La Casaccia Monfiorenza Monferrato Freisa U.V. | Wine Info
Teaching Moment: Freisa is a love it or leave it grape, but you,
if you dare to step outside your comfort zone, (and I know you will) should try it!

Wine Folly says: Freisa Wines have deep color. The aromas are lightly fruity,
with sour, wild red berries and then deeply herbaceous with notes of sage, green olive,
earth, tar, and bitter green almond. On the palate, the wine has zippy acidity
and astringent bitterness with chalky and grippy tannins. Several producers
will actually leave a touch of residual sugar in the wine to complement its astringency.

Explore this grape. All in all, Freisa is a rare treat.

La Casaccia Monfiorenza Monferrato Freisa 2018 
The organic Freisa grapes by the Rava Family in the Montferrato region.
are hand-picked and selected individually to produce this medium structured wine,
fruity when young and good for medium aging. Tannins play well with barbecue.
More on the winery: 
https://www.piedmontwineimports.com/la-casaccia
*** Try it With a Little Chill. $14.99 @MetroWines ***

More on Columbo: A scene from "Any Old Port in a Storm"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3g3TARlQfU

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Summer Big-Ger Red is Lis Neris Cabernet

 

Summer (Big) Red

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Adige, 13% ALC

Venezia Giulia IGT Cabernet Sauvignon Lis Neris 2016 0,75 L

Lis Neris Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Why is this the Summer Big Red?
John Kerr of The Ashevilles  School of Wine @MetroWines says:
"This is an Italian Cabernet made with very little oak so the wine retains
the bold rich flavor experience from Cabernet but, because of low oak,
the fruit shines through. Low in tannins, this wine will not conflict
with barbecue sauce even one with a touch of the sweet."

The Cabernet Sauvignon of Lis Neris winery is an elegant and precise wine,
which matures for six months in oak barrels and then for a short period in glass, before being ready for consumption. At sight, it shows a beautiful
intense ruby red color. On the nose, it develops pleasing hints of cherry
and ripe red fruit, while on the palate it comes fresh and balanced,
with delicate tannins and a persistent final. It is excellent if drunk in combination
with pasta with ragout, white meat and medium-aged cheeses.

Lis Neris winery is one of the most interesting realities of Friuli Venezia Giulia,
which has continued its success for four generations. Owner, Alvaro Pecorari,
has continued his paternal tradition by producing exceptional white wines,
trying to exalt the characteristics of the different vines and the territory at their best. The perfect conditions of the land, favored by the proximity to the Adriatic Sea
and the winds of Bora, have allowed him to produce exceptional, harmonious
and balanced wines avoiding any form of weeding and placing Lis Neris
as the authentic excellence of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

$23 (red tag)
Personal Note: You know how you have a comfort level doing business with friends? It's like that with Lis Neris. This is a really nice, competent, dedicated family that we and, hence, you can trust. And with everything going on, we need trust!

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Talk with Your Hands!

 

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Giotto: Heat Buster

Heat Buster even in Moscow. Read on.....

 

Terre di Giotto White Wine Nostrale Bianco 2019 Terre di Giotto

A blend of Trebbiano 80%, Malvasia di Candia 2019 Tuscany
Winemaking: Vinified in flower must bringing aromas and flavors 
of pear, quince, yeast, melon, citrus. Aging in steel and bottled in May after the harvest.
Soil typical of the Apennines, limey-clay loam, rich in shale and sandstone. 
Spontaneous fermentation in cement without adding of yeast,
enzymes and other winemaking additives. No clarification and filtering. Biodynamic.

Limited number of bottles produced. Not widely available. $22
Available in Moscow. Shipping will be high! But if there, the store has free parking!
Check it out: 
https://inwine.ru/wines/product/8707/terre-di-giotto-nostrale-bianco-igt

Meanwhile, back in Italy......
Clad in masks, an adventurous group including a reality TV star,
sets off to find the perfect Italian Villa: 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-travel-restrictions-lifted-
one-reality-star-set-out-to-find-an-instagram-friendly-home-in-italy-11594833350

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Brumidi in The Capitol

Join Us Virtually
THURSDAY, JULY 23 | 6:00 P.M. EST
University of Maryland – NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Series:
Constantino Brumidi's Roman-Influenced 
Frescoes in the U.S. Capitol with 
Elise A. Friedland 

As proud Italian Americans, we all know that Italy has made a tremendous impact on the art and architecture of the United States, particularly in our nation's capital. While many are familiar with Constantino Brumidi's classically-inspired frescoes that grace the Rotunda of the US Capitol, few are familiar with his first full commission, the stunning Pompeii inspired fresco in the Senate wing's Naval Affairs Committee room. 

Join NIAF to discover the connection between motifs in the Senate room and paintings discovered at Pompeii and other Campanian sites, as well as understand Brumidi's goals in choosing such a wholly Pompeian style. This lecture will also feature a stunning slideshow and brief Q&A after the presentation. 

REGISTER

Elise A. Friedland is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at George Washington University. She earned her PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from University of Michigan and her BA in Classics from Williams College. Prof. Friedland has published two co-edited volumes, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press) and The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (2015, 2018: Oxford University Press), and a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological Report Series). Prof. Friedland is currently engaged in two projects: studying the corpus of Roman marble sculptures discovered at Beth Shean/Scythpolis, Israel; and investigating the reception of Classical art in Washington. For 2020-2021, Prof. Friedland was awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship to write Classical Washington: Greece & Rome in the Art and Architecture of DC.  

This lecture is free and made possible through the NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Grant, but registration is required. We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Chilled Italian Reds

*** Put a Chill on It ***
It's HOT out there. Some red varietals benefit from a slightly higher chill.

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/put-a-chill-on-it

 

*** Schiava ***

Alois lageder sauvignon blanc 2018 - xtrawine IT

Teaching Moment: Schiava is a light-bodied red wine (like Pinot Noir) with aromas
of cotton candy, strawberry, bubblegum, and lemonhead candy. The wine is delicate
and light in color. On the palate, the flavors are quite subtle. Producers in Alto Adige
will often make a DRY style. The alcohol levels are slightly lighter
because the grape grows predominantly in a cooler climate.

Alois Lageder's great grandfather founded the winery over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Northeast Italy. In 1934, the family acquired the Lowengang estate in Magre and continued adding other prime Alto Adige vineyards. Now in its fifth generation, the company is led
by Alois Lageder. His brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, is the winemaker.
Color: Ruby-red with a purple shimmer. Aroma: Subtly pronounced, fresh, fruity,
floral (violet), white pepper. Flavor: Light to medium bodied, well-balanced, soft, dry. 

*** 12% alc. $15.99 ***

 

*** Ruche ***

Dacapo Majoli Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato | Wine Info

Teaching Moment: Ruchè is a varietal of Piedmont in Italy that has risen
from virtual obscurity as a little-known, dark-skinned variety to having its own appellation, 

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. Its origins are disputed, with some claiming
Ruchè as indigenous to the region, while others claim it has 
Burgundian roots.

Ruchè wines can be characterized by their lightness in color and complex aromas,
somewhat like the lauded 
Nebbiolo of the region. The similarities continue
with Ruchè having fine but forceful 
tannins and good acidity to stimulate the palate.

Ruchè is a very unique wine from the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 
that exhibits roses, pepper, black cherries, and cinnamon, with moderately high tannin.

Forbes Magazine on Ruchè and Surroundings
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2018/08/13/why-
bright-light-ruche-grapes-may-transform-the-monferrat-of-italy/#276566b338d3

13.5% alc. $23

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Summer in Tuscany

Heat Buster even in Moscow. Read on.....

Terre di Giotto White Wine Nostrale Bianco 2019 Terre di Giotto

A blend of Trebbiano 80%, Malvasia di Candia 2019 Tuscany
Winemaking: Vinified in flower must bringing aromas and flavors 
of pear, quince, yeast, melon, citrus. Aging in steel and bottled in May after the harvest.
Soil typical of the Apennines, limey-clay loam, rich in shale and sandstone. 
Spontaneous fermentation in cement without adding of yeast,
enzymes and other winemaking additives. No clarification and filtering. Biodynamic.

Limited number of bottles produced. Not widely available. $22
Available in Moscow. Shipping will be high! But if there, the store has free parking!
Check it out: 
https://inwine.ru/wines/product/8707/terre-di-giotto-nostrale-bianco-igt

Meanwhile, back in Italy......
Clad in masks, an adventurous group including a reality TV star,
sets off to find the perfect Italian Villa: 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-travel-restrictions-lifted-
one-reality-star-set-out-to-find-an-instagram-friendly-home-in-italy-11594833350

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Terre Di Giotto

Gattaia Sauvignon Chenin

 

Terre di Giotto sorge a Gattaia, sull'Appennino Toscano, nel comune di Vicchio del Mugello.

Siamo nella parte nord della Toscana, area che dopo la fillossera non è più stata destinata alla coltivazione specializzata della vite per più di un secolo ma solo alla mezzadria, rimanendo fuori dai giochi delle denominazioni. Michele Lorenzetti, dopo una laurea in biologia, si iscrive ad un corso di laurea in enologia e scopre quanto il mondo della viticoltura convenzionale sia pieno di chimica.Trova nella biodinamica una logica applicazione ed estensione delle sue certezze da biologo e a Gattaia individua i terreni dove dar seguito alle sue idee e conoscenze. Nel 2006 qui impianta il suo primo vigneto. Siamo tra i 480 m. s.l.m. e i 590 m s.l.m., su suoli argillosi-calcarei con presenza di arenarie e scisti, in un'area che domina dall'alto tutta la vallata del Mugello dove le nebbie, che si fermano poco prima dei 400m, spesso condizionano il clima. E' un vigneto stretto e lungo, che ripropone sull'etichetta dei suoi vini, circondato da boschi di castagni e querce e sommerso dalla luce. Qui recupera l'esperienza del passato, reimpiantando Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Pinot nero e Riesling da selezioni massali francesi, perchè in passato il Marchese Vittorio degli Albizi qui le aveva portate ed impiantate prima che la fillossera distruggesse tutto. Solo 2 ha condotti in biodinamica  per una produzione di nemmeno 6000 bottiglie l'anno, suddivise su 4 referenze. Vini fermentati con i propri lieviti, vero patrimonio della gestione secondo natura della vigna, in vasche d'acciaio e senza controllo della temperatura. Vinificati senza ricorrere ad aiuti enologici, non stabilizzati, non filtrati nè chiarificati per portare nel calice la potenza e ricchezza di una natura intonsa dalle cime degli Appennini del Mugello.

Terre di Giotto White Wine Nostrale Bianco 2019 Terre di Giotto

 

Call the shop! (828) 575-9525.

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Mangiare!

Join NIAF for 
A Mangiare: A Cultural History for Foodies
with Author of La Dolce Vita University: 
An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z,
 Carla Gambescia 

Tuesday July 14, 7:00pm EST

Test your knowledge about Italian cuisine while discovering little-known facts and the origin stories behind some of Italian cuisine's most iconic ingredients and dishes. 

Join NIAF and travel author, Carla Gambescia, for an interactive and entertaining "salon" exploring Italy's culinary heritage from antiquity to the present day. Even the most sophisticated Italophile and foodie will come away with new insights!

Be sure to sign up before space runs out! The lecture will also feature a stunning slideshow. Registration is required and it is only $25 to attend. We hope to see you then!

REGISTER

Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. Refunds will not be issued

We can't wait for you to join us!

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Garrubbo Guide and Lamùri Nero d'Avola

Ciao Asheville Book Recommendation

THE GARRUBBO GUIDE is a handbook to the delicious importance
of Italian food, wine, and culture. It can be a kitchen reference or a travel companion.
It is a guide to the adventure of Italian food and culture through the last 3,000 years.
LA GUIDA GARRUBBO covers everything you need to know about the most popular
Italian foods, from bread and olive oil, to prosciutto and mozzarella, to panini, pizza,
and pasta, all the way to gelato, espresso, and sambuca!
The comprehensive chapter on wine simplifies the elaborate world of Italian wine.
The book contains an extensive Italian food glossary, a detailed table of pasta shapes,
as well as sample menus from Italy’s 20 regional cuisines and the Italian “food rules,”

and a bit of history, grammar, and geography.

Your Read it With Wine
Tasca d'Almerita Lamùri Nero d'Avola Regaleali 2016 | Wine Info

Winemaker says: Made from a selection of Nero d’Avola grapes cultivated
on the high hills. It expresses the primary aromas, without excess from
the ripening process. Different age barriques provide soft and elegant tannins,
with subtle hints of wood. Its name comes from the Sicilian word for love, “L’ Amore.” 

Vinous says 93 points: Ruby in glass. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration
to showcase precise aromas of graphite, blueberry, and violet. Medium bodied
and quite tangy, with fresh acids giving the flavors similar to the aromas a piercing quality.
Finishes with silky tannins and freshness. A lovely Nero d’Avola of early appeal.

James Suckling says 92 Points: I love the sweet, floral and mulberry nose
of this succulent Nero d’Avola. The gentle tannins creep up on you at the finish,
making it even more delicious. Good length and food compatibility.

Decanter says 92 Points: Tasca d’Almerita is an aristocratic and historically important
Sicilian producer. Lamùri is a pretty, medium-bodied version of Nero d’Avola from a cool,
high-altitude site. Intriguing spice and ripe cherry aromas and fresh finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says 90 Points: Here is another excellent value
wine from Sicily. The 2016 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali
(aged in barrique for 12 months) shows a lot of varietal authenticity with dried cherry aromas
followed by black olive, caper and toasted pistachio nut. All those aromas take you straight
to Sicily in heart and mind. This vintage takes a little longer to open and swing into action. 

Vivino says $17.99
wine.com says $18.99, on sale from $20!

*** We say $14.99 ***

From The MetroWines "How Can This Be" Department
Wine Retailer Report says: At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, e-commerce retailer wine.com
saw its sales roar into overdrive, and that growth has continued unabated. After experiencing
a 47% increase in sales to nearly $200m in the 12 months through April, wine.com’s
trailing 12-month figures for May jumped by 65% to $222m.

How can this be? Week after week, including today, we post their prices
which are almost always $1 to $3 a bottle higher, sometimes more.
Friends don't let friends get ripped off at wine.com!

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Leonardo, Barney's and Fonterenza

Ciao Asheville Presents:

Leonardo Nailed it Centuries Ago!
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-06-09/
leonardos-vitruvian-man-ideal-isnt-far-off-modern-measures

Did Leonardo da Vinci copy 'Vitruvian Man'? - Technology & science ...

FlashForward 500 Years >>>>>>>>>>
Generations of Entrepreneurs in Italy hit Hard
But Still Standing!

Coronavirus Rips Through Italy's Postwar Entrepreneurial ...
MILAN—Mario Bresciani left his village near this city in 1970 with a suitcase full of socks
and knowing just a few words of English. He returned home weeks later after signing up
Barney’s department store in New York City as his first foreign client.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-rips-through-italys-
postwar-entrepreneurial-generation-11592839030

Celebrate Tradition and Determination
Fonterenzo Alberello Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino Alberello | Fonterenza | Sant ...

Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997
on farm owned by parents since the 1970's. Daughters started planting vines in 1999.  
The estate is now has high-altitude Sangiovese, with only 1 hectare is used
for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino
and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso (featured next week!).  
The farming has been organic from the beginning, and now biodynamic.
Minimal cellar work. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks.
Use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques.
And the Sisters are doing it all by themselves!

 On the nose there are also touches of noble wood, together with balsamic notes
and those of undergrowth. On the palate, great body, balance, full and freshness.

Louis Dressner Selections
$51 What are YOU Waiting For?

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Dante, Peychaud, Vallana

Ciao Asheville Presents Caffe Dante

The Italian Cafe Where New Yorkers Sample La Dolce Vita - The New ...

New York City (CNN) — Dante, 104-year-old bar and restaurant in NYC, is on fire. 
The original Caffe Dante opened in Greenwich Village in 1915,  frequented
by the Italian immigrants from the neighborhood. The historic café was reopened
in 2015 by its current owners, Australians Linden Pride and Natalie Hudson.
Only a few years later, Dante is receiving accolades on a global scale. 
Last fall, Dante was named #9 on the prestigious 50 World's Best Bars List 
and Tales of the Cocktail Foundation named Dante World's Best Bar
and Best American Restaurant Bar at the 2019 Spirited Awards.

More cocktails than wine served at Dante, but we do share
Noilly Prat and Doulin Rouge Vermouth as well as Peychaud Bitters!

*** YEAH, WE DO COCKTAILS TOO! ***

Peychaud's Bitters From Commonwealth Cocktails - EN-US - COM
We also have Angostura Bitters for the Perfect Manhattan!
https://mrbostondrinks.com/recipes/manhattan

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But What We Really DO is Wine!
And if we, especially Brett, were advising Dante,
we would say put this one on the Wine List Pronto.

Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi 2016 | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.

The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 

In order to protect the older clones of Spanna, Vallana only replaces
their vines with genetically identical selections when replanting is necessary.
As with all of Vallana’s wines, the process begins with intense selection.
After a 24 hour cold soak, the must is moved to cement tanks for fermentation.
Each fermenting vessel carefully bubbles under a watchful eye
and decisions about pumping or stirring vary based on the evolution of each batch.
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.

Live La Dolce Vita for $23
Who said living vicariously ain't like the real thing?

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Andy Hale Talks Summer Wines

 

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Alchemy of Italy

Join NIAF for
Italy in Our Hearts and Minds: The Alchemy of Italy with Author of La Dolce Vita University
An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Carla Gambescia 

Wednesday June 24, 7:00pm EST

What is it about Italy? Cultural Superpower yet merely a mountainous Mediterranean peninsula, Italy has exerted an outsized force on the world, Western civilization and the popular imagination over the course of millennia.

Join NIAF and Carla Gambescia and explore the special alchemy of Italy and the "cultural DNA" that has made Italy not only so influential, but also so beloved. 

Be sure to sign up before space runs out! The lecture will also be accompanied by a stunning slideshow. Registration is required and it is only $25 to attend. We hope to see you then!

REGISTER NOW

Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

If you have any questions, please contact us at VirtualEvents@niaf.org.

We can't wait for you to join us!

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org
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Salamander Zebras, LaQuercia, and Stanislaus Red Sauce

Prepare for The Next Isolation!

Scalamandre Zebras - Wallpaper Masai Red Wallpaper | DecoratorsBest
In 1945, the owner of "Gino" an Italian red sauce joint, commissioned
Flora Scalamandré, wife of legendary textile house founder, to design wallpaper
for his drab Manhattan restaurant. When it came to covering walls,
the primary goal of Gino Circiello was to hide the splatters of marinara sauce
on the walls! The zebra design is now available in many colors. The pattern has endured because of the way they hop so unexpectedly into relatively
conformist rooms. The motif, says NYT, is a go-to choice for enlivening
powder rooms, foyers and hallways. SanFrancisco designer Maria Haidamus said:
"It adds whimsy to an otherwise sober setting."
Rooms covered in Scalamandré zebras have made cameo appearances
in movies including "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Mighty Aphrodite."

https://www.decoratorsbest.com/products/
scalamandre-zebras-masai-red-wallpaper

Your Celebrate and Decorate with Scalamandré Wine:
La Quercia Montepulciano Riserva 2015

Vini La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva | Wine Info
Here's a solid, straightforward red that opens with aromas of sour cherry
and a whiff of new leather. The ripe fruity palate exhibits juicy blackberry,
raspberry and a hint of anise. It's easy drinking, with soft tannins.

*** $22 ***

And a BIG can of Stanislaus Red Sauce, $14.99!

FULL RED – Marinara Sauce | Stanislaus Foods

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Mary Ann Esposito

NIAF Membership Giveaway with My Dad's Sauce – Enter by Midnight!

In honor of Father's Day, NIAF is offering its members a chance to win a jar of My Dad's Sauce along with: a NIAF Buon Appetito! apron, a NIAF "Make Sunday Italian Again" wooden spoon, and a signed copy of Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito's latest cookbook Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

NIAF Members eligible to win this gift must follow these three easy steps:

  1. Like NIAFMary Ann Esposito, and My Dad's Sauce's Facebook pages;
  2. Follow both NIAF and My Dad's Sauce's Instagram accounts; and
  3. Email media@niaf.org confirming that they did steps 1 and 2 above.

My Dad's Sauce is an Italian American family company founded by siblings—in fact, two of its three founders are alumnae of the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program! Check out their inspiring story here

The contest was supposed to end on June 10, but we extended it until 11:59 p.m. tonight! The winner will be announced tomorrow, June 12. 

Not a NIAF Member? Join today to be eligible to win this fantastic giveaway. 

JOIN TODAY

Grazie,

The National Italian American Foundation 

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Travel Italy Via Board Game and Rodano!

Travel to Italy Through a Board Game

*** Lorenzo the Magnificent ***

Each player is an Italian Renaissance family seeking to impress the church and expand
their power. This is accomplished by acquiring cards representing lands, people, activities
or ventures. Dice-based workers are placed to action locations while resources such as wood, stone, and money are managed to the highest efficiency. Victory points determine the winner.

https://www.boardgamequest.com/lorenzo-il-magnifico-review/

Your Drink Like Lorenzo Wine
RODANO, Toscana 2017


Toscana IGT A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, Rodano is a class act. Made in the traditional style, 
Rodano uses younger Sangiovese vines younger blendedwith 30% Merlot 
to create a fresh vibrancy while maintaining the rustic characterof old world wines. 
Under Italian law, this bottle could be labeled Chianti Classico and, thus, 
command a higher shelf price. You will find cherry fruit with some dark plum notes 
and bits of gingerbread and spice. Long finish. Drink now through 2022. 

After import issues, Rodano is finally BACK!

*** $16.99 ***

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Fellini in DC

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June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

FEDERICO FELLINI

An Absolutely Sincere Liar. A talk by Caterina D’Amico

( Zoom Webinar )

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Federico Fellini and Anita Ekberg


This year Federico Fellini would have turned 100! To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, we honor the Italian Maestro with a webinar featuring Caterina D’Amico, former Dean of the Centro di Centro di Cinematografia Sperimentale in Rome and founding member of the Zeffirelli Foundation in Florence.

Federico Fellini, probably the world’s most famous Italian film maker, and 5 times Oscar winner, had unrivaled success. His feature films, all set in Italy, tell stories that cannot be classified as conventional genres, but deemed necessary the coining of its own fantastic and surreal “felliniesque” genre. 
What makes his movies so personal and yet so captivating? Join us for this webinar and enter the mind of Fellini through film bits and rare interviews that will testify to his genius and creativity.


LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required) 
WHEN: June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET


This program is part of Fare Cinema 2020, an initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promoting Italian quality film productions in the world.

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