Tag - Italy

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Ali Toscana Sangiovese 2013
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A tale of two Chianti’s
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Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013
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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash
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Le Altane Prosecco
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Grandpa Chacha’s Home Style Wine, Rosso
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Casamatta Toscana 2011

Ali Toscana Sangiovese 2013

Italy
$8.99
I was supposed to begin a macrobiotic cleanse. My recently stocked fridge was full of healthful foods of all sorts. So how is it that I found myself cooking pasta Bolognese while devouring mouthfuls of bread and cheese? This wasn’t how I expected it to go down.

I’m baaaaaaaack, bitches!

Healthy can wait until tomorrow. I’ve been absent from this blog far too long and I spontaneously decided that it was time for me to make a return to the bologosphere. And so here I am. Ready. A glass of my raison d’être in hand.

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A tale of two Chianti’s

Italy
Folnari Chianti 2012, $7.99
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2009, $15.99
A good pairing is a good pairing, no matter who or what the duo.

When  paired with the salty, nutty, hard but crumbly Parmigiano Reggiano these wines made for a classic coupling. Like Bacall and Bogart.

Like Bacall the wine was smooth and supple. Like Bogart the cheese was powerful and dominating. Together they formed a delicate and delicious balance.

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Teifenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2013

Italy
Splurge-y
$12.99
It was completely by accident that I learned about Alto Adige wines. A friend on Facebook enlightened me.

After posting yet another annoying photo of the wine I was drinking on Facebook, Twitter AND Instagram (because you just know that everyone’s lives are incomplete without seeing and hearing what wine bottle I’m sadly guzzling down while cooking dinner for one), Jacob commented, “Alto Adige?” And I honestly had to go look at the wine label because I had no idea what in tarnation he was talking about. Sure enough, there it was.

I replied, “Why yes, yes it is Jacob.” And I followed it with another comment, “I assume it means high altitude? Maybe?”

To which he said, “Yup. That’s in them Italian Alps.”

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Tomato-tomahto, let’s call the whole thing a wash

Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti Le Orme 2011, $12.49
Zenato Pinot Grigio della Venezie 2013, $8.99
Looks like I’m going off the deep end. No longer content with just knocking back a glass of wine with dinner I am now questioning what wine would go best with my food.

So after coming across what sounded like a really delicious recipe on my Twitter feed for a herbed tomato tart I asked myself, “what kind of wine?”

After a few Google searches and skimming through a wealth of stories on the topic I quickly came to some conclusions on what I would grab off the shelves at the shop. I actually did all of this on my phone while walking up and down the aisles filled with an abundance of choices.

tomato tart

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Le Altane Prosecco

Italy
$9.99
This bubbly is the perfect way to celebrate anything. In this case the end of a particularly tough work week.

Like Champagne, Prosecco takes its name after a geographical region. The white wine grapes are grown primarily in the eastern part of Italy’s Veneto region.

The Humboldt Fog cheese I grabbed along with this bottle was delicious all on its own but with the Prosecco it cut through the pungent and flavorful cheese in a way that made every bite and sip perfect for each other. Heaviness and lightness — the one lifting the other and the other lending weight to its counterpart. I could not stop. I simply couldn’t stop until most of the cheese was eaten and the last drops of the bubbly were poured into my flute.

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Grandpa Chacha’s Home Style Wine, Rosso

Salento, Italy
$8.00
This one came home with me, spurred by its name, label and $8 price tag. It also helped that I was curious to try another wine from Puglia, the heel part in the boot of Italy.

There are bottles that are direct and sure of themselves, they know exactly what they are. Then you have wines like this one, indecisive, wishy-washy even — they’re identities seem under-developed.

And not that there’s anything wrong with that, not necessarily. It’s just a completely different experience. Plus bottles like this one are good for giving you perspective to aid in the exploration of your palate and personal tastes.

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Casamatta Toscana 2011

Tuscany, Italy
$6.99
There’s nothing wrong with this wine.

How’s that for a ringing endorsement?

But that’s honestly all I feel I need to say about this one. It’s a decent red table wine (vino da tavola). Saying as much could be considered a slight I suppose, but that’s not my intention. I just feel it’s a workhorse type of wine. It does the job admirably for the price.

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