Recently, we had a send off Italian wine tasting for Asian #1 Peishan. She is leaving me for Singapore, so the blog will be bridging drinking from both sides of the globe. Here is a listing of what we ate and drank.
ricotta with sundried tomatoes
roasted garlic, basil, fresh tomatoes
roasted red pepper spread
Assortment of Pizzas and Sausage
fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, ricotta, roasted garlic, basil
sausage, yellow and red peppers, feta cheese
mozzarella, feta cheese, ricotta, parmesan
sausage, sundried tomatoes, basil, fresh mozarella, roasted garlic
(one other combo I forgot…I made these up as I went)
Pound cake two ways
with nutella and roasted bananas
with marsala wine soaked cherries and lemon curd
Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2006 $24– Damn Good
This Kerner is made in the northernmost part of Italy where the Italians speak mainly Austrian and the scenery is more reminiscent of Heidi than Under the Tuscan Sun. Light floral with a touch of minerality and a killer nose, this was definitely a good start to the evening for me.
De Falco Fiano di Avellino 2005- $22– Pretty Good
This bottle had more minerality and was less fruity than the previous. Having a little bit of savoriness to it with citrus, it definitely paired well with the pizza. Light and refreshing I wouldn’t be opposed to cracking open another bottle for some seafood or sushi.
Santi Amarone dello Valpolicella 2003- $38 Damn Good
Mmmmmm….I liked this one. More old world in style, Amarone has a rich raisinyness (definitely not a word) and a velvety texture. The grapes are dried in the sun to intensify flavors in the processing. There were hints of spice and boldness to it that would please both old world and new world parties. (ie both peishan (new world) and I (old world) enjoyed it) I would love to eat this with lamb, or anything else meaty/gamey.
Prunotto Barbaresco 2004- $37 Not Bad
This Barbaresco did not wow me, but was good. It was the prototypical barbaresco with good fruit and depth, but for the price tag I feel I could get more bang for my buck elsewhere. Perhaps we opened it too early as it is just getting into its prime according the THE internet.
Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2005- $18 Pretty god
Light and fruity, this chianti actually started us off with reds. It had a delicate sweetness and was not too tanniny. With hints of berries, savory notes, this went well with the pizza. It definitely seemed to be one of the most versatile at pleasing people’s palates, but did not wow anyone.
Forteto della Luja Moscato d’ Asti 2007- $20 Orgasmic
Holy crap the nose was AWESOME on this one, like whiffing a bottle of sweet honeyed perfume. The taste was there to match. Good thing I bought two bottles of this which went as fast as lightening. I caught some peach flavors, apple, and a lot of floral. So very drinkable, bubbly, and sweet. I wish I had gotten more.