If you can’t tell by my recent posts, I’ve been in a wine mood lately. If you’re looking for the perfect wine to accompany your summer soiree, The Statti Greco Calabria IGT 2012 is amazing! This is a clean, crisp wine with an excellent amount of acidity. Perfect to sipping on a hot day or under the stars on a summer night.
I recently sampled this delicious sip at the Vino California 2013 dinner hosted by Aventine in Hollywood, Ca. This medium bodied wine was the perfect compliment to our meal. I highly recommend pairing this wine with any seafood dishes you plan on preparing this summer.
Greco at a glance
Distillery location: Calabria, Italy
How you should drink it: Neat. The tasting is emotional and powerful but on the safer side, like racing on an Alfa Romeo Duetto.
Grapes: Greco 100 %
Vinification: Soft pressing of the grapes with fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (16-18 degrees C)
Aging: In stainless steel tanks
To be completely honest I’ve never had a big sweet tooth. I’ve always been more of a salty fan (I’m lookin at your Cheez-Its). But when it comes to the delicate relationship between enjoying a glass of wine with dessert, I will never decline!
I recently discovered Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream during one of my Pinterest binges. This stuff sounds incredible! This creamy concoction comes in five swoon worthy flavors: Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Riesling. Since this ice cream is made from actual wine, each serving boasts 5% alcohol which pretty much makes it perfect.
It’s taking everything in me not to run to my kitchen right now, mix a bottle of wine into a bowl of ice cream and call it a day. You may ask why I don’t just go out and get a pint of this vino based dessert? Well, according to Mercer’s website it looks like they are not currently available in California. So here is my desperate plea: “MERCER’S, PLEASE SELL YOUR WINE ICE CREAM IN CALIFORNIA FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS PURE AND GOOD!”
If you live in NY (or anywhere else it is currently sold) and have tried this for yourself, let me know what you think. Currently working to get my hands on some so I can give you a full review!
Last week I was invited to attend a dinner for Vino California 2013 at Aventine in Hollywood. Produced by the, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, Vino California is the largest native Italian wine festival on the West coast. The event consists of tastings and dinners to help introduce Italian wines to the palates of California. The dinner I attended was just perfect. We sampled delicious dishes that were accompanied by amazing wine pairings. Sometimes I forget just how amazing food and wine can be when paired together properly! Mmmmm!
Aventine is uhh-mazing. I’d been there before for appetizers but having dinner on their patio made me eager for warm summer nights that make dining al fresco almost mandatory. If you want the perfect place to dine in Hollywood that isn’t the slightest bit douche-y, head to Aventine ASAP!
Below is the list of wines we sampled (get them in your wine rack now) as well as a few snaps from this perfectly paired evening:
- Statti Greco I.G.T. Calabria 2012
- Apollonio Casa Vinicola ONLY Rosso Salento IGT 2011
- Le Moire SRL Shemale Savuto DOC 2011
- Alovini Alvolo Aglianico Del Vulture 2008
Where have I been? I don’t even know. After picking up a few writing jobs and trying to spread the V&V love around, I’m back!! (insert celebratory music here)
Get ready for all new food, drink and fashion posts!
Tequila and I have a love hate relationship. We’re very much a Chris Brown and Rihanna kind of love because no matter what happens I always end up back for more. My favorite tequila is with out a doubt, Peligroso. It is the ONLY tequila that doesn’t leave me with a pounding headache, crying for my mother the next morning. It goes down smooth and mixes incredibly well when used in a margarita.
Peligroso about to throw a new sweet and spicy tequila option our way! Introducing, Peligroso Cinnamon. Cinnamon Tequila, really? Yup! And let me be the first to tell you it is delicious. This tequila provides a warm, savory flavor but still finishes light. Infused with 100% pure cinnamon and a blend of Peligroso’s secret ingredients you’ll be left with an exceptionally satisfying sip.
Pair Peligroso Cinnamon with your favorite warm cider for a Mexican take on a Hot Toddy or enjoy it as a shot with a cinnamon and sugar dusted orange slice on the side.