October Sweet Club

Sweet Wine ClubLa Cantina Pizzolato - Moscato DolceLa Cantina Pizzolato
Moscato Dolce
Treviso, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The Organic and Vegan Dolce, or sweet, Moscato Sparkling Wine of the “So Easy” line is one of the trendiest wines in La Cantina Pizzolato’s range. Bright gold color. Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe apricot, and angel food cake with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length peach nectar, sweet apple, orange marmalade, and honey finish with no oak flavor. A balanced and floral Moscato that is sure to please fans of the varietal.

Food Pairing Recommendations:
This wine can be served with all types of desserts and especially with creamy desserts. Suggested also as an aperitif with some fresh fruit or herbal and spicy cheeses.

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an herbal cheese, such as a gorgonzola. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

Analysis:
6.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: Moscato I.G.T.
Varietal: 100% Moscato (Muscat)
Residual Sugar: 89 gr/l
Acidity: 5.4 gr/l
Critical Acclaim:

  • Silvier Medal at AWC Vienna 2017
  • Silver Medal at IWSC International Wine&Spirits 2017
  • Diploma di Merito at Mostra Vini Triveneto of Camalò 2018
  • Silver Medal at 42° Mostra del Vino of Candelù 2017
  • DAMA D’ORO and PREMIO “TULLIO DE ROSA” as Best Sparkling wine at Enoconegliano 2017
  • Admission to the book 5StarWines of Vinitaly 2018 with 90/100
  • Bronze medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

 

Production:
Using soft pressing, the must remains in steel pressurized tanks, with Charmat method for 2 months, reaching up to a pressure of 2.5 atm. The bottle has been covered with a sleeve that recalls the bubbles with a floral design and communicates its personality from the first impact. Packaging is completely recyclable as the sleeve can be removed.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Founded in 1981, the company initially focused on the cattle industry and the cultivation of kiwi, peaches, strawberries, apples and pears. Grapes and wine eventually became their top selling products. In 1987, the winery started to bottle their own way – mainly producing Verduzzos, Merlots and Cabernets. Motivated by the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to drink healthy wines, the winery obtained their organic certification in 1991, the year in which the certification system was born in Italy. By 2012, the Pizzolato winery had achieved their Vegan certification. Since then, many sustainable choices have been consolidated, towards a organic innovation of the entire winery, as well as of the product.

Owner, Settimo

Owner, Settimo Pizzolatool

The present owner, Settimo Pizzolato, has many years of experience enriched by five generations that preceded him. His organic farming allows him to have good health and the ability to enrich the organic treasure that his company has. He balances the ecosystem of his land with the organization of his winery to create a wine that is a result of healthy natural grapes from his vineyards. These grapes create a wine that will remind you the tradition and well being when you taste it. Learn more about Pizzolato Winery here.

It’s been more than thirty-five harvests and I feel like I have lived so many lives; each year, each vintage is an adventure in itself, difficult, unique and unforgettable. We want to produce a wine that is suitable for everyone, can be paired with every meal, vegan or not; the most important thing is that it must be a good wine. – Settimo


Botani MuscatJorge Ordóñez & Co.
Botani Muscat Frizzante

Sierras de Málaga, Spain

NECTAR WINE STYLE

A delicate, lightly sparkling wine with a flowery, exotic nose characterized by aromas of lychee and stone fruit. This wine is 100% Muscat of Alexandria – one of the oldest clones of the Muscat family and one of the only remaining genetically unmodified vitis vinifera cultivars remaining in the world today. The seafaring Phoenicians transplanted this grape from Alexandria, Egypt to Málaga 3,000 years ago.

Food Pairing Recommendations:
Enjoy this versatile liquid gold nectar of the gods on its own or with strong cheeses, figs, pâtés, pastries and desserts. This wine should always be enjoyed well chilled.

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing:
Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with strong cheeses, such as a blue cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.


Analysis:
9.5% alcohol / volume
Denominacion de Origen: D.O. Málaga & D.O. Sierras de Málaga
Varietal: 100% Muscat of Alexandra
Critical Acclaim:

  • 89 pts. Jeb Dunnuck
  • 89 pts. Wine Enthusiast Magazine
  • 87 pts. Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Production:
Planted on multiple old mountainside vineyards. The vineyards in Málaga are the most extreme in all of Europe. The mountainside vineyards are planted at inclinations of up to 70°. There is no terracing, ladders, or mechanization to assist with the harvest. The winery uses traditional dry farmed viticulture and organic Gobelet trained vines. Everything is cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention; the majority of the vines receive no treatments whatsoever. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks using wild yeast. Secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks following the Charmat method of sparkling wine production.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Sierras de MálagaBodegas Jorge Ordóñez Málaga, located in Ordóñez’s hometown, was founded in 2004- a partnership between Ordóñez and the Kracher family of Austria. The winery was founded with the goal of resuscitating the centuries long tradition of winemaking in Málaga, which was destroyed by the phylloxera plague in the 19th century. It was Jorge’s dream to champion his home region and restore it to its former glory.


Jorge Ordóñez Málaga produces its dry and sweet wines from Muscat of Alexandria; one of the world’s only remaining ancient (genetically uncrossed) grape varieties and the most important for commercial wine production. The Muscat of Alexandria vineyards used by Jorge Ordóñez Málaga were planted between 1902 and 1974 on un-terraced mountainside vineyards. The vast majority of steep vineyards in Europe have terraces or are mechanized in some way to protect workers and assist with harvest; the vineyards in Málaga, however, have remained untouched. All pruning and harvesting is done by hand, and mules carry six 33 pound boxes up the slopes at a time. An absolutely heroic form of viticulture.

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Sweet Wine ClubStella Rosa BlueberryStella Rosa®️ Wines
Blueberry
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Stella Rosa Blueberry is their winery’s newest flavor, and is a proprietary blend of several red grape varietals. The wine is combined with flavors of natural blueberry distillates & purées, making it undeniably irresistible. Its sweet and succulent blueberry taste will elevate your mood and your wine-tasting expectations.

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Analysis: 5% alcohol / volume

Food Pairing Recommendations: This flavor pairs well with fresh fruits, BBQ chicken, charcuterie, cheesecake, and cinnamon roll coffee cake.

Blueberry Frosé

Photo credit: Stella Rosa Wines

BLUEBERRY FROSÉ
Cool off this summer with a refreshing frosé! Check out this fun way to switch up Stella Rosa Blueberry Wine.

INGREDIENTS:

1 bottle Stella Rosa Blueberry
2 1/3 cups frozen blueberries, divided
¼ cup lemon juice
2 oz. vodka
fresh blueberries (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Pour wine into ice cube trays and freeze for 6 to 8 hours until almost frozen solid Note: wine will not freeze completely
2. In a blender, pulse together wine ice cubes, vodka, 2 cups frozen blueberries, and lemon juice.
3. Divide frosé among 4 glasses. Garnish with a handful of fresh blueberries and enjoy!
© Recipe courtesy of Stella Rosa Wines

Stella Rosa WatermelonStella Rosa®️ Wines
Watermelon
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Stella Rosa Watermelon is a new, and exclusive, addition to the winery’s semi-sparkling collection. Featuring a proprietary blend of several white grape varietals, including White Moscato (an indigenous grape variety from Piedmont, Italy), and a touch of Barbera for color. Its crisp, refreshing taste showcases the natural flavors of watermelon, created using a distillation process of Italian fruits grown in southern Italy. The semi-dry character is a perfect compliment to Brunch and light appetizers.

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Analysis: 5.5% alcohol /volume

Food Pairing Recommendations: This flavor pairs wonderfully with light salads, such as Greek or Caesar, as well as salty appetizers like Edamame or Jalapeño poppers. For dessert, you can pair it with coconut cream pie!

Stella Rosa Watermelon

Photo credit: Stella Rosa Wines

SPICY STELLA ROSA RITA

A little sweet, a little spicy! Try this fun cocktail at home with this month’s Stella Rosa Watermelon Wine.

INGREDIENTS

For Drink:
5 oz. Stella Rosa Watermelon, chilled
1½ oz. Jose Cuervo Tequila Blanco
¾ oz. lime juice
2 oz. watermelon juice
1 jalapeño, sliced
For Rim:
1 tbsp. Kosher salt
1 tbsp. chili powder
Lime wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place jalapeño slices in a jar with tequila and let sit for 15 minutes for the spice to infuse the tequila.
2. Remove the jalapeño slices & set aside.
3. Mix salt and chili powder together on a separate plate. Smear the rim of the glass with a lime wedge then dip it into the salt-chili powder mixture to coat the rim.
4. Add a handful of ice to the glass.
5. In a cocktail shaker, add the juices & infused tequila; shake vigorously.
6. Strain the mixture into the glass.
7. Top off with Stella Rosa Watermelon, garnish with a Watermelon slice, and enjoy!
© Recipe courtesy of Stella Rosa Wines

Stella RosaWINEMAKING:
The grapes are harvested, pressed, centrifuged, and then held as a cold juice at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The juice is fermented at various intervals throughout the year, which allows the wine to remain fresh and delicate throughout the entire fermenting process. The Stella Rosa family uses this technique to capture the fresh flavors of natural blueberry distillates & purées for their Blueberry wine, and an off-dry Rosé, busting with fresh flavors for their Watermelon wine. Both Stella Rosa Blueberry and Watermelon contain natural carbonation. The juice is fermented in Charmat-style, pressurized tanks, and as the alcohol is created, so is the carbonation. Once the desired sweetness is achieved, the wine is centrifuged and bottled. The alcohol level stays at approximately 5% and contains 6-10% residual sugar. Its natural acidity and low pH strike the perfect balance with the wine’s natural sweetness. 

ABOUT STELLA ROSA:
It all started in 1917, when the Riboli family founded Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery. Back then, Los Angeles was the prime location for wine growing in all of California. For some time, the wine industry reigned as one of Southern California’s most economically significant and popular industries of that time. After surviving Prohibition and about a century later, the Riboli family has continued its artisan winemaking tradition through four generations. From within the tasting rooms of San Antonio Winery, customers repeatedly requested a sweeter, light, refreshing wine. The Riboli family took this unique opportunity to create a new semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine style, which today, they are a leader of. And so, Stella Rosa was born.

our-story-mapMADE AND IMPORTED FROM ITALY:
To create the Stella Rosa wines, their family chose the region of Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy, as the source for its aromatic grapes. The area of Asti has particular significance to the Riboli family, as it is the birthplace of their family matriarch, Maddalena Riboli. Their first Stella Rosa wine was Moscato D’Asti, which has become a flagship of this line. Soon after, Stella Rosa Rosso was created – the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend, and first wine of its kind to be brought to America from Asti. The rapid phenomenal successes of these two wines began the lineage of Stella Rosa, which now boasts over 20 distinctive flavors.

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November Wine Club recipe pairing

Apple soup

APPLE SOUP WITH ROQUEFORT CROUTONS

INGREDIENTS:

• 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
• 1 ¼ lbs. Red Delicious apples (about 3 large), peeled, cored and sliced
• 1 ¼ lbs. Granny Smith apples (about 3 large), peeled, cored, and sliced
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 5 cups chicken stock or canned broth
• 1 ½ cups whipping cream
• ¼ cup Calvados (apple brandy)
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• ½ Red Delicious apple, cored (unpeeled)
• ½ Granny Smith apple, cored (unpeeled)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
• Roquefort Croutons

DIRECTIONS:
• Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 ¼ pound red apples, 1 ¼ pounds Granny Smith apples, onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock and simmer until apples are very tender, about 25 minutes. Puree mixture in batches in blender or processor. Return puree to pan. Add cream and Calvados. Bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cool, cover and refrigerate).
• Cut each apple half into 12 thin slices. Mix with lemon juice. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and sauté until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
•Bring soup to simmer over medium heat. Ladle into bowls. Top each bowl with 2 red apple slices and 2 Granny Smith apple slices. Sprinkle with chives. Serve with Roquefort croutons.

CROUTON INGREDIENTS:
• 4 bacon slices
• 18 1/4 inch-thick slices of French bread baguette
• 4 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

CROUTON DIRECTIONS:
• Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in heavy medium skillet until crisp.  Transfer to paper towels and drain.  Crumble bacon.  Arrange bread slices on heavy large backing sheet.  Bake until beginning to crisp, about 10 minutes.  Mix cheese and butter in processor until smooth.  Spread one side of each crouton with cheese mixture. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover croutons at an store at room temperature.
• Preheat broiler.  Broil croutons 5 inches from heat source until cheese bubbles, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon. Serve warm, plated next to soup or on top of soup.  © Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit, Oct 1998

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB

Cortese Piedmont ItalySilky styleCa’ de Lion
Il Sognatore Cortese
Dell’ Alto Monferrato DOC
Piedmont, Italy

SILKY WINE STYLE

Ca’ de Lion was founded in 1871 by Luigi Ghione. The winery takes the name of the family ancestor, Leone Ghione (1655). Generations of expertise in Piedmont has elevated this artisanal producer to its highest level. Farming sustainably and naturally, the wines from this estate show a purity of flavor. The depth and nuance of the wine vibrates and speaks of the place where it comes from, in the hills of Canelli. Harvested by hand during the first week of September, vinification and maturing took place in stainless steel tanks. This wine has exotic and aromatic notes of jasmine, white peach, stone fruits and a touch of mint. In the mouth, the wine is bright with lemon-lime acidity and a refreshing finish. Serve chilled. Pairs well with antipasti, salads, seafood and lighter fare.

winemaker Silvio Ghione

Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

“Brilliant green tones, with perfume nose of a yellow and white fruits and herbs. On the palate, pleasant white wine, surrounded by a good freshness. Excellent as apéritif, with fish or meat dishes.” – Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

Winemaker: Silvio Ghione
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: 100% Cortese
Analysis: 12.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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Sweet Potato Ravioli November Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Sweet Potato RavioliSWEET POTATO RAVIOLI

RAVIOLI INGREDIENTS:
• 1 ½ pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)
• 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 48 square wonton wrappers
• 2 large egg whites, beaten until foamy

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
• ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter
• 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
• chopped, toasted pecans (optional)

RAVIOLI DIRECTIONS:
• Pierce potatoes all over with fork. Cook potatoes in microwave on high until soft throughout, about 6 minutes per side. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half; scoop 2 packed cups potato flesh into large bowl. Mix in brown sugar and nutmeg. Season sweet potato filling with salt and pepper.
• Line large baking sheet with plastic wrap. Place one wonton wrapper on work surface. Using pastry brush, lightly brush wrapper with beaten egg whites. Place one tablespoon sweet potato filling in center of wrapper. Top with another wrapper. Press edges together to seal. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. (Can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

SAUCE DIRECTIONS:
• Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Carefully mix in vinegar and thyme.
• Meanwhile, working in batches, cook ravioli in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, carefully transfer ravioli to hot butter sauce; spoon sauce over to coat ravioli. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired; serve immediately. © Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit, Feb 2003

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB

Mellow style logoCa De Lion Wine BottleCa’ de Lion
Rosso Blend
Piedmont, Italy

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Founded in 1871 by Luigi Ghione, Ca’ de Lion winery takes its name from the family ancestor Leone Ghione (1655). Generations of expertise in Piedmont have elevated this artisanal producer to its highest level. Farming sustainably and naturally, the wines from this estate show a purity of flavor. The depth and nuance of the wine vibrates and speaks of the place where it comes from, in the Canelli hills. This vintage was hand-harvested in the middle of September and vinified traditionally in stainless steel tanks, then refined in bottle. It’s a spectacular, unique and indigenous blend. The wine is velvet in the mouth. Brilliant aromatics reveal layers of violet, fresh rose, luxardo cherry, and blackberry. Very light oak and lip-smacking acidity makes this a stellar wine that can be paired with a variety of foods. Serve with a light chill. The wine can be decanted 30 minutes prior to serving.

winemaker Silvio Ghione

Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

“Ruby color with orange tones. Lasting scent with airy perfume, rich with violet and rose. Rounded and very fresh on the palate, light and velvety tannins. Open and let breathe before serving, pairs well with game and cheese.” – Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

Winemaker: Silvio Ghione
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: 60% Ruché, 40% Pinot Nero
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 93pts Wine Enthusiast 2013; Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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Ca’ de Lion Piedmont Wine Pairing Recipe

AGNOLOTTI
(Piedmont traditional filled pasta)

Legend has it that agnolotti was invented in Piedmont to celebrate the end of a siege. The celebration meal was creatively prepared by chef Angelot, at the request of the Marquis.

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 lb lean beef
• 7 oz spinach, boiled
• 1 onion
• 3 ½ oz butter
• 1 sprig rosemary
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
• 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
• broth to taste
• grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to taste
• nutmeg to taste
• 1 lb all-purpose flour• 5 eggs• salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
• Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 oz of butter. After butter has melted, add peeled garlic clove and thinly sliced onion. As soon as they start to brown, add the meat and turn heat down to low. Brown the meat on all sides, then dust with 1 tbsp flour. Season with salt, add tomato sauce and enough broth to completely cover the meat. Cook over low heat until the meat is soft, but not falling apart. Then, remove the pan from the heat.
• Remove the meat from the sauce and set the sauce aside for later. Chop the meat in a food processor with the spinach (previously blanched for a couple of minutes in boiling water and well drained.) Transfer the chopped meat and spinach to a bowl and stir in an egg yolk, a generous amount of grated Parmigiano Reggiano, a pinch of pepper and a dusting of nutmeg.
• Then prepare the pasta dough by forming a well with the flour. Add 4 eggs and the remaining egg white to the center and begin incorporating the flour. Add a drop of water if necessary. Knead until you have a smooth dough. Let the dough rest for 20 minute, covered with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap.
• Using a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out the dough into two thin sheets. On the first sheet place a tbsp of pasta stuffing 1 ½ to 2 inches from one another. Cover with the other sheet and squeeze the dough around the filling to remove any air. Use a pasta cutter or knife blade to cut out the agnolotti.
• Cook the agnolotti in a large pot of boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Then remove using a slotted spoon and toss with the previously prepared sauce, reheated for a couple of minutes. Also add the remaining melted butter and a good amount of grated cheese. Serve hot.  © Photo and recipe courtesy of Academia Barilla

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB

Bold wine Style logoLaCua-Piedmont_italy-wine-bottleCa’ de Lion
La Cùa
Langhe Rosso DOC
Piedmont, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

Founded in 1871 by Luigi Ghione, Ca’ de Lion winery takes its name from family ancestry Leone Ghione (1655). Generations of expertise in Piedmont have elevated this artisanal producer to its highest level. Farming sustainably and naturally, the wines from this estate show a purity of flavor. The depth and nuance of the wine vibrates and speaks of the place where it comes from, in the hills of Canelli. The name “Langhe” is the plural form of langa, a local word for a long, low-lying hill. Since its designation, the Langhe DOC has gained considerable marks for its innovative viticulture and use of international varietals. This creativity has allowed local winemakers to produce a new generation of high quality wines. This wine has violet and rose notes with a black cherry fruity taste. Electric balance between acidity and freshness, with smooth, elegant tannins.

winemaker Silvio Ghione

Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

“Ruby red color with violet and rose notes with a fruity taste. Good balance between alcohol and freshness, the tannins are elegant. Wine for the entire meal, perfect with first courses like ravioli and gravy, red meat or aged cheese.” – Silvio Ghione, Winemaker

Winemaker: Silvio Ghione
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: 40% Barbera, 40% Nebbiolo, 20% Dolcetto
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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Lasagna Pairing Recipe

lasagnaINGREDIENTS:
• ½ lb lean ground beef
• ½ lb ground veal
• ½ lb ground pork
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Tbsp oregano
• 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes, drained
• 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes with juice
• 2 eggs
• 16 oz cottage cheese
• 15 oz ricotta cheese
• ½ cup parmesan cheese
• 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 19-oz package no boiling required lasagna noodles

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350℉.
• In a large skillet, brown ground beef, veal and pork. Add minced garlic and oregano and stir.
• Place canned tomatoes in food processor and pulse until tomatoes are thoroughly chopped; reserve 2 cups, place remainder in skillet with the meat and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
• In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Stir in cottage, ricotta and parmesan cheeses. Set aside.
• Spread 1 cup of reserved tomatoes in the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Layer 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, ½ cottage cheese mixture, ½ meat sauce, and 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering finishing with a layer of noodles. Add the remaining 1 cup of tomatoes. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, and top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Serves 8-12
•Enjoy with a glass of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barbera. Recipe compliments of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.

Mellow style logoJacuzzi Barbera bottleDECEMBER WINE CLUB
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Barbera
Amador County, California
MELLOW STYLE

The Barbera varietal comes from the hills of northern Italy’s Piedmonte region, where it has been grown since the 13th century. During the 1800s and 1900s, Italian immigrants introduced the varietal to the Americas, most notably in Argentina and California. The grapes are known for their deep color and softer tannins. The fruit for this Barbera comes from Rancho Victoria nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in the northern part of Amador County. The soils here are sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. This provides abundant nutrients and water retention for healthy, strong vines. The grapes were handpicked and destemmed without crushing the berries. This gentle approach minimizes the pick-up of bitter components from the skins and seeds. The wine was racked to oak, and aged for 12 months on 35% new French medium toasted oak.

“This Barbera has freshness and clarity. Bright cherry and raspberry fruit dominate with an underlying savoriness which compliments the elegant palate and clean finish.”. – Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Amador County, California
Varietal Blend:  90% Barbera, 10% Alicante Bouschet
Analysis: 14.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Antinori Winery Spotlight

November Tasting Event

Over 600 years in the making!

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® these amazing Italian wines —  limited seating, RSVP soon!

Antinori Family in wine cellar

Antinori Family

Since 1385, the Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking.  Over 600 hundred years ago, Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild.  For twenty-six generations, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.

ANTINORI WINERY, ITALY

Each vintage and each plot of land is a new pursuit for achieving higher quality standards for Antinori. As Marchese Piero loves to say: “Ancient family roots play an important part in our philosophy but they have never hindered our innovative spirit.

ANCIENT FAMILY ROOTS

The family’s historical heritage lies in their estates in Tuscany and Umbria, however over the years they have invested in many other areas, both in Italy and abroad.  They are well-known for producing high quality wine, opening up new opportunities to appreciate and develop unique new terroirs with great winemaking potential.

Research and development has been an ongoing process for the family, such as selecting new clones of local and international varieties, experimenting with new techniques in the vineyards and vineyard altitudes and new approaches to fermentation and temperature control. They also experiment with traditional and innovative winemaking philosophies, using new types of oak for barrels, barrel size and age, and varying length of aging in the bottle before commercial release.

Antinori family walking in vineyards

We have demonstrated, over the years, that in Tuscany and in Umbria there was the possibility of producing excellent wines, widely recognized at an international level, which showed both elegance and finesse while maintaining their original character.  One of our main strengths is the fact that we are Tuscan or, if you prefer, our fundamentally Tuscan character”, says Piero Antinori.

Peppoli Chianti Classico wine bottle

 

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ANTINORI WINERY, ITALY

November’s Winery Spotlight Tasting

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Antinori vineyards

October Wine Club pairing recipe

This wine loves Italian food, what can we say? Homemade pizza with mozzarella and salsiccia, or a plate of pasta piled high with meat sauce. Dark cherry, blackberry and plum aromas abound tempered with chocolate, spices and Tuscan herbs, Nesios Toscana, has the elegance of Sangiovese with the force of Cabernet and demands to be enjoyed with food like this classic lasagna.

go to lasagna dishClassic Lasagna Dish

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage (sweet or hot), casings removed
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz. can whole, crushed tomatoes

ASSEMBLY INGREDIENTS:

  • Kosher salt
  • 5 lbs. fresh mozzarella, grates or shredded
  • 16 oz. whole milk ricotta
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lb. dried lasagna noodles (avoid the no-boil variety)
  • Olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For the sauce: Heat oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes until brown but not crisp.
  2. Add onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for eight to ten minutes until the onion is softened and translucent.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir for two minutes until it’s turned deep, brick red, tinting the oil and onions.
  4. Using your hands, crush the whole tomatoes into bite-size pieces and add them and the crushed tomatoes, stirring to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot. Fill one of the tomato cans halfway with water and add it to the pot. Season with salt and pepper then let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the flavors come together.
  5. Make the lasagna: Heat the oven to 375°F and set a large pot of salted water to boil.
  6. Set aside one 1 cup of mozzarella. In a medium bowl, combine remaining mozzarella, ricotta, 1 cup of Parmesan and cream. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  7. Cook lasagna noodles in the large pot of salted boiling water before they’re al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain and separate any noodles that are sticking together, add a little olive oil to prevent further sticking.
  8. Spoon a bit of sauce on the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish and top with a layer of noodles, avoiding heavy overlap.
  9. Top with 1 ¼ cups of sauce then dollop ¼ of the cheese mixture on top. Top with another layer of noodles and repeat three times, ending with the last of the noodles and last of the sauce. Top with your reserved 1 cup of mozzarella and more Parmesan.
  10. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and place baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  11. Bake until pasta is completely tender and cooked through and sauce is bubbling around the edges, typically 30-40 minutes.
  12. Remove foil and increase temperature to 450°F. Continue to bake for another final 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

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Nesios
Toscana Rosso IGT
Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is home to Italy’s most famous IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) category. Sangiovese is the all-star of Tuscany, that derives its name from Latin as ‘the blood of Jupiter (Jove)’, the most widely planted grape in Italy. The hot, dry climate in Tuscany provides an excellent home for this thin-skinned grape, producing a rich and long-standing wine. It’s known for being fruity and naturally acidic and best enjoyed with the excellent cuisine of Italy.

During the 1970s, the term ‘Super Tuscan’ emerged, as result of frustrations of winemakers towards the slow-changing wine laws in Italy which prohibited the blending of non-indigenous grapes. In 1992, IGT was finally created, allowing winemakers to be more creative. An IGT Toscana guarantees that at least 85% of the fruit was sourced from the region. Half Sangiovese and Cabernet, this Super Tuscan pairs well with Italian food, fresh cheese, grilled cheese and pizza.

Andrea Bernardini“Deep ruby red in color. Spices, chocolate blended with blackberry, plums and mature cherry on the nose. Full-bodied and harmonic, structured with enticing and velvet softness. Elegant finish.” – Andrea Bernardi, winemaker

Winemaker: Andrea Bernardini
Appellation: Tuscany, Italy
Varietal Blend:  50% Sangiovese, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 96 pts The Best Italian Wines, Luca Maroni 2017/2018

December Wine Club pairing recipe

Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary & Garlic

roast pork loin rosemary with garlic imageINGREDIENTS:
• 8 garlic cloves
• ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 four-pound boneless pork loin
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cups dry white wine

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 400° F. Finely chop garlic and rosemary with ½ teaspoon salt on a cutting board. Holding knife at an angle, drag blade over mixture until a coarse paste forms. Transfer paste to a small bowl and mix in oil.
• Place pork, fat side down, on another cutting board with a short end toward you. Holding a sharp knife parallel to board and about ½ inch up side of loin, make an incision along entire length of one side. Continue cutting, lifting meat with your free hand as you go, until loin is open and flat (or ask butcher for butterfly cut). Spread garlic mixture over inside of loin and season with salt and pepper. Roll pork tightly; using kitchen twine, tie at 1 inch intervals.
•Season pork with salt and pepper; place, fat side up, in a large shallow baking dish. Add wine; roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of loin registers 145° F, 1 ½ –2 hours. Transfer to a carving board; let rest at least 10 minutes.
• Spoon fat from surface of pan juices; discard. Slice pork; serve with pan juices.
PREPARE AHEAD: Pork can be stuffed and tied 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before roasting. Recipe courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli Canteen in Solomeo, Italy via Bonappétit.com. © Photo by Julian Broad.

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Speziale Rosso
Calabria, Italy

The site of the Santa Venere estate is a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, and it is named after the stream of the same name that flows through the estate. Grapes here have always been cultivated in accordance with the strict dictates of organic agriculture, respecting the soil’s natural resources, characteristics and biodiversity. In the past, Marsigliana Nera grapes were frequently confused with Greco Nero (Black Greek), which is also harvested in Calabria. Grapes grown from the vineyard Speziale were harvested within the first ten days of September. Maturation was in stainless steel tanks for five months and in the bottle for two months.

Riccaro Cotarella winemaker“This purplish red wine is made from an ancient Calabria grape variety, Marsigliana Nera, and its crisp mouthfeel makes it ideal with shellfish and seafood, and also as a pre-dinner drink. Drink cold at a temperature of 55 degrees”. – Riccardo Cotarella, winemaker

Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Appellation: Calabria, Italy
Varietal Blend:  100% Marsigliana Nera
Analysis: 12.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

August Wine Club pairing recipe

Hazelnut CakeTorta di Nocciole (Hazelnut Cake)

INGREDIENTS:
• 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted; OR 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil (see NOTES)
• 2 ¼ cups toasted, skinned hazelnuts, cooled (see NOTES)
• ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 packet lievito pane degli angeli or 2 teaspoons baking powder (see NOTES)
• 4 eggs, separated
• 1 cup sugar
• Pinch of fine salt
• Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
• Warm heavy cream sweetened with sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
• Heat the oven to 350℉. Coat a 9-inch cake pan with about 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Place a round of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan and coat the parchment with butter. Set the remaining melted butter aside.
• Process the cooled toasted hazelnuts in a food processor fitted with the metal blade until they are finely ground. Take care not to let them get pasty. Transfer them to a bowl and stir in the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. The mixture will be very thick and cling to the whisk. Drizzle in the remaining melted butter (or melted butter and hazelnut oil, if using), a little at a time, whisking until the butter has been fully incorporated.
• Using a sturdy silicone spatula, stir the hazelnut-flour mixture into the egg yolk-butter mixture. It will be as thick as nut paste. This is fine.
• In a clean, stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Scoop about ½ of the egg whites into the bowl with the nut paste mixture and begin stirring and folding it in with the spatula. This will help to loosen the batter a bit. Add half of the remaining egg whites, folding rather than stirring them into the batter to prevent them from deflating too much (the batter will still be thick and sticky). Finally, add the last of the whites and continue folding until they are incorporated into the batter. The batter will be thick but spreadable. Scrape it into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
• Bake the cake for 40 – 45 minutes, until puffed and browned on top and the center is no longer jiggling (a cake tester inserted in the center should come out clean). Be careful not to jostle the cake when you’re checking for doneness.  Transfer the cake to a cooling rack,in the pan for 30 minutes. Invert the cake onto a plate and peel off the parchment. Re-invert and let cool completely. Serve dusted with confectioners’ sugar and with warm sweetened cream for drizzling.
NOTES:  Hazelnut oil is not cheap, but an optional splurge to enhance the nut flavor of the cake.  To toast and skin hazelnuts: Heat the oven to 350℉. Spread the shelled nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, or until the skins have begun to crack. Wrap the hot nuts in a clean kitchen towel and let stand 1 minute. Roll the nuts back and forth in the towel to loosen and rub off the skins. Not all the skins will come off, which is fine. Let cool before processing. Lievito pane degli angeli is a vanilla-scented powdered leavening agent used in Italian baking. It’s sold in packets and found in most Italian groceries. You can substitute 2 teaspoons baking powder.

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Luca Bosio Vineyard
Barbera D’Alba
Piedmont, Italy

In the center of the Langhe, among the hills celebrated in Cesare Pavese’s poems, you can find Luca Bosio Vineyards winery, in a world where technology and rural tradition coexist. Egidio was the founder of the Bosio’s farm, father of the owner Valter, profound expert of the wines of that zone.  The grapes from this wine come from vineyards located in Santo Stefano Belbo and Alba Villages.  The average age of the vines is 40 years.  Grapes are pressed and the must is fermented in steel  tanks after a short period in contact with dry ice to increase complexity and aroma.  This wine is a perfect accompaniment to read meats, braised beef and pork, as well as an array of Italian cheeses, pastas and risotto.

Luca Bosio, winemaker

Luca Bosio, winemaker

“Ruby red in color, this Barbera exhibits aromas of red fruit chocolate and vanilla.  The aromas follow through the round and smooth palate. A well integrated wine with silky tannins leading to a smooth finish.” – Luca Bosio, winemaker

Winemaker: Luca Bosio
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal Blend:  100% Barbera
Analysis: 14% alcohol / volume, 3.5 pH, 5.5 g/l TA
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine