Saturday, November 28, 2015

5 Wine Gifts for Dog & Cat Lovers #Wine #Gifts

These Gifts are for the #Winelover & #Petlover in You

Plain and simple, if you love wine and love your dog and/or cat, then read on.

There's no denying that our pets are a big part of our lives. Wine is also a big part of our lives. I think most of us are familiar with the infamous explanation, "It's not drinking alone if the dog (or cat) is home."  In some households, this refers to the dog and cat...and the fish and birds.  In any case, our pets are our partners.  They are always there, faithfully standing by us and supporting us.  We love them!

Here is a curated list for the #catlover, #doglover AND #winelover.

1. Playful Pup Bottle Holder -$34 This playful yellow lab is simply adorable and will get everyone's attention.  It holds one standard wine bottle in its mouth while it balances on its back. This is also available as a black lab/retriever.


2. Klutzy Kitten Bottle Holder-$34 This wine bottle holder reflects the clever, klutzy and adorable nature of kittens and cats.This one is no different, and it holds a standard sized wine bottle.  

3. Corky the Cork Dog Cage-$32 Corky provides a great way for doglovers to store and display their cork collection.  It can also hold a standard size wine bottle inside the dog.

4. Personalized Wine Barrel Pet Bed-$425 This pet bed is handcrafted from reclaimed white oak wine barrels.  It includes a lift up storage compartment for toys and treats.  This personalized bed is also available in a smaller size for smaller dogs and/or cats. ($200)

5. Rustic Pig Cheese Board-$19.99 Well, no, this little piggy is not a dog or cat, but he delights animal lovers nonetheless.  This pig is made from beautiful acacia wood and serves as a cutting or serving board. With rustic elegant character, this board is a lovely addition to any kitchen and wine tasting!


With these gifts, you can cater to your love for wine and pets!

For more gift ideas, please see the following posts:

5 Wine Gifts For HER
5 Wine Gifts for HIM
10 Gifts to Wow the Winelover in Your Life

Do you have a favorite wine gift item to give at holidays?

About The Wining Hour

The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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5 Wine Gifts for HIM #Wine #Gifts

Gifts for Guys Who Love Wine 


Let's begin by saying that although this is entitled "Gifts for HIM," these are gifts that SHE may enjoy as well...and there's nothing wrong with that.

Now, have you been in a position where you just don't know what to get him?  Well, we have put together a small list of things that would be great ideas for the guy who loves wine.  We also included some things to consider when shopping for gifts.

Here is The Wining Hour's Criteria to employ when gift-shopping:

1. Need-Ask yourself, What does this person need?  What do they need, but don't have?
2. Want-Ask yourself, What does this person want?  What have they been mentioning?
3. Tastes-Ask yourself, What does this person like? What matches their personality, interest, hobby?
4. Decor-Ask yourself, What would go with their decor?  Which color, which theme, which style?
5. Novelty-Ask yourself, Is this item unique? or Is this something I can just find anywhere?

Using that criteria, we have curated 5 wine items that will make great gifts for guys who loves wine. These items, which will suit a range of budgets and are not in any particular order, are what many people need and/or want, suits their tastes and decor and are unique:

1. 3 Bottle Wine Tote-$35 This carrying bag has a reinforced handle and an adjustable shoulder strap. It can safely transport 3 bottles of wine, as it is made of durable canvas.

2. Premium Wine Accessory Set (4 pc.)-$37.99 This accessory set has the finest wine accessories including a cherry wood finish corkscrew, bottle stopper, drip ring and wine thermometer, all in a fine wood gift box.


3. Gear Shift Bottle Stopper-$17.99 This wine stopper allows you to preserve your wine in style. Made from wood and metal, this classically designed item is a perfect gift for anyone who loves cars and novelty wine items.

4. Knightsbridge Leather Flask-$24.99 This 6 oz. flask is crafted from high quality leather and makes a nice gift for the discerning man or woman.  


5. Golf Caddy Cheese Board-$60 The Golf Caddy Cutting Board and Tool Set is shaped like a golf bag and holds three brushed stainless steel cheese tools to mimic golf clubs. It also includes three wine tools. The Caddy is a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves wine and enjoys golf.  It's definitely a conversation piece.


For more gift ideas, please see the following posts:

5 Wine Gifts For HER
5 Wine Gifts for Dog and Cat Lovers
10 Gifts to Wow the Winelover in Your Life


Do you have a favorite wine gift item to give at holidays?

About The Wining Hour

The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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5 #Wine Gifts for HER #Wine #Gifts

Gifts for Women Who Love Wine

Ladies, ladies, ladies...we probably don't really need this article, but, just in case, we're going to post it anyway. We have all been in a situation where we need to buy a gift for a fellow winelover woman, and we were unsure of what to buy.  Do we get her favorite bottle?  A case? Tickets to a wine event? Decisions, decisions.  What do you buy a woman who loves wine?

We have posted some ideas to help you with those decisions and to get you started.  Here is a small list of things that would be ideal for the woman who loves wine.  Below, you will also find some things to take into consideration when shopping for gifts in general.

Here is The Wining Hour's Criteria to employ when gift-shopping:

1. Need-Ask yourself, What does this person need?  What do they need, but don't have?
2. Want-Ask yourself, What does this person want?  What have they been mentioning?
3. Tastes-Ask yourself, What does this person like? What matches their personality, interest, hobby?
4. Decor-Ask yourself, What would go with their decor?  Which color, which theme, which style?
5. Novelty-Ask yourself, Is this item unique? or Is this something I can just find anywhere?

Using that criteria, we have curated 5 wine items that will make great gifts for women who love wine. These items, which will suit a range of budgets and are not in any particular order, are what many people need and/or want, suits their tastes and decor and are unique:

1. Stiletto Wine Bottle Holder-$28 This lust red sequin stiletto shoe bottle holder shows you are a fashionista as well as a wine lover. It is also available in black ($25), as shown in the photo. They both hold standard sized wine bottles.

2. Cork Cage Handbag -$28 What lady doesn't like a good handbag? Display and store your cork collection in something uniquely stylish and fun!


3. Wine Flight Tasting Set-$25 These delightful mini-decanters have the classic decanter shape, a wide base and flared opening.  They are just the thing for sharing with your friends. Each decanter is designed to hold 250ml. The white ceramic tray holds and carries all 3 decanters.


4. Napa Wine Soaps (Boxed Set of 3)-$30 This soaps smell absolutely delicious and will delight your senses like no other! Featuring 3 fragrant bar soaps with thick and creamy suds, this gift set is perfect for your kitchen or bathroom.  Handmade in Napa, each bar is poured and wrapped in flower petal paper and tied with a ribbon. Each set includes 3 6-oz. bars of the following (red wine) fragrances: Clean-O Noir, Cabernet Soapignon and Figs & Zinfandel.  They are made with grapeseed oil and wine (an antioxidant), and beautifully presented in a wooden gift box.  Note: These soaps are also available in a white wine boxed set, a set of 6 and sold individually. Priced accordingly.


5. Vinturi Aerator and Tower Set-$60 Vinturi delivers perfect aeration and the elegant Red Wine Tower cradles complements Vinturi aerators and accents any table, counter-top, or home bar. This is not only a great gift, it's a stylish and economical gift for red wine drinkers.

BonusZinZig Wine Tasting and Trivia Game-$37.99 
If you like wine, this game is for you.  Not only is it fun, but it is also informative.  You will certainly be the life of the party or any social gathering with this wine game. This game includes: 6 winemaker pieces, 3 bottle covers for the blind wine tasting, a wine tasting guide, 9 winery deeds, 250 trivia cards, 50 blind wine tasting cards, and one die. This was also featured in 10 Gifts to Wow the Winelover in Your Life, but it would certainly make for a fun gathering for the girls or Ladies Night get-together.

For more gift ideas, please see the following posts:

5 Wine Gifts For HIM
5 Wine Gifts for Dog and Cat Lovers
10 Gifts to Wow the Winelover in Your Life


Do you have a favorite wine gift item to give at holidays?

About The Wining Hour

The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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Friday, November 27, 2015

10 Gifts to Wow the #WineLover In Your Life #Gifts

Top 10 Gifts Ideas for Wine Lovers

Barrel Stave Wine Bottle Holder
Shopping for yourself means different things to different people.  According to one of my colleagues, "Shopping is my god-given right...It's what I deserve!"  To others, shopping for themselves can be like work. This is only magnified when it is time to shop for someone else and you have to discern their likes and/or dislikes. What if the person you're shopping for happens to be a wine lover? What would a wine lover want? What would a wine lover need?  Is there anything else, other than wine that would make a nice gift?

Drum roll, please....

Relax, you do not have to face this dilemma alone...We are here to help lessen the stress of having to shop for both yourself AND for others.  There are certain things that shoppers need to consider.  We have provided some basic questions to help you get started and we've also curated a great gift list.

Here is The Wining Hour's Criteria to employ when gift-shopping:

1. Need-Ask yourself, What does this person need?  What do they need, but don't have?
2. Want-Ask yourself, What does this person want?  What have they been mentioning?
3. Tastes-Ask yourself, What does this person like? What matches their personality, interest, hobby?
4. Decor-Ask yourself, What would go with their decor?  Which color, which theme, which style?
5. Novelty-Ask yourself, Is this item unique? or Is this something I can just find anywhere?

Using that criteria, we have curated 10 wine items that will make great gifts for someone who loves wine. These items, which will suit a range of budgets and are not in any particular order, are what many people need and/or want, suits their tastes and decor and are unique:


1. ZinZig Wine Tasting and Trivia Game-$37.99 If you like wine, this game is for you.  Not only is it fun, but it is also informative.  You will certainly be the life of the party or any social gathering with this wine game. This game includes: 6 winemaker pieces, 3 bottle covers for the blind wine tasting, a wine tasting guide, 9 winery deeds, 250 trivia cards, 50 blind wine tasting cards, and one die. 



2. Riedel Bliss Decanter-$190 The Bliss Decanter is handmade and mouth-blown of 24% lead crystal by the renowned Riedel master Glass makers, making each decanter a unique work of art. This decanter makes the list of the Top 7 Decanters In the World as curated by @SocialVignerons.



3. Wine Gift Baskets-$-$$$ Wine gift baskets are always a good choice.  Plain and simple, who doesn't want a basket full of all kinds of treats and goodness, that may have 1-4 bottles of wine and/or champagne???? 



4. Wine Barrel Cork Cage-$25 The Wine Barrel Cork Cage is both a creative and memorable solution for your cork collection. It is crafted from metal with multi-colored glass accents.  Not only will this cork cage hold your corks, but it can also display a bottle of wine! There are other cork storage options too.


5. Wine Enthusiast Wine Cooler-$270 This wine refrigerator allows you to store and serve your wine from 2 separate zones! This thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler, which can hold up to 18 bottles, protects the taste of both reds and whites. It has a convenient touchscreen temperature control and a reflective
smoked-glass door.

6.  Half Barrel Wine Bottle Rack-$525 This wine rack is hand-made in the USA from reclaimed oak wine barrels.  The shelves are removable for additional storage capacity. Using 1 shelf, each rack holds up to 32 bottles, and using 2 shelves, each rack holds up to 27 bottles. These are also sold in sets of 3.

7.  The Wine Check Bag-$69.99 This is THE gift for anyone who loves travel and wine.  The Wine Check Bag is really a wine travel suitcase that enables you to safely and efficiently check your wine in stead of having to ship it home. The Wine Check can hold 12 bottles and it stays under the 50 lb. airline weight limit for luggage! The Wine Check is collapsible and reusable, so you can store it and use it whenever you want to take wine with you.

8.  Cellini Red Wine Glasses-$40.99 Beautiful 12.oz red wine glasses that would decorate and liven up any table. These are also available stemless.

9.  Chill Deluxe Cooling Pour Spout-$27.99 This cooling pour spout allows you to cool, pour & preserve your wine with ease. It is stored in the freezer until you are ready to chill your wine and placed in your wine bottle when you want it chilled. Voila! Additional chiller sticks can be found at: http://bit.ly/1Q2UKpB


10. Coravin Wine Access System-$299 Coravin allows you to

taste your wine, while preserving it for a later date.  Taste your 
favorite wine without pulling the cork and opening the bottle. 

Although we are featuring these items, there are many other items that would make great gift choices.

For more wine gift ideas, see the following articles:

5 Wine Gifts for HIM
5 Wine Gifts for HER
5 Gifts for Dog and Cat Lovers

Do you have a favorite wine gift item to give at holidays?

About The Wining Hour
The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Great #Carmenere Caper #Wine

Celebrate World #CarmenereDay

 


Carménère, originally from Bordeaux, was thought to have disappeared.  Although it was thought to have been Merlot and mistaken for about 21 years, Carménère has made a comeback! Carménère, which gets its name from the French word carmin, actually means 'crimson,' due to its deep reddish color.  The grape is a dark, deep purple colored grape varietal that has been rediscovered in Chile, and is, in fact, the largest produced by volume in Chile.  Carménère produces a dry red wine, rich in berry fruits and spice and is often used to blend with other wines. 


Carménère was featured as the selection for the #wininghourchat on 11/24, which happened to fall on #CarmenereDay.  The chat group was honored to have Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile) participate and share some insights on Carménère's history, characteristics and pairings. 

The Wining Hour Selection:
To celebrate World Carménère Day, we choose a 2011 Primus Carménère from Colchagua, Chile. Colchagua is one of South America's most promising wine regions, as it is home to Chile's top red wines.  The Primus Carménère was dark crimson, almost purple to the eye, like black licorice, tobacco and peppery chocolate to the nose and earthy, dark chocolate covered plums on the palate. It was smooth with a moderate finish.  Although we have not had lots of experience with Carménère in the past, the Primus Carménère had a distinctive, balanced taste.  

Carménère pairs well with smoked and grilled meats.  This one was sipped alongside a grilled steak.  While it was decent, I think it would actually have paired better with pork or even alone.  Exploring other pairing options is on the agenda for my next Carménère.  This particular one needed to be decanted to open up the flavor, and we did so for about an hour.  This wine had 14.5% alcohol level by volumn, and made for a nice relaxing #CarménèreDay.

To learn more about Carmenere, visit:

*Wines of Chile

*Wine For Normal People

It is clear to see that Carménère has certainly made a comeback and is here to stay!
Have you tasted Carménère? What was your experience?

About The Wining Hour
The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hooray for Tempranillo Day! #Wine

Nae to Temperance and Yea to #Tempranillo!


The Temperance movement of the 1800’s, which was an effort to prohibit the drinking of alcohol, is long gone!  Today, we can partake of a variety of alcoholic drinks, from rum, gin and whiskey to hard cider, beer and wine-wine like Tempranillo!  In fact, there are days set aside to celebrate many wines.  The second Thursday in November is annually observed as International Tempranillo Day.



Tempranillo grapes have been around for many years, possibly since the 17th century. Tempranillo is a black grape variety native to Spain.   Its name is derived from the Spanish “temprano,” which means early, as this grape tend to ripen earlier than many other Spanish grapes.  Although native to Spain, the grape is also planted throughout South and Central America, Australia and other regions across the world.  The Tempranillo grape is the main grape used in Rioja.  Due to its neutral profile, it is often blended with other grape varieties like Grenache and Carignan, as well as Tinto Roriz and Aragonez in Portugal.  


The Wining Hour Selection:
We certainly enjoy this Spanish wine, and to celebrate #TempranilloDay, we chose a 2006 Castillo Roquero Tempranillo Reserva from Valdepenas Spain.  The wine was a medium ruby to the eye, and a smelled of ripe berries and vanilla.  Roquero Tempranillo was pretty smooth, with coconut, vanilla, mild spice and berries on the palate. The flavor opened quickly and was well-balanced.   We paired this wine with ribs. However, Tempranillo will pair well with most pork or lamb dishes, whether its chops, stewed or roasted. It can also be enjoyed alone.  It was interesting to learn that this particular Tempranillo was aged in oak barrels for 5 years, and is known by the name, Cencibel, to the locals.

Moreover, this wine was made by a female winemaker, Pamela Geddes, which is always of interest to me.  Castillo Roquero Tempranillo Reserva is a good, easy to drink table wine.

The Tapas Society organized the first Tempranillo Day celebration and provides many suggestions for pairing and celebrating this Spanish wine.

Based on that, we say, “Nae to Temperance and Yea to Tempranillo.”  Horray for #TempranilloDay!

How did you celebrate #TempranilloDay?

About The Wining Hour
The Wining Hour writes about wine, Italy and global travel.  The Wining Hour boutique caters to wine-lovers across the globe by offering all wine-related items.  The Wining Hour markets unique wine décor and furnishings, accessories, glassware, barware, wine racks, storage and cooling options, games, gifts and more. The Wining Hour also hosts #wininghourchat on Twitter (@wininghourchat) on Tuesday's at 9 p.m. EST.(For more, see links at the top of this page)

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Calabria & Cirò Rosso with Luigi, "The Handyman" #Wine #Travel

Words & Wine with Luigi 


Even though I have traveled to Italy many times, I have not spent a lot of time in the southern part of the boot-shaped peninsula.  In an effort to get more acquainted with some of the southern regions, I decided to meet up with the Calabrian Luigi "The Handyman."  Now, if you don't know Luigi, you should.  He is known for his role with the Gotti Family in the television reality show, "Growing up Gotti." He was also in the 2014 "Growing Up Gotti: Ten Years Later" anniversary special. However, to me, he is known as a neighbor, a friend, a paisan, and actually a "handyman!" While we have had drinks and shared a meal several times before, this time was different. We wined and dined at one of our favorite neighborhood spots, Wild Honey, where I wanted him to reflect on his hometown and share with me what he deemed special about Calabria.

Tropea, Calabria
Luigi, born Francesco 'Luigi' Tridico, grew up in a town called Cirò. Cirò Marina is a coastal town in the province of Crotone, in Calabria Italy.  Cirò is famous for its wine of the same name. Luigi lived there for 13. Before coming to the U.S. in the 60's, he also lived in Milan for a short time.  When asked about his hometown, Cirò, his face lit up as he spoke affectionately about the "goodness of the Calabrian people, despite it being a tourist town."  That same "goodness" applies to Luigi.  He is very warm, easy to talk to and genuine. However, he also had fond memories and praise for the beautiful beaches.  
La Sila

As I have a love affair with Italy and intend to visit Calabria soon, I inquired about the things I must see when I visit.  He said there are many things to see, including the Duomo, of course.  Luigi ranted and raved about the stunning beaches of Tropea and he also spoke highly about the marvelous mountainous and historic region, La Sila.  Between the way of life, the people, the beaches, the wine and the food, Calabria is certainly a place to visit.

While Luigi and I speak about wine all the time, including Cirò, I had not had the opportunity to taste it until this point.   Interestingly, Calabria does not produce any DOCG wines.  Instead, it has 12 DOC regions.  Only a small percentage (4%) of the yearly production is classified as DOC wine. Cirò, Calabria's star DOC wine, is made from the indigenous Gaglioppo grape.  Cirò is produced as a bianco (white), rosato (rosè) and rosso (red), which is the one that has the most acclaim.   Cirò Rosso must be made with at least 95% of the wine using Gaglioppo grapes.  The remaining 5% can be Trebbiano Tuscano or Greco Bianco grapes. There are five additional designations for Cirò Rosso: Classico, Superiore, Classico Superiore, Reserva, and Classico Riserva.  The Riserva must be aged for at least 24 months.

Luigi expressed to me that, when he thinks of Cirò, he thinks of "the place where I was born, my motherland and for me, there is no place better than that."  The wine reminds him of his town and the quality of life in Calabria.  

The Wining Hour Selection: Cirò
As we were discussing Calabria, it was only fitting that we sip on a glass of Calabrian Cirò. We tasted a 2010 Casa Vinicola Criserà Cirò Rosso.  We paired this Cirò with traditional Italian antipasto consisting of salumi, formaggio, olives and bread. This wine was ruby red in appearance and had a pleasant, warm, spicy bouquet. There was a slight tannic taste with hints of liquorice on the palate. This wine was very tasty and could certainly hold its own with meat and game dishes.  For me, this wine was a surprise, as it is not one that you hear about too often.  However, for Luigi, it was just what he expected of his hometown wine.  He described it as "a little rich and tasty, delicate, a little sweet, but balanced. The perfect table wine. Cirò is better for me." Giovanni, who works with The Wining Hour, also enjoyed the wine. Although a native of another southern Italian region, Sicily, this was his first encounter with Cirò. He referred to it as a "delicious surprise."  So we liked it, and it was clear to see why Luigi likes it.

I suppose, on one of my next jaunts to Italy, I have to spend some time in Calabria.  At the very least, I will have to buy more Cirò.

Have you ever been to Calabria?  What was notable to you? Have you tasted Cirò?

Watch our Words and Wine video about Calabria & Cirò (In Italian) :  

*Special thanks to Rob and the staff at Wild Honey, Oyster Bay NY.

Per leggere in Italiano, vedere Calabria e Ciro con Luigi, "Il Tuttofare"

Also, read our other post about exploring Calabria's beaches at Sun, Sea and Ciro Bianco.

About The Wining Hour
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Calabria e Cirò Rosso con Luigi, "Il Tuttofare" #Vino #Viaggare

Vino e Parole con Luigi Calabresi  

Anche se ho viaggiato in Italia molte volte, non ho speso un sacco di tempo nella parte meridionale della penisola a forma di stivale.  Nel tentativo di ottenere più conoscenza con alcune delle regioni del sud, ho deciso di incontrarsi con il Luigi Calabresi "Il tuttofare".  Ora, se non sai Luigi, si dovrebbe.  Egli è conosciuto per il suo ruolo con la famiglia di Gotti al reality show televisivo Americano, "Growing up Gotti". Luigi era anche nel 2014 "Growing Up Gotti: 10 Years Later" anniversario speciale. Tuttavia, per me, e un vicino, un amico, un Paisà e in realtà un "tuttofare"! Mentre abbiamo avuto un drink e condiviso un pasto più volte prima, questa volta era diverso. Abbiamo bevuto e mangiato in uno dei nostri punti di quartiere preferito, Wild Honey, dove volevo che lui a riflettere sulla sua città natale e condividere con me ciò che egli considera speciale in Calabria.


Tropea, Calabria
Luigi, nato Francesco 'Luigi' Tridico, cresciuto in una città chiamata Cirò. Cirò Marina è una città costiera della provincia di Crotone, in Calabria Italia. Cirò è famosa per il suo vino dello stesso nome. Luigi vissuto lì per 13. Prima di venire negli Stati Uniti negli anni 60, ha anche vissuto a Milano per un breve periodo.  Interrogato sulla sua città natale, Cirò, suo volto illuminato come ha parlato affettuosamente "la bontà del popolo Calabrese, pur essendo una città turistica". Quella stessa "bontà" si applica a Luigi.  Egli è molto calda, facile parlare e genuina. Tuttavia, inoltre ha avuto bei ricordi e lode per le bellissime spiagge.  

La Sila
Come ho già una storia d'amore con l'Italia e intende visitare Calabria presto, ho domandato circa le cose che devo vedere durante la mia visita. Disse che ci sono molte cose da vedere, tra cui il Duomo, naturalmente. Luigi inveito e raved circa le meravigliose spiagge di Tropea e ha anche parlato molto della meravigliosa regione montagnosa e storica, La Sila.  Tra il modo di vita, le persone, le spiagge, il vino e il cibo, la Calabria è certamente un posto da visitare.


Mentre io e Luigi parlare di vino tutto il tempo, tra cui Cirò, io non avevo avuto l'opportunità di assaggiarlo fino a questo punto.   È interessante notare che, Calabria non produce alcun vini DOCG. Invece, ha 12 regioni DOC.  Solo una piccola percentuale (4%) della produzione annua è classificata come vino DOC. Vino DOC stella di Cirò, Calabria, è fatto da uve Gaglioppo indigene.  Cirò è prodotto come un bianco (bianco), rosato (rosato) e rosso (rosso), che è quello che ha il maggior parte dei consensi.   Cirò Rosso devono essere effettuata con almeno il 95% del vino con uve Gaglioppo.  Il restante 5% può essere uve Trebbiano Tuscano o Greco Bianco. Ci sono cinque ulteriori indicazioni per Cirò Rosso: Classico, Superiore, Classico Superiore, riserva e Classico Riserva.  La Riserva deve essere invecchiato per almeno 24 mesi.

Luigi espresso a me che, quando pensa di Cirò, pensa a "il posto dove sono nata, mia patria e per me, non c'è nessun posto migliore di quello."  Il vino gli ricorda della sua città e la qualità della vita in Calabria.    

The Wining Hour Selezione: Cirò

Come stavamo discutendo Calabria, era giusto che noi sorseggiare un bicchiere di Cirò Calabrese. Abbiamo assaggiato un 2010 Casa Vinicola Criserà Cirò Rosso. Abbiamo abbinato questo Cirò con tradizionale Italiano antipasto composto da salumi, formaggio, olive e pane. Questo vino era in apparenza rosso rubino e aveva un bouquet piacevole, caldo e piccante. C'era un lieve gusto tannico con sentori di liquirizia al palato. Questo vino era molto gustoso e sicuramente potrebbe tenere il propria con carne e piatti di selvaggina.  Per me, questo vino è stata una sorpresa, perche non si tratta di uno che si sente parlare troppo spesso.  Tuttavia, per Luigi, è stato solo ciò che si aspettava di vino della sua città natale.  La descrisse come "un po' ricco e gustoso, delicato, un po' dolce, ma equilibrato. Il vino da tavola perfetto. Cirò è meglio per me." Giovanni, che lavora con The Wining Hour, apprezzato anche il vino. Sebbene un nativo di un'altra regione Italiana meridionale, la Sicilia, questo è stato il suo primo incontro con Cirò. Ha chiamato il vino "una sorpresa deliziosa."  Così ci è piaciuto, ed era chiaro a vedere perché Luigi piace.  

Suppongo, su uno dei miei prossime gite in Italia, ho dovuto trascorrere qualche tempo in Calabria.  

Almeno, dovrò acquistare ulteriori Cirò.  Sei mai stato in Calabria?  Che cosa era notevole a voi? Hai assaggiato il Cirò? 

Guarda il nostro "Vino e Parole con Luigi Calabresi" video di Calabria e Cirò:

*Ringraziamento speciale a Rob e il personale al Wild Honey, Oyster Bay NY

Per leggere in Inglese, vedere Calabria & Ciro with Luigi, "The Handyman"

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Valle d'Aosta Petit Rouge and Fontina #Wine #Travel

Valdostana Wine & Cheese Pairing


For November, the #ItalianFWT group explored Valle d’Aosta.  Valle d’Aosta is one of the smallest regions in Italy.  The beautiful, green, landscaped region is located above Piedmont in Northwestern Italy and borders the Rhone Alps, France and Valais, Switzerland.  It’s the one region in Italy where both Italian and French are official languages.  The mountains in this alpine territory include Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Matterhorn. Valle d’Aosta is known for several things, one of which its beautiful ski resorts.  The region is also known for having the first national park in Italy, Parco del Gran Paradiso.


Tegole Valdostana
Valle d'Aosta Gastronomy
Considering its neighbors, Aostan food and culture is influenced by France and Switzerland.  The cuisine is characterized by soups, stews, polenta, pork and other game meats.  Some area specialties are Carbonada (beef stew with wine and spices), Tegole Valdostana (biscuits or cookies made with hazelnuts, almonds and vanilla) and Caffe Alla Valdostana  (made with coffee, grappa, sugar and lemon and orange rinds).


Valle d’Aosta produces several formaggi or cheeses, such as the famous Fontina, Fromadzo, Reblec, Brossa, Salignon, Gressoney Toma, Seras, as well as goat cheeses, butter and milk.  Fontina, the Aostan star, is made from the unpasteurized milk of the Valdostan grass-fed cows.  It is usually obtained during the summer months, when the cows travel to the highest elevation in the region (1800-2300 ft).  Fontina has been given the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) geographical status by the European Union. Fontina is the main ingredient in another typical dish, fonduta. Fonduta or Italian fondue is made using fontina, eggs, cream and butter.  Valle d'Aosta is also home to several salume, or typical cured meats.  Some of their cured meats are Motzetta/Motsetta (Mocetta in Italian),  Jambon (ham, Lard, Saouseusse, Teuteun and Boudin (sausages).

The Aostan wine region produces over 25 types of wine, all of which have DOC (Denominazioni di Origine Controllata) status.  Currently, the D.O.C "Valle d'Aosta - Vallée d'Aoste" has 7 subdenominations by area and 19 sub-denominations by grape variety.  Choices, choices, choices! There is something for every palate in Valle d'Aosta-from reds and whites to rose and sparkling. Any wine lover visiting this region is encouraged to visit Route des Vins, the wine trail/route through vineyards and cellars in the Aostan region.

The Wining Hour's Wine & Cheese Pairing:

Our wine selection was a 2012 Maisen Anselmet Valle d’Aosta Petit Rouge.  This red wine was made from 100% Petit Rouge indigenous grapes and consisted of 12.5% alcohol by volume. It was aged 6-7 months in stainless steel and was a vivid ruby in color. There were floral notes, as well as cherry and blackberry fruit flavors.  This wine had soft tannins and was medium balanced.

We paired this Petit Rouge wine with an antipasto platter consisting of olives, cheese and cured meats.  The cheese, of course, was fontina.  Fontina cheese has small holes, is smooth, buttery, creamy, semi-hard and has a natural tan-orange or brown rind color. It did not disappoint. In fact, this cheese was absolutely delicious! It literally melted in my mouth and tasted even better with the wine. Fontina pairs well with bread, fruit, salami and other cured meats, and of course, vino. This cheese will certainly be on my regular grocery list, as I'd like to see how it pairs with other wines and use it in cooking.

We continued tasting the Petit Rouge with olives and some mocetta.  Mocetta is another Italian cured meat, and it can be beef, venison or wild boar.  We went with a beef mocetta.  It looked and tasted similar to prosciutto. Overall, the Aostan wine and cheese (antipasto) pairing was a match made in heaven!

I certainly enjoyed traveling north to the Valle d'Aosta region.  Did you?  Please feel free to leave comment.

Want more?

Join us Saturday November 7th where our blogging group shares our experiences on the food, wine and travel to this region.  A live chat will be held Saturday November 7th at 11am on Twitter at #ItalianFWT and we'd love to hear from you.

Here are the highlights:

Vino Travels – Swept away to the Alpine region of the Valle d'Aosta
Culinary Adventures with Camilla - Pluot-Glazed Duck Legs and Les Cretes Torrette 2011
Rockin Red Blog - Over the Hills and Far Away
Enofylz Wine Blog - Veal Ribs with Fontina with Valle d'Aosta Torrette Superieur #ItalianFWT
Cooking Chat - Ziti with Kale Pesto and Roasted Broccoli
Food Wine Click - They Sure Love Fontina in the Valle d'Aosta
Confessions of a Culinary Diva - Valle d'Aosta Fonduta & Wine
The Wining Hour- Valle d'Aosta Petit Rouge & Fontina


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