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Cool wines for a hot summer day in New Jersey: Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto D’Alba

It’s summertime and I need something cool to drink. My husband always warns me about drinking in my office, but there is so much wine to taste and write about that sometimes I just can’t help myself(LOL)

Summer is upon us in New Jersey, it’s time to lighten up on the heavier wines and enjoy some refreshing  reds and whites. I headed for The Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d’Alba.  Just absolutely gorgeous in the glass. Great deep red color.  Not big on the bouquet, faint aroma of cherry and some violet, but just a great looker and feeler in the mouth.Light tannins, not overpowering and great with a light pasta dish. Had it the next day ( in my office) and it opened up even more (LOL)

My personal list of summertime wines to enjoy while taking in the heat in New Jersey. All wines should be priced for < $20.00

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Sonoma County-light and refreshing with aromas of dark fruit. Pair w/ grilled salmon.

Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti– Medium bodied red with great floral notes. Can serve slightly chilled and still great with a pizza or light pasta dish.

Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto D’Alba 2008. Lovely, scrumptious, light and refreshing. Great with pizza or light pasta dish.

Priavano Dolcetto D’Alba 2005. Nice depth and aroma for a summertime wine. Again, great with pasta or pizza

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008. Grapefruit and grass. Light and refreshing. great with shellfish.

Enjoy

-Cheers!

-Adrienne

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Thirsty Thursday-A light red for the summer-Dolcetto D’Alba Priavino

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Think lighter reds for the summer

Light red wine for the summer? When the heat of the sun makes you think twice about a good old Cabernet Sauvignon, it may be time to look towards something a little bit lighter and refreshing. Think about an Italian red; Dolcetto. The Dolcetto grape may be considered one of the workhorse grapes of the Piedmont area. Dolcetto wines are lighter in body with some nice tannins and literally mean “little sweet one”. Some may even chill this wine. The Italians think of Dolcetto as an everyday wine that goes well with grilled pizza and light pasta dishes

The Dolcetto D’Alba Priavino 2005 is produced by Roberto Voerzio and has a wonderful deep ruby color in the glass. In the glass,the bouquet had chocolate, cherries and other black fruits. The tannins were soft with nice refreshing complexity and a medium finish. -90 points IWC.

The day I had this Dolcetto the temperature in my backyard was a modest 95 degrees. The sun was blazing but yet my other half and I had to eat dinner and opted for a grilled pizza which I bought from a local Italian chain restaurant.

The Dolcetto was opened approximately 1hr before we feasted on our pizza. Great, delightful bouquet with a nice finish. Went perfectly with our grilled pizza of roasted tomatoes and goat cheese.

Would I buy this wine again? You bet your dollar, though at $20 some may not think this as an everyday wine. Whatever floats your boat! Cheers and Tweets, Adrienne

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Sexy Wines & Food as a Centerpiece

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Black Truffle 'Deviled' Eggs

Pairing a wine with any ingredient is greatly dependent on personal taste, and the particular type of dish prepared. If truffles are the centerpiece, go for a hearty, rustic red, and you can’t go wrong with vintages from truffle-producing regions.

Earthy, full bodies red wines are an excellent match to truffles and truffle dishes. Try some from the region of Rhône, France. Italy’s Piedmontese wines are another excellent choice, as they are subtly automatized with truffles.

Black truffles and old Burgundy or white truffles and old Barolo- Truffles have a wild, musky, earthy depth that goes very well with the aromas and flavors—gaminess, spice notes, earth, dried fruits and, well, truffles—that these wines acquire over time. They engulfed me; It was intoxicating earthy and sublime. Sexy wines and foods should be respected!

There are some 70 species of truffle, but only two are highly prized for their culinary value: the black truffle, Tuber melanosporum, found in various parts of France, especially in the Périgord and Provence, and the white truffle, Tuber magnatum, found principally in Italy’s Piedmont region.

Any simple meal can become elegant with a little thought, like deviled eggs with a dash of horseradish cream, EVO, by adding quality ingredients like La Boutique de la Truffe-Gourmet Attitude truffle products, or Black Truffle Carpaccio. I have been given samples to try at no cost in the past, but to be honest with you, I purchase them on a regular basis for clients and my own kitchen. Why? Because I love them, and they are by far the best quality in flavor, shelf life, and appearance when plating!

Did you know that truffles grow in New Zealand and also right here in the United States? Oregon as a matter of fact. Some may say that they are not quite like its European cousin, but I plan to find out, and report back…

CookAppeal has tried many other products out there on the market, and many of the truffle oils are, well, just not up to our standards.

Many oils sold on the market today are simply infused concoctions that have no real truffle essence present- truffle oil is actually a chemical concoction made by mixing olive oil with various chemical compounds, such as 2,4-dithiapentane, that has been created in a laboratory which simulates the aroma and taste of white truffles. So why not buy products such as ‘Truffle Carpaccio’ that sits in oil and can be infused in your own dishes, such as these truffle eggs.

Truffle oil may have been created when truffles are soaked in olive oil before commercial truffle oils were introduced in the 1980’s. Chefs in Italy and France traditionally made their own by steeping bits of fresh truffles in high quality EVO. If you are going to purchase truffle products and shell out the money, then buy truffles themselves and infuse the real thing into your dish!

Remember when pairing a wine with food, the first rule of thumb is to pair ingredients grown in the soil with the wines of similar soil for best flavor profiling- Our suggestion for ‘Black Truffle Deviled Eggs’:

Country: FRANCE
Region: BURGUNDY
Sub-Region: COTE DE BEAUNE
Appellation: VOLNAY
Grape Varietal: PINOT NOIR

Price Range: $35 – 50 per bottle, but suggest a New World- Burgundian Pinot Noir as alternative

Tasting Notes- Medium to heavy body, carried the truffle and eggy’ness well with its chewy body, fruit forward nose, earth and a slight funk; tart cherry and gamey flavors, some of my favorite Pinot Noir characteristics.

If the Oregon truffles are as good as their Pinot Noir wines, PIWC will be visiting more often!

Chef Elizabeth Stelling, CookAppeal, LLC- Shares her love for experimenting with flavors @ Food ~ Wine ~ Fun!

Food Trends for Summer- ‘Spicing Up The Backyard Barbecue’

Thirsty Thursday- Barbera d’Asti Pico Maccario Lavignone 2008

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New find: Barbera d’Asti
Thought  I would switch it up a little. Instead of having a big Italian red, I decided to go for something just a little bit sublime and found this lovely Italian Barbera.
What is Barbera: Italy’s most widley planted grape varietal excels in the Asti and Alba regions of Piedmont. This wine is very staright forward and easy drinking. Italians usally say this is an easy wine to drink and not to be made a fuss over unlike a rich Amrone or Brunello. After drinking this Barbera, I agree “no fuss, no must”. Just an easy wine to drink.
Recently I had a glass of this Barbera  at a great Italian restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey.  In the glass there was a faint bouquet of dark fruit with slight tannins. My no means not an over bearing,powerful wine. A light bodied red wine just perfect with any lighly based tomato dish. Perfect with a great pizza or pasta dish.
Nota bene (N.B.) Most Barbera’s will take the name of the village or province in which the grape was grown as a suffix to the wines’ name. For example you may see Barbera d’ Asti or Barbera d’Alba on the bottle. If  labled simply Barbera, the wine can be form anywhere.

Would I buy this baby again? Probably, if I was searching for something light to pair with a pizza. Nothing exceptional just a good eveyday red wine from Italy.
Grape Type: Barbera
Bouquet: Cherry, strawberry
Body: Light and easy drinking with low tannins
Parings: Pizza  and any lighly based tomato dish

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Cheers and Tweets
-Adrienne,  PIWC