Monday, August 9, 2010

A Few New Wines

Beautiful day on Sunday, but the hottest weather of year is promised for this week with temperatures hitting near 100 degrees.

Several new wines for me yesterday at friends' home.  First was an Italian sparkling wine from the Talento Trento area.  The wine was a Rotari Rose', 75% pinot nero and 25% Chardonnay. 

Nice pop when the cork came out.  Very pale copper color in the glass.  Lots of yeast and bread dough on the nose with a hint of strawberries and almonds.  Very dry taste with some suppressed strawberry and peach flavors.  Lively acidity, good bubbles.  The wine was marked down to around $15 and that's probably a good price range.  Nothing great, but a good, afternoon sparkling wine to whet the appetite before dinner.  It was an interesting introduction to wines from this area of Italy.

Dinner was to be grilled swordfish but we started the day with some individual pizzas done on the grill.  A crust, a dab of tomato sauce, fresh red cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes halved, provolone cheese, fresh mozzarella, a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of olive oil and some aleppo pepper.  When they came off the grill we added some chopped fresh basil.  Good stuff.

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