This Sunday’s post is by guest blogger, Ricardo Burnelli, who has recently delved into the wonderful world of wine reviews. His own site should be up and running closer to the end of the year.
With the recent cold snap ending and the temperature warming a bit, I thought we would take advantage of what might be one of the last few opportunities to enjoy a refreshing chilled white wine before the cold weather sets in permanently. Last night’s feast consisted of saltimbocca, wild long grain rice and a pear salad. I understand the controversy with veal and am not trying to step on anyone’s toes, however, it is worth trying at least once. The pear salad that accompanied the saltimbocca and rice consisted of baby spinach leafs, fresh Bosc pears, imported French blue cheese, glazed Georgia pecans and an oil and vinegar dressing touched lightly with local honey and grey poupon.
My favorite part of preparing for a fantastic feast involves the selection of the wine to accompany it. So, off I went to the wine cellar (also known as the former utility storage closet) to gaze over my vast selection (of maybe 20 bottles) and use my growing appreciation of wine to select a bottle for this warm evening. I narrowed it down to a white and, feeling adventuresome, wanted to sample one that I haven’t tasted yet. That only left a few to chose from, so I settled on Northern Italy’s Visionario 2011 by Allessandro Gallici. This bottle had recently arrived in one of my various shipments from a wine club I joined in the past year. It turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise as this dry white wine displayed citrusy notes and avoided any type of strong or bitter aftertaste. The wine is from Italy’s Veneto region and is a blend of Fruilano, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and several other white grapes.
As the weather cools, I will slowly be making a transition to the bolder red wines and reluctantly bidding a fond ciao to the cool and lighthearted white wines of what was a very long, hot summer.