Sicilian Fun with Frappato, Grillo, Swordfish and Artichokes #ItalianFWT

A Virtual Return to Sicily Our Italian Food Wine & Travel group has visited (virtually) Sicily a couple of times. This month, we’re returning with another open invitation to further explore Sicily from afar. I’m fascinated with everything related to Mount Etna, but there’s much more to explore than that one corner of this large … Continue reading

Pizza Night with Arpepe Valtellina Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo from Valtellina and ArPePe The most well known home of Nebbiolo is the Langhe region in Piedmont, but Nebbiolo is grown in a variety of places in northern Italy. All produce wines which are clearly Nebbiolo, but each unique regional climate, vineyard position, soil, and winegrowing method places a stamp on the wine. The … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Paired With Smoky Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Smoky mushroom mac & cheese paired with two Nebbiolo wines

More Fun With Nebbiolo Here’s another great food pairing and a couple of enjoyable examples of Nebbiolo “beyond the B’s” of Barolo and Barbaresco. The high acidity and tannins in Nebbiolo make it a great partner for rich foods as the two balance each other nicely. Mac & cheese fills the bill nicely, and the … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Paired With Onion Smoked Brisket

Smoked Brisket served with two Nebbiolo wines

Braised Meat and Nebbiolo – a Classic Pairing Braised meats are a classic cool weather pairing with Nebbiolo, so a braised dish was a clear choice to kick off our Nebbiolo pairing round-up. Today, we adjusted a brisket recipe for a smoking trial on the Primo Ceramic grill. Verdict: winner on all counts. Nebbiolo #1 … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Grows On My Desert Island #ItalianFWT

Nebbiolo Beyond The Famous King & Queen Our Italian Food Wine and Travel group is dedicating this month to the Nebbiolo grape, but with a twist. We’re exploring versions outside of the most famous Barolo and Barbaresco. These lesser known brethren deserve a month of their own! Scan down to the bottom of this post … Continue reading

#ItalianFWT Digs Deeper into Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo grapes on the vine

Nebbiolo After the King & Queen The Nebbiolo grape is the sole grape in two of the most famous and highly regarded wines in Northern Italy, Barolo and Barbaresco. These wines are known to be elegant, powerfully structured and built to age for decades. They also will set you back a few dollars! Nebbiolo is … Continue reading

Swordfish Pasta with a Not So Crazy Sicilian Red #ItalianFWT

Frank Cornelissen Hijacked My Post Our Italian Food Wine & Travel assignment this month was to highlight wine and food from a coastal area of Italy. I immediately knew I would want Sicily for my choice. I had picked out a Sicilian seafood pasta recipe to try as well white and red wines from the … Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Piemonte in the Fall #ItalianFWT

Fall in Italy This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is sharing their favorite thoughts about Fall in Italy.  Take a look at all the great ideas at the bottom of this post! Fall in the Piemonte When is a good time to visit the Piemonte region in Italy? Trick question! Anytime, of … Continue reading

Etna Rosso: Wine from the Slopes of an Active Volcano #ItalianFWT

Volcanic Wines Erupt on #ItalianFWT This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is exploring the topic of Volcanic Wines from Italy. Cruise down further in this post to see what my fellow Italophiles have posted, and if you see this in time, join our chat. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10am CDT look for … Continue reading

Rosato: A Rosé by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT Relaxes in the Shade with a Cool Glass of Rosato With all due apologies to Romeo, Juliet and William Shakespeare, Rosato is the Italian name for Rosé. True to Mr. Shakespeare, however, you might also see a pink Italian wine with a name of Cerasuolo or Chiaretto, as all are what we call a … Continue reading

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