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Sottocenere al Tartufo

Truffles, truffles, truffles. How can we get enough of them? I’ve never reached satiation, because they’re an ultra expensive and a very rare delicacy. Rejoice! You can enjoy truffles in an affordable manner since flakes of this extraordinary fungus are imbedded in Sottocenere al Tartufo, a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from Italy. Ash mixed with …


Wine Party Themes

Same Color, Different Varietals Select wines that are the same color but different varietals then compare and learn how different varietals can vary. Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier Same Varietal Select wines of the same varietal and compare how different winemaking techniques can create …



A grilled cheese sandwich made with Gruy? and a layer of Luxardo cherry preserve will send you to the moon. Now take a sip of the Tenuta di Castiglioni blend and you will continually crave this combination of flavors. Lately I?e been serving mini grilled cheese sandwiches to my guests as an appetizer. I make …


Aroma Wheel

The Aroma Wheel is a common tool to assist in distinguishing and describing the various aromas and flavors of the wine. The Aroma Wheel was developed at the University of California, Davis in 1984 as a standard tool used to describe wine in uniform, non-judgmental terms. The inner-circular sections describe the broader aroma categories while …


La Spaghettata di Mezzanotte

Turn your friends on to an Italian ritual – La Spaghettata di Mezzanotte (Midnight Spaghetti Party). Antipasto: A selection of Italian Cheeses. Choose your favorite aged or fresh cheeses in a local specialty store. Arrange them in wedges on a wooden cutting board. Primi Piatti: Crostini with Tuscan Pate and Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Garlic …



Provolone (proh-voh-LOH-nee) is a semi-hard hazelnut colored cheese you?e probably enjoyed on sandwiches like those fantastic Italian submarines. But have you paired this cheese with wine? Magnificent! Provolone is made in a myriad of traditional shapes such as cylinders, pears, spheres, cones and even watermelons. You?e likely seen them hanging from the ceiling at Italian …


Summer Harvest

Celebrate harvest by visiting your local Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh ingredients for your next gathering. Caponate A favorite Italian dish that highlights fresh summer vegetables. Click here to view recipe Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Salad A salad combining three of Italy’s favorite ingredients: tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Click here to view recipe Baked …

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