Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Am Bringing The Wine!








Strike up the band, set the table and uncork, in this case unscrew, the wines! Two wonderful Italian bloggers, Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita and Marie of Proud Italian Cook have decided to throw a party Festa Italiana! Now tell me, who could resist going to a feast hosted by Italians especially when the invitation starts out “Picture a long table set under the shade of twisting grape vines on a warm summer evening…” That is all I needed to hear knowing that there will be many succulent dishes and luscious desserts. I am there! Then I thought, what will I bring to this gathering of friends? Of course, WINE!




Being it is a warm summer evening, I decided to bring two white wines and one red. I chose 3 from the Banfi Collection of Tuscan Wines as I have been smitten by their white wine selection. Highlighted in my previous posts, I bring to you the Le Rime white wine which is 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Grigio and the Fumaio white wine which is a combination of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Chardonnay. You will be asking for second pours on these crisp, refreshing wines that highlight wonderful citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. These are both super wines with that zesty finish you cannot forget!




Even though I am a major white wine drinker, coming to an Italian feast would not be complete without a luscious red to compliment the hardy pastas and grilled meats or poultry. The 2006 Col Di Sasso from the Banfi collection is a youthful red wine combining those full bodied grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. This wine may be young, but it is bursting with the flavors of cherries and fresh berries with the nice feel of soft tannins on the palate. You can pour me another glass, thank you!



Well, I have my glass of wine and am ready for the feast! If you have not visited Maryann’s or Marie’s site, head on over, but get your taste buds ready for some great treats! Also this party will be ending on March 22nd, so get your dish ready and get to the party! Shortly after March 22nd there will be a round up of all the great food and wine we enjoyed. Don’t want to miss it!

Cheers!

12 comments:

Maryann said...

Deb,
Of course you are bringing the wine!
All three sound wonderful and we will be toasting you for your great taste.
Thanks for joining us and always bringing good cheer :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Deb, I'm raising my glass to you for this fantastic addition to our Festa! It will be a great compliment to all the wonderful dishes! Thank you!!

Peter M said...

Deb, I do hope there are cases of those wines coming along too. I have a feeling this bunch likes their wine!

Shayne said...

I have to know how do you find time to read and follow so many blogs. I love reading and writing blogs but sometimes I find I get behind, so behind. I hate when I log onto a blog and missed 3 or 4 posts but you seam to be on top of many of them all the time. Good for you!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I love all of those wines--Banfi puts out a lot of very reasonably priced, good Italian wines (my wife's favorite is their red sparkling wine, Rosa Regale). When my wife and I were in Italy, we visited Banfi and had dinner at their "castle," and wow! That was quite a dinner!

noble pig said...

Ahhhh, did you say a warm summer evening? Oh whatever Deb! Actually, it's not too bad here today but I'm sure not like Key West. Lucky girl.

Bellini Valli said...

What would a Festa be without
excellent wine and music? Good of you to think of it. Salute!!!We are catching up weather wise to Key West...any day now......

katiez said...

I'm sitting next to you! Do you have any of those strawberries left? They'd be good with the wine....
I would so much rather see screw-tops than those awful fake corks (I can never pull them)

winedeb said...

Hey Maryann, cannot wait for the party!

You are surely welcome Marie. Thanks for having the party!

Com'on Peter, I know this bunch of people and 3 bottles would never make it. More like 3 cases!

Hey Shayne, I do not have any little ones to tend to and I get up VERY early, although I do sometimes get behind myself.

Hey Mike I agree with you on the Banfi wines. Nice for the price. Oh to have dinner at their place:)

Hi Cathy, but the trade off is that you are close to wineries!

Hi Valli, cannot wait for you to tell me the day you guys hit the 70's!

Hey Katie, of course you can set next to me, I'll even pour! I like the screw tops also as you can get to the wine faster!

jen said...

Ooooh - I'd love to come along to that party :-) I'll hop over and have a look...

I'm sitting near you so I can pinch a glass of that Col di Sasso :-)

Lori Lynn said...

I'll have the Col Di Sasso with my lamb! Thank you!

Love your musical frog too!

hilarybrooke said...

How funny- I just had this exact chardonnay/pinot blend last week. It is yummy!