“Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai = Age and glasses of wine should never be counted”
The real spirit of Italy is embodied in this saying. It may just sound like an invitation to drink more wine, which is of course entirely possible, but it is really an invitation to enjoy life fully. Forget your age, put your problems, your aches and pains aod your troubles aside for a while and take time to enjoy life. You only get one so make the best of it.
So spring is here. And in this part of the Carolinas the weather gets warm early and stays that way for a long time, so the outdoors season lingers into November and sometimes past. A time for a lighter wine to enjoy on the patio or the beach or in the comfort of your air conditioned home. With all that in mind, sit back, take your shoes off and relax. Put on some good Italian music, I highly recommend the beautiful voice of Anna Tatangelo, and enjoy life. Just as a side note, more about her in a later post. But this woman can sing!
The history of this winery dates back to 1902, when Giacomo Battista Tommasi married Augusta and went to live with her family in the hills of Valpolicella. There he began to cultivate the family’s lands and began to think of wine not as the thirst quenching drink, but more as a way of life and a product that he could promote as lively delectable for social gatherings. With wine being almost the official drink of the country, he had his work cut out for him and he realized that he needed a quality product to compete with his world-class neighbors in the region. Fast forward to the year 1997 when a decision was made to branch into this Pinot Grigio in an area more famous for its reds. Now, this excellent wine which is also a great value bows to tradition with a nod to natural sustainability, lightweight bottling, organic corks and recycled paper used for its labeling.
The Tommasi family owns some of the most prestigious vineyards in the hills of the Valpolicella Region of Italy. As a tribute to their own quality standard, they use only grapes grown on their estate giving them total control of their product. As such the family has established itself as kind of an ambassador to the world of Pinot Grigio. Attention to detail here includes growing only pinot grigio grapes in this section of the Prunea Estate, one of four such areas, planting the vines very close together and pruning them often thus assuring a small but intense yield and finally, harvesting at night to retain maximum freshness. Fermentation is completely done in stainless steel tanks for 4 months.
As with most Pinot Grigios this wine is slightly acidic, dry with an aroma and a flavor of pears and golden delicious apples. It lingers on the palate nicely with a light refreshing taste that can make even the hottest, most humid days an invitation to imbibe. With an alcohol level of 12% this wine is perfect for outdoor gatherings. Its golden yellow color lends only the slightest tint of green. I would serve it chilled, hold the ice though because you will want to cherish every mouthful in its purest most delightful form. It is drinking very well now so there is no real need to decant, true with most whites, unless you want to really show off the beauty, the eye appeal in this wine.
As this is a lighter wine I enjoyed it with my wife’s own marinara (roll those “r’s” please) sauce and our own home made egg noodles, or tagliatelle. I would also recommend pairing it with lighter fish and some delicate cheeses like goat cheese or with chicken breast stuffed with broccoli or mushrooms. But at its best, this is a good sipping wine. So pour a glass and go outside on a sunny day. Enjoy the nice weather, the season, the budding of your natural surroundings and let this wine take you away on a magnificent journey that starts where you want and does not end until you say so.