Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Italian Wine and Food Recommendations

The holiday season is upon us and for any last minute Christmas shoppers it's time to hurry up and make those last minute purchases and get those elfs to wrap those presents quickly! Amidst all the madness, it's also time to sit back and relax. I have some holiday wine and/or food recommendations from our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group (#ItalianFWT) that are the perfect way to get you started. Enjoy!



Jill from L'Occasion

I've read about Il Paese del Natale (Christmas Market) in the delightful town of Sant’Agata Feltria, in Le Marche. I'm fascinated by the wonder of the village as it turns into a holiday fantasy. Traditional Advent food such as chicken stuffed with chestnuts are served in restaurants and stalls. I'd love to sample the foods with a bottle of Vigneto Contrada Vallone – Rosso Piceno D.O.C. from Rio Maggio, born in Le Marche vineyards. Made of Montepulciano and Sangiovese, this wine brings Italian spirit to Christmas celebrations! Buon Natale from Jill at L'occasion.

Rio Maggio Rosso Piceno

Jeff from FoodWineClick

Sparkling wine always brightens up the holidays, and you don't see sparkling Nebbiolo every day. We pair it with Acciughe al Verde (Anchovies in Green Sauce), a traditional Piemontese apertivo or primo course. The sparkling wine freshens your palate after a bite of all that garlicy, anchovy flavor.

Anchiovies in green sauceacciughe al verde2012 Luigi Giordano Sparkling Nebbiolo

 Susannah of Avvinare

Struffoli is a favorite of mine - sweet and delicious. Here's a photo and a link to a friend's struffoli recipe. Michele is a wonderful chef and the wife of wine writer Charles Scicolone.

how to make struffoli

Ishita of Italophilia
Merry Christmas everyone! Buon Natale a tutti!
As this year draws to an end, let's send each other good vibes and happy thoughts. Thanks to Italy for being our love and passion that makes us connect everyday virtually. Lets make the most of it and hope to see you somewhere in Italy in 2017!  

truffle pasta
Ishita picks a truffle pasta to share this holiday

Jen of Vino Travels

One of my favorite regions in Italy is Piedmont, aka Piemonte, located in northwestern Italy. The barbera grape is widely planted in this region and I loved one I tried recently, 2013 Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Barbera d'Alba. Nice structure, acidity and fruit. Salute!

2013 Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Barbera d'Alba

Merry Christmas and Buon Natale!