January 3 – Stateside tour of Veneto

Antipasti and Prosecco

For Mom and Dad’s Christmas present this year my sisters and I gave them six Italian wines we picked out from The Savory Grape in East Greenwich, RI (my all time favorite wine shop). These wines represented different regions of Italy, and to accompany the bottles we gave them food pairing suggestions and a description of the wine.  Since they are heading to Italy for three weeks this year we figured we’d introduce them to the wines before they go. Tonight, we made them a dinner that featured wines from the Veneto region, the north-east corner of Italy.

Our first course was assorted charcuterie with smoked gouda, white cheddar, and gorgonzola cheese, and honey, butter and apricot jam. This was served with Carpene Malvolti Prosecco, which was very pleasant – not too sweet and not too dry. The main course was sausage risotto which I must say turned out nice and creamy. We drank Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio, and although I normally don’t like white wine, it was alright although not memorable.  I am hoping mom and dad open the Nero d’Avola before I go back to school…

For dessert, Gabriella and I made a chocolate tiramisu (Giada’s recipe) which, to my delight, includes red wine.  It came out looking very professional and the flavors worked well together.  Mom and dad went to Federal Hill yesterday and bought us the special Savoiardi lady fingers which added to the authentic taste.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad!

-V

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