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WEEK SEVENTEEN MENU: JULY 14-18

Puglia, at the heel, highlights the desirable qualities of Italian life that draws us all to this amazing country.  It is scattered with Baroque architecture, pristine wilderness and wonderful beaches, charming villages, olive and citrus groves, underground caves and Roman ruins. Puglia’s agricultural heritage and enviable coasts make it the perfect place for great food.  Ironically, this is “cucina povera,” though rich in produce and ingredients.  Here there is a straightforward and practical attitude towards food.  Its cooks are creative and have an enormous capacity of making something out of nothing.

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WEEK SEVENTEEN WINE: Southern Italy's Zinfandel

Primitivo Quota 31, Cantine Menhir, 2018. Aromas of ripe black fruit, spicy plum, graphite and a whiff of brine lead the nose of this robust wine. The round, savory palate doles out juicy blackberry, blueberry, licorice and ground black pepper alongside brawny tannins. It ends on a bitter prune note with a medium to long finish, overall very balanced. 100% Primitivo.

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WEEK SIXTEEN MENU: JULY 7-11

Under the Tuscan Sun. Our menu this week will travel through the region, highlighting specialties from its different provinces.  We are also introducing a little known light Tuscan red wine, Sabazio, that is best enjoyed lightly chilled, to “temperature di cantina.” 

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WEEK SIXTEEN FEATURED WINE: JULY 7-11

La Braccesca, Sabazio, Rosso di Montepulciano 2018. It’s the season for chillable Italian reds! Red wines made in this fresh, vibrant style have bright, brambly flavors that pop when the temperature rises. La Braccesca Sabazio, from south of Chianti in Tuscany has the freshness associated with the traditional Sangiovese variety together with vibrant aromas characteristic of Merlot in a unique expression of the centuries-old Montepulciano territory.

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WEEK FIFTEEEN FEATURED WINE: A perfect Sicilian touch

Di Sicilia...Sole e Terra, Horus, Bianco di Sicilia, 2018 This wine is produced by blending two most important and top-rated Sicilian varieties – Insolia and Grillo. This blend creates bright straw-yellow colored wine with the scent of white flowers and exotic fruits. The taste is remarkable with pronounced minerality. A new Sicilian wine culture is producing some of the most exciting labels in Italy today.

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