The 2016 Tolaini Al Passo is a super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Chianti Classico region. "Al Passo" is a small circular forest with an interior passage ("al passo") at the highest point of the Tolaini vineyard with a breathtaking view of the towers of Siena and the towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano to the east. It was in Al Passo that Etruscan tombs and ruins were discovered and restored. With this wine, spicy notes of oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are testament to the meticulous care given to the vines.
In was October 18, 1971…the day I fell in love with Italy. My fate was sealed that crisp autumn morning when I went to harvest olives for the first time. The moment they strapped that woven willow basket around my waist, I couldn’t wait to ascend into those silvery branches. The olive harvest is a unique opportunity to participate in an autumnal ritual that is essential to Italy’s agrarian and culinary culture.
This week’s menu highlights the use of olive oil, exalts the flavors of the season and features some of the dishes you might find at an olive harvest feast.
For the first time in thirty years, i Ricchi will open to celebrate Thanksgiving. In Italian American homes, Thanksgiving is the perfect melding of two cultures. For Americans, Thanksgiving has become the quintessential national holiday of goodwill and abundance. Italians easily understand and embrace Thanksgiving as they love any holiday that brings people together around the table.
Ours is a true feast of two traditions.
Halloween with an Italian Accent Halloween may not be so foreign to Italian culture as some might think. There are legends, rites and traditions around All Saints Day (Nov 1) and All Souls Day (Nov 2) that coincide with Halloween as we know it. This menu highlights Autumn's ingredients with a nod to regional specialties and a "spooky" Tuscan dessert. Although modern Halloween carries no sort of significant meaning for those in Italy, it is still a holiday that involves doing something all Italians love: celebrating. Menu Panzanella di Zucca Autumn bread salad with butternut squash, Brussel sprouts and spicy arugula Rigatoni Boscaiola “Woodsman” pasta with tomato, mushrooms and sausage and a touch of cream Fagottini di Verza Cabbage leaves...
Chardonnay Napa Valley, Robert Mondavi 2017.
Classically styled Chardonnay has a rich creamy palate of baked apples, poached pears and pineapples. Balanced and elegant with threads of baking spice and citrus. The majority of the wine is aged in French oak, lending a toasty creamy note to the finish.