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WEEK TWENTY-TWO WINE: A limited Tuscan rose with notes of strawberry

Every season Azienda Agricola Fontaleoni produce a small amount of “rosato” which makes for an ideal summer pairing for the beautiful produce of the season as well as the leisurely gathering of friends and family. Their rosato is based on the noble Sangiovese varietal which yields bright cherry and strawberry flavors with nuances of almond and savory acidity . 

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WEEK TWENTY-ONE WINE: A 90-point delicious Super Tuscan

Le Maestrelle 2017, Antinori Super Tuscan. Le Maestrelle presents a ruby red color with purple highlights. The nose is intense and complex with minty notes of Merlot and well-integrated with the characteristic red fruit aromas of Sangiovese and Syrah. The palate is balanced, soft and savory, with a complex finish and aftertaste that brings back the notes first sensed on the nose.

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WEEK TWENTY-ONE MENU: AUGUST 11-15

Siena is the scene of one of the most anticipated and exciting historical horse races of the year.  To celebrate, the entire city takes to the streets to eat and drink at parties that last all week. These communal dinners bring people together to share in centuries-old traditions of camaraderie and local culinary specialties. Though the Palio will not take place again until 2021, undoubtedly Siena’s citizens will find solace in a great meal at home – just like the one we are featuring this week.

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WEEK TWENTY: The Pope's wine!

Santa Cristina Campogrande Orvieto Classico 2019. Expertly made by Antinori, Campogrande 2019 is a blend of Procanico (the local name for Trebbiano) and Grechetto. It is cool-fermented and sees no oak, so the natural varietal flavors come through clearly in a rather rich, mouth-filling and gently aromatic flavor. Its nose is intense with pleasant fruity aromas of peaches and apricots with floral notes of orange blossoms. The medium weight palate it is soft, fresh with a tart white fruit which is framed by mouth-watering acidity. The best part of drinking this wine is a sense that you are at the sea, with its salty minerality. Your staycation experience right here in this bottle!

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WEEK TWENTY MENU: AUGUST 4 - 8

Ferragosto: August Staycation with Mamma For the two weeks before and after the holiday of Ferragosto on August 15th, it seems as if all of Italy goes on vacation crowding the beaches and mountain resorts and leaving the cities virtually deserted.  As with all other Italian holidays, food is the main attraction whether prepared for a festive picnic or stay-at-home summer lunch. "Il Pranzo di Ferragosto"/"A Mid-August Lunch" is a delightful cult film that is a glimpse into the life of a middle aged bachelor living with his octogenarian mother over the long holiday weekend in Rome. Food, appetite, and the need for community are prominent themes along with an intimate peak into the complicated dynamics that exist between Italian...

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