THE CELLAR CLUB APRIL 2020
Ah, La Dolce Vita! Italy has long stood as one of the most well loved wine producers in the world. This month we are highlighting two very special wines coming out of Italy that we believe highlight some of the best that the terroir has to offer.
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Wine Pick #1:
2017 Elena Walch Alto Adige Pinot Bianco
Since 1869, the Walch family has been instrumental in the evolution of winemaking in the Alto Adige region of northernmost Italy. From Wilhelm Walch's beginnings in the mid-19th century to Elena Walch's 21st-century belief in wines that speak to their origins, this family-owned and operated winery has seamlessly blended five generations of traditions with only the best of modern agricultural and winemaking practices to produce wines that lead the way for all of Alto Adige. The next generation, personified by her daughters Julia and Karoline, carry the ethos of terroir-driven wines into the future knowing full-well the fruits of both tradition and innovation in the alchemy of winemaking.
Wine Pick #2
2018 Pasquale Pelissero "Pasqualin"
Neive, Piedmont, Italy
From our Wine Manager, Will Fogarty - "We had the pleasure of visiting the winery on a bright, balmy day soon after harvest when the grapes for this wine were just beginning their transformation. Ornella Pelissero, daughter of founder Pasquale, was busy hosting an alfresco lunch for a sizable group of enthusiasts from Russia. Begging an apology for the intrusion and taking our leave, Ornella simply would not have it! She swiftly produced wine, food and the famous Italian hospitality wherein you become a member of the family. It wouldn't have surprised us if she'd have insisted upon laundering a shirt if a spill occurred. From their prized estate of 38 hectares, their modest facilities, and their love of winemaking comes a remarkable trove of wines that speak to why we love the Piemonte."
CHEESE PAIRING OF THE MONTH:
Historically created in Northern Italy, Grana Padano is a "soft-spoken brother" to Parmesan Reggiano. It has the same salty, nutty taste of parm, but a little more subdued. At the end of the cheese-making process, Grana Padano develops a firm, thick and deeply straw-colored rind protecting the fragrant, dry, flaking interior. Grana means "grainy" in Italian which is reflected in the fine granular texture with an intensely sweet flavor. As Grana Padano ages, the flavors become pronounced, savory and complex and the texture becomes more crumbly. Excels as a flavor booster to most meals, enhancing the flavors of the main ingredient without quashing it. Particularly good in dishes with a cream sauce, or au gratin type meals.
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Recipe of the Month:
Olive, Caper, and Tomato Pasta