Fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, basil Bruschetta, Asagio cheese, salami, crackers
Tuscan Mushrooms - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/tuscan-mushrooms-recipe/index.html
Tuscan Vegetable Soup - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/tuscan-vegetable-soup-recipe/index.html
 Main Dishes
Tuscan Pork Loin - http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/tuscan-pork-loin-recipe-5947
Roasted Potatoes
Sauteed Green Beans
Assorted Italian Pastries and Chilled Fresh Fruit with Mint  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/summer-fruit-with-wine-and-mint-recipe/index.html

Wines tasted this evening: 

The Tuscany Region is Italy’ s the third-largest wine-making region.  Since the soil quality is very poor, the emphasis is on lower yield but higher quality grapes.  80% of the wine produced in Tuscany is red – mostly from the Sangiovese grape.

The DOC/G is the Italian wine-making classification system.  It traditionally had very restrictive requirements on how the wine is produced.   Winemakers seeking to make wine outside this restrictive system are not recognized by the DOC/G.  These wines are referred to as “Super Tuscans” and have risen greatly in quality since the 1990s.


Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano   Located in the southeastern region of Tuscany, the climate of the region is strongly influenced by the sea.  Wines must be aged for two years with an additional year for a riserva.

Fattoria del Cerro  - 2007   $19.79 - (Melissa's & Jean's favorite)

                “Smooth & Supple” – Serve with first courses, cheese, grilled meat, roasted white meat

It has a vivid ruby red color and good concentration. Intense fragrant aroma with evident fruity notes among which wild black cherry, violet and vanilla. Full balanced flavor with noticeable but discreet tannic component. Can be served with appetizing first courses with meat and mushroom sauces, grilled meats and roasted white meats and medium aged cheese.


Brunello di Montalcino  located south of the Chianti region, wines from this region are aged at least four years.  A riserva must be aged 5+ years.

The DOC granted this region the designation of Rosso di Montalcino – referred to as “Baby Brunellos” – these wines are made in the same way as Brunellos but aged less than 4 years.


Banfi Rosso di Montalcino -  2009  $22.99

                “Smooth & Supple”  - Serve with wild game and aged cheeses

Intense ruby red color. On the nose this wine is complex with hints of liquorice and plum jam, as well as a delicate final of vanilla. The structure is full, soft and powerful; excellent aftertaste, particularly persistent.

Bolgheri Region – located in Southwestern Tuscany near the coast.  One of the first “Super Tuscan” regions,  it was awarded DOC classification in 1994.

Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermintino 2010 - $19.99 - (Ruth, Terena, and Jill's favorite)

                “Fruity & Smooth” – serve with any type of seafood or pesto dishes.

This inviting wine is straw yellow in color with hints of green. The nose has a hint of cedar with notes of apricot and yellow peaches. On the palate, it is full and flavorful with a touch of minerality and a persistent finish.


Chianti  – Located in the central region of Tuscany, it is the largest wine-making region (by volume)


Castello D’Alboa –    Chianti Classico 2007   $13.99 - (Laura's favorite)

                “Smooth & supple”, Serve with roasts, pasta and cheese

Top 100 Wine of 2010 (Wine Spectator)

                The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color. As time passes, the hue is enriched with garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The aroma is satisfyingly intense, fine and elegant, with light scents of ripe fruits and violets. As it evolves, the wine develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. It possesses a pleasant fullness and an outstanding balance of body and structure. Somewhat austere in its youth, the wine softens with age, becoming velvety and developing prolonged and appealing aromatic persistence


Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva – 2007   $26.99

                “Earthy & Spicy”,  Serve with barbequed red meat or pork

Santa Margherita is renowned for its elegant and authentic Italian style. This wine is made with grapes from its vineyards in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region and is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes. The additional aging time required to be a Riserva produces softer tannins and a more mature finish.

The color is deep and dense ruby red, with aromas of very ripe black cherries and plums, then floral hints of gladiolus. The palate exudes initial fruits and spices that shift gradually into fruits and herbal notes.


 Montalcino– “Super Tuscans”


Banfi Centine Bianco  - 2010   $11.79

                “Fruity & Smooth” – blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio – serve with as an aperitif, antipasto, pasta, light meals.

Pale straw yellow color. Fruity aromas on the nose, with hints of pear, grapefruit and pineapple. A lively acidity endows the wine with freshness and flavor, characteristics which, combined with its great structure, make this wine extremely persistent and harmonious


Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio – 2010   $19.79

                “Rich & Creamy” – serve as an aperitif or with light pasta, meat and fish

Pale yellow-straw in color. Fresh, fruitforward bouquet with notes of pear, banana, peach, anise, and honey. Rich and fullbodied, with a long finish.