It’s the beginning of April and we’re filled with Springtime enthusiasm for a story about wine.
In the wine valleys near Bergamo in Northern Italy, always the rules for the production of vino rosso Valcalepio remain the same and require that, in the spring following the vintage, the union of the two wines obtained by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is to be made. When spring begins wines are assembled as indicated – 40 to 75% Merlot, 25 to 60% Cabernet to create Valcalepio rosso, an Italian “Bordeaux- style” blend. Such a mixture gives Valcalepio a special ruby red color and a pleasant scent. Soft yet spicy it goes with a variety of meats and cheeses, butter-based dishes and the polenta specialities of the region.
Little known in the United States, Valcalepio rosso is a great wine to inspire your inner Italian this Spring.
Are you ready for an Italian Spring Break?
With winter behind us and spring ahead now is a good time to bring “la bella vita” into your life. If you’re like most of us, it’s been a long winter and you’re ready to leave all the gloom and doom behind. Begin by changing your mind-set.This Spring resolve to clear your mind, enrich your palate and soothe your body and soul. Spring seems to me to be a much better time to do this than in the rush of a New Year’s resolution. So spring ahead with a new attitude and create a lifestyle that values beauty, art, culture, good food and wine and create an Italian inspired Spring.
Read more about one of my favorite Italian painters who used fruits, flowers and vegetables in unconventional ways to capture the exuberance of Spring.