Katarina of Grapevine Adventures is hosting the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers with this month's exploration of wine sustainability in Italian wines. You can read her invitation here.
If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join in our live Twitter chat as we talk about the subject. Follow the hashtag #ItalianFWT and be sure to add that to your tweets so we can see it in our stream. In the meantime, here's what the bloggers are sharing. All of these articles will go live between Friday, September 3rd and early morning Saturday, September 4th...
- Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla takes inspiration from Sicily in Pasta alla Norma + Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2016.
- Terri from Our Good Life shares the article Che Fico: A Wine that Supports Sustainability in Italy.
- Linda from My Full Wine Glass heads to Alto Adige with Alois Lageder – Driven to Create Wines in Harmony with Nature.
- Gwendolyn from Wine Predator posts her Interview: Antonella Manuli’s and Lorenzo Corino’s Patented Method + Wines, Lasagna, and Dogs.
- Lynn from Savor the Harvest answers How the Ricci Curbastro Estate In Franciacorta Tackles theSustainability Question.
- Robin from Crushed Grape Chronicles explores the question Climate Change, Finding Sustainable Italian Wines and Why You should Care.
- Susannah from Avvinare tells us more about Sicily with Tasca d’Amerita, A Longstanding Focus on Sustainability.
- Nicole from Somm’s Table looks closer atA Sustainable Sampler Pack with Umani Ronchi.
- Jennifer from Vino Travels shares VIVA Sustainability at the Forefront with Michele Chiarlo.
- Deanna from Asian Test Kitchen shares Italy’s First Vegan Certified Winery.
- Then our host Katarina at Grapevine Adventures will talk about Torre Bisenzio where Authenticity And Quality Is All About Sustainability.
Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri
Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016
As with all of my wine purchases since March, I have had to look for wines online. Thankfully I was able to get my hands on a Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016 at wine.com.
For eight generations, the Tasca d’Almerita family has been devoted stewards to Sicily's land and resources. In 1830 they acquired Tenuta Regaleali which covers over 500 hectares in the center of Sicily between Valledolmo and Sclafani Bagni. And one hundred and seventy years later, Alberto Tasca is focused on efforts to best conserve and promote the island by leading the efforts towards sustainable agriculture at his portfolio of estates.
To that end, Tasca helped establish and was the first to align to SOStain, a sustainability registry for Sicilian viticulture created in 2010 and in concordance with VIVA (sustainability in Italian viticulture) that prescribes certification through rigorous scientific indicators and tangible measurements. Tasca’s commitment to sustainability touches every aspect of his company as he seeks to perfect methods and increase awareness of everyday choices to sustain the planet for future generations.
The bottle I found was the Lamùri Nero d'Avola 2016. Lamùri, which means 'love' in the Sicilian dialect, reflects the care that Tasca d'Almerita puts into its wines. This one is made from hand-harvested Nero d'Avola grapes. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French barriques for one year to add extra depth and finesse.
A brilliant, intense ruby in color, Lamùri offers warm aromas of summer-ripe fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and wild herbs. On the palate, the wine boasts velvety tannins and a refreshing acidity which result in an elegant, balanced wine.
Pasta alla Norma
Ingredients serves 4 to 6
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil + more for serving
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 eggplant, peeled and diced
- 8 to 10 tomatoes, diced
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped + whole leaves for garnish
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta
- freshly ground salt
- freshly ground pepper
- parmigiano reggiano for serving
While the sauce simmers, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Serve individual portions topped with a fresh basil leaf.
Let diners grate parmigiano reggiano over the top to their liking. As you can see my kids like a little pasta with their cheese!
That's it for this month's #ItalianFWT adventure. The group will be back in October with volcanic wines with our group's founder Jen of Vino Travels at the lead. Stay tuned for more information on that.