Some of our favorite spring produce is starting to show up in the markets. You’ll find artichokes fried golden with salsa verde & arugula on our menu. The asparagus salad with burrata is a fun way to try the herbaceous perennial plant. Soon, fava beans and english peas will make there way into our soup and pasta. Please stop by and enjoy some spring vegetables.
It’s not quite official but it looks and feels like spring is already here at Enoteca Molinari. The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. Spring onions are at the market and the anticipation of 2012 white and rosé wines has begun. Outside, it’s always fun to see the trees blossom and the mushrooms appear after the rain.
Fish has become very popular on Friday nights and for dessert, if you’d like some holy wine, go for Vin Santo! It’s a delicious dessert wine that has some similarities to a Tawny Port but with more fruit.
Our current Vin Santo is from Badia di Morrona and has won numerous awards. It’s grown in the region of Toscana in the appellation of Bianco Pisano di San Torpé DOP. It contains a blend of 50% Trebbiano, 15% Malvasia Bianca and 15% Colombana. After the harvest, in September, the grapes hung to dry from the rafters of a well-ventilated loft until January. Once dried, the grapes are then pressed and the juice is left to ferment slowly. Once the wine is made it is put into 30 gallon oak barrels, called caratelli, for 3 to 5 years of aging.
The finished wine is amber in color with a great bouquet of apricot and caramel notes which also appear on the palate. The wine has a good viscosity but is not cloyingly sweet and the finish is nice and long. Paired with the salted caramel budino or panna cotta; it’s a match made in heaven.