August 9, 2018
A Note from Sergio
Like most Italian houses, mine has a patio, and in the summer vines grow across the arbor that frames it, making a green idyll where my family and I eat or just hang out. To the right of the patio is the grill. It's not an American grill; it's not a block of technology, blue-lit gas flames and black metal. It's brick and mortar. You have to build a fire and make your own charcoal. It has both a metal grill and a little oven. It's rustic and fussy and time-consuming, and I love it.Today's Featured Sections Include:
I've grilled succulent capretto, or baby goat, and I've licked its juices from my fingers and watched my guests do the same. I've grilled maiale, or pork, and listened with satisfaction as its fat crackled and popped against the hot coals. I've grilled great slabs of vegetables, brushed translucent with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs. I've grilled fish and watched the delicate flesh turn nearly opaque before I swept it off the heat and onto the plates of my waiting, salivating guests. And, of course, I have grilled steak, the air turning fragrant as the edges of the meat blackened deliciously.
And, of course, I pour wine to go with these grilled delights, because to Italians, wine is an irreplaceable part of the meal. For today's eLetter, I've selected wines that make grilled food sing. First, there's a deeply delicious, extremely affordable Super Tuscan from the Antinori family's Guado al Tasso estate, its 2016 Il Bruciato. This wine is juicy, savory, minerally and electric--it's a food-friendly, genial Super-Tuscan red that everyone will love. I've also chosen nine rosé wines, and I've put them all on sale! August is hot, and these beautiful blush bottles are perfect with simple meals of grilled vegetables and fish, and they'll cool you from the inside out!
Finally, I scored a few magnum bottles of Quintarelli's mind-blowing 1995 Amarone Riserva--don't miss them!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Guado al Tasso's $30 Super Tuscan
2. Only At IWM: Perfect, Pristine Mags of Quintarelli '95 Amarone Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Rosé's Last Hurrah! Up to 25% Off Ten Beautiful Blush Wines!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events