Passion for Piacenza: Delicious Food for Real Gourmands…And Wonderful Wine for Real Wine-Drinkers!

In October 2013, I fell head-over-heels in love with the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. In April 2014, I had the opportunity to extend that romance a little westward…still in Emilia-Romagna…to the great city and province of Piacenza. Emilia-Romagna’s a big place, and, lordy, covering it all would take a long time.

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

2011 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Drum Canyon Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, California ($44)

The Sta. Rita Hills—also known as the Santa Rita Hills—is a cool growing area in Santa Barbara, but to the west of the usual spots, closer to the ocean. The Drum Canyon Vineyard was snapped up a few years ago by a Pinot producer of some note, Dierberg—and now their Pinots, like this one, are of even greater note!

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Spanakorizo (Greek Rice With Spinach)

You can serve this simple dish very simply, as a side dish to roast lamb (or roast most anything). But some Greeks like to get a little fancier with it—topping it with a dollop of yogurt, or curls of shaved feta, or even a sunny-side-up fried egg. If you choose the latter route, you might consider serving the whole she-bang as a first course.

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Report from Fair Verona…and Fair Piacenza!

Just back from amazing nine days in northern Italy…here’s a little photo gallery of some highlights, including salumi, vino, pasta, and so much more!

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

2012 Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Trocken, Nahe, Germany ($35)

Among the rather affordable dry wines in 2012 (for Donnhoff makes wines at many price levels, and many dry-to-sweet levels), this was my favorite price/quality ratio. The wine comes from the Kahlenberg vineyard, near the big town of Bad Kreuznach on the east side of the Nahe; due to its southern exposure, loamy soil, and cold nights, the vineyard is considered by many to be Kreuznach’s finest vineyard.

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