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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Burnt Chocolate Ice Cream

In the new world of creative, designer ice creams, the plain old chocolate stuff is not good enough for everybody any more. Is this a bad thing? Not when it leads to the “burnt” chocolate ice cream I tasted in Napa Valley recently!

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

2013 Vena Rossa Gutturnio Classico Superiore, Castello di Luzzano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

I’ve just had the most wonderful wine trip through the hills south of the Emilian city of Piacenza–the wine-growing region known as the Colli Piacentini. There are many local wine specialties I’d never even heard of…white and red, frizzante and still. Perhaps my favorite of all is a red blend made from Barbera and Bonarda, usually 60% to 40%, called Gutturnio.

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Falafel

These wonderful deep-fried chick-pea balls, staples of the Middle Eastern street, have become staples of the New York street as well! There are stands all over mid-town Manhattan selling thousands of them at lunch every day. Sometimes they can be dry and pebbly, but the following recipe gives you wonderfully moist falafel; sometimes they can be under-spiced or over-spiced, but the following recipe gives you a perfect balance of spice flavors and chick-pea flavors.

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