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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
About David Rosengarten
Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten has covered great food products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years...
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