Summer Is Never a Dull Moment!

Waterskiing on the Columbia Pin It
Waterskiing on the Columbia

Waterskiing on the Columbia

Summer can be an amazingly busy time for all of us. Between taking sets on the ski lake, camping, going to parades and riding my bike, I still find time to organize and take time to facilitate all of our out of town guests we will be hosting for either wine touring, cooking amazing foods or setting up for our coming wine dinners. I don’t know how I manage to fit it all in, but it is those things in my life that keeps my juices flowing. It is those things in life that inspire me.

Chilean Mountains

Chilean Mountains

Seabass

Seabass

Empanadas

Empanadas

First on the agenda, a guest from Chile will be joining us, Javier Guinazu. He will be hosting a wine and food event in our wine bar in which he will be presenting and tasting us on his incredible wines from Chile. It is fun finding recipes to compliment the wines  from Chile. Whether it’s Chilean Sea Bass, or Pebre, a Chilean Chile Pepper Salsa, or something tasty like an empanada. Served with Cousino-Macul Sauvignon Gris, Antiguas Chardonnay & Antiguas Cabernet, & Terranoble Gran Reserve Carmenere.

The following week will involve 4 Italians arriving from Milan. Two of them great friends, and their business associates. We will be taking a road trip to the Willamette Valley, introducing them to the great Pinot Noirs from this region. They are fascinated with trying the wines of Washington, Oregon and California. Seeing this region from their perspective is going to be so fun. Three of  them have never been to  America. After spending a few days in Oregon, off we go to Sonoma for a few days to introduce them to the wine of Northern California. The big, bold Cabernets, along with the buttery Chardonnays. It is going to be fun and funny traveling in a mini van with 4 young Italian professionals. They will continue on their journey for three weeks, going to Big Sur, Santa Barbara and finally ending up in San Diego.

 

Matteo and Maria
Matteo and Maria

Fast forward to September when we will be hosting Andrea Librandi, our good friend and Chef/ pharmacist from Calabria. Andrea’s family has always been in the pharmacy business since he was born. Following in the foot steps, of his father, brother and sister, who all work at the same pharmacy, he felt that this is what he should be doing. Andrea’s true passion however, is food and wine. He is a talented chef who studies and executes amazing dishes in his free time. He wants to come to America to learn what it’s like to work in an Italian Restaurant in Seattle. Not only will he be helping out at our restaurant, Grazie Ristorante, but will be hosting a series of cooking classes and special dinners. The first dinner he will be cooking for is a Paella dinner paired with the great wines of Spain. Stay tuned for all of our upcoming events and fun and funny stories of the adventures of our Italian explorers.

Andrea

Andrea

 

Ciao for now!

Calabria Is My Heart

Calabria, Italy Pin It
Calabria, Italy

Calabria, Italy

I have always had a special place in my heart for Calabria.  Maybe because when I was a young girl we had so many Calabrian traditions.

Both of my grandparents were born there,  so the blood runs deep.

Now as a grown person I have been here many times visiting friends and even family.

The food, wine and the people are what I most enjoy!  Home cooked Calabrese lunch today.

Fresh tomatoes, basil, very simply on top of mostaccioli, pesce spada with green and red peppers, simmered until it literally dances around your taste buds; pomodoro “cuore di bue” with gleaming drizzled olive oil.  Zucchini and potato il forno.

Paired with Szigeti classic method and Burgandy Aligote.

 

Wherever I go from here, nothing will ever change putting Calabria close to my heart.

 

Calabria, Italy

Calabria, Italy