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    Discovering the San Marzano Wines of Puglia

    Discovering the San Marzano Wines of Puglia

    In the past, when I thought of San Marzano, I thought of ripe, juicy, flavor-packed tomatoes. Now, San Marzano Wines (http://www.sanmarzanowines.com/en) also come to mind.

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    San Marzano Wines is a prominent Puglian producer, creating wines with true to their regional characteristics. Situated in the Primitivo di Manduria DOP, San Marzano is a wine cooperative (cantine) that was established in 1962, when 19 vine growers from San Marzano di San Giuseppe— whose families had farmed the land for generations—joined forces to maximize their efforts. Today, San Marzano continues a philosophy of balancing longstanding traditions with modern techniques and has over 1,200 vine growers across more than 3,500 acres of vineyards.

    San Marzano Wines are focused on highlighting the region’s traditional varieties, primarily Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera (plus some others). The cantine weaves tradition, passion and modern techniques to produce a range that highlights the character of each grape and the terroir.

    2015 Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Manduria

    The Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Manduria is 100% Primitivo, and its name celebrates the year that San Marzano was launched. This is a big boy and while nice now with some decanting, it shows the aging potential of this wine.

    Looks: Intense ruby in the glass

    Smell: Stone fruit, jammy cherries with notes of mocha

    Taste: Black cherry jam, with notes of licorice and coffee

    Texture and Finish: Full-bodied, rich tannins, dry long finish

    Pairings: Beef/lamb/game (think Pappardelle with pork ragu)

    Style: Red Wine

    Grape Type(s): 100% Primitivo

    Region: Puglia, Italy

    Price: $33.99

    2015 Il Pumo Negroamaro Salento IGP

    Il Pumo Negroamaro Salento IGP is named after pumo clay pottery very popular in the region and the clay soils the wines in the Salento peninsula are grown in. This budget-friendly wine is great during the week, with takeout pizza or on its own.

    Looks: Purple/red in the glass

    Smell: Bright red berries with floral notes

    Taste: Ripe red berries/fruit with some plum and a little spice on the finish

    Texture and Finish: Medium-bodied, velvety texture, great acidity, medium finish

    Pairings: Grilled red meat, pizza, antipasto, cheese plate

    Style: Red Wine

    Grape Type(s): 100% Negroamaro

    Region: Puglia, Italy

    Price: $8.99

    Cheers,

    Veronique

    These wines were provided to me for sampling and I am adding them to my repertoire as they’re truly enjoyable.

    NJ Restaurants Celebrating Mother’s Day

    NJ Restaurants Celebrating Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is one of the most booked days for restaurants. Many New Jersey restaurants are offering brunch and dinner specials so you can treat the moms in your lives to a very special meal. Here are some local restaurants offering special Mother’s Day menus. LAUREL & SAGE ADDED 5/2/19. I’ll be updating this post […]

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    Chef Todd Villani Joins Vesta Wood Fired

    Beginning Mother’s Day with brunch and new Spring menu mid-May, Todd Villani, one of New Jersey’s most celebrated farm-to-table chefs, joins East Rutherford’s Vesta Wood Fired, as Executive Chef. Chef Villani reached notoriety for his locally sourced New American cuisine as Chef Owner of Terre à Terre. His farm-to-table ethos is a perfect match for […]

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    2019 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival Best Bites

    2019 New Jersey Wine & Food Festival Best Bites

    Another successful New Jersey Wine & Food Festival (https://njwinefoodfest.com) at Crystal Springs Resort is in the books. About Saturday Night I’ve been vocal about what an outstanding festival this is and beyond what others in the area can produce. One of the reasons I feel that way is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night. Where […]

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    Seoul Brothers Alementary Beer Release

    Seoul Brothers Alementary Beer Release

    Robert Austin Cho from Kimchi Smoke (https://www.kimchismoke.com) and Blake Crawford from The Alementary Brewing Company (http://www.alementary.com) collaborated on a new beer aptly called, “Seoul Brothers.” Since 2016, Cho has brought his nationally acclaimed Barbecue (Best BBQ Joints in NJ by Food and Wine ‘18 and a face to face battle with Bobby Flay on Beat […]

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    New Jersey Restaurants Serving Easter Specials

    New Jersey Restaurants Serving Easter Specials

    Eating out for Easter is a tradition and a special treat for many families. The cost, time and skills needed to properly set an Easter meal can be daunting to most people and eating out simplifies things and in many cases, costs can be comparable to cooking a feast at home. Many New Jersey restaurants […]

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    Peanut Butter and Potato Treats (Bonbons Aux Patates)

    Peanut Butter and Potato Treats (Bonbons Aux Patates)

    Yes, I agree that dessert treats made using mashed potatoes are a bit weird, but it’s an old fashion recipe from Quebec where I grew up that’s really popular, especially around the holidays. It’s a great way to use those leftover mashed potatoes too…as long as they weren’t made using pepper! Ingredients: 2 pounds plus […]

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    2017 Domaine Henry Pelle Menetou Salon Morogues

    2017 Domaine Henry Pelle Menetou Salon Morogues

    About Domaine Pellé Domaine Pellé, the largest producer in the Menetou-Salon appellation, is in Morogues, a small village to the west of Sancerre. Domaine Pellé’s history only dates back to 1959, but records show the Pellé family was making wine in the Loire region long before that. Vines grow over 40 hectares of limestone-clay soils […]

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    Quick Orecchiette in Tomato Sauce with Sausage

    Quick Orecchiette in Tomato Sauce with Sausage

    In my expanding list of “there’s nothing to eat in this house’ recipes, this one is a winner. This is a one pot wonder where I cooked the sausage with the pasta to save time and it worked great. Don’t have Orecchiette on hand? Don’t fret – use any dry pasta you have in your […]

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    Free Cone at Dairy Queen on March 20

    Free Cone at Dairy Queen on March 20

    On Wednesday, March 20, Dairy Queen fans can enjoy a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer, while supplies last) at participating non-mall DQ??and?DQ Grill & Chill??locations throughout the U.S. Following Free Cone Day, DQ is offering a small regular or dipped soft serve cone for 50 cents, available […]

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