Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
Now that Spring has sprung and it is still light out when I arrive home from work, nothing welcomes me more than a nice refreshing glass of Prosecco. This Borgoluce Brut is one of my favorites. It has been made by the Collalto family for the past thousand or so years in an area off of the Piave river about 45 miles north of Venice on land was donated to them by King Berengario II. The area hasn't changed so much in all that time...still mostly agrarian. The grapes for this wine are 100% Glera, the true varietal of Prosecco. The wine is light and refreshing with plenty of effervescence. It is fantastic by itself as a cocktail or with some light antipasto.
Piave Vecchio (blue label)
$25 per pound
This cheese is made alongside and named for the same Piave river as the vineyards of Prosecco lie. Prosecco and Piave are a near perfect pairing -- following the mantra that "if it grows together it goes together." The cheese itself is light and tropical in flavor. It is firm but lacks the crystals of its older brother, the red labeled Piave Stravecchio. The Piave Vecchio is also excellent on occasions where Parmiggiano Reggiano would be too salty or strong.
Something kinda sweet...
Casa Forcello Pear Mustard
7.85 oz or 220gr
The perfect mix of savory and sweet, this pear jam is fortified with mustard extract giving it a spicy kick that pairs great with all types of cheeses and various salumi. This particular variety is a specialty of Montova in Emilia-Romagna, and besides going great with the Piave, I love it with thinly sliced mortadella.
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