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Weekly Pairing 8/6/2012

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Malvasia Istriana
Istria, Croatia

This wine is the product of a wonderful project from the Bastianich winery in Italy. They have three winemakers each making a different kind of wine from a different country. This Malvasia is my favorite of the three.

Malvasia is an ancient family of grapes ranging in color from very light pigmented white to very dark red. It is commonly used in the making of Malmsey Madeira, a rich fortified wine from the Madeira Islands of Portugal. The wine offered by Bastianich is a different grape and a different animal entirely. Malvasia Istriana is dry and the grapes are sourced from the beautiful shores of the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia. It is equal parts mineral and tropical with an elegant mid palate. Made in the traditional method of fermenting the grapes with a bit of skin contact in large cement vats, the wine develops a smooth texture that is offset by acidity and lifted by the ripe peach and nectarine flavors. It is excellent with grilled fish, light pasta and, of course, the local cheese.

Paški Sir
Pag Island, Croatia

Aged for one year, this sheep milk cheese is salty and nutty. Its appearance is crystalline, yet it is creamy in taste. Absolutely wonderful by itself, over pasta, or with a glass of Malvasia. To gild the lily, add some truffle honey.

Something Sweet...

Tartufi Di Fassia
Acacia and Black Summer Truffle Honey
2.82oz for $15

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  Bastianich "Adriatico "Malvasia Istriana 2009 $22.00 (currently out of stock)

  1lb Paški Sir $30.00*


  1/2 lb Paški Sir $15.00*


  Tartufi Di Fassia Acacia and Black Summer Truffle Honey 2.82oz $15.00




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