Boston blogger

You are currently browsing articles tagged Boston blogger.

You all know I love bubbly, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; Prosecco isn’t always my favorite. But then again, up until recently, I didn’t really know Prosecco. For me, Prosecco always brought to mind a pear-flavored, sort-of-sweet wine.

All of that changed a few weeks ago when I attended a Prosecco Superiore seminar at The Middle Gray in Brookline (which I love, by the way). It was a great afternoon of learning and tasting, and below are some of the highlights.

prosecco tasting

There’s more than one Prosecco. Did you know that? There are actually three designated types of Prosecco, and they are classified based on where the grapes are grown. Prosecco Superiore comes from Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a hilly area in North-East Italy, 50 km from Venice and around 100 from the Dolomites. Here, for over three centuries, people have grown the grapes that produce Prosecco Superiore, whose success began with the founding of Italy’s first School of Winemaking in 1876. The wine is hand-harvested only, due to the extremely steep nature of the hillsides. The vineyards have been so trained and shaped to the contours of the land that the area is being considered being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Prosecco tasting

Below you can see the buckets of grapes being moved from the vineyards. It’s a precarious undertaking! Unfortunately my camera failed me during the event, but there were some gorgeous photos. The region looks absolutely stunning.

Prosecco seminar

Prosecco Superiore can be dry or sweet or anything in between. Prosecco that is called dry is actually the sweetest, and the Brut Prosecco is the least sweet. As I mentioned above, I expect Prosecco to be sweet and was surprised at how most of the ones we tried were not.

We also learned that there are three types of Prosecco when it comes to bubbles; spumante (sparkling), frizzante (fizzy), and tranquilo (still). Still Prosecco, you might ask? Yes! Tranquilo is actually the oldest but least known type of Prosecco.

IMG_9503

 

We tasted the following wines. With so many wines, so much information, and great conversation with the group about food, travel, and wine, I was once again bad at tasting notes. I will let you know that I enjoyed all of the wines we tasted and would absolutely seek out the Brut Proseccos for future enjoying. Prosecco, even at top quality, is a great value and food-friendly, making these wines approachable and appropriate for everyday, not just special occasions!

Astoria Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry – $20

Perlage Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry “Col di Manza” – $18

Mionetto Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze Dry “Luxury” – $22

Adami Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Asciutto  “Vigneto Giardino” Rive di Colbertaldo 2015 – $22

Borgoluce Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut – $25

Mongarda Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut – $15

Ruggeri Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut “Vecchie Viti” – $21

Bortolomiol Valdobiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut “Prior” Millesimato 2015 – $15

Biancavigna Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Rive di Soligo 2015 – $18

Plan your own Prosecco travels with these wine tourism itineraries.

Thank you to Prosecco Superiore for hosting me!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Share

Tags: Boston blogger, bubbles, bubbly, events, Italian wine, Italy, prosecco, wine, wine events, wine tasting

It feels like a little bit of a dream and a bit of a whirlwind. Right before we left for Ireland (like four hours before we boarded the plane) I had the amazing opportunity of getting a sneak peek of Eataly Boston, which opens this week! Due to a late start and my hard stop to leave for the airport, I didn’t even get to tour all of Eataly, but everything I saw was simply incredible from start to finish.

I think I love Eataly Boston even more than I loved my first Eataly experience in New York City,  and I still have so much to see and taste and enjoy!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston, from the very first glance, is simply gorgeous, clean, fresh, and European-chic. I entered via Boylston Street and was like a kid on Christmas morning as we awaited our tour.

eataly boston

Chef Mario Batali, in his signature orange Crocs,  welcomed all of the media in attendance, and then led half of the group in the tour.

Eataly Boston Mario Batali

Eataly is designed to be like an Italian town center, with all of the little shops and restaurants you need to eat, shop, and learn. Chef Batali noted that it’s a place where you can pick up a coffee in the morning, grab lunch later in the day, and stock up on ingredients for dinner and entertaining at home later.

I love the concept of going from specialty store to specialty store – when we are in Europe we employ this practice, visiting quality butchers, cheese shops, etc. for everything we need for a memorable meal, and Eataly will make this all possible in one place. From beautiful produce to crepes, a huge cheese counter to award-winning pizza to a gorgeous wine store and so much more, Eataly will blow you away with its offerings. For full information, visit the Eataly Boston website.

With winter coming to Boston sooner rather than later, Eataly will feel like a mini getaway to Italy without having to dig into our wallets for the airfare, and it will be a most delicious place to come in out of the cold.

As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t stay for much of the tour, but I raced through and grabbed as many photos as I could before I left. Feast your eyes on the beauty that is Eataly Boston in the below photos. . . but be sure to pay this new Boston gem a visit as soon as you can!

eataly boston pasta   eataly boston crudo di mare eataly la cucina eataly boston eataly boston enoteca Eataly Boston eataly boston mario batali Eataly Boston Eataly Pasta

Eataly pasta   Eataly Boston Italian fashion Eataly Boston wine Italian sparkling wine Eataly Boston Eataly Eataly Boston

Eataly cafe  Eataly Boston creperie  Eataly Meats Eataly Boston cheese

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Share

Tags: Boston, Boston blogger, Eataly, events, Food, Mario Batali, tasting, tour, wine

The dog days of summer have meant very little cooking in these parts. There’s  been a lot of boat snacking and patio dining at our Dorchester favorites and many nights where some cheese and crackers made the meal. The one saving grace to our wallets and waistlines was our July Just Add Cooking week. As in past blog posts, Just Add Cooking kindly provided me with three meals to blog about. I’ve become a huge fan of the meals and local ingredients and just recently got a friend a gift card for a baby gift.

green gazpacho

It’s been HOT in Boston (and I am loving it), so two of my meal choices were cold meals, Gazpacho and Shrimp Ceviche and a super easy Chicken Caesar Salad.

I love ceviche but had never made it before, so I was a little nervous. As always, with the ingredients and instructions at the ready, Just Add Cooking made it simple. I absolutely loved the ceviche and gazpacho combo. It was well thought out and felt like air conditioning for the whole body. Plus it had a nice kick to it, always a bonus for me!

chicken caesar salad

The Caesar Salad was good, nothing out-of-the-ordinary, but a solid summer dinner that was delicious, made even more so by grilling the chicken. The recipe called for mushrooms, which I found a little odd for a Caesar salad, so I left them out and used them in something else. I like the guidance that Just Add Cooking provides but also the flexibility to make small changes here and there.

Our final meal of the week was the Italian Beef and Vegetable Sauté, which got a ton of flavor from sundried tomatoes. It was definitely more of a fall or winter meal, very comforting and rustic, and something I would definitely make again when it’s a little cooler. 

 

Italian Beef and Vegetable Saute

I am hoping the next few weeks are all out garden and farmers market eating, and then I am looking forward to getting on a cooking schedule that includes a week or two a month of Just Add Cooking. While I am enjoying the many weeks of summer left, I also know that fall will be busy!

Technorati Tags: , , , , ,

Share

Tags: Boston blogger, cooking, Food, food blog, Just Add Cooking, summer

« Older entries § Newer entries »

new restaurant
WordPress SEO fine-tune by Meta SEO Pack from Poradnik Webmastera