Anselmi’s Passito Dessert Wine IS Dessert! Biscotti? OK! #ItalianFWT

For this month’s Italian Food Wine Travel prompt about Sweet Wine from Italy, we decided to keep to do something different and keep it simple! As regular readers know, we usually go ALL OUT with multi course meals and several wines for our regular monthly features about Italian wine and food on the first Saturday of the month, a general prompt for wine pairing on the second Saturday, and French food and wine on the the third Saturday of the month.

But this time, partly because of our busy schedules, we decided to just let the wine shine and so Sue picked up a chocolate almond tart and a tarimisu torte from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, the wine didn’t really play well with these choices.

And honestly, Anselmi – 2011 I Capitelli is so good it deserves to be left alone!

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Easter Bread and other Italian Traditions Paired with Wine

What does Easter look like to you? For Sue, it’s friends and family gathering around a great meal with Easter bread, plenty of wine and Torrnone candy!

At first, we weren’t going to join this month’s Italian Wine Food Travel edition of Italian Easter Traditions hosted by Vino Travels because we had too much going on and with spring break activities, we didn’t think we’d be around. But then Sue started talking about her Italian family’s tradition of a special Easter Bread, and I told her that of course she had to make this so we could participate!

Italian Easter bread is full of parmesan goodness!

Italian Easter bread was always present on Sue’s family’s table for Easter dinner, and so that was the start of our inspiration, then when we had lunch with Lisa Anselmi and she started talking about her family’s tradition of asparagus risotto at Easter and how well it paired with their Capitel Foscarino wine, we knew what else had to be on our menu. Continue reading

Women In Wine: Lisa Anselmi, Anselmi Wines

Lisa Anselmi says she has a glass of their San Vincenzo almost every day

For Women’s History Month here on Wine Predator, we are focusing in on WOMEN IN WINE as much as possible, particularly, women we’ve met who wine! Last Wednesday March 8 was International Women’s Day and we featured Erica Crawford of New Zealand’s Loveblock Wine who we met at Wolf on Melrose in LA, CA.

Wine Predator Gwendolyn Alley, Lisa Anselmi, Que Syrah Sue

On Monday, March 13, Que Syrah Sue and I had lunch at Obica on Sunset with Lisa Anselmi; her grandfather began making wine from the family vineyards in the Veneto region of north eastern Italy  80 years ago, her dad changed direction to produce higher quality wine, and now Lisa is getting their story out to the world. Continue reading