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3 Best Wines to Pair with Pizza and Your Friday Night Dinner Date

 TAGS:undefinedPizza and wine are a match made in heaven, but it is important to get the pairing right. Some of the wines that you may want to choose for pairing with pizza include red wines, sparkling wines and even some white wines for specific types of pizza. Here are a few of the best wines to consider for pairing when you have a Friday night pizza date:

Classic Italian Pizzas and Mild Red or Rose Wines

Pizza may seem like a casual food but pairing it with the right wine may be more difficult than you think. Combinations of ingredients, base sauces and meat make mild red wines the best choice for classic pizzas. Some of the best wines for the pizzas we all know, and love include:

  • Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet for spicy pepperoni pizza
  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 For Classic Margherita (tomato sauce) and cheese pizza
  • Lambrusco Palazzo Vecchio Rosso to a mild wine to pair with authentic Italian pizza

The best wines for pairing with pizza are those that help to bring out the flavours of ingredients without overpowering them with the flavour of the wine. And, it often depends on the type of pizza and ingredients as to what wine you pair with it.

Pairings for Other Italian Dishes and Meaty or Spicy Pizza Variations

Your date may want to try something other than pizza or choose to order a speciality pizza without the classic ingredients. Here are some wines to pair with dessert and other Italian dishes to cover any situation:

  • Reds for BBQ and Pizza with Red Meat
  • Red Lambrusco for pizza with meaty flavours

Prosecco and Italian Sparkling Wines for Desert Dishes

If you want to impress your dinner guest, pair desert dishes with mildly sweat sparkling wines. Prosecco is an excellent choice, for sweater deserts, choose brut sparkling wines, and for deserts with less sugar, pair them with seco, semi seco or dolce sparkling wines.

As you can see, choosing the right wines to pair with your favourite pizza is harder than you may think. Try some of these wines for your pizza dinner date to match the Italian flavours with the perfect wines.

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After Dinner: 5 Cocktails for Dessert

 TAGS:undefinedIf you want to do interesting deserts after dinner, you may want to consider cocktails with fruit. There are fruits that are in season throughout the year to give you a recipe for dinner during any season. Some of the deserts with refreshing cocktails include:

1. Refreshing Watermelon Sorbet with Rose Prosecco for Fresh Dinner Cocktails

If you are looking for interesting cocktails to serve before or after dinner, this Prosecco recipe is a great place to start. To make your Watermelon Prosecco Sorbet, you are going to need:

• 1 Teaspoon Lemon or lime zest
• 1 cup of sugar
• ½ Sweet baby watermelon
• 1 Lime or lime
• 1 Egg white
• Prosecco rose wine

Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you will want to use lemon or lime. Lime is good to contrast sweeter fruits and the lime is sweeter for less ripened fruit. Reduce the sugar to a syrup on the stove and let cool. Once the sugar has cooled, cut the watermelon into small cubes and add I and the lemon zest to the mixture. Pour the fruit mixture into a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and Prosecco wine. Blend the mixture until it has a thick and creamy consistency and then pour it into cocktail glasses and garnish it with a spring of fresh mint.

2. Strawberry Slushy with White Moscato Wine for A Tasty Spring Treat

In the late spring, strawberries are a fresh fruit that you will see in your grocery store. There are many Moscato recipes that you can try with fresh strawberries, including this simple strawberry slushy recipe. The ingredients you will need for your strawberry slushy cocktail include:

• Fresh Strawberries
• Moscato wine

Ahead of time, freeze your fresh strawberries to ensure a creamier texture to your slushy. Take the strawberries out of the freezer and put them directly into the blender. Pour the Moscato wine over them until all the strawberries are covered, and then blend the mixture until it has the texture you want. Garnish the finished cocktail with strawberries and a sprig of fresh mint.

3. Mulled Wine with Chocolate and Fresh Spices to Warm You Up in Cold Weather

In German-speaking countries, a different kind of wine drink is the preferred winter beverage; mulled wine. This is a type of warm drink to help combat bitter cold temperatures. It is great with fresh spices like cinnamon and fruit. If you want to do something different with a mulled wine cocktail, the ingredients will help warm your spirits on a cold winter’s day:

• Hot Chocolate or Cocoa Powder
• Cinnamon Sticks
• Shaved Dark Chocolate
• Mulled Wine
• Fresh Apples

In a pan, add the Choco powder, cinnamon and apples with two tablespoons of brown sugar and a cup of water. Bring the pan to a boil and let it simmer until the mixture becomes thick and has a thick texture. Slowly, add the mulled wine as you bring the temperature down and turn the heat off. Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish them with a stick of cinnamon and a sliver of fresh apple. As a final touch, sprinkle dark chocolate shavings on the tip of the cocktail.

4. Refreshing White Peach Sangria for A Summer Classic To Serve At Dinner

One famous winter wine drink for those hot summer days is Sangria. Today, there are many variations of the classic Spanish Sangria, which include a white peach sangria. Here are some of the ingredients you will need for a refreshing twist for sangria:

• White Peaches
• Oranges
• White Wine
• Brandy
• 1 Tablespoon Sugar

In a pan, add the sugar and an equal amount of water, and bring it to a boil until it has the consistency of syrup. Let the syrup cool, and then, add it and the peeled peaches in a blender and blend it into a puree consistency. Slice peaches and oranges and put them in a pitcher, pour the fruit puree mixture over the fruit, and then, add equal parts wine and brandy. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight, and it will be ready to serve the next day.

5. Creamy Cava Ice Cream Floats for With Fresh Strawberries for Spring Weather

Soda floats are a great hot weather dessert, and they can be made into interesting cocktails just by adding a bit of Cava. The ingredients are as simple as:

• Vanilla Ice cream
• Dry Cava

This is a simple recipe that you can try and add your own ingredients like fresh fruit to make it your own special cocktail recipe.

Try one of these refreshing cocktails to add an exciting dessert to complete your dinner. Here you will find some of the wines and spirits you need to complete your deserts.

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Friuli: captivating white wines

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In Friuli, in the Northeastern Italy, we find some of the best known Italian white wines, although the region is relatively small compared to the rest of Italy.

In this region, vignerons grow thirty varieties of wine of different types, which often occurs in small amounts. Among the most popular areas of the region, we find the following ones:  

1. Friuli Grave

Friuli Grave represents more than half of the production. It consists of a large flat valley where the ground has a lot of big stones. The stones are heated in the day and cool down at night, which it helps to ripen the grapes during the day, while maintaining high acidity. Today, wines made from Pinot Grigio and Prosecco are the undisputed kings of Friuli-Grave, and are ideal for combining with sushi, vegetables, and light cheese, or alone as a refreshing aperitif.

2. Colli Orientali del Friuli

Located in the east of Udine, in this area, you will find both local and international varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. The white wines of Colli Orientali del Friuli have aromas of white flowers and ripe apples. On the palate, you can taste a lot of fruit and a long tingly aftertaste.

The most important local varieties include Friulano, lean and hard grapes with delicate notes of thyme and apricot; Meyer, whose wines are reminiscent of lemon, ripe red currant and a final bitter almond; Ribolla Gialla (Jal-la), grapes of high acidity, rich flavors of apricot, tangerine and Asian pear structure; and finally, Malvasia (mal-vah-see-ah), characterized by crispy floral notes and perfume.

Although these wines are not cheap and are hard to find, they are really special and appreciated thanks to its flavors of acacia honey, figs, dried fruit and mineral flavors with sweetness balanced by acidity. They go perfectly with pastry desserts based on nuts, cured cheeses or simply alone.

3. Collio

Collio, situated on the border of Slovenia, in the district of Gorizia, is famous for its Chardonnay and aged blend of local white wine. This area represents just over 5% of the vineyards. International varieties find here favorable conditions to develop their full potential: among them, we highlight the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Their wines are fermented with little or no contact with oxygen, therefore, they usually have the presence of fresh notes reminiscent of ripe apples, apricots and pineapple, accompanied by aromas of ripening as hazelnut and vanilla.

4. Carso

Located in the hills of the area of Trieste, it is a fairly small area and is known for its orange wine area.

Orange Wine is produced under a traditional method of making white wine, letting the juice stay in contact with the grape skins. Increasingly more appreciated, it is a wine that seduces you with aromas of dried fruits, tea leaves, sweet spices, touches of sweet oxidation, high acidity, its soft tannins and a long aftertaste.

Although there are no written rules for the grape varieties that can be used in the orange wine Carso, the most common grapes are Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia or, where it is appropriate, the blend is decided by the producer himself.

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Jermann Pinot Grigio 2015: a white wine from Friuli-Venezia Giulia based on the best pinot grigio from 2015 and presents an alcohol content of 13%. 

 

 

4 Vegan cocktails to enjoy this summer

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Being vegan should not mean that you can’t enjoy a delicious cocktail, so today we propose some cocktails that contain no ingredients of animal origin. Delight yourself with these fresh drinks for the summer.

Bellini

Ingredients:

  • 3 White-fleshed peaches
  • 1 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of sparkling Prosecco

Preparation:

  1. Place the peaches in boiling water. After two minutes proceed to drain and peel them.
  2. Cut the peaches into pieces and blend with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  3. Empty the contents of the blender into a jar and add the Prosecco.
  4. Mix and serve in glasses.

Mojito orange

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts of dark rum
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Fruit to decorate

Preparation:

  1. In a large glass put the brown sugar, the mint leaves and pieces of orange. Crush using a mortar.
  2. Filter the juice and pour into two glasses. Add the crushed ice and rum.
  3. Garnish with mint and fruit.

Sangria

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of brandy
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 bottles of white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 6 diced white-fleshed peaches
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of strawberries
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Mix in a bowl the brandy and the sugar until the latter is dissolved.
  2. Add the white wine and fruit.
  3. Put the preparation into the refrigerator all night long.
  4. Add ice cubes before serving.

Aloha Amaretto cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 measure of cranberry juice
  • 1 measure of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 measure amaretto

Preparation:

  1. Mix ingredients and serve in a glass with crushed ice.

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Beat the heat with 4 delicious vegan cocktails

 TAGS:undefinedBeing vegan is not incompatible with the ability to enjoy a delicious cocktail. That’s why today, we suggest some cocktails that contain no ingredients of animal origin. Refreshing and delicious at the same time – beat the heat with these recipes!

Bellini:

Ingredients:

  • 3 White peaches
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco

Preparation:

  1. Place the peaches in boiling water. After two minutes, drain and peel them.
  2. Cut the peaches into pieces and blend with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  3. Pour the mix into a jar and add the Prosecco.
  4. Mix and serve in glasses.

Mojito orange

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts of dark rum
  • 1 orange
  • 2 twigs of mint
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Crushed ice 
  • Fruit 

Preparation:

  • Add the sugar, mint leaves and the previously cut orange into pieces and put the ingredients into a large glass. Crush using a mortar.
  • Run the juice through a sieve and pour the mix into two glasses. Add the crushed ice and rum. Garnish with mint and fruit.

Sangría

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of brandy
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 bottles of white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 6 diced white fleshed peaches
  • 2 sliced lemons
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of strawberries
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Mix the brandy and sugar in a bowl until the latter is dissolved.
  2. Add the white wine and the fruit.
  3. Leave the prepared mix in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Add ice cubes before serving.    

Amaretto Aloha cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1 measure of cranberry juice
  • 1 measure of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 measure of Amaretto   

Preparation:

Mix the ingredients and serve them in a glass with crushed ice.

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