It pays to know people in the world’s top wine regions – and here’s delicious proof.
On a journey to the mountain-ringed village of Friuli in northeast Italy, the Laithwaite’s team was introduced to the talented staff at the centuries-old Castello di Spessa estate by their good friend Alessandro Gallici. Alessandro knew that the estate’s wines were outstanding … the types of whites the locals usually keep to themselves.
|The Wine:||Friuli Isonzo 2013|
|The Maker:||Castello di Spessa|
Made with local star grape Friulano, the Castello di Spessa 2013 Friuli Isonzo is perfect for sipping with Italian delights like prosciutto-wrapped melon, grilled branzino with lemon, or linguine ai frutti di mare with clams, mussels, scallops and calamari. Part of the Frontgate Reserve Top 12 hand-selected wine collection, it’s our featured Wine of the Month.
An excellent alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, the Friuli Isonzo offers lush, delicate stone fruit and floral aromas, with subtle notes of almond (Friulano’s calling card). The crisp, elegant palate is brimming with pear, cantaloupe and apricot, again accented by those cool, classic nutty notes. Serve lightly chilled (its subtle flavors can become muted if the wine is too cold).
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The good news: Branzino, a European sea bass, is low in fat but has a wonderful richness when cooked on the bone. Food & Wine Star Chef Barbara Lynch stuffs the fish with lemons and herbs, then grills it until the skin is browned and crispy to add even more flavor. Even better news: In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a fast and healthy dinner on the table.
Four 1 lb. whole branzino—scaled and gutted, heads and tails removed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 thyme sprigs
4 bay leaves
2 lemons—1 thinly sliced, 1 cut into wedges
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Finely chopped parsley, for serving
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Season the fish cavities with salt and pepper. Stuff each cavity with a thyme sprig, a bay leaf and 2 lemon slices. Rub the outside of the fish with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Grill the branzino over high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp and just cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Serve right away, passing salt, lemon wedges and parsley at the table.
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Mark Roberts has been designing Christmas collectibles for 30 years, creating charming decor, ornaments and stocking holders that are prized worldwide. When we last left off with Mark in the Pure Serendipity post, he was digging through a treasure of jewels and creating the 2014 Designer Ornaments and the Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Fairy.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but sometimes a cocktail is nearly as precious. In fact, after a long day of running a business and putting the crazy concoctions of my imagination down on paper, a Mojito or Manhattan is just the ticket for unwinding. Even the simple ritual of standing at the bar, mixing one of my favorite cocktails, can be enough to melt the stress away.
As I sip my drink and let my mind wander to people and places, creative ideas often surface. These lead to MORE crazy concoctions of characters, some of which make it off the drawing board and debut in the Mark Roberts Collection the following year!
One evening – shaker in hand – I begin to think of festive cocktail parties. The holiday season can often seem like one happy hour after another. No doubt, these soirees are fodder for the creative mind.
Dapper gentlemen and glamorous women sparkling from head to toe in jewels. Stories and laughter flowing as freely as the champagne. One thought led to another, and soon I was sketching out ideas for the Mixologist Fairy.
I love every detail on this jolly soul, from his bejeweled cuff links to the glistening cocktail shaker. But the crowning accent is, of course, his old-fashioned hat complete with maraschino cherry. […]
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