Thursday, January 1, 2009

Buon Anno con Bacchus

"It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth." -- Pliny the Elder

"In wine there is health (In vino sanitas)" -- Pliny the Elder

Exhausted from Pompeii, we celebrated the new year (buon anno) over a bottle of chianti and room service. I had Classic Spaghetti Alla Carbonara -- a rich sauce with egg, pancetta bacon, Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese served over pasta al dente!

Visit the Website: RUFFINO
Ruffino Chianto Classico Riserva Ducale Oro is an iconic wine from the Chianti Classico sub region right outside of Florence. According to the literature, Ruffino, owned by the Folanari family, is committed to cultivating the finest Sangiovese grapes on the Tuscan slopes of the Chianti Classico hills.

Its first year of production was in 1947 and the Ruffino brand is synonymous with Chianti Classico worldwide. According to Ruffino's website Riserva Ducale Oro is produced only in the very best vintages. "One of this extraordinary wine's main features is, in fact, its longevity. Some of the best vintages in the past 50 years include: 1949 and 1955, 1970 and 1975, 1983 and 1985, 1990, 1999, 2001 and the recent 2003." We had the 1995 -- magnifico.

A few fun facts...
RUFFINO Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva starred in the movie THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA with Meryl Streep (my favorite actress) appearing in two scenes in the beginning.
Todd English visited Ruffino last fall to fill an episode of Food Trips

Room service had me wanting for a recipe for Classic Spaghetti alla Carbonara. I found a few on Epicurious that all look easy and delicious but the one that is "classic" is from Gourmet Magazine. I'm going to have to try this when I get home (or course, its a "local" recipe in Rome on New Year's Eve but NOT a local dish in New York City)!

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