“Buon vino fa buon sangue”
An old Italian phrase that translates loosely as “..good wine makes for good cheer.” Which aptly describes the other night’s Cru Club dinner at neighborhood fave L’Oca, where chef Luca Garruti’s four course menu was enhanced with a palate challenging array of wines…and the bonhommie generated by lively conversation that ensued.
Arneis, Erbaluce di Caluso… a duet of Langhe Nebbiolos, one from Mombeltrano..Borgo Convento’s Friulano… a wildly flavorful Salento Primitivo…2000 Tignanello and a Montevetrano…a smooth as pecorino Brunello…a pair of ’97 Barbarescos…Kerner – unique, flavorful, aromatic… classic examples of Soave…and other examples of the diversity of Italy’s vineyards that, quite frankly, most of us were too overwhelmed by the shank of the evening to remember.
The only thing that would have made the festivities more noteworthy would have been having us all teletransported to the terace of a hilltop villa among the vines at dusk. Can’t blame an old aficianado for dreaming, can you?