Dottore Alberto “The Silver Fox” Marchesi di Gresy is a man who knows how to take lunch. And he takes lunch seriously, stuff especially for Easter.
Not only does Easter have supreme religious significance for one of the most stalwart Catholic segments of Italy, sovaldi sale but it also typically falls at flowering. Flowering is the exceptional moment when a vineyard bursts into life, displaying successful pollination by the formation of tiny wedding-bell-white flowers pushing out from the vines. Without flowering there is no wine. And without wine, there can be no lunch. And without wine and lunch, can there really be Easter?
In Piedmont, this would be una tragedia significativo, nearly a sin, and to be avoided at all costs. You see, where Marchesi is from, life moves a little differently: Italians work in order to live, and there is no better living than an expeditious, four to six hour meal in the middle of the day. This year celebrate Easter the way Italians do, with a feast of momentous proportions.
You will, of course, need wine. And lots of it. For not only does wine symbolize life in Piedmont but also makes the extended time of forced-family-fun we Americans call Easter brunch so much better.
But first – just after you have put on your derbies, cravat and fob, but before you go to Church – mix yourself up a Waterford Manhattan: http://www.waterfordwine.com/2011/04/15/taking-manhattan-the-waterford-manhattan-cocktail/. Not only will you find your powers of concentration and endurance highly elevated but also your capacity for ecumenical charity and commonweal. Your generosity is as beautiful as the flowering in Piedmont; let it flow like an April snow showers in Wisconsin. And go ahead and make yourself another Manhattan. The Silver Fox would approve.
Back to the wine:
Teaching that there is an order and structure to a properly done six hour lunch, the good Dottore starts with Barbera: “this is my father’s wine. He made five, sometimes ten barrels to drink in the vineyards. In Barbaresco, the crus [vineyards] are steep and work is all done by hand. Once out in the vineyard papa wouldn’t want to return, so every day he would take a loaf of my mother’s focaccia, a slice of salami, and two bottles of Barbera into the hills.”
“This is fresh wine and we drink it in his spirit: it is made to be shared, it is made to make us happy. Sometimes wine should be a great accompaniment to the occasion, sustaining the conversation without interrupting it; a quiet harmony to the grand melody of a good lunch.”
Marchesi’s Barbera is indeed fresh, with aromas of strawberries, orange zest and touches of rosemary and mint. The palate is all Piedmont, dominated by flavors of Bing cherries. Its vibrant acidity pleases the palate, refreshingly elegant and stimulating. Consume it in great quantities, for it pairs with any Italian food and tastes even better on the third bottle.
While the Barbera may be a wine for sharing, The Silver Fox’s Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros is not. This is a wine to hide in the kitchen, away from other guests, and share with just the chosen few. Camp Gros is single cru within Martinenga vineyard. Made entirely of Nebbiolo, it portrays the essence of roses, seduces with aromas of black truffles, gracefully dances across the palate with arenaceous taninns yet also stops you dead in your tracks in order to admire its beauty. This wine’s harmony, elegance and finesse showcase why Barbaresco is known as one of Italy’s greatest wines. Drink just one bottle this Easter, and for every Easter thereafter for the next three decades.
And finally, a Moscato. Frizzante and just a kiss dolce, Alberto notes, “it makes you feel ten pounds lighter, which is why all Barolo and Barbaresco producers make a Moscato.” As charming and full of life as a vineyard in bloom, no Italian feast is complete without Moscato’s sweetly caressing grazie.
Dottore Alberto Marchesi di Gresy takes his lunch seriously, and this Easter, so should you.
2007 Marchesi di Gresy Barbera
Suggested List Price: $19.99
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2004 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros
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94 points Robert Parker, 39% below national retail average, available exclusively at Waterford Wine Company.*
2010 Marchesi di Gresy Moscato La Serra
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Now, for your delectation, the feast!
Leek Gratin with Black Truffles
Shaved Asparagus and Parmesan in a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Spring Vegetable Lasagna with Artichokes
Mache and Golden Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Duo of Lamb: Loin and Shank with Cannellini and Porcini in a Reduction Sauce with Mint Pesto
We will taste these wines Friday and Saturday.
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Tim Hansen (among others) edited the body of this piece. Eva Christiansen (among others) edited the recipes.