Friday night- especially after a very long week- calls for a good home-cooked meal and a great glass of wine.  We had a bunch of yellow tomatoes left from our backyard I needed to use, and hence this Friday night chili was born.

I rendered a couple of pieces of bacon, browned some ground turkey and then sweated celery, carrots and garlic.  Added the tomatoes and some water- let this simmer for a few minutes and seasoned with salt and red pepper. At the end we threw in some spinach and topped with fresh cilantro.  Comfort in a bowl- especially served over steamed rice.

Another wonderful thing about Fridays is that a usually have a glass of something special left in a bottle after the work week.  Yesterday I had an open bottle of Ca’ del Bosco’s Cuvee Anna Maria Clementi Franciacorta, 2003.  This wine is special for many reasons.  It is made from grapes from a single vineyard, named after the winemaker’s mother, Anna Maria Clementi.  The wine is meticulously blended in small batches- and undergoes a fermentation on the yeasts for more than six years.  As you might imagine, the flavor profile that develops after this long is nothing short of divine. The wine is fresh and vibrant on the palate, with lingering spicy notes of citrus rind and dried thyme.  I love the brisk acidity paired with such fine bubbles.  This is a wine made for somebody’s mother, with all the care and respect you’d imagine. Salute!

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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