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Franciacorta and Vinoroma

27 Jun

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Had THE best Saturday night. Come, friends, and spy on my adventures!

Ever heard of Franciacorta? Chances are good that you’re like me–don’t be ashamed to say no! I hadn’t either.

I had the pleasure of being invited to a little dinner among friends where Franciacorta (don’t call it prosecco, champagne, spumante, or even –gasp– fizzy wine) was the star. Everyone brought a bottle and I am sure mine was the cheapest, so we probably had that one at the end when the quality didn’t much matter anymore, and we had already extracted the brain from the pig’s head. (Wow. Yes. I will get to that later.)

Have you ever heard of Vinoroma? If not, then I am honored to be the one to introduce you. Lovely reader of my blog, allow me to introduce you to Vinoroma. (Go on, click and go shake hands. I’ll wait.)

As my friends proudly told me, Vinoroma is very highly regarded on TripAdvisor, and rightfully so! Hande and Theo are absolutely lovely. They were so hospitable, charming, and above all completely know their stuff.

Franciacorta is an alternative to the bubbly prosecco. As Hande told us, the bubbles are “softer” and although it is made using the “metodo classico” like champagne, it has a completely different character and is only a 50-year old, so a relative youngster! We tried, ahem, several bottles throughout the evening:

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(Full disclosure: above photo doesn’t include the two bottles that were still “chilling” in the by-then completely melted ice bucket, as well as two on the table…!)

Wondering about the bowl of grapes? Here’s a clever trick for you: freeze grapes and then use them as “ice cubes” in your wine glass to keep your wine chilled! I know, right?!

The evening was made wonderful by the fact that many of us from the blogosphere got to meet in person for the nth time or for the first time.

You all know Arlene and Sara already…

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Arlene! Stop being so silly!

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Sorry about my hair in your face there.

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That’s my Sara girl, always getting the great shot.

But I met a host of bloggers new to me as well, like Katie and Eleonora.

And, the pig’s head? I thought you’d never ask!

Porchetta was the big food star of the evening, and we savages decided to carve that sucker up to bits and pieces. (This is where the vegetarians swear off my blog forever and ever and ever…)

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Katie makes this whole process look so incredibly elegant…

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Nothing like feasting on a pig’s head to make an evening exciting.

Until next time, cin-cin!

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Ho avuto un sabato sera da non dimenticare. Venite, amici, e spiate un po’ le mie avventure!

Avete mai sentito parlare di Franciacorta? Beh, essendo una persona che legge italiano, le possibilita’ forse sono migliori rispetto ai miei lettori in inglese…forse. Comunque non mi vergogno di dirvi che nonostante che il padre dei miei tre figli e’ sommelier, neanch’io avevo mai sentito parlare di Franciacorta.

Ho avuto la fortuna di essere stata fra i pochi invitati a una cena fra amici dove l’ospite d’onore e’ stato questo Sig. Franciacorta (non chiamarlo prosecco, champagne, spumante, o, per l’amor di Dio, semplicemente un vino frizzante qualunque). Il “biglietto d’ingresso” e’ stata una bottiglia e sono sicurissima che la mia era la piu’ pulciara, percio’ molto probabilmente abbiamo bevuto quella alla fin fine, quando la qualita’ non importava tanto, visto che stavamo gia’ lavorando sodo per estrarre il cervello dalla testa del maiale. (Si’, insomma, ne parleremo un po’ piu’ in la’.)

Ma avete mai sentito parlare di Vinoroma? Se la risposta e’ no, allora ho l’onore di presentarvi. Caro lettore, ti presento Vinoroma. (Vai, clicca e stringere un po’ la mano. Ti aspettero’.)

Come i miei amici mi hanno detto con orgoglio, Vinoroma e’ molto ben apprezzato dai viaggiatori di Tripadvisor. E giustamente, poi! Hande e Theo sono fantastici. Sono simpaticissimi, accoglienti, e sopratutto sanno le loro cose sul vino.

Per chi non lo sa, Franciacorta e’ un alternativo al prosecco per l’aperitivo. Come ci ha detto Hande, le bollicine sono piu’ “morbidi” e anche se lo fanno utilizzando il metodo classico champenoise come la champagne, Franciacorta ha un carattere completamente diverso e ha solo 50 anni, quindi ancora bimbo rispetto agli altri! Abbiamo assaggiato, mamma mia, un paio di bottiglie durante la nostra serata:

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(Vi confesso tutto: la foto sopra non dimostra le due bottiglie aperte in tavola e anche le due bottiglie che stavano nuotando nel ghiaccio…!)

Sapevate quel trucco delle uva? Io no. Se le surgelate, potete utilizzarle come cubi di ghiaccio nel bicchiere per mantenere fresco il vostro vino bianco. E lo so, io, lo so!

La serata e’ stata ancora piu’ fantastica grazie alla presenza di altri “blogger” che conosco da (sembra) una vita, o che ora conosco da sabato sera.

Gia’ conoscete Arlene e Sara

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Ar-lay-nay! Smettila di essere sciocca!

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Ecco, scusa Arlene, i miei capelli si sono ribellati un pochino.

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Eccola la mia piccola Sara, sempre nella ricerca della foto perfetta.

Le “bloggiste” nuove a me poi sono gia’ molto conosciute in rete, come Katie e Eleonora.

E poi la testa di maiale? Aspettavo la vostra curiosita’ per chiedermi!

C’e’ stata la porchetta, come in una sera godevolissimamente casareccia ai Castelli, e noi selvaggi abbiamo deciso di macellare quella cosa finche’ non si riconosceva piu’. A questo punto la sera e’ scesa pericolosamente vicino alla scena sulla spiaggia di “Il Signore delle Mosche.” (Ecco il punto esatto in cui tutti i miei lettori vegetariani mi odiaranno per sempre e sempre e sempre e eternamente e poi sempre….)

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Avete visto quanto la signorina Katie e’ elegante nel suo lavoro?

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Niente come cercare er cervello der porco per rendere una serata frizzantina.

Allora raga’ vi saluto alla prossima, cin-cin!

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19 Responses to “Franciacorta and Vinoroma”

  1. Hande June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    what a lovely account of our evening – thanks to all who were there, it was a huge success. Baci!

  2. rosann June 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Wow, that looks like quite the evening. Was that particular evening just for local bloggers? That’s definitely on my to-do list. I’m just beginning to learn about wine. How fun. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Hande! It was so fun. Thanks again for being such a lovely host. I look forward to seeing you again before long!

  4. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    It wasn’t necessarily for local bloggers, but it turns out that a lot of us know each other through our blogs or through friends of ours who blog. The Rome expat community is quite a small world, especially among those of us who have lived here for more than a few years!

  5. katieparla June 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    What a great night! Hande and Theo were the consumate hosts and the company was lovely, especially that grinning severed pigs head:) great to meet you and see you soon!!

  6. Robyn Wilson June 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    soooo good to see you!

  7. anna June 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    what an awesome grape ice cube idea.. i think i am gonna steal that! i love franciacorta too! ca you remember the name of your favorite?

  8. raisingcubs June 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Great post, Shelley!
    Hande, thank you again for the perfect evening – good food, great ambience, fabulous company.
    Helen

  9. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Absolutely. And frankly let me just say that I was mightily impressed with your fearlessness in diving in to that porchetta. Nice.

  10. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    I miss you bunches!

  11. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I can’t remember, and I think that is the result of the 8 bottles that preceded it. Sorry. Bad blogger.

  12. Un'americana a Roma June 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    I second that. And… the address of your mysterious blog is finally revealed! Yay!

  13. raisingcubs June 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Ah – haven’t touched it in over a year though…

  14. Elizabeth June 28, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    Looks like a lovely, pig filled evening was had by all. Sorry to have missed it and hope there will be a repeat soon. With franciacorta, pork or anything really.

  15. Un'americana a Roma June 28, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Elizabeth! You were missed. Hope to see you at the next pig-filled evening. 🙂

  16. Hande July 4, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    oh, just realized I didn’t send you all the list of the Franciacortas? Franciacorte? we drank. Coming right up!

  17. Un'americana a Roma July 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Lovely! Who could remember them all? We were such champion “taste testers,” weren’t we??

  18. Eleonora July 23, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    I’m so late in commenting… sorry!
    It was lovely to meet you, nothing like sharing bubbly and pork brains on a first encounter among Rome resident/expat bloggers.

    Hopefully we’ll repeat again soon!

  19. Jhornalyn February 2, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Wow Enrica !!!!!! Sei bsasivrima!!! Complimenti per tutto…il blog, le foto, la precisione nelle ricette , la cura dei dettagli!!!!! L’originalita’ !!! Mi sa che sbircerò piu di una volta… E naturalmente passero’ parola.Da buona vicina dovrò ingegnarmi pure io…..;) Hasta prontito, besos para tĂ­ y Marta.Susy

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