Taste of Italy Wine Dinner Series to Start This Month at Carmelo's!
Calling all wine connoisseurs and novices …
We are obsessed with wine, embarrassingly so, after all, it’s ingrained in our genes! Active life, great food, and superb wine... What's better than toasting the New Year with Prosecco before tennis?
FROM THE NEOLITHICS TO 2015
From the Neolithics, where on the central plain of China in the archeological site of Jiahu, residues on pottery shards clearly imply that over 9,000 years ago a concoction of rice, honey and fruit was enjoyed; to about 4500 BC in Grecian Macedonia where remnants of crushed grapes were recovered; to the Mycenaean Greeks who introduced Viticulture to Sicily and southern Italy thus preparing the way for Greek colonization around 800 BC, when wine making began to flourish.
Our ancestors didn’t have the benefits of science declaring wine is good for us, or being advised not to enjoy it too much – they just knew it was pleasing! As do we, the camaraderie enjoyed around the table over dinner and wine of choice is simply incomparable.
When the Romans defeated the Carthaginians in the 2nd century BC not only did production flourish in Italy, there was such an abundance of slave-run plantations, in AD 92 the Emperor Domitian destroyed a great number of them to allow for the production of food. Thus we imagine began the delightful marriage of delicious food and splendiferous wines.
It was customary during this time to mix wine with a good proportion of water, which may otherwise have been unpalatable, making wine drinking a fundamental part of early Italian life. Carmelo’s own initiation to wine is the memory of his father, who like many Italians produced his own wine and would enjoy a small glass mixed with water at lunch and dinner.
ONE MILLION WINEMAKERS IN THE COUNTRY OF LA BELLA VITA
With a heritage steeped in vino, Italy is home to some of the world’s oldest wine producing regions and is the world’s largest producer of wine by volume. Ranking fifth on the world consumption list with about 80-90 bottles per person being consumed per annum, it does not seem so extraordinary that the country of la bella vita (the beautiful/good life) hosts around 1 MILLION winemakers! Eighty percent of the wineries are single-owned while twenty two percent are allocated to certified wine.
With 80 of the latter, approximately 220,000 wineries being proudly represented on our wine list we are excited to announce the uncorking of our “Taste of Italy” wine dinner series.
START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH A WINE DINNER!
What better way to begin the year than with Cormons’ Vino della Pace; the wine of peace? The only wine, to our knowledge, specifically promoting world peace. It is produced from over 830 varietals of grapes, blended for an incomparable taste, and pairing well with everything from veggie plates to fish and meat. For our many friends who enjoy the great Batasiolo Barolos; we will be sharing for the first time the 2008 Briccolina and the 2009 Brunate in a flight together with the 2007 Boscareto.
Join Carmelo in Houston on Friday, January 23 and in Austin on Thursday January 29 for a taste of La Bella Vita, as he shares the love of his heritage.