Italy has always been a source for romantic inspiration… Think gondola rides in Venice, joyfully sharing a gelato in Rome or having an intimate picnic on a sunny afternoon in a beautiful park in Tuscany. With Valentine’s Day getting closer, we decided to give a nod to the country’s allure and embrace the amore.
Romeo & Juliet Passimento White 2015 embodies everything Valentine’s is about. Dedicated to Verona, this off-dry white from the Veneto shares one of the world’s most famous love stories, the tale of Giulietta e Romeo, who in fact didn’t live too far from the vineyard in the north of Italy.
At a moderate 13%, the delicate sweetness brought to the wine by the use of a portion of partially dried Garganega grapes feels like a warm welcome to what soon becomes a seductive blend of limoncello, eldelflower and poached pears.
A kiss between the juice and the grape’s skins -ok, not a kiss, maceration- gives the wine a fuller body and a pleasant juiciness. A hug of French oak -or maturation, for the cynics- adds to its complexity and grants us with a very subtle nutty character. What to serve it with? Well, besides passion, a mild flavoured Italian-inspired dishes such as a seafood risotto,
Romeo & Juliet Passimento White 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €17.95.
There is a red version of Romeo & Juliet Passimento, and you can get a gift box with both, which will make a fabulous gift to share, specially accompanied with a home cooked dinner.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.