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Who doesn’t love an antipasto plate? Sometimes something quick and simple can be intensely satisfying.

anti·pasto (an′ti päs′tō, pas′tō; än′tē päs′tō)

noun; an assortment, as of salted fish, marinated vegetables, meats, cheeses, and olives, served as an appetizer. [Italian : anti-, before (from Latin ante-; see ante–) + pasto, food (from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed).]

As most of you are aware and can easily deduce from the definition above, antipasto translated from Italian means, “before the meal” or “before the pasta”.

antiMy Italian friends have informed me to be creative and flexible when creating these scrumptious arrays of finger foods. Here are some of the nibbles we included in ours last night: roasted red peppers, large capers, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, marinated Parmesan cubes, fig jam, Italian salami, Serrano ham, Spanish Manchego cheese, Italian Taleggio cheese, Danish blue cheese, Andouille & Merguez sausages, served with toasted French bread and please, don’t forget the wine. Italian wine would be a perfect choice.

We were thrilled to receive these Italian wines as a welcome gift on my arrival to Sweden. The impressive & brilliant, 2003 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi.

The reviews list this wine as, nutty, with a dried fruit and clean mineral character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, lots of flavor and a long finish. Nice dusky plumb tones in the glass. Nose of raisins, prunes, cherry, summer berries and vanilla. Very smooth – this wine is 15.5% ABV but this is not readily apparent on the palate. (Deceptively boozy). Plenty of dark sour fruits, chocolate, cinnamon, spice and a good lingering finish of kirsch and plum. Very nice. 5,000 cases made.

Wine: 2003 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella Selezione Antonio Castagnedi
Type: Red
Producer: Tenuta Sant’Antonio
Varietal: Corvina Blend
Designation: Selezione Antonio Castagnedi
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
SubRegion: Valpolicella
Appellation: Amarone della Valpolicella

91 points. Around $50 USD here.

 

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Salute!

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