Food, Wine & Friends
Italian Styled Home Cookin'
We began with an "okay" bottle of Prosecco...nothing to write home
about. Just another bottle we bought to taste...and reject as too
The eggplant pure was rather good.
Then Bob got busy preparing Filetti di Soglia alla Mugnaia.
That's "Sole Meuniere".
The filets of sole are floured and then fried in butter and olive oil.
Once cooked, Bob plates these and tops them with a chiffonade of parsley.
Then he browns some butter to "wilt" the parsley and finish the dish.
Lemons are, of course, mandatory!
We opened a couple of White Bordeaux.
The 2001 Pavillon Blanc of Chteau Margaux was a rather stony, mildly herbal
The 2002 Blanc de Lynch Bages was more woodsy and oaky. Both paired
handsomely with this dish.
Now Bob had to get busy with the main plate...so a few stirs of the fresh tomato
sauce were required.
I opened a couple of bottles of 1996 Brunello di Montalcino.
Bob's homemade bread crumbs ("No sourdough bread!" he cautions,
"You have to use something good like Acme or Grace breads. And you
'pulse' the food processor so the crumbs are coarse; not too fine!")
really are perfect on these chicken cutlets.
The beans are nice and squeaky, too, having been grown by our pals The Tolmachs.
Caparzo's 1996 La Casa Brunello was excellent. The vintage is of modest
quality, but you would not know if by this bottle! "La Casa" is
their prestige bottling of Brunello and it's matured for a period of time in
small French oak. Yes...a nice cedary note giving it some measure of
"international style," but it's Brunello through and through.
The Costanti 1996 was a more "traditionally-styled" wine and displayed
a bit more of the earthy and leathery notes we find in many Brunello
wines. It was quite good, too, but a notch below the Caparzo.
Poached pears for dessert...I forgot to take a picture of them, so I snuck into
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