To tell the truth, there was hardly any danger at all involved – but clambering around on slippery rocks while hearing those huge waves crashing just a few feet away can really get the ol’ adrenaline going…
Toasting our mussel harvest on the beach with Rock Wall Sparkling Zin was so much fun that today we’re enjoying the lovely bubbly again, teamed with the cooked mussels, which I steamed up with garlic, onions, ginger and wine.
The first thing Shauna said was, “It’s the total hipster Thanksgiving wine! Unexpected, and sure to be a homerun, pairing wise, and a conversation piece.
When Shauna added, “It’s not your Italian Grandfather’s Montepulciano,” I wondered, “Hmmmmm, how did she know…”
The first comes from south-central Italy, on the Adriatic coast, and is generally labeled “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo” after this particular province.
The other “Montepulciano” is a variant of Sangiovese, from “Chianti country” in Tuscany. (And it turns out that this is the grape that Shauna uses.)
Soooooo, here’s the *huge* coincidence: One of my grandfathers came from Abruzzo; the other from Tuscany. (What are the odds?)
Which brings me back to family – and to togetherness – and to all we have to be thankful for.
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends –
Cheers and happy tastings,
You can also email me at Rosina@DrinkWineWithDinner.com with comments or questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers once again,