Gnocchi and Boca

You can skip the snooty restaurants and valet parking all over NYC…for my money, dinner at the Scicolone residence sounds unbeatable. Salute!

Charles Scicolone on Wine

Company was coming and Michele wanted to make something from her new cookbook: The Italian Vegetable Cookbook: 200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes and Dessert. She asked me what I was in the mood for but with so many delicious choices, I could not make up my mind. Then I saw the picture of the Basil Ricotta Gnocchi in Tomato Butter Sauce and I knew that was it. I planned to match it with the 1985 Boca.IMG_5102

We started the evening as we usually do with Champagne:IMG_5095

Champagne Delamotte Brut NV 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Nero and 20% Pinot Meunier. Light and fresh with citrus aromas and flavors and good acidity. The sister house is Salon and both are part of the Laurent-Perrier group. At $38 a bottle, it is a bargain and is our current house champagne.

Boca 1985 Campo Delle Piane La Meridiana…

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wine – 2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva

My kind of wine.


  • 2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva – Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (4/7/2014)

    Tasted non blind at a wine tasting.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of berries, cherries and a hint of blueberries. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Bright acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink over the short term, let’s say 3 years or so. (91 points)

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