Today I am bringing two of my passions together; wine and my love for the old tale Romeo & Juliet. Now you might be asking why it would put these two together in a blog post. Well, because the wines that I am reviewing today are from Verona, which, if you’re slacking on your history, is where Romeo & Juliet came from. Here is an answer to another question. I have loved the story of these two love birds since I was a little girl. One of my most cherished possessions happens to be a Romeo & Juliet book that my late grandfather gave me. So are you ready to travel to Verona Italy and relive the tale of the greatest love story ever told? One of my favorite quotes from Romeo & Juliet is “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
A LITTLE HISTORY
To Juliet’s question “What’s in a name?” the Sartori family would answer “Everything!”For over a century, Sartori, a leading name in fine wines from north-east Italy’s Veneto region, has stood for traditional values elevated by innovation, a dedication to quality and — above all — a boundless passion for quality winemaking. The family took its first step in 1898, when Pietro Sartori bought Villa Maria, a vineyard with a small cellar attached, in the heart of the Veneto region’s Valpolicella district, to assure a source of high quality wine for his hotel. This marked the advent of Sartori di Verona. A few years later, Pietro’s son, Regolo, built the winery into the family’s core business, and by the 1950s Regolo’s two sons expanded the winery andbrought these wines to inter-national recognition, exporting them around the world.
Today, Andrea Sartori, Pietro’s great-grandson, is at the helm. Like his forefathers, he has taken steps to broaden the reputation of Sartori di Verona and to guarantee the quality behind it. In 2002, the company joined with Cantina Colognola, giving the family rare guaranteed access to more than 6,200 acres of high-quality grapes in the Soave and Valpolicella zones, where few wine houses control their own vine-yards.In 2003, Sartori hired the renowned Franco Bernabei as consulting winemaker. His work with the winery marks a return to Bernabei’s roots: although he has lived in Tuscany for over 25 years, he is, in fact, a native son of the Veneto.
NOW ONTO THE WINE
First on the list is a great wine to enjoy outdoors during these Spring months; Sartori di Verona Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT. It is a refreshing white wine witha light but full body, being 100% Pinot Grigio. This wine pairs great with many different types of food such as aperitif, or with antipasto, light pastas, fish, and summer salads. Flavors of this Pinto Grigio are white peach, melon, citrus, and tropical fruits.
Second on the list is a wine that will satisfy your taste buds for red wine. This strong bold red wine is perfect for a date night for two, maybe watching Romeo & Juliet. With flavors of tobacco and pomegranate vanilla and cherries. Food I would pair with this wine would be red-sauce pasta dishes, grilled meats, burgers, and maple-bacon brussel sprouts.
SO GRAB A GLASS. ROMEO IS WAITING TO CAPTURE YOUR HEART!!!