Hub’s Hints: Favorite Wines ~ Italian Table Wines Reply

“HUB’S HINTS – FAVS”

Often times I am asked; “what is your favorite wine”?  This question is incomprehensible and absolutely impossible for me to answer definitively.  There are so many fantastic wines from all over the globe that I would not be able to limit my preference and or focus to one particular wine.  Fortunately for me, I have been exposed to a great many wines during my tenure in the wine business but, to pick one wine over the rest of the world’s production would be quite unconscionable.  Actually, I can’t even limit my choices to one grape variety or one production region of the world.  I enjoy the wide spectrum of wines; red and white, sweet and dry, imported and domestic, sparkling and or fortified.  I do however have a considerable number of personal favorites.  I am pleased and excited to share a few of these “Favs” with an inquisitive and interested wine consuming “Glamorous Camping” populous.

One of my favorite “Favs” is from Italy ~       MASTROBERARDINO

Many years ago, I had the extreme pleasure of visiting Mastroberardino, in Campania, Italy.  The facility is located in the town of Avellino in the ancient region of Irpinia. Avellino is west of Naples, inland and north of Capri and Sorrento.  The house of Mastroberardino is one of the oldest and most well-respected wineries in Italy, producing red and white wines that rank among the finest quality in the world.  Although Mastroberardino was officially founded in 1878, the family traces its winemaking heritage back to the late 1600’s.  The Mastroberardino family being “wine archeologists” is credited with locating, identifying and nurturing ancient vines that would have otherwise become extinct.  Mastroberardinos have been directly responsible for reviving and preserving historic grape varieties (Greco and Aglianico) that were brought to Campania by the Greeks over 2,000 years ago, as well as, for propagating the Fiano grape variety that was grown by the ancient Romans and was indigenous to Southern Italy.  Past generations of Mastroberadinos were committed to the fundamentals of nature and to exposing the unique characteristics of the ancient vines.  This philosophy was maintained through four generations which remains unchanged to present day.

The red wines from Mastroberadino have a reputation for being the most balanced and longest lasting Italian reds, comparable to the prestigious Brunellos and Barolos of Italy.

The whites are full-bodied, rich and elegant with finesse and balance and a vibrant flavor profile.   

I wholeheartedly and confidently recommend the following wines for your enjoyment ~

2010 MASTROBERARDINO FIANO DI AVELLINO

Made entirely from the noble and rare Fiano grape variety, this wine has the distinction of being one of a very few dry white wines that can bottle age for 5 to 10 years (up to 15 years in great vintages), considered one of Italy’s great white wines. 

DESCRIPTION:  Straw gold color, with an aromatic, complex bouquet and distinctive flavor.  Full-bodied and elegant with pear, pineapple, citrus, nut and honey flavors and a lingering toasted hazelnut complexity. 

FOOD: Shellfish and seafood, white meats and soups. . .  

            Average retail pricing: $22 to $24

2005 MASTROBERARDINO TAURASI RADICI

Is a dry, elegant, robust and hearty red wine made entirely from the ancient Alianico grape variety grown on windswept vineyards at 2,000 feet above sea level.  Although Taurasi will age for up to 50 years or more, it is surprisingly agreeable in its youth.  Taurasi Radici (Radici means “roots”) is a world-class wine, considered one of the finest from Southern Italy. 

DESCRIPTION:  Bold and complex, velvety with spicy undertones – rich and mellow, nuances of violets, blackberries, spice and vanilla 

FOOD:  Grilled and roasted meat (steak, chops & lamb), wild game, distinctive cheeses. . .

            Average retail pricing: $48 to $54

$ $ $ – More economical alternatives to the above mentioned wines would be the Lacryma Christi Bianco and Rosso.  Folklore and legend suggests that when God cast Lucifer out of Heaven, a corner of Heaven was stolen by the Devil.  When God saw what Lucifer had done, he cried bitter tears. God’s tears fell on the spot where Lucifer had fallen to earth, which is the location of the current vineyards for Lacryma Christi (The Tears of Christ).  The wines are produced in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in vineyards containing volcanic soil.      

LACRYMA CHRISTI DEL VESUVIO BIANCO ~

Is made 100% from Coda di Volpe grapes, it is straw-yellow in color, well-structured with a bright minerality and stone fruit flavors – white peach, pineapple and a hint of licorice.  Enjoy with antipasto, seafood risottos and grilled fish. . .   

LACRYMA CHRISTI DEL VESUVIO ROSSO ~

Is produced exclusively from Piedirosso grapes, the wine is intense, ruby-red, with layers of cherries, plums, raspberries and a hint of black pepper on the finish.  Enjoy with red meats, meat based sauces and spicy dishes. . .  

Consult with your local wine retail store for the availability of recent vintages.  The average price for the Lacryma Christi wines is approximately $18 / $19.

Thank you for the opportunity to share one of my “Favs”.

Hubs

Guest Post ~ Ayesha & Zach Introduce MAKE 2

I am thrilled to introduce you all to my second “Guest Post” ~ Ayesha and Zach Reynolds. I admire this couple for being inspired to “Pay It Forward” and to give back to their community. Ayesha contacted me recently to share their dream of a mobile art studio called MAKE where less fortunate folks can use their hands to make art! And the studio is in a vintage Airstream~how divine!! I love it and wanted to share their experiences and vision with you. Enjoy and please vote for this darling couple so their dream can become a reality!

“Ever since I can remember I have been mesmerized by Airstreams. In the car with my parents as a teenager I would see the big silver bullet approaching and I would watch it get iddy bitty in the distance not blinking but always knowing someday I would own one. My someday came about 2 years ago when I go the word about a 1975 Airstream Sovereign needing some work on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. I went and looked at her and about two weeks later she was being towed back to our home right outside of Chattanooga, TN.We always had creative plans for her since both me and my husband are artists at least half of the time. A craft studio, or office for my small event business, we even tossed around a mobile farm stand. But than our idea came. My husband had just gotten a spark of genius about taking his love of making recycled pallet furniture into the inner cities and teaching about self-confidence through building. I had worked for a non-profit in Boston doing art therapy and I knew first hand what making something with your hands could do regardless of what you were making. Our ideas merged and we came up with The Make mobile. We would take our 31 foot Airstream and totally re-do it to become a mobile Make studio. We would travel around the Southeast and eventually the globe allowing people to make art for free. We started looking at the costs, and time associated and decided that if the right fundraising opportunity arose we would jump back on it. Well all that happened just a few days ago and our idea arose from the ashes. We enter a contest called the Power to Change. We affectionately call our idea the vehicle of change so we thought this was perfect. In order for us to even be in the semi-finals we will need lots of votes. We are spreading the word anyway we can, and we truly appreciate those who have shown us love and volunteered to spread the word. We have been surprised by how many strangers, and Airstream enthusiasts have taken our cause under their wings. From now until June 4th you can vote once a day for our project here.

If you want to get in touch with us or help in any other way, e-mail us here: chattmakemobile@gmail.com

 Some fun facts

Ayesha has permanent wanderlust, enjoys vintage things, being positive, and always trying new things.

Zach never meets a stranger, has a knack for working with his hands, and he can never say no to a burrito.

You can find us around the web at these places:

Ayesha’s Website: Homespun Parties

Pinterest (be sure to check out my Airstream board)

Zach’s Etsy Shop

Zach’s Website: Wood Plus Clay

 

Old Mac Daddy 3

Just one hour outside of Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most luxurious and swanky Airstream hotels that I have ever discovered. Nestled among a fruit farm is Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park.  The resort consists of 10 vintage Airstreams, 2 lake-side units and one large designer family house each designed with its own theme and charm. You have to check out the video to get an upclose feel for this amazing property. If I’m ever lucky enough to visit South Africa, a visit to Old Mac Daddy is on my bucket list!

“Part wholesome caravan park, part designer farm lodge, Old Mac Daddy Trailer Hotel is a new chapter in adventure, escapism and pure relaxation. Set on the pine-whispering slopes of a beautiful corner of the Elgin Valley, Old Mac Daddy is a collection of vintage Airstream Trailer Suites, each designed by an artist, designer or creative living and working in Cape Town. Fully catered and serviced; Old Mac Daddy offers trailer units with themed bedrooms and earth-friendly living spaces. A big designer barn is the communal area where all meals are served. Visit the Grolsch bar or take a dip in the swimming pool, explore the area or just relax.”

Photo Source: Old Mac Daddy

Leaf Tie ~ Organize Your Cords 2

Everyone dislikes cords from computers, iPad’s, iPhones and various other devices. They all have chargers and there are cords everywhere! Well, now you can change all of that cord-mania with Leaf Ties from JetPens! I just love how you can organize all of your cords while looking a little more hip and green in your home, office or Airstream with these nifty little gadgets.

“These Leaf Tie cable organizers are a perfect way to add a little nature to your electronic environment. The little zip ties have one or two plastic leaves on the end, making your cord bundles look like branches and giving your cable organization a “green” look. Several colors available.”