"Under The Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes and Chianti
The wine and book pairing for this week is the book "Under The Tuscan Sun" at home in Italy.
I am pairing this with the Tenuta Di Arceno Chianti Classico. On the nose you sense the stony minerality along with rose petals, strawberries on the vine and subtle orange spice. The structure is elegant and refined, with lovely fresh, vibrant flavors of pomegranate and bright cherries. The acidity is lively and carries the finish of nutmeg and fresh orange peel. A fantastic wine to pair with food.
"Under the Tuscan Sun" is an account of Frances Mayes love affair with Italy and the home she purchases that changes her life. Frances discovers a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the Tuscan Countryside. From her traditional kitchen, simple garden and vibrant local markets, she creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes that are all included in the book. Frances Maye's memoir takes you into the heart of Italy and tells of a renewal, not only of a villa, but also of her spirit. I will admit, I have not read the entire book, I am only part way through it, however, I did see the movie and it was fantastic. If you do not have time to read the book, rent the movie, pour yourself a glass of Chianti or any Tuscan wine and enjoy. One of the things that elevates the book over the movie is the recipes. Frances Mayes includes LOTS of unique recipes that are made with fresh ingredients from her garden and the local market. Things like: Basil Lemon Chicken, Baked Peppers with Ricotta & Basil and Basil & Mint Sorbet. As you can see Basil right now is a theme for me, my herb garden is overflowing with herbs, especially basil.
"Under The Tuscan Sun" is a great read, includes many fantastic Italian recipes with fresh ingredients and all pair well with Italian wines from the Tuscan region.