Gung Hei Fat Choi aka Conversational Italian, Week 1
On Monday evenings I’m now taking Conversational Italian at City College because my Italian, is, well, rusty. Class was supposed to start tonight. City College, however, was closed for Lunar New Year. Which is great – although they could have maybe told their students about it?
Anyway, I’ve decided that Monday nights are Italian Wine Night chez moi – and I started this week despite not having class. (Hey – I met a bunch of interesting people as we walked around the building trying to find an unlocked door!)
For Week 1, I opened a favorite: Argiolas Korem 2008.
Opaque ruby-red in color, this is a sophisticated and lightly tannic wine with layered aromas of wild berries, smoke, chocolate and a touch of savory spice. Alcohol by volume: 14.5% 60% Bovale Sardo, 20% Carignano and 20% Cannonau. It spent 12 months in French oak barrels, 50% new.
I should have cooked dinner instead of deciding I was too tired to eat. This is a wine that deserves good food to go along with it. Roast lamb. Even some lovely strong cheese, which sadly I didn’t have in the house. I might just have to make something fancy for the second half of the bottle….”