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domenica 2 gennaio 2011

Frascati spotting in Albany

Was psyched to see Frascati on the wine menu at Caffè Italia, in Albany NY the other night in occasion of my mothers 50th birthday party.  I am very sheltered from certain wines when in western Massachusetts, even from some of these mass produced ones.  Frontana Candida produces 8 million bottles of Frascati a year of which 6.5 million are exported.  It is a classic ''supermarket wine'' in Rome, costing about 4 or 5 Euros, and is very nostalgic for me.  Seeing this label I instantly remembered the hot summer days spent in Rome drinking Frascati and cooling off on our noisy ass terrace overlooking busy and chaotic streets.

Frascati: terra di principi, vino di papi e poeti.
Frascati is a very small and historical town, which is part of the Castelli Romani located southeast of Rome.  The wine has been a staple of roman culture for over 2,000 years.  Frascati is made up mainly of Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Greco.  There are three styles of wine produced: Superiore (dry), Cannellino (sweet), and Spumante (sparkling).

Marino, a nearby town in the Castelli Romani holds a sagra di uva in the fall, you can peep wine coming out of the fountain in the main piazza.  A true shit show, where all come to fill their cups with the flowing wine free of charge, and then watch the local teens puke their guts out not too long after...

Remembering Frascati....a mid day picnic style lunch in Frascati with the freshest salumi, olives, wine bread and cheese served with local honey.  The wine served chilled on a hot summer day is one amazing way to refresh yo-self!

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