Pelissero Wine Dinner

The Wines of Pelissero

Chef Angelo & Giorgio Pelissero of Pelissero Winery

Present a very unique opportunity to participate in a wine pairing dinner

with one of the finset wine producers of the Piemonte Region.

Wednesday, January 22nd

call now for reservations:

(561) 547-2500

from the Pelissero website:

The Pelissero family has been cultivating vineyards in Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco DOCG appellation, for three generations, but it was Luigi who first started bottling the estate grapes and selling the wines under the family label in 1960. Today, Luigi’s son and oenologist Giorgio runs the business, continuing to place the utmost importance on the family’s personal involvement in each step, from the vineyards and cellar to the commercialization of the wine in more than fifty countries worldwide.

The newly-expanded Pelissero winery lies on a hilltop in the area of Treiso known as Augenta, surrounded by 38 hectares (94 acres) of vineyards planted to traditional red and white grape varieties in the villages of Treiso, Neive, Barbresco and Neviglie.

Pelissero’s internationally distinguished Barbaresco wines (Vanotu, Tulin and Nubiola) are at the top of a range of traditional reds including two Dolcetto d’Alba wines, Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Long Now (a blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo named in honor of the Long Now Foundation), Freisa and two white wines, Favorita and Moscato d’Asti.

“Years of looking Nature in the eye with respect, planning, tending to, observing, and learning that no amount of planning, care or observation is able to capture the essence, the magic. The hands of a producer are great, but the vitality of wine is greater.” - Giorgio Pelissero

Visit them on the web at www.pelissero.com.

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Felice Notte della Befana!

 

La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!

The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long life to the Befana!

 

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, or La Festa della Befana.

In Italian folklore Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on  Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to Santa Claus. Children get both gifts from Santa Claus and the Befana.

Her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian, “La Festa dell’Epifania”.

In popular folklore Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad. Being a good housekeeper, many say she will sweep the floor before she leaves. To some the sweeping meant the sweeping away of the problems of the year. The child’s family typically leaves a small glass of wine and a plate with a few morsels of food, often regional or local, for the Befana.

She is usually portrayed as an old lady riding a broomstick through the air wearing a black shawl and is covered in soot because she enters the children’s houses through the chimney. She is often smiling and carries a bag filled with candy, gifts, or both.

La Befana delivers treats to good children and coal to the bad children

La Befana visits children the night of January 5th

Christian legend had it that Befana was approached by the Three Wise Men a few days before the birth of Jesus. They asked for directions to where Jesus was, as they had seen his star in the sky, but she did not know. She provided them with shelter for a night, as she was considered the best housekeeper in the village, with the most pleasant home. The magi invited her to join them on the journey to find the baby Jesus, but she declined, stating she was too busy with her housework. Later, La Befana had a change of heart, and tried to search out the astrologers and Jesus. That night she was not able to find them, so to this day, La Befana is searching for the little baby. She leaves all the good children toys and candy (“caramelle”) or fruit, while the bad children get coal (“carbone”), onions or garlic.

Another Christian legend describes La Befana was an ordinary woman with a child whom she greatly loved. However, her child died, and her resulting grief maddened her. Upon hearing news of Jesus being born, she set out to see him, delusional that he was her son. She eventually met Jesus and presented him with gifts to make him happy. The infant Jesus was delighted, and he gave La Befana a gift in return; she would be the mother of every child in Italy.

 

Befana dolls are common throughout Italy

Befana dolls are common throughout Italy