Arneis from Piedmont, Yummy zucchini recipe
Ciao amici!
September is upon us - back to school for a lot of folks, football (and hockey) season are beginning, but for us, the arrival of September means we're heading back to Italy. We're  looking forward to the beauty of Tuscany, seeing our friends and sharing our corner of Italy with the lucky people coming with us!

In this month's news we continue featuring the deliziosi wines from the Piemonte region and turn to a favorite white wine - Arneis. Sounds French, no?

Zucchini is still in abundance at the farmers' markets, family garden plots and, always at the grocery stores' produce aisle (or so it seems). Below is a family recipe for zucchini pancakes our grandmother and mom used to make us when the garden was coming in. We all continue to make and enjoy them. Hope you can make them too!
Buon appetito!
Gina and Mary
Our wine of the month: Arneis of Piedmont
Arneis is native to the Roero hills, just north of the town of Alba in Piedm ont, and has been cultivated in the area since at least the 15th Century. It was almost extinct in the 1960's but was rescued by two prominent producers in Piedmont: Vietti and Brun o Giacosa.
It can be a difficult grape to bring to ripeness as it tends to lose acidity as it ripens enough to pick, hence the name " arneis" which in the local dialect means someone with a difficult personality!
It is an excellent full-bodied white wine that is subtly perfumed and complex with the noseand palate of white flowers, ripe pear and stone fruits. Pale yellow in color, some of our favorite producers are Ceretto, Malvira' and Vietti.  
Are you in a white wine rut or tired of pinot grigio, chardonnay and sauvignon blancs this summer? Find an arneis and enjoy a refreshing glass before summer is over and we turn back to reds!
It's Zucchini Season - Crespelle di Zucchini (Zucchini Pancakes)
Our Italian grandmother and mother always had large vegetable gardens when we were growing up, and as the summer waxed and there was an overabundance of zucchini, this delicious side dish was at almost every meal. It is a wonderful summer side dish or a meal in itself.
3 cups zucchini, grated
4 scallions, chopped
2 eggs
4 tbsp parmigiano, grated
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp flour
salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients, adjusting the flour and egg to the water content of the zucchini. The mix should not be wet and there should be just enough egg to hold it together. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan until hot, add a scoop of zucchini batter, spreading the batter out to form a pancake. When the pancake is browned on the bottom, turn and brown the other side.   Serve with a dusting of parmigiano.
Mom holding up large zucchini in her garden! 
This Month's Italian saying... two ways to say "drink more wine"!
One says:      "L'acqua fa male, ma il vino fa cantare!   
In translation - "Water is bad for you, but wine makes you sing!"   
And they also say - "L'acqua fa ruggine!"
In translation - "Water causes rust!" and it means - drink more wine!
Our Culinary Tours to Italy
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We've added some weeks to our schedule for next year; a second week in Piedmont was added and another one in Puglia. Tuscany October trips still have some spots. Don't wait! Plan it now to get the week you want. 
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