May 2014

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Spring is in the air!  As the good earth begins to awaken with flowers and more, we celebrate with a toast of our Martin Ulisse wines!

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Mocavero Chardonnay


Mocavero Chardonnay is similar in flavor profile to a Vino Verde or Albarino. A light body complimented by balanced acidity and fruit this wine is fresh and crisp. Unlike a typical chardonnay, the flavors are subdued by bright acidity, green apple and citrus allowing this wine to be very refreshing. The clean finish makes it a great alternative when looking for a white wine. Goes well with light starters, salads, seafood and fish, excellent as an aperitif.





Featured Recipe Pairing -

Seared Tuna Over White Bean Salad

tuna white bean salad
Tuna & White Bean Salad
This is a very quick, easy, and healthy salad to make as the weather heats up.  It is full of vitamins, fiber, and protein, and very low in fat and calories.  While I am serving it with a nice piece of grilled tuna here, it would go well with chicken, pork, or fish as well.  In the video I use red, yellow, and green bell peppers, but you can use any combination you wish.  The different colors make for a great presentation and the subtle differences in flavors go well with the rest of the ingredients. 


Mocavero Sjre Negramaro
Sjre Negramaro

Balanced tannins, vibrant acidity and beautiful structure, allows this wine to be a classic Southern Italian delight. A silky smooth yet bold red with a unique flavor palate including blackberry and vanilla. A noble accompaniment to roast meat, strong cheese, excellent with pasta and ragu.

Featured Recipe Pairing -

Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream



As you may have noticed by now, I love gorgonzola.  I love it on steaks, I love it on bread or crackers, and I love this recipe with gnocchi.  Gnocchi are beautiful little potato dumplings.  They can be a bit finicky to make, but even bad gnocchi are better than no gnocchi at all.  Making gnocchi has a lot in common with making biscuits.  You don't want to overwork the dough.  They should come out light and fluffy.  I am serving them here with my favorite gorgonzola cream, but if you wanted a lighter sauce, you could toss them with a little bit of pesto and they are delicious as well. 


Cooking Spotlight

Host Lynn Martin Russell and Chef Doan Shockley are joined by special guest Chris McDonald of Big Sexy Racing as they show how to make Seared Tuna with White Bean Salad and pair it with the Mocavero Chardonnay.

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Chris will be running in a race with his Dad - who will be running his very first race - on May 17th in Houston, TX at The
Woodlands! GOOD LUCK!!
Wine & Food Pairing: Mocavero Chardonnay w/Tuna & White Bean Salad
Wine & Food Pairing: Mocavero Chardonnay w/Tuna & White Bean Salad

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Did You Know?

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase "drinking to one's health." "Toasting" started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity.
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