Allegrini Palazzo della Torre and Polenta in the Park

Why don’t we eat more polenta?  It leads to good things like, say, drinking good Italian wines.

Or, taking lazy afternoon naps.

Or, gathering with a bunch of Italian families in the middle of Iowa, for their annual polenta in the park party. Which is what I was fortunate enough to do on this beautiful Autumn day.

Those tasked with organizing arrived at the park shelter early to get the fire going, and to start stirring gigantic pots of polenta.

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The stirring continued, the polenta thickened, and everyone began arriving with pots and pots full of various sauces for topping the polenta.

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We all lined up with our plates. A slice of cheese was topped with spoonfuls of steaming hot, creamy polenta.  Sauces were ladled over, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano was sprinkled on top.

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Was I in Italian heaven?  No…I was in Iowa!

As you might imagine, I brought wine!  One of my favorite Italian wines in fact, the Allegrini Palazzo della Torre.

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It comes from the Veneto region of Italy where Corvina and Rondinella grapes make pleasant wines.  To add complexity to this wine, some grapes were harvested, then allowed to dry three-four months before pressing.  The grapes become shriveled and dry, concentrating the juice, and are then pressed and fermented.  The resulting wine is combined with normally fermented wine creating a perfect balance of fruit, earth, and Italian sunshine!

HERE IS THE WOW!

The color is dark and concentrated.  Aromas are of fresh and dried berries and dried herbs.

The palate is rich and full-bodied, while still showing rustic charm.  Dried berries are bountiful, along with hints of chocolate, earth and leather.  Acidity keeps it lively, and soft tannins round it out.

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My plate full of polenta was topped with simmered sauces containing caramelized vegetables and grilled Italian sausages.  The Palazzo della Torre was a great accompaniment.  It’s hearty character was big enough to match the hearty polenta and sauces, bite for bite; sip for sip. An overly fruity wine would not have paired with the rustic nature of the food.  This wine, with it’s notes of dried fruit and herbs was just right.

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After a beautiful afternoon of satisfying polenta, rich Italian wine, and warming rays of sunshine,

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a nap was the perfect ending.

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THIS WINE IS A WOW! FOR:

Pairing with polenta!;

Drinking with hearty Italian foods;

A wine drinker who prefers a wine balanced between old world and new world style.

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