Vitiano Loves Summer’s Produce

When your date shows up with bags upon bags of produce from the DesMoines Farmers Market, you get to chopping, roasting, peeling and caramelizing!

Tomatoes finally made their appearance at the Market, and when combined with the basil from my backyard, Caprese salad was assembled.  With a twist or two…  We added smoky prosciutto and beautiful Burrata cheese.

Burrata is just as fresh as summer’s mozzarella, but it oozes a rich creamy liquid when cut in half.  All the better for filling in all the little nooks and crannies of the tomatoes.

Burrata was also paired with caramelized Market peaches with a balsamic glaze (I am not an artful drizzler!)  and onions for a divine sweet/savory dish.

Margherita pizza?  Well of course, and topped with more of the prosciutto and sprinkles of basil from my garden.

Holy Market goodness!  My kitchen was filled with rich aromas!

Never mind that it was still hot outside–I mean so hot that the air had weight–we took our collection of dishes outside to the deck. It’s summer dammit! We were not sitting inside!

As I have detailed in previous posts, I put my charming red wine in the refrigerator and let it slowly warm up as we sat outside tasting our delicious dishes. No gasping is necessary over my chilled red. This medium bodied wine should ideally be served around 58-60 degrees. It was WAY more hot than 60 outside, so the chill brought it to a more appealing temperature.

Falesco Vitiano Rosso, a blend from the region of Umbria (central Italy, next to Tuscany) was my choice of wine to accompany all the wonderful produce. Equal parts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese were produced in stainless steel tanks and given a brief aging period in French oak barrels.


The wine came straight out of the refrigerator, making the bottle and wine glass frosty! Just looking at it made me feel a little cooler! Aromas were still full of fruit even given the chill. Red and black fruits mingle with some spice and tobacco leaves.

The palate holds enough fruit, that the cooler temperature did not cover up the flavor. Ripe red berries and plum lead to wild blackberry and a little spicy oak.

The Merlot and Cabernet grapes fill the wine with fruit and the Sangiovese adds some good Italian earth and clean acidity.

Drinking the Vitiano chilled made it a refreshing partner to all the lavishly flavored fruits and vegetables from the Market on a steaming-hot summer night!


Chilling and drinking on a hot summer night;

Pairing with a plethora of fresh Market fruits and veggies;

A wine drinker who enjoys a mix of old-world and new-world style in an easy-drinking red wine.



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