T.G.I.F. Cocktail – Peach Green Tea

This week’s TGIF cocktail is quite a treat, though it’s not the easiest one to slap together quickly…so we’ve decided to have it available to you as a drink special all weekend long at the Trattoria! It’s many components make a truly balanced, refreshingly light and delicious libation. However, if you don’t happen to have all of these ingredients at home, just come on in to Gigi Trattoria this weekend and have us do the work for you, it would be our pleasure. You will love it!

 Peach Green Tea

2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
3 slices muddled cucumber
8-10 mint leaves
2 ounces organic peach nectar
2 ounces green tea (We use Harney & Sons)
½ ounce honey simple syrup
½ ounce lemon juice

 Muddle mint with honey simple syrup in shaker. Add cucumber, continue to muddle. Add remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into ice filled Collins glass. This would also make a great punch bowl or pitcher drink if you are serving a group, it’s sure to impress. Enjoy!

Wine Weekly-Manzoni Bianco

Gigi Trattoria is always looking for new interesting wines that are exclusive to our restaurant.  When our good friend Stephen Strumza brought us a taste of Villa Brunesca’s Manzoni Bianco, we knew there was a home for it on our wine list!  This vine was created by Luigi Manzoni, the Principal of the Viticulture and Enology School in Conegliano.  He made a hybrid of Riesling and White Pinot resulting in a truly exceptional wine. 

Villa Brunesco is the birthplace of some other delicious wines including the Gama Prosecco and the Sauvignon which also made it on to our wine list.  The Villa was built in 1845 by Sponza Ship owners, but they did not start bottling and selling wine there until 1922.  The vineyard of about 70 hectares has balanced soil including clay, lime and sand.  Being close to the sea, a summer heat and late summer breeze gently allow for the grapes to ripen and for flavor to develop.  After being picked, the Manzoni Bianco grapes mature in steel vats for about 4 months.  The end result is a balanced wine that has notes of peach and apricot as well as an elegant acidity characteristic of a Pinot Bianco. 

We’re of the opinion Mr. Manzoni had a stroke of genius when he created this hybrid.  Pairing this wine with our summer menu is a dream. The balance of fruit and citrus in this wine would be a lovely accompaniment to the Bigoli Al Pesce Spada, the Salmone or the Hudson Valley Cheese Plate.  And of course, it is lovely on its own! Don’t miss coming in to the Trattoria to try this unique wine.  A glass of Manzoni Bianco is just $10, but you are going to want to get a whole bottle for just $30!  Stop in this Wednesday (or any Wednesday) when all of our bottled wines are 30% off! 

Learn more about Villa Brunesca here.

 

Wine Weekly – Lugana Limne

In the southern shores of Lake Garda, 50 meters above sea level, is the home to one of Gigi Trattoria’s most popular and beloved wines.  Lugana Limne, 2010, produced by Tenuta Roveglia, is 100% Trebbiano di Lugana. This straw yellow wine has aromas of peach and vanilla.  Classic of Luganas, it has a fruity accent with a dry, subtle and elegant finish.  The strong structure yet delicate and refined bouquet make this wine not only wonderful paired with food but delicious on its own especially as an aperitif.

It isn’t surprising that Tenuta Roveglia is considered the premier cru area of Lugana. The land that is Tenuta Roveglia has been producing wines since the Roman ages when Poet Catullo heralded this region for its wine. Not only is this region esteemed for superb wines but it is also breathtakingly beautiful. The clay soil indigenous to the terroir of this DOC region create vibrant green vines and of course extraordinary grapes.  

Whether it’s the ancient heritage of the land or the picturesque environment that the grapes are grown in, something about the Tenuta Roveglia Lugana makes it simply irresistible.  Whenever we have tried to take if off the glass list at Gigi Trattoria it has been yearned for. So we have decided not only to sell it for $10 a glass and $33 a bottle, but we now sell it at Gigi Market! If you have never tried to the Tenuta Roveglia Lugana, you must come into Gigi to see just what we are talking about.  And don’t forget on Wednesdays all of our wines by the bottle are 30% off!  

Learn more about Tenuta Roveglia here.
Learn more about Lugana here.