What first got me interested in Italy? It wasn’t my numerous Italian friends in elementary and high school. It wasn’t George Clooney or Leonardo DiCaprio (though both good reasons!). It was actually when one of my good friends started talking about her plans leave the states and open a B&B in Italy, hopefully with a winery attached! To prepare for my friend’s transition to life in Italy I have been immersing myself in the wine and food of the culture, starting with La Fiorita Wines over lunch at La Masseria.
Fattoria La Fiorita was established in 1992 by one of the worldΓÇÖs top winemakers, Roberto Cipresso. Fast forward to 2011, La Fiorita created a new horizon in a new partnership. Actress and wine fanatic Natalie Oliveros joined forces with Cipresso to take La Fiorita to the next and highest quality level. We sampled the 2004 and 2006 reserves, which were rich and earthy but not heavy. The ΓÇ£RiservaΓÇ¥ version of our Brunello ages for one extra year in bottle before being released.
La Masseria’s cuisine is made with fresh natural ingredients from the land and sea. The service was flawless and the cuisine was exquisite. Every course was perfectly paired with lovely selection of our La Fiorita Wines. The wines and meal transported us to Tuscany accompanied by Natalie’s tales of travels to Italy, grapes, and farming that made the dining and pairing a lovely layered experience.
If you can’t get to Italy this fall, purchase a bottle of La Fiorita’s Reserve and I guarantee you’ll feel virtually transported. And for a meal that will make you long for Italy make sure to visit La Masseria on West 48th Street, in the heart of New York City.
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