Fried eggs and books. It sounds weird but when I think of my cousin (full disclosure), Gerardo Bruno, those two things come to mind. Before Life got too busy, my family was always all together. Imagine, what felt like, 50 people going in and out of a house filled with food and laughter. And some very loud talking; but we are Italian, forgive us. Gerardo and his Continue reading →
Back in 2008, I was going through some tough times. I put together a very long rant about pizza and coffee, probably to distract myself from what was going on but also because I felt, and still feel, strongly about those two things. I had asked a commercial producer if Continue reading →
Writing comes very easily to me except when it’s a huge topic. The reason? I get anxiety trying to remember all the things I want to mention and tying them all in. When I first started my blog, my intentions were to not only Continue reading →
Please note the first word and my added emphasis by capitalizing it : SOME. Some parents, not all, love to tell everyone else to have kids. There are many good reasons to have kids and I agree with many, most notably, children can Continue reading →
The title of this post may throw you off. If you, the reader, are thinking that I am implying people steal my style (biting, in old world lingo) to boost themselves up while making no efforts of their own to Continue reading →
When one person is able to change at least one thing for someone else and remain with that other person long after they part ways or, in some cases, leave this Earth, it is a remarkable accomplishement. When someone is able to Continue reading →
I often attempt, and usually fail, to get it through to my overly-social wife that people need alone time and that being around others too much can take away from much needed solitude. I do tend to have a very loquacious nature ( my moon is in Gemini ) and I do Continue reading →
One of the most simple things about wine is somehow one of the most confusing. Here’s the thing : You can make white wine from red grapes. Sounds bizarre but it actually makes complete sense when you know a few basics. When you squeeze a red grape, that juice that comes out of it is clear, or maybe very pale yellow, just like the juice from a white grape. It is only after that juice is kept in contact with the skins and pulp of the red grapes that it gets darker in color and becomes red wine. If there is very minimal or no contact with the skins, then the juice will turn into white wine. In Champagne, the term “blanc de noir” is often used to indicate that the wine is “white from black”, white wine from red grapes.
Making white wine from red grapes can be very interesting, as you get certain floral notes and flavors that you otherwise might not get from just a white grape. In Champagne, rose’ wines are made by either blending white wine and red wine together ( one of the few places that allows blending of red and white wines ) OR made the same way rose wines are made. How are rose’ wines made? Remember that the juice that comes out of a red grape is clear and it is only after that juice is kept in contact with the skins and pulp of the grape that it gets darker in color and becomes red wine. So, instead of letting a wine stay too long with the skins, the white juice from the red grapes is kept for maybe only a few hours or one day, allowing the wine to become pink, instead of a fuller red. The rose’ wines are served chilled like white wine. I have very Italian looking features.
Whenever my father tries a new style wine, loaded with oak, vanilla, and ripe fruit, he shakes his head in disappointment and says, “This wine is not sincere. A wine should be sincere ! ” Maybe it’s because Charles Scicolone is Italian and Continue reading →