My dearest Cape Chef,
Dear Abby may currently be living in isolation, but news arrives even to the most remote of ranches. She has heard many stories about your vast knowledge of wine, but your inquiry about Italian Wines struck her like a hurricane!
My dear Cape Chef, Dear Abby is pleased to see that not only are you an ingenious cook, but you do not forget our younger generation. You wish to share your knowledge of the grape with them, do you not? Dear Abby cannot otherwise explain this sudden interest, which coincides with La Luna di Marzio...The Moon of March when in Italy the wines are bottled.
So, my pets. Put aside those average books, such as the Oxford Companion to Wine. M. Cchiu, do not torture Google, my dear. Dear Abby will share her precious life experience from the not-so-remote days of her youth, in an attempt to help Sir Cape Chef with his educational duties.
From the region of Piemonte, Dear Abby would suggest you, Cape Chef to look for the following varieties:
Griniglino del Monferrato Casalese
Of course there are many more but these varieties may be represented by some very powerful vintages.
Dear Abby would choose to introduce someone to the Barbera variety with a Rosignano Monferato (of her amico Carlo Cassini who used to be in love with Dear Abby, but she does not kiss and tell). Very inviting, well balanced with a fruity bouquet! Your client, Cape Chef, will no doubt enjoy this wine.
Dear Abby would choose the Gavi variety to explain to the children that the Italians make the distinctions between white and "yellowish" wines. There are many vineyards for Gavi, none related to Dear Abby.
A Prunnote (Dolcetto d'Alba), with its distinctive harmony in acidity in a perfect comparison with a flowery bouquet, will inevitably bring to Dear Abby's memory a night under the stars of the Piemontese sky, the music of the violins of Paganini burning in her ears. Ah, but Dear Abby digresses.
Lastly, my love, Dear Abby would propose to a chef of your calibre to try to cook even once with Tortona. Facing the danger of the slippery path of melodrama, Dear Abby would declare from the bottom of her wounded heart that the old Latin quote: "Sine vinum, nulla Venus" (without wine the Goddess of Love won't visit you) was inspired by this nectar.
Dear Abby feels tired. The memories of Italy inspired by these wines both touches and breaks Abby's heart. She must rest.
She will come back with her adventures in the land of Tuscany, where she went to pick up flowers so as to create her personal parfum.
Au revoir. Or perhaps she should say, arrivederci.
What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.