Culinary Delights · Wine

Panetini, Fig & Cheese

Trio

Have you ever felt a deep desire to acquire some snacks that would delight your palate and joyfully meld with a bottle of wine?  My dearest friend Mo was coming for a visit last fall and I felt the need to gather the appropriate sustenance for an evening of laughs and good conversation.  My perusing at the local grocer led me to these three very delightful guests to join our little soiree.

Panetini
The first new friend is this delightful toast – Panetini. Oven Baked Italian Toast. Baked twice in the tradition of Old World Italy. This is all noted on the package. Having traveled to Italy on our honeymoon, I get just a wee bit nostalgic about anything Italian-related. Seriously.  What’s not to love about Italy or Italian food?  I honestly can’t think of anything.

Garlic? Parmesan? Yes! Yes! I like those too..

Fig Spread

The second guest is this Fig Spread. Oh the JOY! Fig!  Sweet. Perfect. Delicious.

Did I mention the JOY?

No particular connotation of country here.

Except for the fact that it was made in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Dubliner
The third to make its acquaintance is this delicious Dubliner cheese. Imported straight from Ireland. Ahh…Ireland. Mo and I had been for a visit back in 2001. She’s also been to Italy. Not with me the little bugger but I guess sometimes husbands trump best friends. Sometimes.

All three together. OH. MY. Oh me!  Oh my!  I could die.  It tastes like a bit of heaven.

{and please accept my apologies for the slight Dr.Seuss-ian excursion above}

This trio speaks to my soul. They say “Ang, we are good together.” And so, I am forced to put them in my belly. (After all, if food talks to you, you should listen to it.)

bottle12_pinot_grigio

For the celebration with Mo, we enjoyed the Rosso & Bianco Pinot Grigio from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  It was a perfect choice to accompany the Panetini, Fig and Cheese.  Please click here for tasting profile and winemaker’s notes.

NVEVO-2012-transparent

On my most recent Panetini, Fig & Cheese adventure I engaged this very lovely Evolution white.

I’ll admit it.  I am a sucker for packaging.  This bottle drew me in.  Then, it sucked me in.  Then it told me, solely based on its looks, that it would taste good.  So I bought it.

Great work on the marketing, my friends at Sokol Blosser Winery.

Just look at the cork.

evolution cork

They included life-saving directions! *smiles* *winks* *bursts with admiration at the ingenuity*

I am also happy to report my affirmation of cracker, sweet preserves and cheese as a winning combination were confirmed when we had dinner at our neighbors a few weeks ago.  Jan graciously served crackers with pear preserves and cheese. I could barely contain my excitement. My insides were shouting with infinite glee.

If you need a little pick me up, or you need to pick up something to share with a friend, I can just hear the Panetini, Fig Spread and Dubliner cheese saying “Pick Me!”.

Enjoy!

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