Panetini, Fig & Cheese


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.

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.

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 been to Italy too. 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.)


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.


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

I’ll admit it. I am a sucker for pretty 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!”.



Bogle Vineyards

I love surprises.  Good surprises.  Happy surprises.  Surprises that give joy, gladness, and excitement.

I was recently surprised (and experienced all of the emotions listed above) by a dear friend’s visit back home.

We celebrated by enjoying an evening out at a local establishment

Our destination is a favorite of mine. (And so is my friend!)

We held our groom’s dinner here and have celebrated many special occasions over the years. 

They indulge their patrons in what my husband terms “feel-good food”.   

It is also a place I enjoy spending time with dear ladies in my life, taking in a lovely lunch or a mom’s night out.

So, it goes without saying that when dear said friend ordered a bottle of wine, it would also be lovely.

I was eager to try a new label and have happily added this to my wine list.

I wanted to share the discovery with you, in the event that you may be looking for a new winemaker to try.

Without further ado, I introduce you to Bogle Vineyards.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Chardonnay.

During a family dinner at another local restaurant, we tried the Riesling by accident.

I had requested a bottle of Bogle Chardonnay and our server delivered the Bogle Riesling

We were happy to have been privy to the mistake.

I am clearly favoring whites here but Bogle also carries gorgeous reds.  Summer just calls for white.  For me.

Cheers to a new favorite!

Details below and photo above courtesy of the Bogle Vineyards site.

Bogle Winery - Phantom
Winemaking is both an art and a science, and Bogle winemakers have again hand-crafted a perfectly balanced, yet complex Chardonnay. Using the techniques of barrel fermentation, sur-lie aging and partial malolactic fermentation, winemakers have layered flavor upon flavor, creating an easy-to-enjoy wine with generous character.Generous aromas of fruit and toasty oak entice the senses as you first encounter this Chardonnay. Green apples and juicy pears give way to elegant hints of lemon meringue, and finish ripe and refreshing on the palate. Created by aging on the lees, the rich and velvety mouthfeel adds complexity to the fruit, allowing the flavors to sink softly into toasty notes of American oak. The finish, lingering and graceful, is coupled by a mouthwatering acidity that creates a longing for just one more sip….
Enjoy this wine with just about everything!
Bogle Winery - Phantom
Our 2011 Riesling will seduce you from the very first sip. Grown in the cool microclimate of Monterey, these grapes showcase fruit full of expression and concentration, leading to a well-balanced white wine.Ripe yellow peaches and fresh pears spring from the glass, while juicy mango and other tropical notes show off in the background. Though 100% stainless steel fermented, the grape’s spicy tendencies show through, with touches of nutmeg melding with the stone fruits. Honeyed and lingering, the finish fills the palate, yet refreshes with its acidity.
Riesling is a great food wine…it can partner with spicy Asian dishes, fresh fruits and soft cheeses. Enjoy chilled…


I recently traveled to the East Coast to visit a dear friend and discovered a new favorite wine, nestled among other delightful experiences. We initially enjoyed this wine on the first eve of my visit.  The name Orvieto caught my attention. 


At our wedding reception, a topiary rested on each table listing select cities in Italy on the brim of each painted pot, along with a bottle of red and white wine for our guest to enjoy during the social hour.  At the entrance, we had little travel passes to designate table settings for our guests.   A few of the topiaries remain and rest quietly in the corner of our dining room as a symbol of our blessed day.  I can’t bear to part with them.

Orvieto had resonated with me because we had used this name for the family table, where our parents and grandparents were seated.  It was handpicked off a map for no particular reason.  I liked how the word looked and the way it rolled off my tongue.  We didn’t get a chance to visit Orvieto on our honeymoon.  We ventured to Roma, Sienna, and Venezia as our primary stops.  I think that means a return trip is in order.  *smiles and winks* 

This city stole a special place in my heart back in 2005 and I will continue to cherish it with new meaning and memories made in 2012, thanks to my friend Mo and this new wine find. 

Here are some details from Ruffino for better insight into this delicious white.  Lovely.  Light.  Delightful. Perfect for summer. 

Winemaker Notes


Selected grapes from the most vocated growing locations within the Orvieto Classico DOC area in Umbria, since the word Classico means “traditional”.


The grapes are harvested in the first half of September. They are then destemmed, crushed and gently pressed.

The must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats.

Orvieto Classico presents an alcohol content:12% vol.


Colour: Brilliant straw yellow

Aroma: The bouquet is very pleasant and fragrant, characterized by neat sensations of citrus fruits and golden apples, on a flowery background that reminds fresh hints of meadow flowers and a persistent vegetal note of sage.

Tasting profile: At the palate firstly stands out an excellent freshness, well-balanced by a pleasant roundness, featured by notes of meadow flowers and golden apples. The aftertaste is long and fragrant, with hits of fresh almond.

I invite you to enjoy Orvieto Classico just as soon as you can.  It is delicious in every way and promises to suit your palate and your pocketbook.

Off to buy a case…Cin cin!

P.S. Have you discovered a new favorite wine recently?  Feel free to leave a note in the comments section.  I’d love to hear about you wine adventures.