Risotto, Scallops & Greco Campania

On a Thursday before a holiday weekend, sometimes The Firm has a BBQ. The law clerks[1] are forced to grill on grill duty while the rest of us sit back, relax and enjoy watermelon, hotdogs and hamburgers[2] in the parking lot.[3] In a generous and unusual turn of events, Big Boss let everyone go after said BBQ and so I found myself in the office alone finishing up a few things before my Rosé and tag-sale filled weekend.[4]IMG_7316

On the way home I stopped to pick up supplies for our anniversary feast[5]. Scallops, risotto and a fantabulous white, recommended by Lawyer Turned Wine Expert Friend[6], and he was spot on. As you may have noticed, Husband is the chef in our family[7] and this was his first foray into homemade risotto and scallops.[8] I’m happy to say he did not disappoint.
To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               July 5, 2015
Wine:              2012 Mastro Greco Campania
This was one of those “wow” wines, where literally your first reaction after taking a sip is just a simple, “Wow.” On the nose were the interesting hints of green apple and Sprite. Yes. Sprite. Lemony-lime with a hint of fizz[9]. This was certainly heavy for a white wine, definitely full bodied. A touch of minerality transcended into a light and crisp mouthful. Subdued fruitiness that is refreshing, not sweet or overwhelming. It was a beautiful golden yellow; literally the exact color of our saffron-infused risotto[10] and it was a perfect pairing. IMG_7280

My bottle was $14.99 and it’s available online for between $11 and $19. At any of these prices, it’s a great deal and money well drank. Cheers!

Wine Dossier
Made from 100% Greco grapes, this was a varietal I’d never had before. It’s popular on its own but is also used in blends of Chardonnay and other white blends I’ve never heard of[11]. An ancient variety thought to have started in Greece,[12] it has been grown in Italy for the past 2,000 years. It’s concentrated in the southern areas of Calabria and Campania, and this bottle hailed from the latter. It was produced by Mastroberardino, a winery that opened in 1750 and has been run by the same family, uninterrupted, for ten generations.[13] They ferment the grapes in stainless steel tanks for two months before bottling where they age for another month. 50,000 bottles of the 2012 vintage was produced. For some perspective, one 60 gallon wine barrel yields about 300 bottles of wine, Yellowtail allegedly has the production capacity to fill 30,000 bottles per hour, and 200,000 bottles of the 2013 Miraval Rosé were produced.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Well, the male law clerk, because #genderroles.
[2] And on this occasion, beer and wine!
[3] I’m sure the law clerk is like, “Da fuq? This isn’t what I signed up for when I went to law school?!”IMG_7305
[4] Tag sale on the 4th of July holiday weekend. What were we thinking?
[5] 13 years and counting. #wewerebabies #poolattendants
[6] Went to law school, became a lawyer, said “Da fuq?”, and opened up a wine shop. Brilliant.
[7] His success can be attributed to his Grade A sous chef.
[8] Which happens to be my ultimate favorite meal, no pressure.
[9] Though this was not sparkly.
[10] Freshly infused with just a pinch of $8.99 Saffron from Whole Paycheck Foods, I might add.
[11] Gravina Bianco, Malvasia Bianca, Fiano, and Verdeca. Clearly I still have a lot of tasting to do.
[12] Hence the name “Greco”, the Italian word for Greek.
[13] That really gives new meaning to the “family business.” What an amazing feat!