Thursday, June 30, 2011

2006 Vietti "Rocche" Barolo and Mom's iconic Eggplant Parmigiano

Taking a break from the DOCG madness and the Calabria Sequence, which got a nod from Eric Asimov and the New York Times this week. A brief flashback to Southern California and last week, when I made a quick trip to see my Mom and my Aunt Mary, who are both nonagenarians. Aunt Mary, my dad’s sister will be 95 soon and my mom was just 97. Both live independently ( my mom still drives and goes to the gym!) and both are good barometers, on both sides of the family, for longevity and health. We should all be so lucky.

Anyway while poking around my mom’s cabinets in her apartment, I found a bottle of 2006 Vietti Rocche Barolo. No slouch this wine, I had just had it in Italy with Luca Currado at the winery in Piedmont. And here was this knocked out bottle just waiting to be opened with a home cooked meal.

I had to ask my mom where that bottle came from. “I got it at either Trader Joe’s or Cost Co,” she trilled, “and I only paid about $12.00 for it!” My mom, what can you say about a gal who has survived the 20th century and is still in the ring, ready to rumble? I don’t know if she got lucky or whatever the situation that occurred for that wine to be sitting in her cabinet (the wine sells for well north of $100 in retail shops) but I figured is was meant for dinner. As it was my mom had prepared one of her iconic family recipes, the Eggplant Parmigiano, which in her little corner of Calabria (Bucita) they use hard boiled eggs in the casserole.

Talk about Old-School Southern Comfort food, man, it doesn’t get any better than this. Add to it her stuffed artichokes and I was walking on air. A trifecta of greatness, Vietti Barolo, my mom’s eggplant and artichoke dishes, those fellas in Santa Monica could take a lesson from Mrs. Cevola. Thanks mom, I loved it and I love you and Zia Maria.

It never rains in California
But girl, don't they warn ya
It pours, man, it pours.


Marco Mangiatutto said...

Cent anni, Moma Cevola and Zia Mary!

na cica de vino said...

this is such an awsome post! Italian food and wine at its greatest!

Anonymous said...

$12 at Costco? How much is left on the shelf?


Alfonso Cevola said...

you didnt read the post, now, did you?

Tracie P. said...

parmigiana di melanzane!!! oh my, you are killing me. one of my favorite things in the world.

Thomas said...

..anda you-a looka lika them, too...

Incredible, word verification is: mutsiona. If that doesn't sound Italian, what does?

Unknown said...

what an awesome grandma! hard to believe she found that vietti for such a good price.. doesn't even sell for that here in italy! what matters is that you ate and drank with people you love!

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