There’s no better time than spring for white wine, especially when paired with a light and savory meal. The ripe fruit flavors of melon and green apple in the 2016 Maddalena Pinot Grigio are perhaps best appreciated with a dish that highlights the wine’s fruity bouquet. Fortunately, we have you covered with this delightful recipe for one of our favorites – Pesto di Basilico! This simple to make dish is the perfect accessory for an afternoon of wining and dining.
Pesto di Basilico
- 1 lb. Fettucine pasta
- 2 oz. fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. pine nuts
- 1 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 ½ tbsp. salt
- ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
- 2 tbsp. Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
- 3 tbsp. butter, softened to room temperature
- Blend the basil leaves, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a food processor or blender until fine and almost creamy.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in cheeses.
- Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large saucepan or pot.
- Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and toss with the sauce, 2 tablespoons of hot water, and the butter.
- Serve and pair with a glass (or two) of 2016 Maddalena Pinot Grigiofor optimal enjoyment!
You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it. Cover the surface with olive oil to prevent the basil from turning black.
Urban Winery 101
What is an urban winery, you make ask? An urban winery is regarded as the location where a wine producer chooses to set his or her winemaking facility. The urban winery’s setting is within a city as opposed to a traditional vineyard setting. Urban wineries are vitalizing communities, bringing in a new sense of culture and entertainment. An urban winery offers a wide variety of things besides wine such as food and wine pairings, wine tastings, event hosting, music and entertainment, and full-service menus. There are other urban wineries in America such as New York, Texas, and Washington.
Did you know that a century ago, Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area once sprawled with hundreds of wineries and seeming endless vineyards? It’s hard to think about that considering LA is a destination city and all you ever think about when you hear “SoCal” are beaches and babes.
Even though the majority of the California wine industry is now focused in Central California and Napa Valley, we at San Antonio Winery still remember and embrace our roots. We are the longest-running winery in Los Angeles and the most-awarded in Southern California and we have finally opened up our Artisan Wine Club!
San Antonio Winery has 3 locations: Ontario, Paso Robles, and Los Angeles. Each location is unique in its own way and offers great wine events for all those wine lovers out there. San Antonio Winery houses some of the very best award-winning wines and for those reasons and more, San Antonio Winery in Ontario is a great location to explore your love and appreciation for wine. Get ready to mark your calendars because you are not going to want to miss out on any of these special wine events. Here is a list of the upcoming San Antonio Winery wine events that are taking place in the Ontario location.
Los Angeles’ Maddalena Restaurant is a real piece of history that sits in a very unique location: the San Antonio Winery. To give you a little background, San Antonio Winery is a 98 year old family founded, owned, and run winery, one of the few wineries in the U.S. to 1) be this long-running and 2) to survive Prohibition in the 1930s.
GRAPE STOMP FOR CHARITY GARNERS $10,000 FOR CHARITY
SECRETARY OF STATE ALEX PADILLA AND L.A. COUNCILMEMBER JOSE HUIZAR STOMP IT OUT FOR CHARITY, ALONG WITH OTHER CITY LEADERS AND LOCAL MEDIA PERSONALITIES
As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, state and city leaders participated in a grape stomp for charity, along with local media personalities. Secretary of State Alex Padilla stomped it out, along with L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar, L.A. Community College District Trustee Mike Fong, Univision anchor Yarel Ramos, Estrella TV anchor Jennifer Montoya, and KFROG radio host Vicki Pepper. The Riboli family donated $1,000 for each participant to donate to the charity of their choice. And the top three who produced the most juice received an additional amount.
Traditionally, sparkling wine was only meant for grand celebrations like birthdays, New Years, and weddings. But today, more people are finding they enjoy a nice bubbly even on a Tuesday for absolutely no reason except just wanting to drink a wine after work.
There are many sparkling wines on the market but most still appeal to the high-end, big celebration feel. What sparkling wine can the younger generation afford on a semi-regular basis that is still great tasting and high quality?
The Riboli family of San Antonio Winery has had lots to celebrate this year as it marks its 100th year as Los Angeles’ original urban winery! The family’s first centennial celebration comes with other first-time events. Three members of the Riboli Family got to try their hands at throwing the first pitch at local major league baseball games. First up we saw fourth generation Chris Riboli, director of business development, took to the plate July 23rd at the Angels game. The next day fourth generation Dante Colombatti, marketing director, took to the Padres field July 24th throwing the first pitch in San Diego. And September 28th, San Antonio Winery’s vice president, third generation Steve Riboli, threw the first pitch at the Dodger game. We certainly had a ball watching these first pitches and now we’ve got our eyes set on our fast approaching 100-year celebration!
Wine clubs are all about convenience and special treatment for dedicated wine lovers. Dry wine clubs are designed to ship members a selection of wines right to their doorstep. A certain number of times per year. The wines in the dry wine club may vary each shipment so that members can enjoy their favorite dry wines but also be introduced to new varietals or selections. They may also be treated to an exclusive wine that is available only for the dry wine club members.
San Antonio Winery is a great place to enjoy some of the very best award winning wines. Not only does the San Antonio Winery house some of the best wines, but it is also a great place if you are looking for fun wine events. San Antonio Winery has 3 locations in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Paso Robles. Each unique location holds wine events that are perfect for wine lovers.
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