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Wenzhou Launch

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella Organic is honored to announce our partnership with Lucheng Rural Commercial Bank, Wenzhou, China! Together with Hong Kong based Villa Graziella Asia, Villa Graziella Artisan Crafted Wines recently launched with the bank and their company ecommerce platform focused on certified organic & sustainable products. 

300 miles south of Shanghai, located in the Zhejiang province, along the Ou river, Wenzhou is an ancient city nestled amongst magnificent mountain ranges, meandering rivers, renown nature & marine preserves. Dating back several thousand years, today Wenzhou is a dynamic harbor city of +8million people. 

Enjoying a 200 hundred-mile coastline and mild climate, Wenzhou offers a rich culinary tradition with over 250 specialties, many dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 BC). Fresh fish & crustaceans, several varieties of dumplings, meat & vegetables are seasoned & cooked to perfection. Healthy & delicious Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes are the perfect accompaniment to these local delicacies.

Sangria Española

Morgan Shepard

We’re not ready to say “So long”….to summer! September is almost here but there are still a few warm days to enjoy. We tweaked a recipe for Spanish Sangria using artisan crafted Villa Graziella IGT Rosso Toscano red wine made with single estate, red berry rich Canaiolo, Colorino & Sangiovese organic grapes. Simple & not too sweet, no cinnamon or sugar, we used tangy citrus fruit & sparkling water for a refreshing libation. Makes 6 abundant servings. 

Easy Ingredients

  • 1 750 ML (25.36 Oz) bottle of Villa Graziella IGT Rosso Toscano
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • Peaches or apricots optional  
  • 1 can carbonated water, flavored soda water or ginger ale.

Simple Directions

  1. Wash oranges, slice & set aside
  2. Wash lemons, slice, remove the seeds & set aside 
  3. Chop peaches in thick chunks with skin on (optional)
  4. In a large pitcher or bowl, stir together Rosso Toscano wine, orange & lemon slices
  5. Add peach chunks & carbonated soda water
  6. Stir briskly
  7. Refrigerate two hours to overnight, allowing sangria to absorb the fruit flavors & citrus aromas
  8. Serve in frosted glasses over ice (optional) 
  9. Enjoy with your favorite lite bites or small plates
  10. Refrigerate covered for 2 days  

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Graziella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

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Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Morgan Shepard

Marinated chicken kabobs for a Sunday summer lunch or dinner? We modified a spruce recipe using Villa Gabriella Organic extra virgin olive oil, 8 year aged organic balsamic vinegar & fresh herbs for an easy, flavorful main dish. Using fresh, seasonal orange & yellow bell peppers with red onion for a healthy alternative. You can also use fresh mushrooms, zucchini or squash. The recipe called for marinating up to 12 hours, instead we marinated the chicken for 3 hours, long enough to absorb flavors without becoming too soft. Lemon & vinegar acids break down meat causing it to become mushy if marinated too long. Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella Artisan Crafted IGT Rosato Toscano wine made with organic grapes. Find the full recipe on the Villa Gabriella Organic blog.

Easy Balsamic Marinade

Morgan Shepard

It’s finally here-Summer!! Pull out the grill & celebrate the warm weather! We modified Diana Rossen Worthington’s recipe using Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged balsamic vinegar di Modena & Villa Gabriella Organic extra virgin olive oil. No synthetic sugars or sweeteners, the balsamic’s naturally tangy flavors blend with fresh, full bodied olive oil for a tasty summer tradition. We chose NY strip steak, use any cut of beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or salmon.  Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella Chianti DOCG Riserva made with organic grapes. Find the full recipe on the Villa Gabriella blog

Savory Spring Quiche

Morgan Shepard

Who doesn’t like quiche? Even real men do! We tinkered Chef Edoardo Norton’s Spring quiche recipe from the Wall Street Journal, omitting asparagus, adding cubed prosciutto, bit of garlic, more mushrooms & Villa Gabriella Certified Organic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Time was tight so we used a pre-baked pie crust. Slice, serve & enjoy with refreshingly crisp Villa Graziella Toscano IGT Rosato rosé wine. Find the full recipe on the Villa Gabriella blog

Raise your glass—it’s National Wine Day!

Morgan Shepard

“A day without wine is like a day without sunshine”—anonymous

Today is a special day for wine lovers all across America. May 25 is designated as National Wine Day. Celebrated as a sister holiday to National Drink Wine Day in February, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine in the company of friends and family.

The history behind this celebrated day is not clearly known. But if we had to guess it seems as if the day is here to remind us of the essentials in life. The essentials being—family, friends, food and of course, wine. 

The list of health benefits for drinking wine is endless. And organic wine yields an even better choice for your health and the environment. For centuries, people have enjoyed a commonality in pouring a glass of wine to enjoy. It breaks down barriers, celebrates triumphs and is a necessary accompaniment to a fine meal. Not to mention a wonderful component to a simple menu as well. 

Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes are an affordable and accessible wine to enjoy on this special day. 

So whether it be red or white wine, or even a pink, be sure to raise your glass and proclaim salute!

You say Rosé, I say Rosato!

Morgan Shepard

The French call it rosé, in Italy it’s called Rosato. The “pink season” of wines kicks off this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday as family & friends gather in anticipation of summer. This season’s trend is all about  “drink pink”.  

Villa Graziella Toscano IGT Rosato is not your typical pink wine. Medium-bodied and refreshingly dry, it is a perfect rosé to celebrate the holiday & the grilling season with barbecued favorites. 

Organic 

Balanced & sturdy, our 2016 Rosato is made from organically farmed Sangiovese Piccolo grapes enhanced with Montepulciano grapes from Italy. Certified organic, our vineyard is free of chemical insecticides or synthetic fertilizers. Instead, biodiversity is used by growing crops in & around the grape vines to attract beneficial insects. Free of chemical residue while regulating the soil for a wine that is clean & delicious. 

Salsasso method 

Pink wines don’t all herald from the same region or grapes. Villa Graziella’s authentic Sangiovese rose is crafted using the Salsasso method.  Our talented wine maker, Luca Nesi removes juice from the fermenter.  This minimizes skin contact to soften the tannins while offering a beautiful deep strawberry shade with a firm, pleasant taste 

So, "Let us celebrate the occasion with wine & sweet words." — Plautus 

Balsamic Sautéed Mushrooms

Morgan Shepard

Looking for an easy week night side dish? Search no more with balsamic sautéed mushrooms!  We tweaked an all recipe version using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive & 8 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena. Sassy & tangy, they can be prepared ahead of time & refrigerated, delicious with grilled turkey burgers or barbequed chicken. Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella artisan crafted 2012 Chianti DOCG Riserva wine. Find the full recipe on our Villa Gabriella blog

Tom Hyland on Biodynamic Wines

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella sits down with respected author &  wine educator Tom Hyland as he breaks down the concept of biodynamic wines. Be sure to watch to learn about this hot new trend that in fact has been around for ages.

Tom Hyland: Chef & Winemaker Stories

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella sits down with talented journalist & wine expert Tom Hyland who penned the book “The Wines and Foods of Piemonte” which features interviews with the region’s leading winemakers and chefs. Click here to understand Tom’s insight into Italy’s famed Piemonte region and its wineries and food producers. 

A Day for Everyone to Celebrate the Earth

Morgan Shepard

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.
— Henry David Thoreau

Once a year time stands still and we are all called upon to honor this planet of ours—Earth. 

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22,  is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mother Nature and all that she does for us. Earth Day got its beginnings in the 1970s thanks to its founder Gaylord Nelson. Then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Nelson tirelessly fought to push for the rights of the environment and rallied the American people for environmental protection.

His passion pursued and Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970.

The reasoning behind this was simple but profound. Nelson decided to have citizens ask some tough and noteworthy questions—”What are the particular pollution problems in your area? What needs to be done to alleviate them? How do you make the public aware?"

And thus, Earth Day manifested itself into a life changing experience for society as a whole. Communities stretched far and wide across this country began to ask these questions.

Throughout the decades, Earth Day has transformed the public’s perceptions of how to protect the environment that we live in. Grassroots efforts have led to numerous changes that now protect Mother Nature.

Fast forward to Earth Day 2017—this year is set to be even bigger than ever. According to the Earth Day Network “more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year making it the largest civic observance in the world.” A great reminder that the Earth is for everyone! 

From everyone here at Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes & Villa Gabriella organic foods we hope you have an earth-filled day on April22nd. We invite you to consider celebrating our earth in your own personal way, for we believe individual activity contributes to the greater good for all of us!

Balsamic Roasted Potatoes

Morgan Shepard

Who doesn’t like potatoes?  Using Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena & Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, we tweaked a recipe from faithfullyglutenfree for a healthy & delicious side dish. The rich caramelized natural vinegar flavors enhance chicken, fish or meat, you’ll certainly want a second helping! Serve immediately, enjoy with Villa Graziella artisan crafted Chianti DOCG made with organic grapes. Find the full recipe on the Villa Gabriella blog

Tom Hyland on the Foods of Piemonte

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella enjoys a merenda with wine lecturer & writer Tom Hyland to discover the local foods of the beloved Piemonte region of Italy. Known for their distinct chocolate, cheeses, meats, pasta dishes and more, check out to discover these local treasures!

Tom Hyland on Piemontesi Wines

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella shares a glass of wine with author & wine educator Tom Hyland to gain a deeper understanding of the delicate and fruitful findings of the wines of Piemontesi. Watch to learn more about the region’s treasured wines!

Tom Hyland: Why Piemonte?

Morgan Shepard

Villa Graziella sits down with wine expert Tom Hyland to discover Italy’s hidden gem—the Piemonte region. Regarded for its breathtaking views of the vineyards amidst the backdrop of the Alps, Piemonte is also grounded in authentic winemaking. Be sure to watch and discover why!

World of Pinot Noir 2017

Morgan Shepard

Winemakers, experts & novices alike, recently gathered to celebrate the noble & unique Pinot Noir grape at the 17th edition of The World of Pinot Noir along California’s central coast.

Old & new world varietals from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain & the U.S. were shared over discussions on vintage, terroir & winemaking styles. The Burgundy lunch, rosé brunch, sparkling wine seminar, cheese, pâté & Pinot Noir pairing classes were all thoroughly enjoyed. Not to be missed was the annual Grand Tasting Pinot Noir by the Sea & Silent Auction supporting California oenology education including the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation.