25 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve dinner in Italy tends to center around fish, sometimes more than a dozen varieties at one table. Lunch the next day moves towards a big platter of salumi, but I thought a simple and refreshing seafood lunch would be perfect on Christmas Day, especially since a heavy family dinner will come later.

Pan seared sea bass, baby Brussels sprouts, and a little salad made from raw fennel, clementines, and pine nuts with a little balsamic vinaigrette. Garnished with some fennel fronds, which in retrospect look a lot like pine garlands.

2005 Ruffino Orvieto Classico, made from 50% Grechetto, 30% Procanico, 10% Verdello, and 10% Canaiolo Bianco. It comes from Orvieto, a little town in Umbria about halfway between Rome and Florence. Aromas of asparagus, a little wood, and a touch of vanilla. The wine itself has a crisp acidity with a smooth finish and light citrus and melon flavors.

I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. Now get off the internet and spend time with friends and family!

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