A good food & wine experience over the weekend in N.H. was…

Hello Everybody,

You know when you try a bottle of wine you’ve never had before, end up loving it, and then you’re on the lookout to find it in a store near you? This happened over the weekend.

My wife an I attended a wedding in Portsmouth, N.H. and we were honored to be part of the rehearsal dinner on Friday night at Cafe Mediterraneo.We chose to have a glass of Layer Cake Primitivo (a.k.a. Zinfandel) Vintage 2006. This wine is produced in the wine region of Puglia, Italy.  According to the Layer Cake Wines website, their Primitivo is “100% Pure Old Vine Primitivo from Salento, the “Heel of the Boot” of Italy; specifically the area of Manduria.”

This wine is very dark in color, and presented a creamy balance of jammy fruit balanced with white pepper. The best part, this bottle is about $16 in stores but tastes like it’s worth a LOT more. Layer Cake Primitivo is a great bottle, played nice with all the food we ordered (listed below)… so give it a try if you can.This Primitivo didn’t over power the food and it ended up being a good little wine pairing on the night for:

ANTIPASTO - Assorted Italian meats and cheeses, hot cherry peppers, mixed greens and a balsamic vinaigretteCAPRESE - Mozzarella del la Casa, Pomodoro e Basilico
(homemade mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil)

- Onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant and zucchini served in a marinara sauce with linguini

BAKED SALMON - Baked salmon with a creamy lobster dill sauce over lobster ravioli and mixed vegetables
Just thought I’d share a cool food and wine experience and a reasonable bottle you may enjoy.

Jim from Hello Vino