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Pulled Off The Road & Stumbled Upon a Winery in New Hampshire. Wait… what?


Rick from Hello Vino was visiting the east coast for the Boston Marathon not too long ago (brother and Dad actually ran the 26.2 miles). While Rick was in town, we managed to get a few Hello Vino work days in, and instead of showing up with coffee one morning, he arrived with 4 bottles of wine… from a vineyard… located in New Hampshire!  Rick just happened to stumble upon while driving, popped in unexpectedly, and was treated great. Pretty cool.

The Vineyard: Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis, NH

Located at the lowest point in Hollis’ Pine Hill Valley, their level vineyard is a quiet place. It is peaceful yet full of nature’s tugs and pulls. You may stop by and experience the fruits of a tradition handed down through the generations starting in Gesualdo, Italy, and enjoy a Fulchino Vineyard Signature Blend Moment. The winery is open daily, and you can stop in or call ahead.


Pictured: Bud break in the vineyard on a Frontenac grape vine

Fulchino offers Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Barbera, La Prima Frutta (white wine), and signature blends that happen to be top secret.

Concerning the blends, Fulchino describes them as:
A special blend of grapes that have come together. These wines will cellar easily for several or more years. And as they age, the complexity of tastes and aromas will come more to the forefront and grow in intensity. These blends are something that Fulchino Vineyard have worked on for quite some time.”


The following blends are meant to be enjoyed before, during, or after dinner.

Mirabella: whether poured straight from the bottle or decanted, the taste and aroma is unbelievable. Silky smooth with vanilla.

Vivace: bright, lively and spirited. Cenare (the King): flavors are full of spices, sweet black cherries, currants, a hint of chocolate, and even some orange peel. Notes of leather and dried fruits cover the entire mouth.

My wife and I recently tried the Fulchino Sangiovese. We were surprised at how velvety smooth the wine was, and we really enjoyed it. However, buckle up… We finished the bottle, then realized the ABV was 16.3% !! Good food pairings for the Fulchino wines…
or the ones where we know the grape ; )

Zinfandel: Pepperoni Pizza or some Guacamole Barbera: Veal Scallopini or some Fontina Cheese

Sangiovese: Burgers with Onions & Mushrooms or some Kasseri Cheese
Cheers,

The Hello Vino Team

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Weekend Wine Pairing: Treat Yourself to Brownies & Port

Spring is here, and summer will soon be approaching fast. It’s almost time to start our diets to get into “bathing suit shape”, but until then, let’s live a little.


Bring On the Brownies

This classic brownie recipe (from TasteBook.com) is super simple - it takes about 30-40 minutes total from preparation to baking, and you may have these common ingredients in your cupboard:

  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square pan. In mixing bowl, stir butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Get Playful with Port

Port and chocolate pair together like Forrest and Jenny, who pair together like peas and carrots. But enough about veggies, it’s time for dessert! With this chocolatey deliciousness, you could go with either a Ruby Port or Tawny Port.

In some cases, Tawny Port has actually been worked into the brownies recipe for its nutty flavor characteristics. However, some Tawny Ports can be a bit expensive, so it’s best to stick with the younger, sweeter Ruby Port with your brownies. You also don’t have to be formal and grab a Port (or Porto) from Portugal – there are some excellent Ports being made from U.S. producers, including the Port pictured above (a blend of Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon) from d’Art Winery in Lodi, CA.

If you try out the pairing this weekend, please drop a comment on this blog.

Cheers!

The Hello Vino Team