The romanticism of clinking glasses over a noonday meal is captivating, isn't it? But I am a southern gal. So Sweet tea is still well, my cup of tea, but if I'm in the mood to feel a little less American, and a little more laid back European, then it's a glass of vino to accompany my lunch.
When my Southern Glazer's wine representative calls to introduce new wines, I jump at the chance to schedule it over a lunch for that very reason! Channeling my inner Lidia Bastianich, it's a simple fare of flatbread drizzled with olive oil (local, of course), then topped with tomatoes, basil and cheese for an appetizer, and then for the main course; fettuccine cooked al dente with the added oomph of bacon and fresh baby spinach.
The bottles are lined up, lunch is plated, and we begin the arduous task of eating and drinking. Since these particular wines are from small family owned wineries with Spanish heritage ( Artesa, Septima, and Anna Codorniu), I'll exchange the French "C'est La Vie" for the Spanish equivalent of "Asi es la vida".
Escaping from the usual rush of the day doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes, it's just having the right ingredients on hand and popping the cork a little before 5pm. We highly recommend it!
The wine we choose to serve at our Farm To Table dinners is small batch, un-available in your local grocery store, and always gets my seal of approval first. Likewise is the same for the wines we sell (and serve while catering) at Bon Appetit Ya'll, which makes purchasing a bottle for a gift or a special occasion a REAL treat for the lovely people enjoying the bottle.