Grab your wine, your framily, and celebrate Teresa Guidice-Style
Another episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey down, another episode of wine, family, friends, laughter, and drama. For seven seasons, the revolving cast �has come into our homes, teaching us basic Italian- famiglia, vino, the proper pronunciation of Teresa and for seven seasons we have watched famiglia, vino (and Teresa) be the center of Italian family.
While last night's big dinner started with wine and ended with drama, today is an occasion to begin again and celebrate like a true italian (not 1/16th Italian like Caroline Manzo). Today, August 15, is a national holiday in Italy known as Ferragosto. In Siena, Tuscany, people line the streets carrying statues of Mary, celebrating the Day of The Assumption. Even better, the holiday lasts anywhere from a week to a month. Curious on discovering more about Ferragosto, I sought out a true Italian and wine expert, Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, proprietor of Barone Fini Wines, who uses nature as the winemakers at his vineyards.
Born, raised, and still living in Italy,Giovanni has all the necessary qualifications to serve as my authority on all things Italy so I could celebrate like a Real Housewife of New Jersey, "We italians, if we want to be good Catholics, we go to Church on August 15th...but the most important part, it's our fourth of July, in the sense that it is our summer celebration," Giovanni explained. "We have fireworks all over Italy during Ferragosto. It is beautiful. It is a wonderful time to go to Italy, if you don't mind a few Italians going crazy. But when Italians have fun, we do two things, we eat and we drink."
Over a lunch with about 20 others, the debonair and charming Giovanni explained to us the differences between types of Pinot Grigios and Merlots, the differences between wine made by man and by nature, and the italian festival of Ferragosto at I Trulli Enoteca e Ristorante . With a summer garden in the back for entertaining, exposed brick and brick ovens, and Dora Marzovilla, the matriarch of the owner's family, hand rolling pasta as soon as you enter, I Trulli felt like an Italian home. Over traditional dishes of mozzarella and basil, octopus, meatballs, and other italian mainstays, the true meaning and spirit of Ferragosto was discovered.
In addition to family and wine, charity is a big component to the holiday. Erin Hill from the Food Bank for New York City was in attendance, and explained her partnership with Barone Fini Wines and Ferragosto. On August 15, the two will once again bring Italy to NYC at I Trulli to "bring a taste of Ferragosto to the United States". The night of celebration is complete with an authentic Italian menu and Barone Fini Wines. In an effort to combat the invisible crisis of hunger in NYC (1 in 5 New Yorkers rely on food bank services, of which 400,000 are children) 100% of the proceeds of the Barone Fini wine purchased will be donated to New York City Food Bank, New York's hunger relief organization for over 30 years.
Can't make it to NYC tonight, there are other Ferragosto celebrations going over all over the Unites States tonight. Grab friends, family, and wine and prepare to celebrate like a true Italian- just no throwing of tables.
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