Tag Archives: Aperitif

Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano – Aperitivo Cocchi Americano

23 Oct
Spritz, drink, bottle, photo

Aperitivo Cocchi Americano – Imported by Vinosita’

Do you recall the ridiculously good weather we had two Sundays ago in Melbourne? If so, then it would make complete sense why I chose to prepare an aperitivo for my family that evening with the setting sun winking down at us. Suffice to say that I was clearly the favourite child of the family for that one day.

I used Aperitivo Cocchi Americano. This is a wine-based aperitif and vino aromatizzato (flavored wine). It was produced in 1891 by Giulio Cocchi of Asti in Piemonte by flavouring white wine with different herbs, spices, sugar and alcohol. Sitting at 16.5% alcohol, it is considered to be the original L’Americano recipe. It is produced in small lots and matures for a year before being put on sale.

Try the Classico recipe or Estivo to start with, unless you’re a sweet tooth and prefer the fruit juice in the A.C.E.

Having it on its own though reveals thirst-quenching citrus flavours and delicate herbal tones. Delicious.


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The Art of Imbibing

11 Oct

art deco poster, cinzano, dry, extra dryArt deco poster, Aperol Aperitivoart deco poster, campari l'aperitivo

“What is art?”, I asked my Grade 6 Art teacher, the oh-so-appropriately named Mr Brushfield.

Mr Brushfield was momentarily flustered. For a twelve-year old, this bordered on the precipice of being a question almost as broad and curious as the existentialist’s classic, “What is the meaning of life?”

Art is specifically indefinable; a concept and product that is open for debate and interpretation by whomever has an opinion. However to look at it in its most simplest form, art is the product of creativity and imagination.

It evokes emotion.

It sparks passionate discussion.

It moves you.

It should leave you wanting more.

La Donna del Vino is certainly not an art blog. That is something I would leave to my wondrously talented artist of a mother who has enlightened and taught me the appreciation of art since I was little. However a blog allows one to probe occasionally into unexpected territory.

Art has traditionally been defined in the work of painting, sculpture, music, literature or even dance. For today only and for the purpose of relating my askew way of thinking to something more La-Donna-del-Vino-appropriate, I would like to trial the tolerance of inserting ‘Imbibing’ into that accepted spectrum of the art world.

You will have to excuse the use of the word ‘imbibing’ instead of something more commonly used such as ‘drinking alcohol’, but ‘The Art of Imbibing’ just sounded so much more appealing and enticing to read than ‘The Art of being a Damn Fine Boozehound’. Or am I just out of touch and should have rethought that?

Regardless, in the spirit of Julie Andrews:

Let's start from the very beginning, singing to kids, Julie Andrews

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

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