A Liter of Italian Rosé Perfect for Tacos

My idea of retail therapy involves a new pair of addidas and an Italian rosé (rosato)  that I’ve never drank before in in a big one-liter bottle.

To know me is to know I have a thing for 1L bottles. They make the “normal” 750ml bottle seem so sad. Who wouldn’t want an extra third of a bottle? Give it to me!

1000 Mille Pinot Noir Rosato 1L (Provincia di Pavia, Italy, 2016 Vintage)

So this rosé comes from Lombardy, Milan being the best-known city in the region. As you can see from the photo, it is super-light. Very fresh and clean. If you like pale rosés from Provence, this is right up your alley.

And is there a better BYOB wine for two people? Let us count the ways:

  • Inexpensive. I got it at Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint for 15 bucks.

  • Screwcap. No need to have your evening ruined because you forgot a corkscrew.

  • Food-friendly. What’s more versatile than a dang rosé?

A Liter of Italian Rosé Perfect for Tacos

Facebook / Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos

I specifically enjoyed this rosato with tacos from Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos in Bushwick. It’s cash-only, you write your order on a piece of paper and hand it to the cashier. Then stroll into a big open room (above, right) that’s part of the factory where, sometimes, tortilla production happens right next to you. The tables and chairs are a rando hodge-podge. When your order is ready someone comes out with a tray and shouts your name. I say shouts because it gets really lively in there, especially at night. Get the chorizo tacos.

Want more one liter love?

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Ultimate Red Wine for a Party

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Ultimate Red Wine for a Party: Unlitro

Ultimate Red Wine for a Party: UnlitroWhat wine should you bring to a party? An age-old dilemma. Here is my latest crush:

2014 Ampeleia “Unlitro”

You’ve probably already figured out that it’s a big 1-liter bottle. (File under “D” for “DUH”.) So Unlitro is already the #partystarter. What’s on the inside is a light (12.5% alcohol), fresh, fun red wine. A Grenache-based wine, Unlitro hails from the Tuscan coast. I shouldn’t be surprised by how good it is since Elisabetta Foradori is one of the winery’s founders. If you haven’t tried her Teroldego,  do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. Go directly to a wine shop and buy a bunch of bottles.

BTW, that brick wall? That’s my room in the East Village. I’ll be here until mid-January, when Brooklyn comes calling. I picked up my Unlitro for $20* at Discovery Wines, a short stroll from my place. For wine-drinking in the area, I’ve been parking myself at Fifty Paces. The food is good and the staff is chill and friendly. I’m also very fond of the steps-away, no-nonsense Sophie’s, where I spent Thanksgiving eve watching Sixteen Candles on the TV via closed captioning while random early 90s music played.

Here’s a much nicer photo of the bottle:

Ultimate Red Wine for a Party: Unlitro

Above photo by Andrea Scaramuzza. Label by Francesca Ballarini.

*Remember that this is a 1L bottle so Unlitro is 1 1/3 bottles-worth. 

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