I was in the mood for pate but because it was a cold and snowy day Michele was in the mood for an Italian stew. So we did a little bit of both.
We started with the pate, which we purchased. It was made of pork and flavored with figs.
In the plate, with cornichons and fig mostarda.
Barolo Riserva 1989 Giacomo Borgogno and Figli 100% Nebbiolo. The grapes come from three different cru vineyards: Cannubi, Liste and Fossati. The winery is located in the center of the town of Barolo. The wine is aged at least five years in large oak barrels. This is a wine produced with traditional and natural wine making methods. Long fermentation and pumping over by hand takes place. Today the Farinetti family that also owns Eataly owns the winery. I have always had very good luck with older vintages of Borgogno. This is a classic traditional Barolo with hints of coffee, licorice, tar, savory meats and a touch of smoke. 1989 was a great vintage for Barolo
Friuli Style Beef Stew with dried porcini, served with polenta and green beans.
Chocolate Chip Biscotti, Ciambellina al Vino Rosso and espresso for dessert
We ended with Vieil Armagnac Jean Cave Distilled in 1983. An elegant aroma of peach syrup, almonds with a touch of pistachio. On the palate structured and complex with notes of licorice and a undertone of smoke.