The other day, my husband declared that he wants to start trying Italian wines, which made my thoughts leap to TRAVEL TO ITALY and I was totally on board with this new wine tasting development. The pursuit of Italian was solidified after a trip to the new Lowes Foods in Carolina Forest and the introduction of a new wine with a label inspired by the timeless love story by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Typically, we stick to California and Washington State wines. I like clean, smooth wines. Maybe I’m a total hick from South Carolina, but I do not love old-world, earthy wines with undertones of dirt. Blech. I’ll ask you to pass me a Cab from Napa Valley in a mild Southern accent every time.
So I was expecting to say “blech, no thank you” when Will opened up this Passi Mento tonight. We’d taken a field trip out to the new Lowes on Sunday, and purchased special sausage, pasta sauce, and fettucine for our dinner, so an Italian wine definitely fit the dinner scenario.
I think shocked might be a little bit dramatic to describe my tasting experiencing with the Passi Mento, but I was extremely and pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be searching on Amazon for an Italian art book to brush up on Art History to prepare for the trip to Italy I’ll be spending the next year convincing my husband to take.
This is a difficult wine to find… but if you do: get it, you’ll be as happy as the two turtles that made their way back to the water after being stacked on top of each other by my 4 year old in Hilton Head a few weeks ago.
You’re probably thinking, “well thanks A LOT for recommending a wine I can’t buy” and I agree, this is pretty lame. Let’s blame it on my husband who hyped up this wine and then delivered the news after I’d already started typing that it’s difficult to find. (But you can buy it online: I found it on Snooth.com for about $13 if you’re interested!)
So. Our Italian night was simple to make with things you can now buy locally here in the Myrtle Beach area: a custom blend of sausage, pasta, and pasta sauce from my new favorite grocery store, the brand-new Lowes Foods in Carolina Forest. The marketing of course already sucked me in – the vintage, clean fonts and pretty billboards had my interest piqued for the past few months and after visiting the store?
I’m in love with a grocery store.
The exterior is rustic and modern, and the interior is bright, well-laid out, and has gorgeous signs marking the various sections of the store. The fresh and organic foods are available along with regular groceries – so this is a one-stop-grocery-shop for those of us wanting a mix of prepared foods, gourmet ingredients, and regular groceries like Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese.
The produce is a pretty centerpiece to the entire store, and the selection is fresh and vibrant. There is even a spot for someone to prepare your veggies and fruits for you – julienne, slice, chop, etc. Really. That’s a thing.
So the thing that drew me in because it is totally different: the Sausage Works, a section of the store that offers custom sausage blends, pasta, and pasta sauce. I picked up the Godfather, a semi-spicey sausage and fettucine and pasta sauce.
That’s what we made tonight and it was DELICIOUS and it required very little prep.
Currently, I’ll be traveling to Carolina Forest to purchase groceries to test out recipes for Italian cuisine, but I’m plotting for my Italian vacation. Next June, we’ll celebrate our ten year anniversary (!) and I think we should get out of our kitchen and head to Italy, don’t you? (Back me up, pretty please!) I think the fact that my husband keeps talking with a faux Italian accent is a good sign for our travel future.