Labor Day is Soon Here and Banfi Wines Want to Know What You Will Be Drinking
This Labor Day will you be drinking a fruity sangria with Riunite Lambrusco one of the oldest grapes in history? Riunite is the leading source for classic wines from Central Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region, home of prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar. Or will it be a cocktail like the Rosa is Red with Roas Regale sparkling red, from Piedmont Italy, mixed with a little Gin? Maybe a green cocktail is in order with Natura Chardonnay a Chilean wine made from hand-picked, organic grapes, harvested from certified organic vineyards in the prime growing regions of Chile’s Central Valley.
What ever you will be dining on, one of these three recipes for wine cocktails will surely fit right in.
Classic Red Sangria
1 750ml bottle of Riunite Lambrusco
1 lemon, 1 orange, 1 peach, 1 ripe green apple, sliced
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup Brandy (optional)
¼ cup Triple Sec
1 can of lemon-lime soda
Combine the sliced fruit, brandy and triple sec in a pitcher. Add Riunite Lambrusco, orange juice and lemon-lime soda.
Rosa is Red
5 ounces Rosa Regale
1 ounce London Dry Gin
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
3/4 ounce Lavender Simple Syrup*
1/2 ounce Blood Orange Juice
1 strawberry, sliced
Orange peel, to garnish
Combine Gin, lemon, blood orange and lavender simple syrup into shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 3 seconds and strain into a wine glass with ice and top with sparkling rose. Drop strawberries into glass and garnish with orange peel.
Lavender Simple Syrup: bring one cup water to a boil with 1 tablespoon lavender sprigs. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir till dissolved. Take off heat and let cool. Strain out lavender and refrigerate up to one week.
Green With Envy
3 ounces Natura Chardonnay
4 ounces Green Tea
1 1/4 ounce Cucumber Syrup*
1/2 ounce Lillet
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
1 Cucumber, ribboned
2 Mint Sprigs, to garnish
Combine Chardonnay, green tea, Cucumber syrup, Lillet and lime juice into a Collins glass. Fill with ice and garnish with a cucumber ribbon inside the glass and mint sprig on top.
*Cucumber Syrup: Juice 1 cucumber and combine 16 ounces with equal parts simple syrup.
About Banfi Wines
Banfi is a private concern, founded in New York in 1919 by John Mariani, Sr. and today owned and operated by his grandchildren. The company is focused on the production and import of wine.
Banfi Vintners is the sole U.S. importer of the Mariani family’s internationally renowned wine estates in Italy: Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, and Banfi Piemonte of Strevi, Piedmont. Banfi also imports the wines of several other producers, including category leaders Bolla, Florio, Fontana Candida, Placido, Riunite, and Sartori from Italy, Concha y Toro and Emiliana from Chile, and Trivento from Argentina, Wisdom & Warter Sherries from Spain and Stone’s Ginger wine from England. The company has ranked as North America’s leading wine importer for more than three decades.
Banfi Piemonte is the name of the family’s sparkling wine cellars in Strevi, Piedmont, run in conjunction with the nearby single-vineyard estates of Principessa Gavia and Rosa Regale.
Banfi Vintners’ dedication to a finer wine world includes the pursuit of excellence in making pure and natural wines, and respecting the environment, our colleagues and the consumer.
The Mariani family, proprietors of Banfi Vintners, practice green winemaking at their own Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali estates, and share the same priorities with the families behind each of the Banfi import portfolio wineries.