The Ronco del Gnemiz Six-Pack is LIVE! Friulian food NOT INCLUDED

The Ronco del Gnemiz Six-Pack is officially LIVE over at, Do Bianchi Wine Selections… if you live in California and would like to taste a little bit of the Colli Orientali del Friuli (the eastern hills of Friuli), I’ll be delivering the wines and shipping on Tuesday… Check it out here.

I can get you the wines but unfortunately I can’t deliver the classic Friulian meal to go along with it. That’s soft (as opposed to crunchy) frico above: aged and fresh Montasio cheese with potatoes fried in a pie.

Grilled white corn polenta.

Fresh Montasio and salame, ossocollo, pancetta, and Prosciutto di San Daniele.

Brovada, turnips fermented and braised in red wine.

Don’t let the farmer know…

Don’t let the farmer know how good cheese is with pears…

So goes a bourgeois Italian expression: don’t let the proletariat know how good it is to be a member of the ruling class

Julienned pears and shredded Montasio cheese over winter greens, served with a lightly fried pancetta rasher and drizzled with olive oil, were delicious last night in the home of Daniela and Pigi Comelli.

Montasio is Friuli’s flagship cheese.

Comelli’s Pignolo (2007) was my favorite of the trip so far… Pignolo is a wildly tannic however noble grape. While most seem to vinify it in a “massive” and “muscular” style, Comelli’s was more judicious and showed nice fruit, especially when paired with roast pork loin and potatoes. Good stuff…

So much more to tell but gotta run… Follow along at