Saturday, January 12, 2013

Marsala New Year

In place of the conventional bubbly, we rang in the New Year with a Florio Marsala Superiore Riserva called Donna Franca.  Celebrating with friends and a buffet of savory and sweet treats, the Marsala was a somewhat unexpected treat for all.  It paired exceptionally well with the strudel, mini mince-meat pies (home-made appropriately enough by our dear English friend, Jane), and the heated brie with cranberries.  As word spread that we had brought the Marsala, the revelers' curious palates were delighted.  The Donna Franca smelled like maple syrup and roasted nuts.  It was pleasantly sweet, velvety in texture, and complemented the not-too-sweet treats elegantly.  By night's end, the name and flavor of Marsala was on everyone's lips!    

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