“OFFICIALLY NAPA VALLEY”
You may think that when you are enjoying great, authentic, Italian food – such as that of Ca’ Momi Enoteca in Napa, CA – that you must have a great, authentic Italian wine. This is actually not a requirement. As long as you have a good, food friendly, character driven, terroir respected wine…it will be a wonderful pairing. This is driven home non better than by Ca’ Momi Winery of Napa Valley. No…they do not make “Italian” wine, just because they make Italian food at the enoteca….they are located in Napa Valley – Napa soil, Napa grapes…Napa wine. Ca’ Momi Winery focuses on wine made well from outstanding grapes that will pair with all types of food and is pocket book friendly for all of us to have on our dinner tables, just like they do at Ca’ Momi. (the picture on the label is their actual home in Veneto Italy)
The owners of Ca’ Momi Winery, Valentina Guolo-Migotto, Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto are passionate people about wine and food. Dario and Stefano are the winemakers with a vision about wine and its enjoyment that is unlike any other. It’s a simple vision that shows in the wine itself. No braggadocios marketing hype needed. Just take a sip, you’ll get it. 🙂 I recently dined at the Ca’ Momi Enoteca at the Oxbow Market and sampled many of the wine offerings Ca’ Momi Winery has to offer. I purchased a couple standouts to try further at home. I picked these two, for they are widely available for purchase across the states and almost all of us serve up a Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon on a regular basis. I also picked these two because, frankly, they were outstanding wines!
In the glass, this chardonnay is a light golden yellow with amazing clarity. The nose is full of Bosc pear, pineapple and white peach with a faint hint of magnolia flower. Amazing aromatics. What hits your palate first is a lush mouthfeel with pure fruit coming into play…white peach, pear, a bit of green apple and a hint of banana. (like that of a charbono) Round and full in body, yet crisp enough on the finish. Very inviting chardonnay. All the aspects of of non-oaked chardonnay, with the round, fuller body of an oaked one. The Ca’ Momi ’12 Chardonnay paired amazingly with Ca’ Momi’s Baccala alla Veneziana (creamy whipped salt cod with grilled polenta) and the Arancini (fried rice balls filled with beef/pork ragu and cheese) and just as wonderful with a pear and goat cheese salad at home. A food pairing dream wine!
A nice garnet red with hues of a deep aubergine and a nose of dark blackberries and raspberries. Slight wood tones and a herbal note of rosemary. Again, very aromatic. On the palate a burst of blackberry and dark red plums with a note of sweetness. Mid palate a little wood and earth with a herbaciousness towards the finish that is long and lush. A smooth tannic structure and a clean, yet complex flavor profile….a great example of Napa Valley cab! The Ca’ Momi ’11 Cabernet was paired with Spatzle allo Speck (dumplings sautéed with speck in cream sauce) and the Linguine al Pesto Genovese (linguine with basil pesto, potatoes and green beans) at the Ca’ Momi Enoteca. It was a seamless pairing that I actually would have never thought of. The cabernet added a element to the smokiness of the speck dish and the basil pesto brought out the herbaciousness in the cabernet. Remarkable food wine. At home, this Cabernet Sauvignon stood tall and proud with my homemade pot roast. It’s just goes to show you how versatile this wine can be!
Ca’ Momi’s tasting room is at the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa. (right next door to their enoteca) They currently crush and make their wine in a urban facility in downtown Napa as well, but are in the process of building a winery and tasting room in the Carneros area of Napa Valley. A “replica” of Ca’ Momi from Veneto Italy – a sight I look very forward to visiting. When looking for a great Napa Valley wine, please take a look at Ca’ Momi Winery at http://www.camomiwines.com and if visiting Napa Valley, make sure to stop by the Oxbow Market for a tasting and take with you, to your table at home, a little bit of their house…Ca’ Momi!
- CA’ MOMI ENOTECA NAPA, CA Part One: A Dining Experience (dvinewinetime.wordpress.com)