Friday Wine Tasting…Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Colli Senesi!

December 21, 2012

Wine of the Week:

2011 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Colli Senesi


Winemaker’s Notes:

This is a dark fruited with with deep black cherry, black plum, and balsamic macerated cherry flavors but in a softer, rounder, easier to just sip package.  A grilled portabello note comes out with air and there’s just enough tannin and acidity to make this perfect for a wide range of foods.

Enjoy my favorite Christmas cookies with this yummy glass of wine!

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints:
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.


Happy Weekend! xo,Caitlin