Grape grower and winemaker Gianni Cantele posted this beautiful photo of late-harvest Chardonnay on his Facebook this week.
But the photo that had us salivating like Pavlov’s dog was the one he posted of his mother’s melanzane alla parmigiane (eggplant parmigiana), that unlikely and irresistible pairing of the fruits of southern Italy (yes, eggplant is a fruit and not a vegetable) and one of the great food products of the Italy’s north, Parmigiano Reggiano.
“My harvest exile in the cellar continues,” writes Gianni, who, like all winemakers during this period of the year, literally lives at the winery without being able to return home. “I’m beginning to miss my bed and the comforts of home. But I will stoically carry on.”
“There are two things that give me the strength not to give up: Negroamaro grapes worth shouting about (a great vintage!) and my mother’s eggplant parmigiana.”