Addio, Summer

The Italian saying of “what grows together, goes together” is evident in the Moscato d’Asti region. The region’s terroir leads to not only beautiful wine, but simple and beautiful food which compliments its pairing.

 

Summer. It’s almost time to bid you addio. It is a time of rejuvenation, rest, and relaxation. Although no one wants to say goodbye to summer it is always fun to see what the future holds. Summer means many things. It means sunshine, beach time, pool time, smells from the grill, being outdoors, eating outside under flickering lights, and celebrating. It doesn’t have to be anything specific to celebrate. Summer is about celebrating life and rest. Dinner al fresco epitomizes how life is meant to be lived with great people and even great wine.

Summer is enjoyable on many levels. It means community and connection. It’s a time when we take vacations to relax and to rejuvenate from the year. It is barefoot in the grass or sand and where we stay up late to enjoy it all. Everyone looks forward to summer and not just the kids. The adults too.

Dining al fresco is a very unique dining experience. Summer’s bounty of fruits and vegetables mean dinners with fresh ingredients at the their peak. The meals are simple, elegant, and delicious. Sometimes, simple meals are the best meals. The Italian saying of “what grows together, goes together” is evident in the Moscato d’Asti region. The region’s terroir leads to not only beautiful wine, but simple and beautiful food which compliments its pairing. Food is as much a part of summer as wine. Together they are summer’s perfect combination.

Instead of seeing the end of summer as bleak, think of ways to embrace its ending. The beauty about Moscato d’Asti is it being a year-round celebratory drink. So as summer ends and we look to fall also take the summer traditions into the new season. Take late summer tomatoes and make them into a beautiful tarte with basil and mozzarella. The creaminess of this dish, the crispness of the Moscato d’Asti, and summer’s memories are a great way to ease into a perfectly paired new season.

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Julia Coney
Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C.-based wine, travel, food, and lifestyle journalist. She has written for Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Table among other publications. She is passionate about wine as a lifestyle, travel, interesting people, books and finding the elusive story of wine in her glass. She has judged wine competitions globally and has written at juliaconey.com for over 10 years. You can find her living life to the fullest on all social media @JuliaConey, but her favorite platform is Instagram.

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