Think Cocktail, Think Ecco Domani

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Ecco-tini

clip_image001A light and refreshing twist on the classic martini, the Ecco-tini is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Canella Domani

clip_image002This delicious wine cocktail is perfect for a cold winter evening, and a sure hit around the holidays.

  • Best to prepare 1 hour before serving
  • In a medium pot, heat one bottle of Ecco Domani Merlot
  • Stir in 10 tablespoons of sugar until dissolved
  • In a strainer, combine:

· 1 orange peel

· 1 lemon peel

· 10 cloves

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Let strainer sit in heating wine for about 20 minutes. (Make sure mixture is not boiling)

Allow mixture to cool, or serve hot

Remove strainer and pour liquid into glass mug

Garnish with cinnamon stick or orange slice

Makes 4 Servings

Dolce Domani

clip_image003This tart yet sweet concoction is a versatile wine cocktail for any occasion from a fall fireside dinner to an elegant evening gathering with friends.

  • Muddle half of a lime with 2.5 teaspoons of sugar until all the juice is extracted
  • Add 3 oz. of Ecco Domani’s Merlot
  • Add ice into a shaker and shake vigorously for at least 6 seconds
  • Pour all ingredients into a lowball glass or wineglass
  • Garnish with a lime wheel

Domani Limonata

clip_image004Escape from the hot, sultry days of summer with the lemon-infused Domani Limonata wine cocktail.

  • Muddle 1 / 2 lemon with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Combine 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio with:
  • 1 oz. of peach juice
  • 1 oz. of apple juice
  • 3 / 4 oz. of guava juice (may substitute with cranberry juice)
  • Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a glass tumbler
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel

Ecco Cioccolato

clip_image005A tantalizing combination of chocolate, raspberry and Chianti, the Ecco Cioccolato is the perfect wine cocktail for any fall or winter party.

  • Muddle 6 raspberries with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani Chianti
  • Stir in 1.5 teaspoons of sweet cocoa powder
  • Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Strain into a martini glass
  • Layer whipped cream onto drink
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings

Serves 4 to 6

Ecco Freddo

clip_image006Cool down with the refreshing taste of watermelon – a perfect wine drink for poolside sipping on steamy afternoons.

  • Muddle a slice of watermelon with one teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 1oz. of pineapple juice
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani’s Pinot Grigio
  • Add ice into a boston shaker and shake vigorously for at least 6 seconds
  • Pour all ingredients into a lowball glass
  • Garnish with a thin slice of watermelon

Ecco Frutta

clip_image007Delight in the tropical mango and kiwi flavors of this enticing wine cocktail…perfect for spring or summer entertaining.

  • Muddle 1 peeled kiwi
  • Add 2 tablespoons of mango chutney (may substitute with 2 oz. mango juice)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweet basil
  • Add 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
  • Pour into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a highball glass
  • Garnish with a kiwi slice

clip_image008Ecco Sidro

Toast the cold weather with a twist on the classic apple cider.

  • Muddle 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (may substitute with 2 oz of ginger ale)
  • Add 1.5 oz. apple cider
  • Add 1/4 teaspoons of Chai tea powder (may substitute with cinnamon)
  • Add 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Chianti
  • Shake and strain into a martini glass or lowball rock glass (if served hot)
  • Garnish with a ginger root slice or apple slice

Vita Domani

clip_image009Exotic lychees provide a delightful surprise in this wine cocktail, ideal for spring and summer entertaining.

  • Muddle 5 red seedless grapes with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Add 1 oz. of lychee juice (may substitute with pineapple juice)
  • Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
  • Add a splash of lemon juice
  • Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a glass goblet
  • Garnish with a skewer of lychee fruit or grapes

Besides The Delightful Cocktails, this Pinot Grigio is a great summer wine: twice as good and about half the price of a much overrated brand that seems to make it to every restaurant wine list these days. Great quaff and terrifically food friendly.

Ecco Domani 2010 Pinot Grigio = $14.00

Copyright 2011 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved

Disclosure

Ecco Domani® 2010 Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio

Grapes for our wine come from the Northeastern “Tre Venezie” region of Italy, where the Pinot Grigio grape has been cultivated for more than a century. The Pinot Grigio grape is genetically related to Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, and is easily subject to color mutation. The skin color of the grapes can range from a bluish gray to a delicate pink, depending on the clone and the geographic zone. In fact, the word “Grigio” means gray in Italian, although the juice is drawn off the skins before they impart a tint to the wine.
Description
After a cold winter and spring, May and June 2010 saw some hot weather, allowing the vines to catch up on a somewhat slow start. A good level of moisture in the soil made for some excellent growing conditions, resulting in yields that came in about average but with promising fruit. Harvest began about 8-9 days later than the previous year. Some areas saw rain during harvest period, but this was intermittent. Most of the vintage came through with good acidity and sugar content. In the final analysis, hot days combined with cool nights resulted in an excellent vintage.
Viticulture Notes
The Tre Venezie is made up of three smaller growing regions: Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. With a climate known for “cool nights and warm days,” conditions in the Tre Venezie are conducive to exceptional grape maturation. Ecco Domani meticulously combines the inherent strengths of the fruit from each of these premier regions to create full-flavored wines with superb colors and wonderful aromas, backed by fine levels of intensity.
Winemaking Notes
The juice was fermented at 18ºC three weeks in temperature-controlled tanks. After settling, the wine was cold stabilized, filtered and bottled under sterile conditions, avoiding malolactic fermentation and preserving the fruit characteristics of the wine. The wine was aged two months on light lees to preserve freshness.
Varietal Content:
88.5% Pinot Grigio, 11.5% Chardonnay
Varietal Origin:
delle Venezie
Titratable Acidity:
0.57g/100ml
pH:
3.41
Alcohol Level:
12.49%
UPC:
008500000843
Residual Sugar:
0.35g/100ml
Wine Description
Light citrus and delicate floral aromas with tropical fruit flavors and a crisp and refreshing finish.
Italian Table Wine, ©2011 Ecco Domani USA, Hayward, CA. All rights reserved.

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