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Roasted Grape Crostini

Roasted Grape Crostini

Roasted Grape Crostini

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DaVinci wine is created in a magical place. Tuscany is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate. The air smells of sweet sun ripened grapes and fresh herbs, muddled with the earthy scent of mineral rich soil.

The beauty of the Tuscan region mirrors the beauty of its people and its food.  A culture rich with history and laced with passion. A passion that transcends all boundaries and flows effortlessly onto the family table.


Cantine Leonardo da Vinci

A Villa with a View


Traveling to Tuscany this Autumn with DaVinci wine, I experienced the lovely Tuscan people who so graciously shared their love of food, wine, history and culture.

I couldn’t write fast enough.  Or snap enough pictures to capture the awe inspiring landscape on which my eyes were feasting.  I found myself quietly content, and somewhat absorbed, at my place at each table; savoring the flavor of every bite of mouthwatering food.

Fresh pastas that melted on the tongue like butter, complimented by fresh, local porcini mushrooms tasting earthy and woody and dreamy.  Rich slow cooked ragu’s of wild boar and rosemary, salt cured salumi and fresh ricotta on Crostini, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the traditional grilled Florentine Porterhouse steak that never wore out its welcome on my plate.  All the flavors so beautifully balanced, clean and never overpowering.

As I savored and contemplated each bite of moan inducing food, I sipped the most delicious DaVinci Chianti’s.  Wine rich and bold on the palate, yet subtle like soft velvet while I sipped.  And sip I did.  Yes, lots of sipping.

The DaVinci Chianti has long been a favorite of mine, however, among the lovely list of DaVinci wines, I have a new love.  The DaVinci Brunello. Our captivating and gracious DaVinci Brand Ambassador, Giacomo Alari, calls the Brunello “a very polite wine.  Once the Brunello is on your palate it is master of your palate. Not in power, but in elegance like cashmere.  A great wine doesn’t have to be powerful to be exquisite.”

I heard once that every bottle of wine has a story to tell.  That couldn’t be more true for the DaVinci Chianti.

To celebrate this glorious week in Tuscany I’ve created eight lovely little dishes.  They will be unveiled throughout the next few months, beginning with the Roasted Grape Crostini.  Check out the DaVinci Wine Facebook page to download a copy of the recipes.

Recipes inspired by a few enchanting people, stunning landscape and scrumptious moments.  Bewitching my heart as well as my palate.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!

Buon Appetito,



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  • Reply
    kelley {mountain mama cooks}
    November 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Oh, man! These look amazing, Karista. Clicking over now to get the recipe! xoxo

    • Reply
      November 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Kelley! I have to admit, they were delicious. I ate that entire platter for lunch the day I shot the picture. 🙂

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    Coco in the Kithcne
    November 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Roasting grapes for crostini….what a gorgeous idea!
    Love the pic of the Tuscan villa. Wish I were there now….

    • Reply
      November 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Coco. It was a little slice of heaven. Totally dreamy! I’d like to be there now too 🙂

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    November 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    My goodness – it’s hard to imagine more beautiful lighting than the lighting on those crostini! So pretty and soft! What an amazing trip, Karista.

    • Reply
      November 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Jess. Its been hard accessing the perfect lighting in our house. I move boards, tables and all sorts of things around from room to room trying to get the perfect lighting. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get it. 🙂

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    November 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    What an incredible experience…lovely!

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      November 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you Maria! It was a dream come true. Such lovely people… made the trip so perfect.

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    December 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve never been to Italy but it’s forever been on my to-visit list. This post makes me even more inclined to want to book a flight (now!! Ah, I wish!). Love the look of that boozy grape crostini, yum! We’re just getting into grape season here in Australia (third day of summer!) so I’m definitely going to get some quality fruit and make this lovely crostini xx

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      December 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Yes a visit to Italy is a must! I’d live there if I could. 🙂 These crostini are fabulous year round. And I think they’d be lovely with roasted cranberries for Christmas too. Happy Holidays!

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