I was turned off by Limoncello for a few years because Danny DeVito was so turned on by it in his famous 2006 interview-while-drunk. He and pal George Clooney tied a yellow ribbon on for the wrong reasons. DeVito has since tried to make it a right reason by putting his name on his own Limoncello.
Puhlease. Albeit a great marketing ploy, it didn’t do it for me.
I did a little Limoncello, cream Limoncello, and all flavors of Italian liqueurs in-between from Coffee to Raspberry when I wandered into a great shop in Rome a block away from the Trevi fountain last summer. And I thoroughly enjoyed having my little shot of Limoncello after 10 tons of Spaghetti con Olio y Garlic every night that I found it.
Fast forward: In getting ready for Grape of the Night: Organics on June 7th I thought about what I might like to bring. A little organic “digestif” perhaps? Before or after the copious amounts of wine that will be drunk, and studied, and then sobered up from? (If you can come and join us at 7pm on June 7 at Valencia Wine Company I’ll make sure I can produce a glass for you!)
In a trade magazine I found a brief article about Villa Massa Limoncello and the quote I was looking for, “organically produced”. It sure sounded like a much tastier alternative to something produced by a professional actor.
Villa Massa: Villa Massa is anItalian company manufacturing a traditional Italian Liqueur “Limoncello– Liquore di Limone di Sorrento”. It is made by the infusion of freshpeels of a special lemons cultivated in Sorrento. This lemon called”Limone Ovale di Sorrento” is a botanical variety, which received thespecial EU certification “Protected Geographical Indication ” (P.G.I.)in the year 2000. Villa Massa Limoncello is exported to more than 42countries across five continents. Villa Massa also manufactures othertraditional liqueurs such as Mandarine liqueur, Orange liqueur, Walnutliqueur and Limoncello Cream and a new distillate “DSTILL®” made bydistilling the P.G.I Sorrento lemon peels used for the preparation of”Limoncello”. All products are made from the fruits cultivated inSorrento and are 100% natural. More info: www.villamassa.com.
For more information on organics, reader Cheryl Dellepiane sent this in:
Hi Fellow Wine Enthusiasts,
I am thrilled that you are featuring “organics” at the next Grape ofthe Night. I call myself a “vine hugger” in that I am a huge fan oforganic, natural, and biodynamic wine. For expert views, see forwarded video and go to www.naturalwinelosangeles.com and read the recent posts. See you on the 7th.