Category: Tasting Prosecco

Bele Casel in über hip East Brooklyn

Back when Bele Casel’s U.S. blogmaster lived in Brooklyn — Park Slope to be precise — in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there were still neighborhoods in the outer reaches of the borough that were still untouched by hipsterdom.

Today, the artists and musicians can no longer afford to live in Brooklyn proper: Areas like Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, and even Gowanus (!!!) are now inhabited mostly by New York City’s elite.

As a results, the city’s cutting-edge cultural life has move farther and farther out into the borough’s fringes, where rents are still affordable for those who don’t work in finance.

And that brings us to Fitzcarraldo in East Brooklyn, named after the 1982 film by German art house director Werner Herzog. Ten years ago, no one would have imagined that a high-concept and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant would open in this formerly industrial neighborhood.

“Music rains down from a gramophone horn hung from a ceiling that curves like a ship’s hull,” wrote Ligaya Mishan late last year for the New York Times. “Spiky ferns half-spill out of hanging baskets; peacock-blue flowered tile runs underfoot. The front wall is all window, 12 feet tall with a grid of steel, looking out on almost unrelieved darkness.”

“A kind of magical loneliness possesses Fitzcarraldo… The hovering plants and gestures at beautiful decay come, like the restaurant’s name, from Werner Herzog’s 1982 film, ‘Fitzcarraldo,’ in which a madman dreams of building an opera house in the Amazon. (It’s a favorite of one of the owners, Henry Moynahan Rich, who designed the space.)”

Mishan made it one of her “New York Times critic picks.”

And at Fitzcarraldo, they serve Bele Casel by the glass. When in East Brooklyn…

Fitzcarraldo
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11227
(718) 233-2566
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Image via the restaurant’s website.

Bele Casel meets “Modern American Chophouse” at Jar in LA

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Above: The menu at Jar in Los Angeles focuses on wholesome, locally sourced ingredients and classic Americana dishes (image via the Jar website).

Pulitzer-prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold included it in his list of top 101 restaurants for the Los Angeles Times.

LA Magazine included it as well in its list of the city’s top 75 dining destinations.

It’s no surprise because Jar is one of the City of Angels’ most beloved restaurants, known for its comfort food and Americana cuisine.

Since she opened Jar in 2001, owner Suzanne Tracht has never strayed from the pure, essential cooking that has made this restaurant a Los Angeles culinary icon.

And we’re proud to know that Bele Casel Prosecco is served there.

Jar
8225 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
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Bele Casel at Café Beaujolais in dreamy Mendocino, California

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We were geeked to learn that Bele Casel has found its way on to the wine list at the Café Beaujolais in dreamy Mendocino, California.

If you’ve ever traveled to that part of the world, you know that the folks there like to keep things toned down. They favor renovation over construction, old school over new.

The setting for chef/owner David LaMonica’s cooking is a beautiful restored 1890s home, where he his farm-to-table menu features local organic growers and a stellar wine list, with a wide selection by-the-glass.

The best part is that Bele Casel appears right next to 95 Krug!!!

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Café Beaujolais
961 Ukiah St
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-5614
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Top image via RDMosley’s blog.

Bele Casel in Beverly Hills @PizzeriailFico where Italian is spoken

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Above: Italian is spoken here. Il Fico co-owner studied Italian language, literature, and culture at Stanford University.

We had read the rave reviews of Pizzeria Il Fico in Los Angeles and its Pugliese-centric menu.

We had heard that its authentic-style pizza was among the best in Los Angeles, a metropolis that seems to have more Neapolitan pizza ovens than Naples.

But it wasn’t until we visited a few months ago that we learned that co-owner and wine director John Tierney not only lives and breathes great Italian food but he also was a student of Italian at Stanford University before getting into the restaurant trade.

It’s no wonder that this chic restaurant on the edge of Beverly Hills feels like it could be in Lecce or Milan.

And that’s just one of the reasons we are extremely proud to share the news that Pizzeria Il Fico now serves Bele Casel Prosecco Brut by the glass.

Pizzeria il Fico
310 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 271-3426
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Bele Casel by-the-glass @WaterGrill #LosAngeles #thrilled!

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Above: The Water Grill is one of LA’s most iconic seafood restaurants and has endured as one of the city’s greatest culinary landmarks. It’s a great restaurant (image via the Water Grill Facebook).

What a thrill for us to learnt that Bele Casel Prosecco Extra Dry is being poured by-the-glass at one of the most famous and beloved restaurants in Los Angeles, the Water Grill.

Southern California rivals Venice for the high caliber and quality of fresh seafood. And the Water Grill, for twenty-five years, has been the region’s seafood temple. It’s just one of those places that struck a chord with local diners since the day it opened.

“Water Grill remains the standard-bearer,” wrote restaurant critc Besha Rodell for the LA Weekly in 2013 in a review of the restaurant’s new outpost in Santa Monica (the original is in Downtown Los Angeles). “Last year its look and menu were updated to attract a younger clientele, but its pedigree went unchanged. The restaurant also can claim the distinction of being a spawning ground for fish-obsessed cooks — both Fishing With Dynamite’s David LeFevre and Connie & Ted’s Michael Cimarusti were chefs there before striking out on their own.”

We can’t think of a better place to pair our wine than this truly excellent restaurant.

Water Grill
544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 891-0900
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Bele Casel by the glass by the sea in San Diego at The Wine Pub

Having grown up in San Diego, I’m always excited to see my fellow San Diegan wine lovers expand their wine loving horizons with new and groovy wines.

I took the above photo, btw, week before last standing in front of my mom’s apartment building at the Cove in La Jolla, about 20 minutes from downtown San Diego.

Beautiful, right?

So I was thrilled to find out that The Wine Pub in Point Loma is now pouring Bele Casel by-the-glass.

Here’s their tasting note for the wine: “Citrus flowers, almond with a creamy texture.”

The Wine Pub is located on Shelter Island Dr. on America’s Cup Harbor, one of the most picturesque vistas in town.

I can’t think of a better wine to pour by the glass and by the sea in my beloved hometown. It aligns perfectly with San Diego style…

The Wine Pub
2907 Shelter Island Dr #108
San Diego, CA 92106
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Bele Casel by the glass by the sea in San Diego at The Wine Pub

Having grown up in San Diego, I’m always excited to see my fellow San Diegan wine lovers expand their wine loving horizons with new and groovy wines.

I took the above photo, btw, week before last standing in front of my mom’s apartment building at the Cove in La Jolla, about 20 minutes from downtown San Diego.

Beautiful, right?

So I was thrilled to find out that The Wine Pub in Point Loma is now pouring Bele Casel by-the-glass.

Here’s their tasting note for the wine: “Citrus flowers, almond with a creamy texture.”

The Wine Pub is located on Shelter Island Dr. on America’s Cup Harbor, one of the most picturesque vistas in town.

I can’t think of a better wine to pour by the glass and by the sea in my beloved hometown. It aligns perfectly with San Diego style…

The Wine Pub
2907 Shelter Island Dr #108
San Diego, CA 92106
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Jeremy Parzen
blogmaster

Bele Casel in Hawaii @edstown!

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Above: Chef Ed Kenney has cooked for the Obama family in Hawaii (image via the Town Facebook).

“Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always,” writes Chef Ed Kenney (above) on the website for his flagship restaurant Town Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Chef Ed has been a pioneer and champion of organically farmed and locally sourced food in Hawaii. He is widely cited as on of the stars of the new Hawaiian fine dining movement (just have a look at his press page), and he has cooked for the first family when they have vacationed there.

His approach to wholesome cookery aligns seamlessly with the Bele Casel philosophy.

And we couldn’t be more proud that he serves Bele Casel at his restaurant.

Aloha always…

31 Days of Prosecco: Day 23, “exactly what straight Prosecco should be about”

Walter Speller’s tasting notes on JancisRobinson.com.

Bele Casel, Extra Dry NV Colli Asolani Prosecco 17 Drink 2012-2013
Pale straw. Fresh and attractively perfumed on the nose. Strikes a near perfect balance. A lovely, fresh style, and exactly what straight Prosecco should be about. (WS)

Bele Casel 2011 Colli Asolani Prosecco 17 Drink 2012-2014
Very pale straw and with a slow bead. Profound and concentrated. Assertive, fine CO2, almost full-blown sparkling, but ends gentle and perfumed. (WS)

Bele Casel, Col Fondo 2010 Colli Asolani Prosecco 17 Drink 2012-2014
Secondary fermentation in bottle and not disgorged, hence with a fine sediment of lees. Intense pale straw. Serious, deep yeasty nose with sweet notes. Very fine but lasting bubbles. Very dry and with lively acidity the finish. Well made and food compatible. Frizzante rather than spumante. (WS)

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31 Days of Prosecco: Day 15, Prosecco the wine to serve on your special day

Since November 2012, when we first stumbled on Joe, Mark, and Michele’s blog, Joe and Mark and I have connected a number of times in Los Angeles. And we’ve been thrilled to follow their culinary and cultural adventures on their super fun site. Here’s a post we devoted to them last year…

“The Prosecco we served at our wedding, Bele Casel, has a special place in Joe’s and my hearts,” writes Mark Denten (above, left), co-author of the wonderful Italian wine and food blog Our Italian Table. “So we were delighted to find, as we were planning our 2010 trip to the Veneto, that an agriturismo we had reserved was only a short distance from the winery that makes ‘our’ Prosecco. We immediately decided to track the place down and tell them how much their sparkling concoction meant to us! What we found when we followed the map we had made at home was an unassuming and unmarked group of buildings near a modest house: we weren’t sure we were in the right place. But when we asked in our best broken Italian about Bele Casel, the young man who had come to see why our car was in his driveway lit up, and eagerly took us on a complete tour of his facility. I only wish our Italian had been better, because he explained everything about how they make Bele Casel Prosecco energetically and happily in rapid Italian that we couldn’t begin to understand!”

Click here to read Mark’s post and his excellent notes on what makes Prosecco stand apart from other sparkling wines.