Automotive

I happen to love all things Italian, especially their cars and wine. Thanks to a tip from Budd Kelley of South Shore Millwork and an email from my friends downstairs, Salem Wine Imports, I was able to enjoy both of my passions on a Saturday earlier this month. What a glorious sun filled day it was!

As usual, the fit and finish quality of the Ferrari’s and Maserati’s was off the charts. What was interesting to observe up close was the distinctly different personalities of the two cars, with Ferrari clearly being the edgier of the two marques.

Ferrari 599

Ferrari 599

Ferrari California

Ferrari California

I was struck by the fact that I was drawn to the more traditionally laid out touring cars. I had arrived thinking the sportier mid-engine Ferrari’s were going to hold my attention. I must be maturing…. In fact the car that stole my heart was the Maserati GranCabriolet, a convertible! Delicious!!!!

Maserati Gran Cabrio

Maserati Grancabriolet

I could sit in this all day!

Maserati-GranCabrio

Maserati Grancabriolet

Pininfarina had it right when he said these cars are best appreciated when painted in light metallic colors. Look at the hi-lites!

Maserati rear quarter

Maserati Grancabriolet

Then it was back to Salem for a late afternoon of wine tasting. I arrived at Eric’s shop to find my friendly wine rep Bob behind the tasting table with 6 bottles of wine; 4 whites and 2 reds. And so as Bob poured, I was transported from one region of Italy to another.

wine bottles salem imports

First, a Prosecco produced by Faggeto. With its clean apple-like fruit, it was a perfect match for the heat of the afternoon! Then a Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Bianco from Sicily. (Already one of my summer favs!) Back to Alto-Aldsige near the Austrian border for Italy’s version of pinot blanc, Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco with it’s floral and fruit aromas, fresh acidity and mineral character on the finish. And finally back to Sardinia for the last white, Pala Crabalis Vermontino. This wine was a charmer with its floral aromas (a hint of thyme, too), and slightly oily texture. It finished with a hint of ocean saltiness.

All in all a perfect day.