Top Five Culinary Trends for Summer 2011 Announced

June 1, 2011

HEALDSBURG, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s almost time for outdoor soirees, family barbeques and warm-weather fare. In anticipation of these sun-filled days, Certified Sommelier and four-time cookbook author Chef Jamie Gwen has announced her top five culinary trends for summer 2011.

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Chef Jamie Gwen’s Top 5 Culinary Trends for Summer 2011

1. Italian Pinot Grigio – The “it” wine for summer
Clean finish, crisp and food-friendly, Italian Pinot Grigio significantly enhances the flavors of a wide variety of dishes, making it the perfect complement to lighter summer cuisine and grilling, especially seafood. Follow this summer trend by delighting your palate with a range of great Italian Pinot Grigio options, including Ecco Domani® (about $11), DaVinci® (about $12) and Maso Canali® (about $19).

2. French Macaroons – The NEW cupcake
French macaroons are this year’s NEW cupcake. French-style macaroons are made from almond flour or almond paste, and come in a variety of flavors like passion fruit, chocolate, coffee and orange. Light and airy, these sweet treats are a perfect complement to a summer meal (and they taste even better filled with decadent buttercream or lemon curd).

3. Spanish Paprika (Pimenton) – The Spice Superstar
Every year we see a “Spice Superstar” and 2011 is no different. In past years, the flavor of chipotle has risen in popularity and Sichuan peppercorns have added their tingle, but this year, it’s all about pimenton. Especially hot for summer grilling, this Spanish smoked paprika adds zesty flavor to grilled chicken and meat.

4. Korean Influences – Creative Fusion Cuisine
The idea of blending cultures and ingredients when creating a dish is not at all new to the food world, but expect to see an increased melding of flavors this summer. From food trucks to backyard barbecues, Korean influences and spicy flavors will continue to creep into our cuisine, exciting the palate and making for an even more delicious summer.

5. Meatless Mondays – For the Global Good
Eating lighter, especially during the summer months, is a definite trend for 2011. In fact, the nonprofit “Meatless Monday” initiative encourages U.S. consumers to cut their meat consumption by fifteen percent. Light, lovely salads and vegetarian dishes make for ideal warm-weather fare, perfectly aligned with the Meatless Monday trend.

“As a Certified Sommelier, it’s important for me to identify the perfect wine pairing for the distinct, lighter cuisines of summer, which is why the first trend I’ve identified is Italian Pinot Grigio,” said Chef Jamie. “The crisp, clean mouth feel and long, refreshing finish of Italian Pinot Grigio make it a perfect complement for the distinct, lighter fare enjoyed during the warmer months, which is why it’s the “it” wine!”

In fact, a recent online survey found that culinary professionals are five times more likely to prefer Italian Pinot Grigio to domestic Pinot Grigio when pairing with a summer meal.* Italian Pinot Grigio comes from the Northeastern Tre Venezie region of Italy with a climate known for cool nights and warm days, therefore it’s more acidic, less sweet and pairs better with food, especially the lighter cuisines of summer.

For more information about the three Italian Pinot Grigio’s suggested by Chef Jamie, please visit www.eccodomani.com, www.davinciwine.com and www.masocanali.com.

About Chef Jamie Gwen

As a Chef, Food Correspondent, Sommelier and Lifestyle Expert Jamie shares recipes, resources and tips to help make everyday more delicious. Chef Jamie, a 10-year veteran of radio in Southern California, is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and a certified sommelier. She has written four cookbooks and has worked with some of America’s most celebrated chefs including Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and Joachim Splichal. Her two-hour live radio show on Southern California’s iconic KFWB NEWS TALK 980 (CBS Radio), is a fast paced collage of food talk, restaurant reviews, wine finds and interviews with the country’s leading chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs. Chef Jamie is also a frequent contributor and guest host on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM Radio. http://www.chefjamie.com/

About Ecco Domani: Ecco Domani® Wines of Italy embody the stylish finesse and taste of Italy. Ecco Domani’s Winemaker, Fabrizio Gatto, crafted this portfolio of premium Italian wines to include the varietals Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chianti, and the wine blend Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio. Ecco Domani wines retail for approximately $14 and can be found in restaurants and wine retailers nationwide as well as online at www.thebarrelroom.com. For more information, visit www.eccodomani.com or www.Facebook.com/EccoDomani.

About DaVinci: Nestled near the Tuscan hillside town of Vinci – historic home of Leonardo DaVinci – Cantine Leonardo DaVinci brings together 200 passionate local winegrowers, who contribute their finest grapes to an extraordinary collection of authentic Italian wines. Rooted in centuries of winemaking tradition, DaVinci wines embody the rolling hills and majestic vineyards of Tuscany. Learn more at www.davinciwine.com

About Maso Canali:

For 500 years, the Maso Canali Estate has cultivated exceptional wine grapes by hand in the heart of Trentino, Italy – the historic home of Pinot Grigio. Today, Maso Canali is the culmination of dedicated winegrowers and artisans who use a unique winemaking method to craft a Pinot Grigio of extraordinary depth and flavor. Learn more at www.masocanali.com

Italian Table Wine, ©2011 Ecco Domani USA, Hayward, CA. All rights reserved.
Italian Table Wine, ©2011 DaVinci USA, Healdsburg, CA. All rights reserved.
Italian Table Wine, ©2011 Maso Canali, Healdsburg, CA. All rights reserved.

* The 2011 online survey was conducted among 215 members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals during the period February 22 – March 1, 2011.

SOURCE Ecco Domani(R); DaVinci(R); Maso Canali(R)

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