While perusing Facebook I saw an event post from Monica, owner of Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Cafe in Silverdale. Italian winemaker Maurizio Marchetti will be at her cafe July 26 with samples of his wine. It looks pretty cool, so if you’ve got some flexibility during the day — or an extended lunch hour — RSVP and check it out.
Here’s the event description from Facebook (RSVP to Monica directly via Facebook):
Maurizio’s fabulous life brought him in contact with Monica and Mark last October, and now he will be at the cafe on Tuesday July 26, at lunchtime, to offer samples of his lovely Verdicchio, Later Harvest Verdicchio and Montepulciano wines. He will sign bottles for you if you would like him to!
We will offer tastes of his homemade pasta and a few other treats to go with it, so even if you only have a few minutes for lunch stop by… and say Ciao!!
Maurizio Marchetti’s great, great grandfather was an exotic spice trader, sailing to the Far East over 250 years ago. He was quite successful, allowing the family to buy the land that is now the Marchetti estate near the Adriatic coast of Italy, in a region that sees nearly 200 days of sun each year. On their property, they have a castellino (‘little castle’) whose interior walls have murals of Chinese sailors loading ships with the cinnamon, cumin, and paprika that were so highly prized in his day.
Maurizio has followed his passion in making wine, and is so selective about the grapes he uses, that he sometimes produces as little as a half-bottle of wine per plant. To that end, he uses a special pneumatic press for a single, extremely light press, called a “flower press”. Maurizio loves to say, with a nudge and a wink, “Butterflies crush my grapes as they fly by with their wings.”