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Celebrating La Dolce Vita

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NEW - PRIMO STYLE BOOK - A wealth of family recipes, stories and tips on living La Dolce Vita as Joe Grilli looks back over 35 years of Primo Estate

4 April 2013
When the lovely Rosie from cellar door baked this delicious treat for the team it vanished so fast that we just had to share it with our Amici. Rosie inherited the recipe from her grandmother who escaped Berlin during the war. Rosie says 'This is a real winter warmer, the smell of apples and cinnamon baking takes me back to Grandma's kitchen'.
1 January 2017
I just love cooking whole fresh fish. Do the fish justice and keep it simple with superb produce.... and a bottle of the gorgeous JOSEPH Pinot Grigio d'Elena alongside!
4 April 2013
The intense black cherry fruit of the Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese which Primo Estate’s Joe Grilli makes in Italy is the perfect pairing with this classic Tuscan dish of stuffed peppers.
8 April 2013
This is a traditional Veneto dish. The perfect autumn dish, it is usually served, in our family, at lunch on Good Friday. It is one of my favourite dishes. Bigoli is actually the name of a large type of spaghetti.
4 April 2013
Traditional Italian Christmas Cake Bread & Butter Pudding Joe says 'I have always been a fan of the traditional bread and butter pudding but when the bread is substituted with the aromatic Italian panettone it goes to a whole new level. Irresistible with some Golden North icecream and a glass of JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer.'
7 April 2016
No one knows seafood like the Venetians. This simple, flavoursome dish brings a taste of Venice to your kitchen any day of the week.
1 May 2016
A simple, elegant dish from the Veneto that looks and tastes beautiful. The perfect match with the minerally texture of our JOSEPH Pinot Grigio d'Elena.
4 April 2013
Joe found this lovely recipe jotted down in Dina's journal from their 2010 holiday on the Isola d'Elba, just off the Tuscan coast. Colourful and beautifully textured this salad is quick and easy to assemble
9 April 2013
A quick and easy seasonal recipe from our friends at Sydney Seafood School. Perfect for anyone currently enjoying the bounty of a lime tree in the garden. This dish partners beautifully with the refreshing citrus flavours of our La Biondina Colombard.
12 March 2014
Kindly shared with us by Bianca from the SACWA's Adelaide Branch these mouth-watering tartlets are a perfect match for our JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling.
8 June 2014
Dell'Ugo Restaurant in Brisbane's New Farm is one of Joe's favourite places to eat when he's in Queensland. They've kindly shared the secret of their stunningly rich and flavoursome ragu.
4 April 2013
Dina discovered this recipe on a family holiday to the Isola d'Elba, just off the Tuscan coast. Perfect for a quick mid-week dinner paired with our Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese. Both the wine and the chicken are spicy, rich and warming on a chilly autumn evening.
12 March 2015
Dina's classic Umbrian paté has long been my favourite match for JOSEPH Sparkling Red, the creamy richness of the paté providing a beautiful balance to the complexity of the wine.
31 March 2014
Warm, hearty stew is the perfect family meal for a chilly Autumn day. The perfect partner for our rich, spicy Primo Estate Shale Stone Shiraz.
4 August 2013
Perfect for warm autumn days
13 December 2017
This is a simple and delicious pasta dish that can be thrown together for any occasion. Georgina came across it on our Italian adventure and we can't live without it! A bottle of fresh and fleshy Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot will do. Enjoy!
15 October 2013
This fragrant and delicious gluten free cake is the perfect pairing for our JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis.
29 November 2016
A great summer dish to be shared on warm evenings with friends, this pairs perfectly with JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio. Many thanks to Rob Paglia at La Dolce Vita Catering and Events for this delicious recipe.
3 January 2017
Lisa Adams who organises the events at Primo Estate was lucky enough to attend a cookery school in Le Marche, Primo Grilli's birthplace. When we opened the first bottle of our new Primo & Co Verdicchio, which Joe Grilli made in Le Marche, Lisa was kind enough to whip up a batch of these delicious fritters to accompany it. We guarantee your guests will clear the plate of in minutes when you serve this simple but tasty starter.
25 October 2017
One of Georgina’s absolute favourite dishes whist honeymooning in Le Marche on Italy’s Adriatic coast has been based on the eternal Eggplant Parmigiana – but with a twist.
1 June 2015
Quick, easy and delicious these skewers are perfect for lunch on a summer's day - sheer bliss paired with a glass of Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard!
31 January 2017
Joe's all time favourite vegetable dish is the perfect accompaniment to an Italian style BBQ cook up or an easy vegetarian meal on its own.
4 April 2013
Joe says 'You know you have a real crowd pleaser when there are NEVER any leftovers no matter how much you cook - this is one of them'. Absolutely delicious with a bottle of Primo Estate Merlesco Merlot.
28 July 2016
The cherry tannins of our straight Sangiovese was made for this heart warming family favourite.
4 September 2013
This is one of Primo Estate winemaker and owner Joe Grilli’s all time favourite dishes from his parent’s home region of Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche on the central Adriatic coast of Italy. Joe says ‘Dishes like this are EXACTLY why we make the JOSEPH d’Elena Pinot Grigio’. The mix of different seafood is key to the success of this dish – in Le Marche there would be at least 12 different kinds! Fresh squid and prawns in the shell are a must. Use firm fleshed fish like flathead, snook, snapper, ling, barramundi, red mullet, fresh tuna and swordfish either filleted or on the bone as you prefer. For shellfish try cockles, a handful or mussels and cleaned and quartered blue swimmer crab. Avoid delicate fish like whiting and garfish.
4 April 2013
Dina used to say that one taste of this classic dish transported her to a restaurant in Venice with the waters of the Grand Canal lapping at her feet. Try her quick and easy recipe for a taste of Venice in your own home.
15 June 2016
This elegant winter dish requires an elegant wine - we love to accompany this dish with our JOSEPH Nebbiolo
10 May 2016
In our week’s stay in Le Marche during October 2016 we were inspired to cook these delicious Veal Involtini. A not too heavy, medium bodied red is ideal with this quite delicate veal dish. Nebbiolo would be my first choice followed by anything with Sangiovese in it…maybe our Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese or Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese.
3 October 2014
Served cold this typical Venetian dish is easy to prepare the day before a banquet. We make Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega in Italy for dishes just like this!
2 January 2014
A light, flavoursome salad that pairs perfectly with a cool glass of our JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio on a warm day.

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