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Celebrating La Dolce Vita

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Agnello Cacio e Ova
11 April 2019
This dish from the Abruzzo region of Italy is traditionally served at Easter, but is also delicious during the cooler nights of Autumn and Winter. The unlikely addition of egg and pecorino to lamb creates a creamy, rich sauce perfect for full-bodied reds!
Apple and Olive Oil Cake Recipe
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'.
Artichoke and Beaufort Risotto
8 August 2019
The Beaufort cheese adds a profound richness to this delicious risotto.
Baked Whole Baby Snapper - A Simple Summer Favourite
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!
Barchette di Peperone - Tuscan Stuffed Capsicum
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.
Beef Braised in Red Wine
29 June 2018
Surprisingly simple but absolutely delicious, this braised beef dish is a winter warmer guaranteed to do justice to our JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz.
Bigole in Salsa
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.
Budino di Panettone
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.'
Butterfly Pasta with Zucchini and Prawns
30 January 2020
This quick and easy pasta dish includes all of our favourite summer flavours and is best enjoyed on a balmy evening outside with friends, family and a glass of our new Joseph d’Elena Pinot Grigio.
Calamari alla Siciliana
7 March 2019
This will be your new favourite Summer seafood dish. The caramelised edges of the squid create a delicious combination with thickened olive oil and juicy potatoes. You won't have to worry about leftovers!
Calamari in Umido with Polenta
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.
Capesante Alla Chioggia
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.
Carpaccio di Pesce
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
Chicken Scaloppine
29 January 2018
This easy Italian classic is a perfect summer dish, best paired with Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard.
Chorizo-stuffed Squid
22 July 2020
There is no better match for our Sangiovese Rosé than this spicy seafood dish!
Cotoletta alla Bolognese
6 December 2019
This variation on classic Italian crumbed steak comes from Bologna - the food capital of Italy! Prosciutto and Parmesan cheese add a richness that makes it perfect for generous reds like the JOSEPH Nebbiolo.
Crab, Lime & Chilli Spaghetti
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.
CWA Mandarin Tartlets
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.
Dell'Ugo Ragu
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.
Dina Grilli's Moroccan Inspired Roast Chicken
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.
Dina's Umbrian Pate
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.
Easter Lamb Stew
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.
Fennel & Orange Salad
4 August 2013
Perfect for warm autumn days
Fennel-Crusted Pork Ribeye
19 September 2019
This recipe is simple, quick and gives a delicious result for minimum effort - plus it's the ideal match for our savoury red, the Primo & Co 'The Tuscan' Shiraz Sangiovese.
Fettuccine with Peas, Pancetta & Pecorino
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!
Fig and Almond Meringue
5 September 2018
Fig and Almond Meringue
9 June 2018
This chewy golden meringue is the perfect match for a floral dessert wine.
Flourless Orange Cake
15 October 2013
This fragrant and delicious gluten free cake is the perfect pairing for our JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis.
Fried School Prawns & Summer Slaw
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.
Fritto di Salvia e Alici
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.
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