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Taste the Tears of Christ, Lacryma Christi Wine

The Wine: Lacryma Christi

This wine’s interesting name means “Tears of Christ” and comes from an ancient tale. There are many variations on the story, but in the Italian version of this myth, Lucifer was cast out of heaven. As he fell towards earth, he grabbed a chunk of heaven. When he reached ground, he dropped it on the foot of the Vesuvius mountain. When Jesus saw this, he wept. Those tears ran down the mountains and were made visible to humans in the streaks of lava flows down the sides of Vesuvius. When Christ’s tears finally reached the ground, vineyards grew at those spots.

The Region: Campania

The Campania region, and more specifically the area of Naples, is not only known for its unique Lacryma Christi wine, but also its cuisine. It is thought to be the birthplace of pizza. Campania also boasts a unique coffee, which  is stronger than other Italian espressos.

Naples’ Limoncino, a lemon-based liquor, has also become quite famous. Traditionally, wines in Campania were produced for immediate consumption and not subjected to the lengthy aging process typical in other regions.  However, in the last few decades, the winemakers have been working to reverse this perception. They have especially concentrated on the best-known wine, the Lacryma Christi, which is being regarded as a player in the
wine market.

Description/Notable Flavors: The Lacryma Christi is anchored with a note of plums and prunes, giving it a full and ripe flavor, that isn’t overly fruity.

Pairs well with: Lacryma Christi pairs well with pizza, as both are Neapolitan traditions.

“If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?” -Cardinal Richeleu

Spice it Up! Add Crushed Red Pepper to Italian Food

Found table-side, crushed red pepper flakes give every guest at Rosedale’s the chance to “spice it up”. Although crushed cherry peppers are also available with our dishes, red pepper flakes are always a most popular.

A dash of red pepper flakes in our Amatriciana sauce gives it the kick that makes it stand out. It can also add a delicious spice to the marinara served with your calamari or a fra diavolo sauce for your seafood pescatore dish.

Many a pizza has been dashed with red pepper flakes to add a little extra spice. However, if you really want to tingle the lips and look for your beverage, try adding a little red pepper while sauteing. The heat and oil will release all the punch these little flakes have to offer.

This is another classic Italian ingredient that’s both good and good for you! There are many health benefits you can gain from crushed red pepper.

It’s been proven that these little flakes of spicy goodness have:

  • Antioxidant effects
  • Anti-inflammation properties
  • Metabolism boosters
  • Ability to reduce the risk of stroke
  • Immunity boosters

Eating something spicy is also a great way to relieve congestion. So, the next time you’re enjoying your favorite Italian dish, turn up the heat!