Out of the Box

Well, I couldn’t resist myself when at one of my favorite restaurants Villagios in Lutz, Florida we ordered a really great, Italian wine to accompany the meal.  It was a Summus by Castello Banfi.  We ordered the larger bottle, the 1.5 and when it came to the table, it was the grandfather of boxed wine.

By now, you may know a little about my sense of humor.  I couldn’t resist, I said, “boxed wine”, laughter from the table from the owner not so much, then he joined in…yes, you are now understanding why I call this blog, The Blonde Grape. For the record, this place is authentic Italian. Italian owner, much of the staff is Italian and I am talking accents in all, which alone would make it great but the food is authentic and molto bene. The decor is a little different but reminds me much of the Italian Restaurant in Moonstruck


This beautiful Summus, whether 750 or 1.5 is a perfect accompaniment to eggplant, veal and I even liked it with my grouper. It must be the Italian but they pair very well.
20160627_181342_resizedBut, all this thought about boxes got me thinking about the phrase, think out of the box.  Now, I just wrote that I drank this red wine with fish and so yes, I drank outside the box and I think you should too.  I say, never get into the box and then you are not encumbered by other people’s rules.

Now, to further invite you to my world, there are two types of music going through my head. One is the song about Little Boxes, but the version I have linked you too is really quite creative and again outside the box. Why, because all you see and hear is from boxes. It is worth a listen, so feel free to click on the link. Here it is again: Little Boxes.  The other one is a kissing cousin of our beloved Italian crooner, Frank Sinatra.  It is Sammy Davis Jr. in Vegas with Buddy Rich. These two are beyond talented and although not Italian, I am pretty sure Frank thought of them as such.  The song currently being played is “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” which after having you think outside the box and laugh at my joke on boxed wine, I guess I will be asking the same thing.

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you that tonight at one of my favorite wine shop, Loop Liquors, I saw a real boxed wine that had me giggle at the name a bit, but I may have to give it a try.  I mean with all the talk that a glass of red wine is worth an hour of exercising, may a glass of this wine is worth a face-lift.

Bota Box

Go have some fun, drink what you like and raise a glass to celebrate you!

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