Need Grappa Recommendations
I've never been much of a grappa drinker (never found any as good as a couple I had in Venice years ago).
Now I need some help in buying a grappa. I belong to a dinner group that is going to a very good Italian restaurant that is BYO. I was asked to bring a grappa. I guess brand names would be a good start but if you know where I could purchase your favorite grappa in central New Jersey, I'd appreciate that info. as well.
I don't know what you can find but I like 'Prime Uve nere' (it's a little harsh but tastes like grappa! - The normal prime uve is a bit like paint thinner). And Nardini's grappas, their riserva has a lot of armagnac flavours about it but their regular grappa is perfectly drinkable.
Grappa is a distilled spirit, a brandy made from the grape skins (or pommace). It is not a wine. I don't know all the ins-and-outs of New Jersey law, but -- at least here in California -- it's illegal to bring distillates into a licensed restaurant. (It may be legal if the restaurant has *no* liquor license; I'd have to check.)
The top producers of grappa are Jacopo Poli and Nonino (at least, among those I've personally tasted), but there are, of course, many others.
Of course you're right. My little pea brain kinda forgot about that. If I don't get too many responses, I may repost on the spirits board.
Interesting comment about whether a spirit can be taken into a BYO restaurant. I will have to check. The restaurant in question is actually in Pennsylvania which has VERY different liquor laws from Jersey.