Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ponti Dry Vermouth $4.99 (second review)****

Some days are for drinking wine, others are for cooking with wine.  After roasting a chicken yesterday, I picked the meat today for Chickpea chili with shredded chicken and the rest went into stock, which is bubbling away on the stove as I type this.

I was tempted to open a nice Gamay that I have waiting - but since there has been a fair amount of drinking over the past few days, my consumption today will only be cooking oriented.

I love this vermouth for cooking.  It is fortified, shelf stable, and perfect for any light dish that needs a kick. Thank you Julia Child for turning me on to cooking with good dry vermouth.  And thank you Trader Joe's for stocking Ponti, a great cheap bottle that tastes a lot more expensive. The price has gone up a dollar since my last Ponti review - but it is still a fantastic buy if you want a shelf stable white cooking wine.  (I don't drink martinis so I can't vouch for it as a mixer)

Chickpea Chili with Chicken


  1. I just tasted the Ponti and googled it to find other opinions. Thanks for yours!! As for mine, I would never use it in a cocktail. Try it straight up, cold and you will taste a most unmemorable and almost bad flavor. Glad to know I can use it in cooking. Will try that next.

  2. Just realized the bottle I had was a hand me down and I think was past its prime. Shelf stable probably doesn't mean store in a warm dry place for many months. :)

  3. “Hemingway Myth in Smithereens”

    by Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto

    Stick with me, friend.
    I’d like to make a distinction:
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    My heroes and role models must be grounded,
    Must have so-called feet of clay.
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    Whenever I see scribblers carved in marble,
    Glorified to the point of divinity and magic.
    Because in my heart of hearts,
    Reverence for writers,
    Is an odyssey of disillusionment and

    I fancy myself a man of letters,
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    Perhaps, I am of a Lost Generation myself.
    And don’t you dare tell me to sit down, to calm down.
    You stand up when you tell a story.
    Even Hemingway--even when he was sitting down--knew that.
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    Savoring the portugaises,
    Working off the buzz of a good Pouilly-Fuisse
    At 10:30 in the morning.
    The writing: going fast and well.

    Why not join that pompous windbag bullshit artist?
    As he tries to convince Ava Gardner,
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    Have big balls too—just like Bullfighters,
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    That writing requires a torero’s finesse and fearlessness.
    That to be a writer is to be a real man.
    A GOD MAN!
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    (Fuck me: some lines cannot be resisted.)
    Ava’s twat is on fire.
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    Can just picture him through her libidinous haze,
    Leaping the corrida wall,
    Setting her up for photos ops with Luis Miguel Dominguín,
    And Antonio Ordóñez, his brother-in-law rival,
    During that most dangerous summer of 1959.
    Or, her chance to set up a threesome,
    With Manolete and El Cordobés,
    While a really pissed off,
    Completely defeated & destroyed 2,000-pound bull,
    Bleeds out on the arena sand.