It is no secret I have an unyielding affection for Italian amari, especially Amaro Montenegro.   Yesterday at Carnevino in the Palazzo, Bartender Extraordinaire, JT fixed me right up with a lovely little concoction we call the “Montesecco” out in Las Vegas.

Monte Secco. Also a mountain in Tuscany.

According to my sources, the “Montesecco” was invented in Las Vegas by a fellow Italian Wine Geek, Melissa Mendez.  She had the inspired idea to combine Amaro Montenegro with Prosecco, added a squeeze of lemon, and thus the “Montesecco” was born.  The result is a lovely, refreshing spritz, laced with all the licorice, toffee and citrus notes you’d expect.  I just adore the Montesecco.  It’s delicious… …and it gives me another excuse to drink Amaro Montenegro.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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