Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney’s popular “Meat Free Monday” cookbook is being launched on 18 October 2012 at the Stella McCartney boutique in Milan paired with vegan, biodynamic wines from the well-known Querciabella label, reports Reva K. Singh.
Packed with vegetarian recipes, the cookbook is for home chefs and encourages people to give up meat on one day in the week for the good of the environment as well as their own health. Left: “Meat Free Monday” cookbook: 360 recipes for better living and a healthier planet
During the week-long Italian launch of “Lunedì Senza Carne” (Luxury Books), guests can enjoy guided tastings of Mongrana 2009, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Querciabella’s vineyards in Maremma. Stella McCartney and the award-winning winery espouse similar values fostering awareness that luxury products can be ethical too.
Querciabella’s concern for the planet and biodynamic viticulture is well-known. Its proprietary farming regime of cruelty-free biodynamics bans animal-derived products from the vineyard and the cellar, notes a Company release, which says, “Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.” Lunedì Senza Carne, the Italian name of “Meat Free Monday” cookbook and Querciabella have previously partnered in events in Rome, Milan and New York.
Founded in 1974, with vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico
and Maremma areas, Querciabella has been recognised by the world’s most discriminating critics for quality, sustainability and authenticity. Wines such as the cult white wine, Batàr, Super Tuscan Camartina, and the benchmark Querciabella Chianti Classico are enjoyed the world over, not least in India.
Querciabella’s Indian distributor, Vishal Kadakia of The Wine Park organised a rare vertical tasting dinner in Delhi and Mumbai for Indian wine lovers in August, showcasing five vintages each of Batàr, Camartina, and Querciabella Chianti Classico wines guided by Giorgio Fragiacomo of Querciabella.
Read Reva K. Singh’s report of the tasting held in Delhi in Sommelier India Issue 6 December 2012 – January 2013.