Delaware based Restaurateur/Executive Chef, Matt Haley’s search for the ideal olive oil and prosecco for his Lupo di Mare restaurant, landed him in Maremma, Italy.
The global trek lead to new business ventures for Haley. He says, “We now have business interests in Italy. We are involved with a vineyard, a hotel and an olive grove in Tuscany with our Italian partner Manfredo”. The Conti di San Bonifacio brand is exclusive to the Matt Haley Companies in the United States and will be used and sold in their SoDel Concepts restaurant and catering divisions.
It’s a continuation of Haley’s us of fresh ingredients. Haley hand selects vegetables and proteins everyday from surrounding farms, fishermen, and local market.
He says he searched the globe for this first cold press, 100 percent organic, pure extra virgin olive oil to use at Lupo di Mare, follows Haley’s culinary beliefs and principles.
The harvesting of ancient olive trees like those in Maremma is physically demanding. Cold-pressing the olives, or separating the oil from the other fruit contents, requires the proper equipment, Haley said.
Because of the care and the expense, the Conti di San Bonifacio brand of olive oil is available in a limited quantity with 750 bottles produced.
The olive oil will retail for $24.99 and be available mid-to late June of 2013.
The Conti di San Bonifacio Prosecco will be available exclusively at Lupo di Mare starting mid to late June. It will be offered on the wine menu by the glass or bottle.
Located in the Hotel Rehoboth in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Lupo di Mare is near shopping and the boardwalk.
“A lively sparkling wine with a persistent but not invasive effervescence. Bubbles are small and wonderfully disciplined. Aromas of apple, fresh white fruit and notes of yeast escape from the glass without creating excessive complexity. A wine, fun and young in spirit, perfect for a formal business lunch or for an early aperitif poolside,” Haley explained, describing the tasting notes of the prosecco.
Conti di San Bonifacio Estate ust 7 hectares of vines planted by the San Bonifacio family in 2004. The vines consist of five varieties; Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine; generally a dry or extra dry; normally made from Glera grapes. Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, and traditionally mainly in the areas near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the hills north of Treviso.
Lupo di Mare incorporates local produce and freshly-caught seafood into Mediterranean dishes.
From tastes like hand- pulled mozzarella and braised pork bolognese, to char-grilled octopus and sea bass with butternut squash risotto, the menu diverges from typical Italian fare while capturing traditional flavors, according to a release.
For additional information regarding Conti Di San Bonifacio visit www.lupodimarerehoboth.com.