Friday, July 2, 2021

Another BIPOC Celebrity Wine that I'm anxious to share with you #ItalianFWT

This Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Romato is the love child of music icon, Mary J. Blige.  She worked in conjunction with winemaker, Marco Fantinel, using grapes harvested from his families vineyards in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. 

Sun Goddess Pinot Grigio Romato

My friend, Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting this month's Italian Food Wine and Travel event and invited us to join her in tasting Ramato wine saying:

With origins in Italy's northeastern province of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Ramato (Italian for “auburn” or “copper”) wines are produced by macerating Pinot Grigio grape must with its skins. The skins' pink hue give the wines color from a semi-pale pink to dark orange, depending on maceration time.

I had never heard of Ramato so I went directly to to see what I could find.  I punched in Romato and up came a gift set from Mary J. Blige along with a video featuring a wine tasting with Mary J. Blige and Marco Fantinel, the winemaker.  The tasting is narrated by Gwendolyn Osborn of

It is an interesting video and I was excited to buy not only the Romato but also a bottle of Sun Goddess Sauv Blanc as well.

Shrimp Fra Diovolo

I decided to pair this wine with a Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo.  Diavolo is Devil in Italian.  I thought the pairing between this Spicy Devil of a sauce and the soft roundness of the Sun Goddess was not only a fun play on words but also a wonderful marriage of the two.

I have yet to open the white wine but will share my thoughts with you when I do.  I am looking forward to it after enjoying this Romato so well.  Are you familiar with Romato wines or is this your first introduction to them?

I am anxious to chat with the others and hear their thoughts about this wine.  You are welcome to join us.  We are meeting up tomorrow morning at 11 AM ET to discuss the topics listed below.  You will find us by following #ItalianFWT.  Hope to see you there.
Pasta, Seafood, Shrimp, Spicy, Quick, Easy, Entrees, Main Courses
Pasta, Seafood
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Shrimp Fra Diovolo

Shrimp Fra Diovolo

This spicy devil of a sauce combines perfectly with the shrimp putting dinner on the table in less than half an hour.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • 8 oz. linguine, cooked per package directions
  • 1/2 an onion , cut in chunks
  • 1 small carrot, scraped and cut into thirds
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 t. dried Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c. Romato wine or dry white wine
  • 4 oz. clam juice
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Place the onion and carrot in a food processor and pulse until finely grated.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook until all moisture is removed, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  
  2. Add the tomato paste, garlic, crushed red pepper and Italian herbs.  Cook and stir for a minute until fragrant.  Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine and clam juice.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the shrimp, cover and cook until pink, another 3 or 4 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and serve over the cooked linguine.  


Adapted from a recipe found in Cuisine at Home, Issue #105

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  1. I've heard of her new line, so cool that you were able to get one. And the pasta sounds delish!

  2. That pasta is one of my favorites! And I haven't tried that wine, but I see it online. Can't wait to order it for myself.

    1. Enjoy Cam. Thanks for stepping in the month and hosting.

  3. Great play on words Wendy! When researching ramato, this wine kept coming up thus nice to hear about it. Oh, and that dish ;-O

  4. I definitely want to make this pasta! It looks amazing Wendy! I hope you enjoyed your Ramato as well!

  5. I saw this bottle on and was very curious. Glad to have a bit of the background and their videos are a great way to learn about the wines as well. It sounds perfect with Shrimp Fra Diavola.

  6. Exciting to see another BIPOC celebrity embracing the world of wine! Can't wait to explore and celebrate their unique perspective through #ItalianFWT. Cheers to diversity and inclusivity! Introspection Counseling Center


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