Friday, June 3, 2022

Another Trip to Orvieto to Enjoy Dessert #ItalianFWT

This rustic blueberry crostata is the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner with friends.  I served it up with some homemade Lemon Ice Cream and paired it with a Cardeto Donna Armina Orvieto Classico Superiore.

blueberry galette and wine

The Italian Food Wine and Travel group are visiting the Native White Grapes of Italy......

Dessert Wine

One of the nicest pleasures in life is enjoying a leisurely, casual dinner with friends.  You know, the ones where you sit at the table talking and laughing for 2 or 3 hours, nobody wanting it to end.  Meals like this are a perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of sweet, dessert wine with dessert instead of or in addition to a cup of coffee.

When Marcia of Joy of Wine invited us to explore the Native White Grapes of Italy with her it was a perfect opportunity to open this bottle of Cardeto Orvietto Classico Superioere.  You can read all about the Native White Grapes of Italy in Marcia's Invitation Post.

blueberry galette

A crostata is a free form pastry filled with fruit with the edges of the pastry folded over to contain the filling as it bakes.  It is called a galette in France and a rustic tart in the USA.  It is a fun, scrumptious dessert regardless of what it is called.

Last month the Italian FWT group visited Orvieto and were provided samples for the event.  Unfortunately, my samples arrived too late for me to use them for the intended event and I posted a Red Umbrian wine instead.  

salad with wine

So it was very fortuitous that this month Marcia chose a theme that allowed me to showcase the sponsor gifts I had been given.  I actually have opened another of the samples of Orvietto that I paired with a Chicken Salad with Asian flavors.  This bottle of Orvieto is dry and citrusy and the pairing worked very nicely as well. 

Orvieto Dessert Wine

I still have a bottle of Sparkling Wine from Orvieto waiting to be opened.  I foresee that happening very soon so stay tuned for that post. Exploring all the different styles of wine from Orvieto is very interesting to me, but for now let's get back to the style I am featuring today.

Donna Armida Cardeto is made from a blend of Procanico, Verdello, Grechetto, Malvasia grapes all native to Umbria and Italy.  It is very smooth and fruity, sweet but not syrupy or cloying.  It paired very well with the blueberry crostata.  

Cardeto winery also bottles Grecheto, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.  The labels are made so that if you line all 4 bottles together you will get a glimpse of the City of Orvieto from a print that was drawn in the 1500's. 

Cardeto was established in 1949 as the Wine Cooperative for the Orvieto area and in 1995 changed it's name to Cantina Cardeto. The Classic Orvieto is the flagship wine for this winery and they are proud to announce that after years of following eco-sustainability was finally able to launch an organic line of wines in 2020.

We will be having further discussion about the Native White Wines of Italy tomorrow morning at 11 AM ET.  You are welcome to join us for twitter chat and will find us by following #ItalianFWT.  We would love to hear about the Italian Wines that you have tried and enjoyed.  Here are some of the topics that we will be discussing........

Desserts, Crostata, Tart, Galette, Blueberries
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Blueberry Crostata

Blueberry Crostata

This rustic blueberry crostata is the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner with friends. I served it up with some homemade Lemon Ice Cream but your favorite Lemon Ice Cream or Gelato will be perfect as well.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 3 c. fresh blueberries
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar + more for sprinkling
  • 9" round of pie dough, homemade or from refrigerated section of grocer
  • 1 T. cold butter, cut into small dice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Lemon Ice Cream or Gelato, for serving, if desired


  1. Combine the blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Toss gently to coat.
  2. Lay the pie dough onto a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment or a silicone mat. Spoon the blueberry mixture into the center of the dough leaving a 1 1/2" border around the edge.
  3. Fold the dough over the blueberries, pinching the dough into pleats. Dot the filling with the butter and brush the pastry top with the beaten egg. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of sugar over the pastry and bake in a preheated 425* oven for about half an hour, until filling is hot and bubbly and the pastry is golden brown. Cool slightly and serve warm, topped with the ice cream if desired.


Adapted from a recipe found at Epicurious.

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  1. Oh my...that looks amazing!!! AND, I've never tasted sweet Orvieto fact, I didn't know it existed, so I appreciated your tasting notes. I'm also gonna try this recipe too since I love blueberries. Thanks Wendy!

  2. I love hearing about the sweet Orvieto! I can't wait to hear about the Sparkling!

  3. Blueberry season is almost here. Saving this recipe to pair with a dessert wine - maybe an Orvieto but possibly another native Italian white. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Sweet Orvieto? Hmmm...I can't wait to track down a bottle for myself and make your crostata. Delicious!

  5. What a beautiful dessert wine! I don't get to drink them often but I love reading about them. That crostata with homemade lemon ice cream sounds absolutely amazing too!

  6. I love that you shared a dessert wine from Orvieto as we don't often get to see these wines. Seems like a scrumptious pairing with that blueberry crostata!

    1. This is Jen @ Vino Travels. It showed up anonymously for some reason

    2. Thanks Jen, it was a very nice pairing. Sometimes if visitors are on their phones or pads it shows up as anonymous for some reason.


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