Today’s Spotlight is on the one and only Paul Castronovo; South Floridians know him as the morning radio personality on Big 105.9. Just in case you haven’t heard Mr. Castronovo has a wine. Can you even imagine having your own wine? Well, Paul Castronovo did and it’s Castronovo Vineyards, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2007, I guess dreams really do come true! The wine is easy and affable with Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir qualities which give it the dynamic mass appeal it has. This wine has been blended in such a way making it almost a mirror image of its proprietor, likeable, straightforward, and pleasant; the wine is so versatile that you can share a bottle of it over pizza at Anthony’s Coal Fired or pair it with an exquisite dinner at 1500° So there you have it, Castronovo Vineyards, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2007 is a multifaceted wine, defined exactly like its maker. Ladies and gentlemen I present this week’s great entrepreneur and vintner in the spotlight, sipping and savoring life one glass at a time, Paul Castronovo.
South Florida Food and Wine: Who is the one person you would love to share your bottle of wine with and why?
Paul Castronovo: Aside from my wife (my politically correct answer), I’m thinking Frances Ford Coppola would be a good choice. We could discuss the Godfather, talk about wines, and eat great Italian food. Can I ask that the meal be in the town of Corleone?
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Paul Castronovo: There’s a small Trattoria on the outskirts of the Piazza Navona in Rome that serves a pasta dish with fresh shaved black truffles. I believe upon eating it, I was quoted by my wife and son as saying, “I could die now.” It was that good.
South Florida Food and Wine: What was the last restaurant you ate at and did you order your wine?
Paul Castronovo: We dined at Arturo’s Ristorante in Boca Raton. Fantastic Northern Italian cuisine, in fact next week we’re going back because the chef from the Villa D’Este hotel in Lake Como, Italy is cooking and that Rissotto is world famous.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one guilty pleasure food?
Paul Castronovo: Why only one? It would have to be pasta. I had the Bolognese sauce last weekend at Bice in Orlando, and it was spot on.
South Florida Food and Wine: Who would you most like to present a bottle of your wine to and why?
Paul Castronovo: Tim Tebow, the Gator QB legend. Because I believe he doesn’t drink…and I’d like my wine to be the first to awaken his palette.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your day off, what do you do for fun?
Paul Castronovo: I’m fishing, in the Keys or the Bahamas on my boat, The Hectic Daze IV
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite food to eat with your wine?
Paul Castronovo: I like it with many different foods, but I think that a charcuterie platter with a selection of smoked meats and hard cheeses, or a Fra Diavalo pasta dish is perfect.
South Florida Food and Wine: You currently make a red wine are there plans for a white or sparkling wine in the future?
Paul Castronovo: My partners and I are talking about that as we speak. My wife would like to do a Rose, but my favorite white is Chardonnay, in fact that’s what I began drinking when I started enjoying wines. The way I look at it, it’s another excuse to go visit our vineyards and make some tough decisions!
South Florida Food and Wine: Other than your own wine, what is your quaff of choice?
Paul Castronovo: I am a Cabernet Sauvignon fan, and love the Napa stuff. It’s hard to beat Cakebread or Vinecliff.
South Florida Food and Wine: You’ve done it all, you’ve got it all, or so it appears….media personality, local celebrity, winery owner, philanthropist, family man. What’s next?
Paul Castronovo: Can I please retire and have you people leave me alone? I’m joking. I’ll never stop. I’m having too much fun, but since you asked: My son and I were recently marlin fishing in Guatemala, where we both caught our first Blue Marlin. I can now add that to a white marlin and a black marlin that I caught in the past, and now there’s only one left: the elusive striped Marlin. That gives me something to shoot for! That and another decade on the radio.