Vicario Wine and Spirits’ “little dragon” is a winner. The Dragoncello Liqueur handcrafted by Renato Vicario at his Greer micro-distillery Salute! LLC was named as recipient of a 2016 Good Food Award.
The awards honor “people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions,” according to Good Food Awards. Dragoncello was chosen from among 263 finalists in 13 categories for the Good Food Awards that were distributed by chef Alice Waters, Slow Food International founder Carlo Petrini and organics advocate Nell Newman.
Renato Vicario and Janette Wesley own Salute!, which makes multiple liqueurs, brandy and grappa along with importing wines produced at the couple’s vineyard in Cortona, Italy.
“We work well together, in the sense that I grow the herbs, he makes the liqueurs,” said Wesley. “We are very proud to share Vicario Dragoncello, our handmade, artisan liqueur from our homegrown tarragon, with our fellow Greenvillians. Great for cooking, baking, mixing in cocktails or on its own after dinner; we hope you enjoy it.”
The liqueurs are created by hand using traditional styles inspired by historical recipes and containing ingredients like locally grown wild blackberries or licorice, walnuts or olive leaves from Italy. Liqueur varieties range from a refreshing lemony liqueur to an “exquisitely round and exotic liqueur” with more than 15 herbs and spices, Monk’s Secret Liqueur.
Vicario’s Sorcerer’s Song Liqueur and Monk’s Secret Liqueur are due to be recognized in the April issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, according to Vicario Wine and Spirits. Vicario Wines have recently been certified ICEA Bio-Vegan, a classification that includes fewer than 25 other wine producers in Italy.