A tasting of some of the best fruit Italy has to offer. Marco Colzani's Lake Como Berry Nectar is a smoothie lover's fruit juice, just as if you took the platonic ideal of perfectly ripened wild berries and drank it right from the blender. Marco preserves precisely the right amount of fruit pulp to create an elegant texture that is structured yet clean. Sipping from the quaint glass bottle, you have the almost alarming sensation of feeling the tiny soft blueberries in a cool refreshing drink.
Marco Colzani makes his blueberry nectar the only way a trained enologist knows: using the highest quality fruit grown in the perfect environment and harvested by hand at the peak of ripeness. And just as if he were bottling fine wine, Marco displays the variety of fruit, area of cultivation, and year of production on the label. Here are Blueberries from Lake Como (yes, the same he uses for his Lake Como Forest Berry Jam
!) The fruit is processed within 24 hours of harvesting and is therefore never frozen. Each nectar is made without chemical preservatives, additives, and dyes. Marco's goal is to respect the beauty of fresh fruit by bottling it as it is, with just a bit of Italian raw sugar and some lemon juice.
This is the breakfast beverage par excellence - which may be why it's in high demand at the world's top hotels - and makes a luxurious treat at any time of the day. Mix these fruit nectars with your favorite spirits or tonics for a stunning cocktail or mocktail. Sipping these nectars is the closest thing to drinking fresh Italian fruit: complete with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, all left intact through a gentle pasteurization process. Following his minimalist principle, he decided "to take away everything unnecessary, and try to come as close as possible to the original."