Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wine of the Week: Assolati Sangiovese

This week's featured wine is from the southern Tuscan Region of Maremma, located in the mountainous area of Montecucco. While this wine is comprised of 95% Sangiovese it also has 5% Colorino and Ciliegiolo; native varietals from the region. The Assolati Sangiovese has light fruit notes such as strawberry and cherry are balanced by fine tannins and depth. This is the ideal Sangiovese for a florentine steak or any manner of Italian dishes with richer flavors.     

In the southern part of the Maremma, a large region in Tuscany, lies the mountainous DOC of Montecucco, which is known for its volcanic soils that contribute to the local wines’ depth and minerality. The Giannetti family has been running Assolati for several generations and is well-versed in the traditions of Montecucco. The current generation, Silvia and Luca, were raised on the farm and Luca was educated at the University of Florence. They have introduced organic practices, ushering in a new era of modernity while maintaining their family’s traditions and producing luscious Sangiovese-based wines, true to Montecucco and Tuscany.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wine of the Week: Scuotto Falanghina

Campania, located on the Italian Peninsula, is known for the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri; as well as its amazingly simplistic and fresh cuisine. Wines from this region are impressive and many of them are found nowhere else in the world. Scuotto's 100% Beneventano Falanghina is a genetically distinct variety of Falanghina (a native varietal from that region) that tends to be more structured and floral. Pair this white with simply cooked white fish, grilled prawns, and even stronger flavors such as lemon, garlic, and capers.   

Eduardo Scuotto was driven to settle in Irpinia by his passion for wine and his desire to experience the synergy between man and nature. With the support of his family, his dream has been realized and Tenuta Scuotto was founded. Each aspect of their production is characterised by respect for the traditions of the land, while at the same time avoiding uniformity. Working with enologist Angelo Valentino, the estate produces wines that show the passion of the winemakers and their love for this beautiful region rich of history and traditions. Tenuta Scuotto limits vine yields, pays great attention to detail, and harvests by hand, all to achieve the highest quality raw product. Their ambition is to continue on this path, being able to blend tradition with innovation to meet the changing tastes of wine lovers.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wine of the Week: Virna Barolo "Cannubi Boschis"

This week's Wine of the Week comes from one of our newest producers. Located in the prestigious historical wine village of Barolo, Virna Winery is named after the daughter of Lodovico Borgogno; who serves as head winemaker and is the first woman in Italy to graduate with a first class honors degree in winemaking techniques from Turin University. In its relatively short history, Virna has received high marks for their wines, and for the Cannubi Boschis Barolo in particular. This wine shows an elegance and grace yet still exudes a beautifully powerful persistence. Dried cherry aromas are followed by licorice, tar, road paving, rose and cola. We are truly excited to have the Virna Barolo in our portfolio!

The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fast and easy weekday pasta Recipes: Food and Wine

Towards the end of the week dinner ideas become scarce and it's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to diversifying weekly meals. Luckily, Food and Wine website has compiled a list of fast weekday pasta recipes along with unique and exciting wine pairings!  

Here are two recipes perfect for spring!

"At Alto, Michael White uses dandelion greens to give his slightly spicy sausage pasta a bitter edge, but chicory or escarole makes a great stand-in."

Wine Pairing: Food and Wine suggests a cherry-full Docetto D'Alba, like the Montaribaldi Docetto D'Alba

"In adapting this recipe from executive chef Shea Gallante at Cru in New York City, F&W's Marcia Kiesel traded a labor-intensive fresh pasta for pre-made wonton wrappers and was thrilled with the results. Wonton wrappers are milder-tasting than fresh pasta, which makes them a better showcase for the nutty brown butter, delicate young pecorino cheese and fresh marjoram."

Wine Pairing: Food and Wine suggests a full-bodied Italian white blend, like the Enodelta Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wine of the Week: Montaribaldi Rosato "Sigiuja"

This week's featured wine is a versatile rosato from Montaribaldi made from 100% Nebbiolo. The Montaribaldi Rosato "Sigiuja" is fresh and bright with notes of watermelon, citrus, wild cherry, and pink flowers on the nose; mouth watering acidity, with a crisp and dry finish. In terms of pairings, this rosato can be served with an array of meals; from lighter pasta dishes, to white meat and seafood cuisine. An ideal summer wine!    

In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino's son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano's forward looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of "place over process" and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Taking a Closer Look: Trentino and Cesconi Winery

Trentino, the southern half of the Trentino-Alto Adige grouping, has a unique set of geographical features that sets it apart from other regions nearby; while also making it an ideal grape growing region. With the Dolomite Mountains bordering the plains of Veneto and Verona, the extreme juxtaposition of the landscape is staggering and unlike any other area in Italy. The Cesconi Family vineyard is perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River on the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings the Mediterranean climate help produce beautiful red and white wines, apples, and Italy's northern-most lemon and olive trees.  

To read more on Trentino, check out Wine Advocate's article "Italy: Mountain Wines from Trentino", by Monica Larner.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wine of the Week - Cesconi Manzoni Bianco

This week's featured wine beautifully captures the terroir of Trentino with its full body and rich complexity. Loose alluvial soils, which have originated over the centuries by the Sarca River, are ideal for growing this unique varietal. The region's cool climate, due to its close proximity to Lake Garda, gives the wine a fresh acidity. The Manzoni Bianco is filled with notes of allspice, pear, and honeysuckle, with a touch of vanilla. It's perfect for the warming weather, pairing nicely with spicy and flavorful dishes such as Thai curry or barbecue. 

Perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River is the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings, the Cesconi family tends their vineyards planted to both red and white grapes. The current proprietors can trace their family roots back to the 17th century, and building on more than two centuries of cultivating and producing wine in Trentino, the four Cesconi brothers - Lorenzo, Roberto, Alexander and Franco - as well as their father Paul, continue the family tradition. The family has a deep appreciation and respect for the achievements of their ancestors, however, they seek to build on this history by perfecting the traditional practices of the Domaine. To that end, the brothers work entirely organically in the vineyards and continue to move towards biodynamic methods. It's hard not to admire the humble ambitions of these soft spoken farmers to make what Lorenzo refers to as, "tasty wine" - if only more wines were produced with such a concise vision.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Richter's 2015 Vintage receives outstanding reviews from Wine Advocate

Wine Advocate has just published an extensive review on Max Ferd. Richter's 2015 vintage, praising the most current release as a "great vintage for Mosel classics"! 

Notably, Reinhardt discusses the vintage as a whole, stating that "the 2015 vintage marks a great, great success for Constantin Richter. Especially fans of lighter Rieslings—medium-dry or medium-sweet Kabinett, sweet Spätlese and Auslese—get their money's worth: For more-than-reasonable prices, they can buy world class Mosel classics from old, ungrafted vines that belong to the very best the exceptional 2015 vintage has to offer in these categories."

See full review here