WINE LEGEND: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1995

The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today. Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIDAL BLANC

Vidal Blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned white grape variety. Created by Jean-Louis Vidal in France during the 1930’s, Vidal Blanc can be used to produce both dry and sweet wines. It’s a very versatile grape – it can be aged in wood, left on the vine for […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CARRICANTE

Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. Carricante has been growing on the slopes around the ancient stratovolcano Mt. Etna for centuries. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC. Etna’s volcanic soils and altitude infuse Carricante with racy minerality, pure aromas of lemon, and a […]

WINE PAIRING: Chicken polpettine and Tornatore Pietrarizzo

One of the wine and food pairings of our Christmas Wine Tasting will be something truly delicious – Tornatore Etna Bianco Pietrarizzo and chicken polpettine with lemon sauce. Polpettine are small Italian meatballs that usually made with ground pork, beef or poultry. There are variations of polpettine in just about every region of the country. […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON VERDICCHIO

Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet. Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Verdicchio is a […]

WINE LEGEND: Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2008

“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is pure excitement.”- Robert Parker The 2008 was an unusual year in Barolo, Piedmont. An unexpected cold snap in October delayed the harvest and left many wines with an intense perfume and sweetness that is highly unusual in young Nebbiolo. In that year Giacomo Conterno produced one of its most […]

WINE LEGEND: Percarlo 2015 by Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano

“Fattoria San Giusto A Rentennano is one of the true jewels of Chianti Classico and Percarlo is their greatest achievement.” – Geoff Pattison The 2015 vintage has produced a number of legendary wines in Tuscany and the Percarlo 2015 by Fattoria San Giusto A Rentennano is one of the most gorgeous examples of that year. […]

WINE TRAVEL: Rosazzo wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Rosazzo DOCG is a white wine produced in a small area in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeastern Italy. The appellation was created in 2011 from the Rosazzo subzone which was part of the appellation Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC. The territory of the appellation develops on a hilly area, characterized by having a friable and not very […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON TEROLDEGO

Teroldego is a dark skinned grape variety grown primarily in the Trentino wine region of northern Italy, where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years. It performs best in the Campo Rotaliano plain north of Trento in the heart of the Trentino, on the flat sandy land between the mountains. It is a relatively […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MONTEPULCIANO

Montepulciano is a classic, Italian grape variety. It is the second-most widely planted red grape in Italy, after Sangiovese. Montepulciano grows throughout the country, with concentrations in the central regions Abruzzo and Marche, and in Puglia and Molise, in the South. As a late-ripening grape, Montepulciano needs a sunny climate. It has thick skin, resulting […]