Awesome Italian Wines with Dan

June 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
Crystal City Shops
220 20th St S, Arlington, VA 22202

Tonight, we are happy to have a lovely set of wines on the tasting bar that really sing of the traditional and variety offered by Italy. From the portfolio of Vinifera,the preeminent importer of premium Italian wines in America, we are showcasing a sliver of the rich variety of individual wine styles, local climates, and indigenous grape varietals present in Italy. Vinifera is a family-owned and operated business in an industry dominated by conglomerates. Since their inception, they’ve chosen to invest in what’s inside the bottle, with a clear vision of quality and to promote boutique wines of distinction. They offer wines of outstanding value at every price point and maintain a massive library of holdings in their temperature controlled facility in New York.


The Wines:

  • Mormoraia Vernaccia di San Gimignano “Riserva” DOCG: This wine is organically farmed in the scenic hills of the City of San Gimignano from 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The Farm covers an area of over 100 hectares of which 30 hectares are planted with vines and 10 hectares with olive trees. Giuseppe Passoni, the owner, personally takes care of the cultivation, and since 2013 has been practicing organic. Straw-yellow color, the palate presents a balanced flavor, warm and soft, with ripe fruit aroma. Good and balanced structure, smooth, warm, persistent, harmonic with a pleasurable sweet toasted almond aftertaste. Excellent with fish starters, shellfish, baked fish, seasoned white meat, delicate red meat and semi-matured cheese.
  • Sant’Elena Pinot Grigio “Klodic”: What sets the Pinot Grigio Klodic apart from most traditional pinot grigios is its vibrant color and structure.While most pinot grigio immediately face the soft press and bottling after the harvest, our Pinot Grigio Klodic is macerated for thirty-six hours to obtain deep color and then left on the lees for six months. A delicate and complex process usually not reserved for the variety, it adds extra complexity and depth to the wine. It’s rich structure allows it to complement many courses such as pasta and poultry where other Pinot Grigios might fall short. It also pairs excellently with all fish-based dishes and many cheeses.
  • Brigaldara Valpolicella 2015: The Valpolicella is produced by fermenting fresh grapes, mainly corvina and corvinone varieties. The hand harvesting is extremely important for this wine considering the delicacy of its aromas and its balance which depends heavily on the acidity levels. This is a wine to be drunk every day with aromas characteristic of the valley areas. These include cherries as well as some spices. In order to make the wine balanced on the nose, it in steel for a brief maturation period which allows it to keep its natural aromas.
  • Cascina Chicco Barbera D’Alba “Granera Alta”: The “Cassina of New Granera” was the property of the Malabaila family of Canale. Vineyards have been cultivated in this region for a very long time with the current vineyards being an average of 10 years old. Even though it is a young, fresh and fruity wine, its vineyards undergo a double harvest. The fermentation is done in stainless steel casks before being transferred to wood casks of 150-200 liters and pre-used French barriques. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine remains in wood until the summer before bottling in July. The fragrances recall woodsy undergrowth and black cherry. In the mouth, the wine is powerful but very soft. This wine pairs well with rich soups, meats, and aged cheeses. 100% Barbera


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