With over 800 wine grape varieties, 408 uniquely designated winegrowing regions, and hundreds of years of winemaking history on the books, Italy’s wine scene is a glorious adventure from grape to glass. Tuscany and Piedmont represent Italy’s hot shots in terms of regional recognition and production, with Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Friuli rounding out the dominant Italian wine region players.
Come out today from 5-7p to taste a little of the Italian wine scene!
- Savian Pinot Grigio 2017: Savian has been following organic practices since 1993 because they made a decision to adopt such a demanding and innovative approach to vine growing because they have a conviction that they must offer their customers a perfectly genuine product, while simultaneously safeguarding the environment. This wine is a delight to the eye with its many hues changing from pale yellow to its characteristic sand colour, as well as to the nose with its slightly fruity bouquet, accompanied by a light note of almonds. Ideal with vegetables dishes, appetizers, fish and cheeses.
- Manfredi Langhe Rosso 2011: The Piedmonte is a wine powerhouse for Italian wine. In 2017, it’s harvest was reduced by 20% due to poor weather conditions, and it still produced a little over 2 million hl (22.7 million cases, which is just a little under what all of California produces each year) of wine! This is a great red blend that is a perfect food wine. Enjoy it with just about anything … classic Italian, American Italian, pizza, burger, steak, charcuterie, …
- D’Onore Cannonau Di Sardegna 2014: The most interesting thing about Cannonau is its association with longevity. Sardinians tend to live long lives, well into their 90s, and a key factor seems to be their diet (besides lifestyle and family bonds). Cannonau seems to have the highest levels of polyphenols of any wine, antioxidants linked to heart health, protecting from cardiovascular disease. It is also rich in anthocyanins (commonly found in berries), naturally occurring compounds responsible for the red/purple color of red-wine grapes, with antioxidant effects as well. This does not mean you have to get drunk on Cannonau: locals drink an average of two glasses a day. While we don’t necessarily believe any of these health benefits, this is definitely a tasty bottle that would pair wonderfully with any Mediterranean dishes!
- Casa Maschito “Portale Adduca” Aglianico Del Vulture 2014: One of Italy’s three greatest grape varieties and one of its oldest. The three Aglianico DOCGs—Taurasi, Taburno, and Vulture—have separate biotypes. Basilicata, the home of Vulture, forms the arch of the Italian peninsula’s boot, running northwest from the Gulf of Taranto. In the wine world, Basilicata is not well known, producing less than 0.2% of the Italy’s total output, with the entire Aglianico Del Vulture DOC only producing roughly 100,000 cases every year. The grapes for this bottling are hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel. It is aged in oak for 12 months before being aged in the bottle for three months before release. It is ready to drink now with notes of jammy fruit, vanilla, and spice. It is a great wine for roasted and grilled meats or to pair with red sauce pasta dishes.