220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Despite the fact that a noreaster is heading our way, our thoughts are turning toward Spring and the wines that we want to drink as the weather turns warmer! Come out tonight to enjoy a selection of great Spring wines from Italy with Jenalyn from 5-7p.
- Estate Regaleali Bianco 2016: This blend of Inzolia (47%), Grecanico (22%), Catarratto (25%), and Chardonnay (6%) has been Tasca’s ambassador to the world since 1960! It’s so famous, it ended up in a crossword puzzle as ‘Well-known Sicilian white’. And, that is a feat because Sicily has more vineyards than any other region in Italy and while it may be best known for Marsala, it does produce great reds, whites, and roses, like this blend of popular Sicilian white grapes and a touch of Chardonnay. This is a really great spring and summertime sipper with nice minerality underneath the fruit. It pairs well with a wide range of food, try it with antipasta, Asian dishes, or ceviche.
- Vitiano Rosato 2016: Brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella introduced Vitiano in 1995 as a project of their famed Falesco winery. As fresh, fruit-forward, authentic Italian wines, Vitiano offers exceptional quality and value perfect for everyday enjoyment with friends and family. Their rosato is produced from Sangiovese (30%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Aleatico (10%) grapes, manually harvested at their optimal ripeness. After a brief period of maceration at a very cool temperature, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness and bright color. Vitiano Rosato delivers clean, juicy aromas of strawberries, plums, and cranberries, along with scents of roses and gardenias. It is delicious with salads, grilled vegetables, grilled salmon or tuna, and alongside mussels marinara.
- Chiarli “Centenario” Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Amabile: Cleto Chiarli is one of the oldest producers of the traditional wines of Emilia-Romagna in Italy. They were founded in 1860 and have been producing Lambrusco and other traditional wine since from over 247 acres of vineyards they own in the traditional areas of production for DOC wines. This wine is a nice semi-sweet lambrusco, hence the Amabile notation, with a intense red color and rose froth. It has a vinous, fruity nose with a matching palate that is an ideal pairing for a wide-range of food from traditional dishes from Emilia to desserts.
- Librandi Cirò Rosso Classico DOC 2016: The Librandi winery is a modern enterprise founded in 1950 by Antonio and Nicodemo Librandi. Nowadays, the winery is run by Nicodemo, his two sons Paolo and Raffaele, his nephew Francesco and his niece Teresa. They are located in Cirò Marina, a small town in the southern Italian region of Calabria (Italy’s boot tip), on the splendid Ionian coastline. The soil in this area is naturally suited for grape growing, and the geographic position, located between the sea and the Sila Mountains, guarantees an excellent balance between day and nighttime temperatures. Made entirely from Gaglioppo, the most important variety from the heart of the Cirò appellation, this is an easy drinking everyday wine that, despite the pale color, is quite substantial. Aromas of red fruits and spice complement notes of cranberries and ripe tannins for a wine that pairs well with lots of foods. Try it with sausage, tandoori chicken, or your weeknight pizza!