Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and sommelier Bobby Stuckey have teamed up once again to bring us a delightful and affordable white wine from Italy's northern Friuli region. The blend is comprised of 70% Friulano, the namesake variety of the region, and 30% Chardonnay.
This crisp and refreshing white was aged in stainless steel containers and maintains a star bright appearance. The nose offers intense aromatics of fresh cut white flowers and crisp apple. The palate is clean with medium weight and a pleasant mouthfeel. Try this white field blend with grilled fish, green vegetables, and salads. $12.99
The family of famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has been making wine for over 130 years.
This Tuscan red is made with the ubiquitous Sangiovese grape variety. The Bocelli family's passion and expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, and appealing Sangiovese. With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote. The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.
The Monchiero Barolo hails from Rocche di Castiglione Falletto, a single vineyard site in the heart of the Barolo region. Made from the ubiquitous Nebbiolo grape, this wine is highly structured with intense acidity and aging ability. This Barolo possesses a meaty quality with aromas and flavors of red flowers, natural rubber, spice, and cured meat.
92 Points - The Wine Enthusiast, 2005 vintage
"This is an extraordinary example of the potential of the 2005 vintage. The wine boasts a meaty, bold style with thick aromas of cured meat, bresaola, white mushroom, moist earth, natural rubber and spice. Very intense flavors of chocolate and ground espresso explode in the mouth. Drink after 2018."
Fattoria di Pugliano's "wine of the people," Poggio Vignoso as it is known at home, is a simple, delightful crowd pleaser. An exceptional, food-friendly wine that can be enjoyed with virtually anything. This wine is a remarkable value, it is surprisingly firm, and admirably balanced with intense dried cherries and floral notes. With such consistent quality, it is no surprise that this is such a great seller!
This classic Chianti will pair wonderfully alongside red meat and hearty mushroom risottos; also a perfect wine for pizza.
When one sits and ponders all the fascinating Italian grape varietals that exist, Teroldego doesn't normally make the list. In fact, "Teroldego" (Tear-ahl-de-go) doesn't even SOUND Italian.
That's because the red grape Teroldego hails from the northern Italian province of Trentino-Alto Adige (Südtirol), located on the southern border of Austria. Trentino-Alto Adige is a high alpine area annexed to Italy as a spoil of victory over the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I. Natives of Trentino still speak German as their first language, hence the existence of words like "Teroldego."
This light-bodied red grape has an intense, violet-toned ruby colour which becomes garnet with age. Intense and intriguing violet scented fruit characters, typical of this wine, dominate the nose, becoming full, ethereal and persistent as the wine ages. The palate is warm and sappy with a pleasingly bittersweet aftertaste, well balanced with a good tannin structure. If you had to compare it to another well-known variety, Pinot Noir or Gamay would be a good fit.
The wine's acid structure makes it a great accompaniment to many types of cuisine including stew with dumplings, Italian Speck, minestrone soup, and fresh young cheeses. $19.99
This Verdicchio di Matelica is made of grapes grown on vineyards that have a Jurassic period raised sea bed, near salt water springs called "le salse" (from "sale" which means salt). The raised and unique North-South mountain valley blocks off tempering coastal winds to cause extreme diurnal temperature differences resulting in this racy, mineral driven wine. Notes of tangerine and green apple. $15.99
"Settled first by Etruscans then the Romans, the territory of Tuscany has been prized since antiquity for its rich soil and favorable climate for the cultivation of grapes and olives. The earliest documentation of a "Chianti wine" dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the "Chianti Mountains" around Florence. The name 'La Maialina' (little pig) references the Cinta Senese heirloom breed that originated in the Siena area during the 1300's and is the only Tuscan native pig to survive extinction.
La Maialina Chianti expresses a ruby red color, with bright aromas and flavors of red cherries and ripe strawberries with hints of sweet spices and a soft finish."
Wine maker Dave Phinney is responsible for such cultish and iconic wines as 'The Prisoner', 'Saldo', and 'Papillion.' On his latest wine project, Phinney traverses the globe crafting elegant & approachable wines in places like Spain, France, and Italy.
The Locations Italy project is a blend of native Italian varietals including Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Barbera, and other varietals from Puglia.
"Revealing an attractive color spectrum of crimson and scarlet with a slight magenta band on the rim, the wine explodes with aromas of macerated raspberries, dried lavender, plum tart, and toasty oak accents. The palate is immediately hit with super lush flavors of ripe berries and spice, supported with a dense core that has just the right amount of characteristic acidity. The tannins are already velvety and soft which provide for a lingering finish with hints of minerality and some herbal notes." $19.99
Known for their prestigious Brunello di Montalcino, Altesino began making the Rosso di Altesino in 1989 to offer a high-quality wine at a price that could be enjoyed everyday. 80% Sangiovese with 20% Cabernet and Merlot, this is a fresh wine with a bright, ruby red color. Notes of red roses and violets, the wine itself is dry and slightly rustic. Pasta or lasagne with a bolognese sauce would be a match made in an italian kitchen...or heaven, isn't that the same place? $19.99
Baracchi Winery's O'Lillo Supertuscan hails from the hills outside Cortona in southern Tuscany. "Supertuscan" refers to a style of Italian red wine made in the region of Tuscany from a blend of both autochthonous and non-autochthonous grape varieties. In this case, O'Lillo is made with 25% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah.
The wine is macerated in conical tanks for 22 days; 6 months in stainless steel followed by 3 months in bottle. Ruby red in color, traditional in its complexity, roundness, elegance, yet modern in its intense fruitiness, accessibility, and soft tannins. You'll find aromas and flavors of black fruit and roast coffee. $19.99