New Year’s Menu for our Bar

Happy New Years!      Sample 5 top wines in our Bar after 5pm,    your choice:   Bubbly or Serious Reds, taste’em all for    $45.00 plus tax and gratuity   Antoine Remy Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, la Champagne  $20 glass 100% Chardonnay from some of the best vineyards in la Champagne.. Bernard Gaucher Brut Prestige, Arconville la Champagne  $16 glass 90% Pinot / 10% Chardonnay, meaty and complex, can handle real food. Leclerc-Briant Cuvée de Réserve Brut, la Champagne  $25...

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Our Famous 20/20 Night

20/20 Night: Sample 20 diverse wines, just $20 Per Person! Every Monday and Thursday evening, 5pm to close. Fizz 1) Anna Spinato Prosecco Extra Dry, Veneto Italy  $7 glass 100% Glera, Charmat: Softer on the palate, slightly less pressure, almost too easy to drink. 2) Grandial Brut Blanc de Blancs, France  $7 glass Charmat process, bone dry, refeshing, afforable… 3) Cà dei Mandorli Brut Rosé, Piemonte Italy  $8 glass 100% Brachetto vinified DRY and with slightly less pressure than most sparklers. 4)...

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You love spicy wines, how about SPICED Wine?

You love spicy wines, how about SPICED Wine? There is a long tradition in Italy of adding spices (and a little Grappa!) to wines to produce a soothing sipper that both aids digestion and stimulates the senses. Literally every village has its own version, often created by a local pharmacist or even midwife. Thanks in part to the booming cocktail culture these days, many of them are getting broader distribution. We agree that a little dash of one of these will liven up a nice Manhattan or Rob Roy but you’ve got to...

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Vallée d’Aoste Red Wines

Caves des Onze Communes, Aymavilles Vallée d’Aoste This communal winery was founded in 1990 to vinify the grapes of a central valley in Vallée d’Aosta including the villages of Quart, Saint-Christophe, Aosta, Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Villeneuve, Introd, Aymavilles, Jovençan, Gressan, Charvensod, situated between 550 and 900 meters above sea level not far from Mt. Blanc. The vineyards are owned by 200 small growers dedicated  to the care of their ancient vines in tiny mountainside plots that require intense...

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Marche Red Wines

Piantate Lunghe Rosso Conero 2008, Marche   Piantate Lunghe Conero DOCG Rossini 2007, Marche In the high elevation, cooler climate of the coast of Marche, Montepulciano yields deeper, meatier, more “serious” renditions that have been making big waves in the Italian wine scene. The Rossini is one of the best bottlings in the zona…   Il Conte Villa Prandone Marche Rosso Zipolo 2004, Marche 60% Montepulciano + 20% Sangiovese + 20% Merlot x nine years in bottle = 115% DELICIOUS… Azienda...

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Lombardia Red wines

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes, Rovescala, Lombardia Like our friends at Fattoria di Faltognano in Toscana, the family operating this winery has been doing so for so many generations (800 years in this case) that making delicious traditional wines with utmost respect for nature is encoded in their very DNA. They make such a small amount of wine and it is so famous in their zona that they really didn’t want to be bothered with all the paperwork involved in exporting any. Well, after three years of courting them...

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Umbria Red Wines

Azienda Agricola Tabarrini Giampaolo, Montefalco, Umbria   Tabarrini Il Padrone delle Vigne Rosso dell’Umbria 2009   As those of you who met him last year know, our friend Giampaolo Tabarrini is a bit of a mad genius / vinous missionary type. This is his “gateway drug” to his more massive and costlier pure Sagrantino bottlings, a tribute to his paternal nonno who passed great wisdom about life, viticulture and wine to him: Mostly Sangiovese with small doses of Sagrantino, Merlot and Cabernet drawn...

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Emilia-Romagna Red Wines

Cantina Sociale di Puianello, Quattro Castella, Emilia-Romagna We met these guys through a friend of a friend (ciao e grazie Arrigo!) and were immediately impressed by their almost surreal professionalism. Their stand at VinItaly was like a Formula One pit stop: Marketing Director Vittorio Maltezze welcomed us in perfect English, we sat and within seconds a crack staff went to work and for nearly an hour glasses appeared and were replaced like magic, top flight Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and cured pork products...

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Abruzzo Red Wines

Got Value? Luca Botter does… After happening on some of his wines in a liquidation few years ago (and you making them into a sensation and demolishing them in weeks), we met Luca Botter later that year in Verona (and then he visited us here at the store a week later). He is young, really excited about wine and seems to like what we are doing so we decided to do it together. His company is a third generation family wine business with vineyards and multiple cantine, not just a big negotiant buy and bottling...

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Campania Red Wines

Aglianico is said to be an Italianization of “Hellenic” meaning “from Greece”. It has been the big bruiser on the block in Campania (think Naples and Vesuvius), Basilicata (just inland from there) and parts of Puglia for almost literally forever. Often called “The Barolo of the South”, it is a very structured wine that can age for decades while continuously developing more complex perfumes as the tannins soften out. We have examples ranging from medium bodied and quaffable Pugliese bottlings to amazing...

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Basilicata Red Wines

Aglianico is said to be an Italianization of “Hellenic” meaning “from Greece”. It has been the big bruiser on the block in Campania (think Naples and Vesuvius), Basilicata (just inland from there) and parts of Puglia for almost literally forever. Often called “The Barolo of the South”, it is a very structured wine that can age for decades while continuously developing more complex perfumes as the tannins soften out. We have examples ranging from medium bodied and quaffable Pugliese bottlings to amazing...

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Molise Red Wines

Cantine Cipressi, San Felice del Molise While describing the remoteness and lack of development of Molise (a small mountainous region sandwiched between Abruzzo and Puglia on the Adriatic coast) in their excellent book Vino Italiano, the Regional Wines of Italy, Lynch and Bastianich lament that “…as of yet we’ve got no Molisano mountain wine to sample in the United States”. Well, it seems they will need to be editing the next edition! With old vines at over 500 meters elevation, Cipressi is the...

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Calabria Red Wines

Gaglioppo has been cultivated in Calabria, the toe of the boot, for literally thousands of years dating back to when this was Magna Graecia (greater Greece, before there WERE any Romans). It is soft and smooth like Burgundy or maybe older Rioja with a very savory character. We proudly present multiple bottlings from the oldest winery in the Cirò Classico zona, Ippolito 1845, ranging from a basic model light enough to serve with fish to a fantastic Riserva looking for a mixed grill plate and all the mushrooms you...

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Friuli Red Wines

Azienda Agricola Emiro Bortolusso, Carlino, Friuli Following our “sharks teeth” theory of wine (that when producers price themselves out of their segment there are always three more lying in wait behind them), we went looking for a nice full service cantina in Friuli to replace some old friends whose wines we (and you!) can’t afford anymore. Eco la! La Familia Bortolusso are very nice folks making good honest wines at reasonable prices so we cut a deal with them. The estate include 40 hectares of vineyards...

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Toscana Red wine

Our #1 selling Tuscan Red? Santa Vincenza Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2011, Toscana   Sangiovese (plus a skoonch of Ciliegiolo and Alicante) in a robust, food friendly style with a big fat pig on the label, how can you go wrong?   Our latest find? Campi Nuovi Sangiovese 2009,  Montecucco Toscana  ORGANIC How Old School is this? 1) The producer trained at Soldera, THE most famous and traditional Brunello estate. 2) 100% Organic viticulture and very traditional vinification in large Slovenian oak with...

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Veneto Red Wines

Enzo Vincenzo Valpolicella Ripasso 2009, Veneto   Cure for the Common Pinot? Smooth, warming, comforting like a big hug from your plus size auntie, Ripasso wines are one of our most popular categories: The rich, meaty cherry / plum / spice flavors of the Corvina variety have been enriched by the Ripasso method of refermenting the finished Valpo on the skins and lees of the Amarone from this estate. The results could be an $$ Pinot Noir from an alternate universe…taste and believe!   Domìni Veneti...

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Alto Adige Red Wine

Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg, Vadena, Alto Adige The Gambero Rosso once noted that if Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg did not exist it would need to be invented as this full service agricultural research and development station is essential to the local apple, stone fruit, forestry and wine cultures. As a result it produces a broad range of wines (and also fruit and forestry products!) but miniscule amounts of any given one. A unique and surprising factoid: despite its northern location, this cantina has palm...

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Trentino Red Wine

Maso Marco Donati, Mezzocorona, Trentino These vineyards and the 15th century palace housing the winery have changed hands twice since medieval times: passing from the hands of the Cup Bearer to the Counts of Tyrol (a sort of Super Sommelier who served at the Ministerial level) to the house of the Conte Spaur and then, in 1863 to Marco’s great-great-grandfather. The vines are situated on an alluvial plain that, thanks to eons of action by glaciers and rivers, has had rocks and sediments from the Dolomite,...

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Sardegna Red Wine

Got Value? Luca Botter does… After happening on some of his wines in a liquidation a couple of years ago (and you making them into a sensation and demolishing them in weeks), we met Luca Botter that year in Verona (and then he visited us here at the store a week later). He is young, really excited about wine and seems to like what we are doing so we decided to do it together. His company is a third generation family wine business with vineyards and multiple cantine, not just a big negotiant buy and bottling...

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Piemonte Red Wine

Cà Dè Santi, Ghemme Piemonte Read…er…uh…Taste this: “Every bottle of wine is like a book: it has to be read with attention, we must know its author, its setting and when it has been written. From it we will learn an history always different and always having reference to a territory, to the vineyards and to the culture of the men that have produced it.” That is the motto of this classic old school estate nestled in the remains of an 11th century abbey in the Novara hills north and...

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