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October 4, 2012

Ciao, Bella!

One way to mark the change of seasons is with what’s going on the dinner table.  Gone are the days of summer salads and barbecues!  In the last few weeks, more and more people are stopping by asking for wine to pair with comforting pastas and pizzas, and meaty dishes like lamb and roast chicken. Classic Italian reds are always a good answer!  These wines are made for FOOD. 

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, as we taste wines from three different regions of Italy, paired with cheese from ED!


Oddero was founded in 1878 and has grown into an impressive estate, even by Piedmontese standards. This Barbera d’Alba was sourced from 40-50 year old vines grown in sedimentary clay and calcareous limestone. It was fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.  Classic red cherry, spice, zippy acidity and a silky mouthfeel makes this wine perfect for hearty fare.  Rich stews and meaty lasagna come to mind.  There’s a lot of wine going on here for just  $20.

We’re big fans of the Oddero Estate and just brought in their 2007 Barolo for upcoming holiday celebrations, also a great value at $54!


Aglianico is a big Italian red hailing from Campania.  Want some power in your glass?  Give this guy a try… and I say “guy” because this wine is loaded with masculine characters.  Tall, dark, and handsome with lots of muscle.  Meg chose this wine as her staff pick not too long ago, and as she admitted, it is unlike her other picks (which tend to be pink, bubbly, or floral).  Hey, nothing wrong with that… 

This is what she wrote on her tag:  ”The vineyards of Campania are planted on top of ancient volcanoes.  The grapes of the region make dark, smoky wines, rich in history and character.”

Dark and smoky!  I definitely have those moods, and this is the wine for them…  I’m thinking drinking this with roasted meats like lamb and pork loin or slow-cooked chicken with wild mushrooms would be the way to go.  Come on, winter… we’re ready for ya!  $18


The vineyard is located in the middle of Tuscany, not far from Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Gioia Cresti is the vineyard’s oenologist and she is responsible for all the production phases, from the wine-making to the aging. She personally picks out the best grapes so that the entire wine production is imprinted on her own personal style.  This Chianti Classico is made from 100% Sangiovese and offers an expression of dark fruit (black cherry), violet, and spice notes. An impressive tannic structure tells us this wine can be drank for years to come.  The finish is long and offers notes of ripe fruit.  A great gift for a wine enthusiast, or pair with Ossobuco, leg of lamb, roast duck… you know, the fancy stuff.  Treat yourself!  $32