February 13, 2014
What weather? Wine tasting is ON.
WINE TASTING TONIGHT 6-9 PM
Let’s all try to channel Audry Hepburn in Charade and put on our most fashionable winter black (don’t forget the hood), our best smile, and head over to Dandelion Wine tonight for some vino! James, our friend, neighbor, and representative from Acid, Inc. is trekking over to pour three red wines from Italy; a light, a medium, and a fuller bodied red all priced under $20! We’ll have cheese from ED, bread from She-Wolf, and some hot music spinning to keep everyone’s spirits up during the worst winter ever?
Not incentive enough? Duke’s Liquor Box is having a spirits tasting right across the street… so it’ll be a double whammy.
Guaranteed free buzz on Franklin Street tonight!
LANZA 2012 BARDOLINO
In the eighties, a group of like-minded people came together to form Ottomarzo, a co-op organization dedicated to the production and marketing of organic products. In 2000, Alessandro Lanza founded with Paolo Fusina the “vin & organic product srl”. While originally a co-op model they soon were able to open Cantina della Valpantena. This was what allowed them to start taking over management of certain vineyards and produce a estate driven style organic line put under the label, Lanza. This light-bodied red is our go-to for pairing with fish. It’s also a nice sipper for when there’s no food to be had except for some popcorn while watching a Downton Abbey marathon. Even better with a slight chill on it, so put it on your fire escape for 10 minutes before popping the cork. $14
CLAUDIO MORELLI ‘LA VIGNA DELLE TERRAZZE’ 2012 SANGIOVESE
Located along the northern coastline of Le Marche (North of Ancona!) near the town of Fano, Morelli makes whites and reds with remarkable freshness due in part to the cool breeze from the Adriatic and the light grayish soils composed primarily of sand and tufo. The seaside temperatures of this small terraced vineyard give beautifully ripened fruit for Claudio’s 100% stainless steel Sangiovese. We loved this medium-bodied wine the first time we tried it. The brightness of the fresh red fruit and soft tannins made this a no-brainer for us… we couldn’t wait to drink it with a bowl of hearty pasta. $16
SCHOLA SARMENTI ROCCAMORA NARDO 2010 ROSSO
Lorenzo Marra, owner of Schola Sarmenti, says their goal is to make wines that speak of their terroir, their culture, their cuisine. This is accomplished by harvesting from old vines — some up to 70 years old, using traditional trellising (for Puglia, this means the vines look like bushes) and very little oak influence, if any at all. Located on southern, interior tip of the heel of Italy’s boot, the vineyards are a mere 10 minute drive from the sea, under sunny, hot arid skies the vines are grown on soils rich with marine fossils. This Rosso is 100% oragnically farmed 45 year old Negroamaro. No oak is used in making this wine, and it might surprise some people due to the firm structure and spice of this full-bodied red. Actually, Negroamaro for years was shipped to Northern Italy and even into Burgundy to provide color and richness to the thinner, Northern wines. So if you’re in the mood for bold spice, this is the wine for you… $19