Free Wine Tasting - Friday

DELECTABLE ITALIAN GRECO, VERSATILE VIENNESE ZWEIGELT

Mastroberardino "Mastro" Greco Campania IGT 2012
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPAGNA / Appellation: CAMPANIA IGT / Varietal(s): GRECO ---The Mastroberardino family has been a winemaking force in the Irpinia region of southern Italy for over two hundred years. Playing a key role in protecting the traditional winemaking heritage of the region, especially when it comes to preserving the local grape varietals and vineyards, they also don’t shy away from utilizing modern techniques in the service of making the best wine possible. This wine, made from the ancient grape varietal greco, perfectly embodies that dedication. Described in 79 AD by Pliny the Elder: “The wine greco was so precious, that during banquets was poured only once…”, greco can be traced through history and legend back to ancient Aminea Gemina grapes imported from Thessaly by the pre-Christian Pelasgians. Today’s greco is the modern expression of those ancient vines planted in Irpinia centuries ago, where the distinct terroir adds extraordinary flavors and complexity to the resultant wines. Unique among southern Italian wine producing regions, Irpinia’s exposed ridges, volcanic soils, and great contrasts between harsh snowy winters and hot, dry summers lend its wines intensity and freshness. 100% greco fermented in stainless steel tanks, this delicious white is straw yellow in color, with intense aromatics of tropical fruit, peach, and citrus accented with delicate white flowers. Dry and fresh on the palate, with well-balanced fruit and lively acidity, drink this with roasted snapper with fennel, olives, and preserved lemon.

Zum Martin Sepp Zweigelt Weinland 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: WEINLAND / Appellation: WEINLAND / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT --- This zweigelt hails from one of Vienna’s most esteemed wineries, operated for generations by the Martin family. Current winemaker Michael Martin took over the helm in the 80s, switching the focus from quantity to quality, with “Innovation, stubbornness, and a little bit of madness” as his motto. Martin is also the official winemaker for Life Ball, Europe’s largest charity event dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. Light-bodied, dry, and with medium-high acidity and gentle tannin, this is a versatile red for all seasons. Flavors of dark fruits including black currant, cherry, and plum meld with floral and spicy notes to make this a fresh and versatile choice for anything from hearty winter goulash to broiled arctic char or even turkey and Gruyére sandwiches.