CLASSIC ITALIAN WINES FOR THE FEAST OF SEVEN FISHES
Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Jesera 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio. Located in the Friuli region of Italy's northeastern corner, the Venica family has owned the estate since 1930, and have a reputation as winemakers nearly as long. Since the 70s, the family has ambitiously upgraded and replanted vineyards, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and experimented with winemaking techniques. Brothers Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster) have been making the Venica wines since 1975, carrying on in the footsteps of their father, and grandfather, the estate's founder. Collio is on the Italian border with Slovenia, and "Jesera" means "little lake" in Slovenian. It refers to the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this cuvée come. This site is at the bottom of a cool valley, irrigated by the water that flows from the surrounding hills. 100% pinot grigio, this luminous wine displays a subtle copper hue due to skin contact with the grapes during fermentation. A far cry from your local pizza joint's style of pinot grigio, this is instead rich, complex, and subtle in character. Lush aromas of pear, banana, Acacia flower, and hints of fresh apricot yield to a long, crisp palate of candied pear, quince peel, and minerals. Good acidity keeps things fresh throughout the lengthy, luxurious finish. A wonderful choice for special dinners, pair this with seared scallops or pan fried smelt.
Le Vigne di Alice "Osé" Rosé Brut Vino Spumante NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GLERA+MARZEMINO --- This delightful rosy sparkler comes from two women on a mission to make pure, natural, mineral-driven Prosecco. Sisters-in-law Cinzia Canzian and Pier Francesca Bonicelli founded Alice in 2004 with the dream of producing quality Prosecco that's a true reflection of the place, soil, and traditions that surround them. Located in the the northernmost parts of the Conegliano and Valdobiaddene hills with the Dolomites in their backyard, they are a small winery, working in limited batches with great precision. They grow 9 hectares of vineyards sustainably, or "lotta integrata", weeding by hand, with no herbicides or pesticides used, and have also constructed a green winery with a grass roof and solar panels that supply more than half the winery's energy. Cinzia worked for 15 years at her and Francesca’s husbands’ famous winery Bellenda, while Francesca studied at Italy's oldest school of enology in nearby Conegliano. As as result of the women's experience and expertise, Alice, named after Cinzia's grandmother, has in just a few years become a rising star. In 2009, in an effort to weed out inferior wines, Italian law limited the geographical zone and allowable yields for wines labeled Prosecco. In addition, the grape formerly known as prosecco, which must comprise a minimum 85% of wines labeled Prosecco, is now legally known as glera. This rosé gets its pink color from the addition of the distinctive variety marzemino, which also lends aromatics and acidity. A favorite of Mozart, marzemino has been grown in Prosecco for generations. "Osé" translates as daring or risqué in Italian, and Alice is the only producer daring to use it in a sparkling wine. 90% glera, 10% marzemino, this bubbly is a beauty: gorgeous rose petal in color, with bright notes of sour cherry fruit and cherry blossoms. Pure and dry, with good fruit, and an elegant long finish delicately accented by lean minerality, open this with warm smoked salmon or bluefish, or herb-marinated grilled shrimp. A winner for brunch too!
Montepeloso "A Quo" Toscana IGT 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MONTEPULCIANO+SANGIOVESE+ MARSELAN+ALICANTE BOUSCHET --- Tucked away in the hills of Suvereto near Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast (one of the hottest areas in Tuscany) is the 15-acre Montepeloso estate. In such a climate, it's quite easy to produce concentrated wines bursting with body and ripeness, but far less easy to achieve elegance and finesse. Swiss-born winemaker, Fabio Chiarelotto, manages to accomplish both, overhauling the vineyards in 1997 to take full advantage of the terroir's potential, and farming biodynamically. His approach in the cellar is similar; he does relatively short macerations, employs natural yeasts during fermentation, and bottles without filtration. The 2014 "A Quo" is a dark and luscious blend of cabernet sauvignon, montepulciano and sangiovese, along with tiny quantities of marselan and alicante bouschet. An intense, compelling nose of black cherry, plum, and prune hints at what's to come. Powerful, focused flavors of ripe cherry, plum, tobacco, and leather dance around fresh mint and thyme overtones, supported by firm tannins and hints of blood orange peel. Textural richness and a silky finish that goes on for days makes this an elegant choice with lobster tagliatelle with truffle cream sauce.