STELLAR ORGANICALLY GROWN ITALIAN WINES!
From a lively liter of liquid refreshment from the Piedmont, to a truly unique skin-fermented Sicilian "orange" wine, to a classic yet versatile barbera: today we're uncorking some delicious summer treats from Italy, all of them organically grown!
Poderi Cellario 'È Bianco' NV 1L - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, light stone and tropical fruit, and touches of savory herb or gooseberry. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Pop this open with fried zucchini blossoms. Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.
COS "Rami" Terre Siciliane IGP 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGP / Varietal(s): INSOLIA+GRECANICO --- In 1980, three friends became the youngest wine producers in Italy, and their last names form the acronym for which COS winery is named (Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti - uncle to Arianna Occhipinti - and Cirino Strano). They received an old family farm from Giambattista’s father, Giuseppe, with nearby vineyard land. The winery follows the principles of biodynamic farming to help the vines express their true character and that of their terroir. They choose to ferment and age their wine in terracotta vases and clay amphorae for the same reason. In 2005, they were the first to produce a DOCG wine in Sicily. They singlehandedly revived the Cerasuolo di Vittoria region and keep it thriving today. "Rami" is equal parts insolia and grecanico fermented on their skins in concrete tanks, yielding a beautiful late afternoon-orange color and aromas of orange blossom, apple cider, and raw almonds. Delicate notes of jasmine and green tea pop up through a chewy texture and cidery tartness, developing fleshy apricot and peach flavors with exposure to air, before hints of honey and chamomile close the show. Enjoy with lamb kebabs with walnut gremolata. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.
Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba DOC Costa Bruna 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- Poderi Colla was founded by Tino Colla and his niece Federica in 1994, and includes property in Barola, Barbaresco, and Alba. Other family members involved include Beppe Colla, Tino’s older brother and Federica’s father, and Tino’s son Pietro who just finished the Scuola Enologica in Alba and Torino, taking on many of the winemaking duties. Winemaking goes back in the Colla family history as far back as 1703, and Beppe (born in 1930) had a legendary career as the definitive authority on the Langhe appellations and on e of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. In 1961, he was the first to vinify separately and bottle single-vineyard selections. The Colla wines showcase the Piedmont’s classic red wines, all of them single-varietal and grown without the use of harsh chemicals, aged in traditional Slavonian casks and bottled with no filtration. The barbera grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that is located in Barbaresco, and was planted in 1930, lending to the wines intensity and concentration. It has aromas of red fruit, flowers, and spicy with a medium body and fresh acidity. It is drinking wonderfully now but will develop more complexities and soften over the years. Great with ratatouille or grilled pizza! Sustainably grown, vegan.