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News Release: Monday, February 15th, 2021
About: Giampaolo Tabarrini Presents a Wine Tasting on Zoom
Let's just say it: THIS is big! 
MetroWines and Ciao Asheville host Giampaolo Tabarrini live on Zoom from Montefalco, Italy, on March 11th at 5:30. Giampaolo will lead us through a tasting of Montefalco Rosso "Boccatone" and Sagrantino di Montefalco "Colle Grimaldesco." And, as part of the event, Giampaolo will present a video of his winery!  We will also be joined by the importer, Mike Tiano, of Haw River Wine Man based in Burlington, North Carolina.
"If you have not met Giampaolo Tabarrini, he is a charming, gregarious and extraordinarily accomplished winemaker," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And he is known for taking any occasion beyond the ordinary!"
The Tabarrini Winery:
For four generations, the Tabarrini family has been nestled in the corner of Umbria outside of Montefalco. They have passionately tended their vineyards, yielding exceptional fruit for producing distinctive wines.

In the late 1990’s, Giampaolo Tabarrini put years of experience to use and decided to bottle his own wine. Giampaolo now makes some of the most highly respected wines from Central Italy. He produces the top 3 wines in the region and is called “The Rising Star of Umbria.” Tabarrini is continually well rated for his single-vineyard Sagrantino’s by Gambero Rosso, The Wine Advocate, and most recently, Wine Spectator.

A great wine is born in the vineyard. Faithful to this maxim, the Tabarrini family pays careful attention to their “terroir,” the earth itself, the vines and their generous fruit: the grapes. Vineyards rich in charm and mature beauty. Even after the grapes have been picked, the Sagrantino leaves still color the countryside with their vibrant red.

"The winery is magical and the wine is truly special." says Gail Rampersaud, Director of Ciao Asheville who has been to Tabarrini in Montefalco. "You don't want to miss this opportunity to travel vicariously to Italy and meet Giampaolo!"

 took over the winery in the mid-1990s and has helped revolutionize Umbrian wine. With , his wife and partner in their shared passion for wine, they have made Tabarrini into the outstanding business it is today.  In the cellar, Giampaolo’s uncle  uses his unparalleled skills to diligently care for the wines, from bunch to bottle. In the vineyards you might meet , aka “Sgabellino.” He’s the fastest tractor driver in the Region. Giampaolo is also devotedly assisted by the company’s enological consultant . Likewise, , our agronomist consultant, intimately knows every inch of the property and helps supervise operations in the vineyards.  manages our faithful team of workers in the vineyards. And of course, we can’t forget  and , Giampaolo’s mother and father, who dispense experience, wisdom, and advice every day. Together, this is a loyal team, lucky enough to work with their passion every day! All of them are obsessed with quality, from vine to wine bottling when the literal fruits of their labor can be enjoyed by our customers at home or their favorite restaurants.

The Tabarrini Wines for Tasting: 

Montefalco Rosso Boccatone


This is not Sagrantino’s younger brother; it is a flavorful and age worthy wine in its own right, with great dignity and much potential. The fusion of traditional grapes, Sangiovese and Sagrantino - along with the precious input of Barbera, ensure this wine has the makings of a future Montefalco classic.

Colle Grimaldesco



This was Giampaolo’s first Sagrantino, which brought him early critical acclaim. The grapes come from a silt-rich and clay soil, well exposed to the southeast, guaranteeing perfectly ripened grapes and a powerful, deep and balanced wine that is refined in big oak casks. It is released no less than four years after harvest.
How to join Us:
The Zoom event is on the house. Logon to Zoom here:
But if you want to taste along with Giampaolo, call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525 for purchase and pick-up of these great wines. After Event Discount: $64.52 for both bottles.
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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