Vesuvius and Wine
‘Fresco with a Landscape’ from the Villa of the Papyri, ca. 40 B.C.
PHOTO: MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO NAZIONALE DI NAPOLI/GIORGIO ALBANO
In 79A.D., Vesuvius erupted destroying lives and the Roman town of Herculaneum.
But many buildings and a collection of scrolls were preserved. You can see these pieces of history,
"Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papriri" from now until October 28th
at the J. Paul Getty Villa in Pacific Pailsades, California
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Your Read it With Wine
Radici means ‘roots’ in Italian, which signifies Mastroberardino’s devotion
to safeguarding the indigenous varieties of ancient Irpinia. The grape Fiano was known
in antiquity as “apiana” as it was noticed that bees had a particular affinity for this vine.
A rare vine traditionally found near hazelnut orchards, Fiano d'Avellino appears to have adopted
some of these notes into its flavor profile. The label reproduces a detail from a painting by Micozzi,
which adorns the vaults of Mastroberardino's refined cellars. Straw-yellow in color with aromas
of pear, pineapple, acacia, toasted nut, honey and spring flowers. On the palate,
this wine has excellent acidity, yet fine smoothness, with a hint of toasted almond in the finish.
Wine Spectator: 90 Points
A refreshing, clean-cut white, with hints of chalk and saline creating a tangy underpinning
to the flavors of Asian pear, kiwifruit, Marcona almond and lime blossom.
Light- to medium-bodied, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2022.
Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
White spring flower, acacia and tropical fruit aromas. On the smooth, rounded palate,
tangy acidity and a mineral vein energize ripe yellow apple, juicy pear and a drop of honey.
A hint of toasted almond signals the close.
$21.99 at wine.com and $23.99 at Grapeswine. com in NY.
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