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Learning Italian

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from...

Learning Italian

This blog is dedicated to learning Italian La Dolce Vita, that is, fashion, food and wine! We will focus on the words and phrases you need to get by in Italy. We will learn by translating facebook posts from some of our favorite winemakers including Gaetana Jacono Gola of Valle dell'Acate and Giampaolo Tabarrini, "Menu Italian" from Ristorante Trippi in Valtellina as well as text from the winery websites for some of the many Italian Wines on the shelves @MetroWines. Andiamo! (let's go!)

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Mangiare!

Join NIAF for 
A Mangiare: A Cultural History for Foodies
with Author of La Dolce Vita University: 
An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z,
 Carla Gambescia 

Tuesday July 14, 7:00pm EST

Test your knowledge about Italian cuisine while discovering little-known facts and the origin stories behind some of Italian cuisine's most iconic ingredients and dishes. 

Join NIAF and travel author, Carla Gambescia, for an interactive and entertaining "salon" exploring Italy's culinary heritage from antiquity to the present day. Even the most sophisticated Italophile and foodie will come away with new insights!

Be sure to sign up before space runs out! The lecture will also feature a stunning slideshow. Registration is required and it is only $25 to attend. We hope to see you then!

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Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. Refunds will not be issued

We can't wait for you to join us!

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Garrubbo Guide and Lamùri Nero d'Avola

Ciao Asheville Book Recommendation

THE GARRUBBO GUIDE is a handbook to the delicious importance
of Italian food, wine, and culture. It can be a kitchen reference or a travel companion.
It is a guide to the adventure of Italian food and culture through the last 3,000 years.
LA GUIDA GARRUBBO covers everything you need to know about the most popular
Italian foods, from bread and olive oil, to prosciutto and mozzarella, to panini, pizza,
and pasta, all the way to gelato, espresso, and sambuca!
The comprehensive chapter on wine simplifies the elaborate world of Italian wine.
The book contains an extensive Italian food glossary, a detailed table of pasta shapes,
as well as sample menus from Italy’s 20 regional cuisines and the Italian “food rules,”

and a bit of history, grammar, and geography.

Your Read it With Wine
Tasca d'Almerita Lamùri Nero d'Avola Regaleali 2016 | Wine Info

Winemaker says: Made from a selection of Nero d’Avola grapes cultivated
on the high hills. It expresses the primary aromas, without excess from
the ripening process. Different age barriques provide soft and elegant tannins,
with subtle hints of wood. Its name comes from the Sicilian word for love, “L’ Amore.” 

Vinous says 93 points: Ruby in glass. Begins rather stern, then opens with aeration
to showcase precise aromas of graphite, blueberry, and violet. Medium bodied
and quite tangy, with fresh acids giving the flavors similar to the aromas a piercing quality.
Finishes with silky tannins and freshness. A lovely Nero d’Avola of early appeal.

James Suckling says 92 Points: I love the sweet, floral and mulberry nose
of this succulent Nero d’Avola. The gentle tannins creep up on you at the finish,
making it even more delicious. Good length and food compatibility.

Decanter says 92 Points: Tasca d’Almerita is an aristocratic and historically important
Sicilian producer. Lamùri is a pretty, medium-bodied version of Nero d’Avola from a cool,
high-altitude site. Intriguing spice and ripe cherry aromas and fresh finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says 90 Points: Here is another excellent value
wine from Sicily. The 2016 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali
(aged in barrique for 12 months) shows a lot of varietal authenticity with dried cherry aromas
followed by black olive, caper and toasted pistachio nut. All those aromas take you straight
to Sicily in heart and mind. This vintage takes a little longer to open and swing into action. 

Vivino says $17.99
wine.com says $18.99, on sale from $20!

*** We say $14.99 ***

From The MetroWines "How Can This Be" Department
Wine Retailer Report says: At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, e-commerce retailer wine.com
saw its sales roar into overdrive, and that growth has continued unabated. After experiencing
a 47% increase in sales to nearly $200m in the 12 months through April, wine.com’s
trailing 12-month figures for May jumped by 65% to $222m.

How can this be? Week after week, including today, we post their prices
which are almost always $1 to $3 a bottle higher, sometimes more.
Friends don't let friends get ripped off at wine.com!

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Leonardo, Barney's and Fonterenza

Ciao Asheville Presents:

Leonardo Nailed it Centuries Ago!
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-06-09/
leonardos-vitruvian-man-ideal-isnt-far-off-modern-measures

Did Leonardo da Vinci copy 'Vitruvian Man'? - Technology & science ...

FlashForward 500 Years >>>>>>>>>>
Generations of Entrepreneurs in Italy hit Hard
But Still Standing!

Coronavirus Rips Through Italy's Postwar Entrepreneurial ...
MILAN—Mario Bresciani left his village near this city in 1970 with a suitcase full of socks
and knowing just a few words of English. He returned home weeks later after signing up
Barney’s department store in New York City as his first foreign client.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-rips-through-italys-
postwar-entrepreneurial-generation-11592839030

Celebrate Tradition and Determination
Fonterenzo Alberello Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Fonterenza Rosso di Montalcino Alberello | Fonterenza | Sant ...

Twin sisters Margherita and Francesca Padovani founded Fonterenza in 1997
on farm owned by parents since the 1970's. Daughters started planting vines in 1999.  
The estate is now has high-altitude Sangiovese, with only 1 hectare is used
for their Brunello di Montalcino; the rest goes into their Rosso di Montalcino
and a younger-vine, stainless steel version called Pettirosso (featured next week!).  
The farming has been organic from the beginning, and now biodynamic.
Minimal cellar work. Fermentations are natural in large, mainly Slavonian oak casks.
Use of sulfur is minimal; aging takes place in a mix of botti, tonneaux and barriques.
And the Sisters are doing it all by themselves!

 On the nose there are also touches of noble wood, together with balsamic notes
and those of undergrowth. On the palate, great body, balance, full and freshness.

Louis Dressner Selections
$51 What are YOU Waiting For?

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Dante, Peychaud, Vallana

Ciao Asheville Presents Caffe Dante

The Italian Cafe Where New Yorkers Sample La Dolce Vita - The New ...

New York City (CNN) — Dante, 104-year-old bar and restaurant in NYC, is on fire. 
The original Caffe Dante opened in Greenwich Village in 1915,  frequented
by the Italian immigrants from the neighborhood. The historic café was reopened
in 2015 by its current owners, Australians Linden Pride and Natalie Hudson.
Only a few years later, Dante is receiving accolades on a global scale. 
Last fall, Dante was named #9 on the prestigious 50 World's Best Bars List 
and Tales of the Cocktail Foundation named Dante World's Best Bar
and Best American Restaurant Bar at the 2019 Spirited Awards.

More cocktails than wine served at Dante, but we do share
Noilly Prat and Doulin Rouge Vermouth as well as Peychaud Bitters!

*** YEAH, WE DO COCKTAILS TOO! ***

Peychaud's Bitters From Commonwealth Cocktails - EN-US - COM
We also have Angostura Bitters for the Perfect Manhattan!
https://mrbostondrinks.com/recipes/manhattan

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But What We Really DO is Wine!
And if we, especially Brett, were advising Dante,
we would say put this one on the Wine List Pronto.

Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi 2016 | Wine Info

This ruby-red wine shows a deep aroma of spices and red fruit.
Gentle yet persistent flavors of red and black fruits on the palate.

The wine is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte.
The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC,
a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. 

In order to protect the older clones of Spanna, Vallana only replaces
their vines with genetically identical selections when replanting is necessary.
As with all of Vallana’s wines, the process begins with intense selection.
After a 24 hour cold soak, the must is moved to cement tanks for fermentation.
Each fermenting vessel carefully bubbles under a watchful eye
and decisions about pumping or stirring vary based on the evolution of each batch.
Colline Novaresi is aged for 6 months in large oak casks before being bottled.

Live La Dolce Vita for $23
Who said living vicariously ain't like the real thing?

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Andy Hale Talks Summer Wines

 

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Alchemy of Italy

Join NIAF for
Italy in Our Hearts and Minds: The Alchemy of Italy with Author of La Dolce Vita University
An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Carla Gambescia 

Wednesday June 24, 7:00pm EST

What is it about Italy? Cultural Superpower yet merely a mountainous Mediterranean peninsula, Italy has exerted an outsized force on the world, Western civilization and the popular imagination over the course of millennia.

Join NIAF and Carla Gambescia and explore the special alchemy of Italy and the "cultural DNA" that has made Italy not only so influential, but also so beloved. 

Be sure to sign up before space runs out! The lecture will also be accompanied by a stunning slideshow. Registration is required and it is only $25 to attend. We hope to see you then!

REGISTER NOW

Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

If you have any questions, please contact us at VirtualEvents@niaf.org.

We can't wait for you to join us!

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org
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Salamander Zebras, LaQuercia, and Stanislaus Red Sauce

Prepare for The Next Isolation!

Scalamandre Zebras - Wallpaper Masai Red Wallpaper | DecoratorsBest
In 1945, the owner of "Gino" an Italian red sauce joint, commissioned
Flora Scalamandré, wife of legendary textile house founder, to design wallpaper
for his drab Manhattan restaurant. When it came to covering walls,
the primary goal of Gino Circiello was to hide the splatters of marinara sauce
on the walls! The zebra design is now available in many colors. The pattern has endured because of the way they hop so unexpectedly into relatively
conformist rooms. The motif, says NYT, is a go-to choice for enlivening
powder rooms, foyers and hallways. SanFrancisco designer Maria Haidamus said:
"It adds whimsy to an otherwise sober setting."
Rooms covered in Scalamandré zebras have made cameo appearances
in movies including "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Mighty Aphrodite."

https://www.decoratorsbest.com/products/
scalamandre-zebras-masai-red-wallpaper

Your Celebrate and Decorate with Scalamandré Wine:
La Quercia Montepulciano Riserva 2015

Vini La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva | Wine Info
Here's a solid, straightforward red that opens with aromas of sour cherry
and a whiff of new leather. The ripe fruity palate exhibits juicy blackberry,
raspberry and a hint of anise. It's easy drinking, with soft tannins.

*** $22 ***

And a BIG can of Stanislaus Red Sauce, $14.99!

FULL RED – Marinara Sauce | Stanislaus Foods

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Mary Ann Esposito

NIAF Membership Giveaway with My Dad's Sauce – Enter by Midnight!

In honor of Father's Day, NIAF is offering its members a chance to win a jar of My Dad's Sauce along with: a NIAF Buon Appetito! apron, a NIAF "Make Sunday Italian Again" wooden spoon, and a signed copy of Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito's latest cookbook Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy

NIAF Members eligible to win this gift must follow these three easy steps:

  1. Like NIAFMary Ann Esposito, and My Dad's Sauce's Facebook pages;
  2. Follow both NIAF and My Dad's Sauce's Instagram accounts; and
  3. Email media@niaf.org confirming that they did steps 1 and 2 above.

My Dad's Sauce is an Italian American family company founded by siblings—in fact, two of its three founders are alumnae of the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program! Check out their inspiring story here

The contest was supposed to end on June 10, but we extended it until 11:59 p.m. tonight! The winner will be announced tomorrow, June 12. 

Not a NIAF Member? Join today to be eligible to win this fantastic giveaway. 

JOIN TODAY

Grazie,

The National Italian American Foundation 

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Travel Italy Via Board Game and Rodano!

Travel to Italy Through a Board Game

*** Lorenzo the Magnificent ***

Each player is an Italian Renaissance family seeking to impress the church and expand
their power. This is accomplished by acquiring cards representing lands, people, activities
or ventures. Dice-based workers are placed to action locations while resources such as wood, stone, and money are managed to the highest efficiency. Victory points determine the winner.

https://www.boardgamequest.com/lorenzo-il-magnifico-review/

Your Drink Like Lorenzo Wine
RODANO, Toscana 2017


Toscana IGT A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, Rodano is a class act. Made in the traditional style, 
Rodano uses younger Sangiovese vines younger blendedwith 30% Merlot 
to create a fresh vibrancy while maintaining the rustic characterof old world wines. 
Under Italian law, this bottle could be labeled Chianti Classico and, thus, 
command a higher shelf price. You will find cherry fruit with some dark plum notes 
and bits of gingerbread and spice. Long finish. Drink now through 2022. 

After import issues, Rodano is finally BACK!

*** $16.99 ***

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Fellini in DC

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June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

FEDERICO FELLINI

An Absolutely Sincere Liar. A talk by Caterina D’Amico

( Zoom Webinar )

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Federico Fellini and Anita Ekberg


This year Federico Fellini would have turned 100! To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, we honor the Italian Maestro with a webinar featuring Caterina D’Amico, former Dean of the Centro di Centro di Cinematografia Sperimentale in Rome and founding member of the Zeffirelli Foundation in Florence.

Federico Fellini, probably the world’s most famous Italian film maker, and 5 times Oscar winner, had unrivaled success. His feature films, all set in Italy, tell stories that cannot be classified as conventional genres, but deemed necessary the coining of its own fantastic and surreal “felliniesque” genre. 
What makes his movies so personal and yet so captivating? Join us for this webinar and enter the mind of Fellini through film bits and rare interviews that will testify to his genius and creativity.


LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required) 
WHEN: June 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET


This program is part of Fare Cinema 2020, an initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promoting Italian quality film productions in the world.

fare cinema
 
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Discover Your Italian Heritage

 

Connect to your Community, 
Uncover your Heritage.

Dear Fellow Italian American:

Thank you for joining the National Italian American Foundation's virtual webinar "Your Italian Passport – A Conversation about Dual Citizenship." NIAF programs are a vital part of our mission and we are committed to bringing exciting content to our members and supporters virtually. 

I would like to invite you to join NIAF. It is a perfect time to connect with your heritage and your fellow Italian Americans as you experience our programs and events. Further your NIAF membership provides you with an opportunity to honor your Italian American ancestors while creating a direct link to the next generation of Italian Americans by providing an understanding of their heritage and its importance in guiding their lives.

Along with our newly launched virtual events, our three flagship programs are focused on ensuring that the rich tradition of being Italian American is carried forward to the next generation: 

  • Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery provides all-expense paid, first-time travel to Italy for young Italian American adults
  • NIAF Scholarships have provided millions of dollars in financial aid to college-bound Italian American students.
  • NIAF on Campus encourages young Italian Americans at major colleges and universities to understand and embrace their cultural heritage. 

We cannot build on these wonderful programs without your continued support. Your membership will not only be of benefit to you it will ensure these vital programs continue as we honor our heritage, values, and culture - and in the process inspiring the next generation.

Please go to www.niaf.org/join-us to support and join us. We hope you will become part of our NIAF family.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

Sincerely, 

Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison 

Chairman 

National Italian American Foundation

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Violante Ferroni and Contessa Costanza

*** In the Beginning ***
Before photography, plagues and pandemics were recorded in paint.

A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted
for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni,
a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/FMfcgxwHNWFzLZsHLKvLMnZqCQCHLfTm


Webinar through Italian Embassy in Washington DC on June 4th from 4 to 5pm
Details: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian/entry/violante-ferroni-webinar


Your Webinar With Wine:
Contessa Costanza
Cera Suolo di Vittoria Classico 2017

Poggio di Bortolone Contessa Costanza Cerasuolo di Vittoria ...
50% Nero D'Avola and 50% Frappato, Sicily $16.99
The Countess Constance wine Poggio di Bortolone is characterized by its remarkable freshness.
It has a bright red color and gives off vibrant aromas of blueberry, cherry and red currant.
On the palate it reveals its excellent structure and fruity and persistent finish.

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Italo Calvino and Sorelle Palazzi

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department
in Collaboration with Ciao Asheville

Book Club 1: If on a winter's night a traveler | Don't read too ...

Italo Calvino presents a novel of endless mutations in this intricate story about writing and readers.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot,
style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.
Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which
2 readers, a male and a female, pursue both story lines that intrigue them and one another. 

ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one
of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised
in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere.

More about Calvino: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Italo-Calvino

Published in 1992. In paperback from Malaprops
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780156439619


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Sorelle Palazzi (Palazzi Sisters)
Toscana Sangiovese 2015, $17.99


Sorelle Palazzi Sangiovese 2018 – P&V Merchants
Grapes grown from old vines on Colli Pisani, Pisan Hills, on soils that are composed
mostly of clay. Native yeasts, non-filtered, and vilification in large cement tanks
give one the chance to taste the "blood of Jove" (Sangiovese) without breaking the bank.
Dried herbs, including thyme and chives, and fruit. Easy to drink solo or with food. 
The Palazzi Sisters, or Sorelle Palazzi, started their winery in 1973 in the little-known Chianti town
of Morrona di Terricciola, in the heart of the Colli Pisani,between Pisa and Volterra. 
Certified Organic by ICEA.
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Meanwhile, a Roman Mosaic Floor was found under a Vineyard near Verona!
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52818746#

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Violante Ferroni Webinar

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June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

THE ART OF HEALING

Rediscovering Historical Women Artists from Florence

( Zoom Webinar )

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Violante Ferroni, Saint John Of God Heals Plague Victims, detail, 1738


Are we the ones really preserving art through conservation or is it a mutual relationship where art preserves us as well? 
The concept of displaying art in hospitals may seem to be a modern idea, but humanists truthfully believed that art and beauty possessed intrinsic healing powers for both the body and the soul. A great example is the oval depicting St. John healing victims of the plague painted for the Hospital of San Giovanni di Dio in Florence by Violante Ferroni, a woman who bent all rules at a time when large scale public commissions were reserved for men.

Through the joint efforts of Italian institutions such as the Uffizi, the Fondazione Santa Maria Nuova and the US organization Advancing Women Artists (AWA), often-forgotten women like Violante Ferroni are now being rediscovered and their works exhibited once more.

During the webinar, Linda Falcone, Director of AWA, and Elizabeth Wicks, Conservator of Fine Art, will enlighten us on the works of Plautilla NelliArtemisia GentileschiViolante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni. Through the fascinating journey of the restoration of their pieces, we will learn about the historical women artists of Florence and their role in the ‘Art of Healing’.


LOCATION: Zoom Webinar (registration required) 
WHEN: June 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET


This program is organized in collaboration with

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Caravaggio and Wine

*** BIG DEAL of THE WEEK ***



Barbera is a vigorous and productive variety requiring management 
through pruning and planting density. The clusters are big and compact, 
and the grapes are rich in sugar, acidity, soft tannins and color. 
Vallana’s viticultural philosophy is sustainable farming. 
Grapes are ready for harvest mid-September. Handpicked and placed in small boxes. 
Fermentation takes place in large cement tanks and lasts for about one week. 
The wine is unoaked and rests in large cement vessels for up to one year before bottling.
The wine is perfect to drink young, but suitable for medium to long aging.



*** $12.99 ***

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Find Your Italian Roots

Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m. EST

Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF's virtual three-part Genealogy Series.

In the first session, we will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions; it is free but you must register to attend! 

REGISTER NOW

Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian Family will explain how to start and navigate your family research. My Italian Family has helped people of Italian origin to trace back their roots, reconnect to their living relatives, follow their Ancestors' steps onsite in Italy and become Italian Dual Citizens. 

If you'd like to have your question answered during the Q&A portion of the session, please email your question to nwulderk@niaf.org no later than Tuesday, May 19, at 5 p.m. If we cannot get to your question during the session, we will send you a response via email. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at VirtualEvents@niaf.org.

We can't wait for you to join us! Register here.

THE NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.NIAF.org

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Allegracore: Big Deal of The Week

Big Deal of The Week

With restaurants closed, sales are down for Asheville Wine Distributors.
That means that some of those wines destined for menus are now on our shelves.
We can help our Distributors and at the same time, provide a great wine opportunity for you!
This wine is one we might not have purchased due to the price but now.......


2017 Allegracore Etna Rosso DOC - Cavinona

A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio but primarily Mascalese.
Winemaker Chiara says that Cappucio gives color and boldness,
while the structure comes from the Mascalese
From Fattorie Romeo del Castello in Randazzo in Etna, Sicily

Burgundian style wine with wild strawberry fruit, fresh with a sweet core.
From a 14 hectare vineyard close to Etna that lost half its vines to the 1981 eruption.



** The Winemakers **
Interview with Winemakers: http://louisdressner.com/producers/Castello/

$26 @MetroWines
This is What Sicily Can DO!

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The Dreaded 2 Wine Bottle Dilemma

** The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma **

While some businesses are opening, restaurants are not yet back on radar.
One of the great pleasures of a restaurant is pairing each dish to just the right wine.
If you have a crab salad for an appetizer and a steak for an entree,
you probably don't want, nor should you, a bottle of Red Bordeaux for the entire meal.
At a restaurant, you could select just a glass of wine for each course.


But now we are playing DIY restaurant at home
and without a party of four or more, we are facing:

The Dreaded Two Bottle Dilemma!

MetroWines To The Rescue! 

** Solution: Half Bottles!**

Half Bottle Wine Stock Photos And Images - 123RF

Tiefenbruner Pinot Grigio Alto-Adige, Italy $6.79
Catena Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $10.99
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano Abruzzo, Italy $8.99


** Word is Out. Limited Supply **
Call (828) 575-9525 and stake your claim!

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Mt. Etna and Wine

From The MetroWines Book Suggestion Department


Making wine on Europe's largest active volcano doesn't come easy.
Frequent changes in topography, elevation, and weather influence each vintage
and every winemaker has an interpretation of the evolving volcanic landscape.
This is part of what makes Etna so exciting. The wines are as inviting as the terrain. For millennia the mountain served as a backdrop in the development of Europe. Today, the UNESCO Heritage Site is a destination for the world.
American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore
the history and rebirth of the region that has everyone talking about Sicily.
https://www.malaprops.com/search/site/new
%20wines%20of%20mount%20Etna%20spencer


Your Read it With Wines
But of course, from Mt. Etna


2018 Tascante Buonara Etna Bianca 2018 Caricante

Newton Wines & Spirits Tascante Etna Bianco Buonora 2018
Buonora is Tenuta Tascante’s white wine from Mount Etna’s indigenous
Carricante grape variety. Historically prized for its high acidity
and abundant productivity, Carricante is a multi-facited grape that ripens late
and
 gains complexity with aging.  Grapes for the Tenuta Tascanate Buonora
are sourced from cool-climate vineyards on the north and east faces
of the volcano’s slopes.
 Really great bottle!

More about the Winery: https://www.tascadalmerita.it/en/wines/
$21 @MetroWines by the bottle everyday all day!
As always, 10% off when you buy 6 of anything
and 15% on a case of regularly priced bottles!

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coenobium

Does wine have an expiration date? Some wines, even white wines
are bottled to age and,in fact improve with age. Coenobium, an orange wine
from Italy is such a bottle. Coenobium wants time in bottle.

$26 @MetroWines. Best price stateside.
Less in Europe but shipping is a dealbreaker!


Coenobium, Bianco | Astor Wines & Spirits
Built to last. Brett Watson says you can drink it now. But if you do,
uncork and let it breath for a day. If you choose to wait, 2-3 years
from the vintage date,2018 in this case, would be optimal.
Coenobium is highly allocated meaning limited distribution to each retailer.
Brett tells me MetroWines has every bottle in NC!

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