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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...

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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Big Red is Italian

*** Big Red of the Week ***
If you have never wrapped yourself in a Tuscan Blend of French Grapes,
you are missing something luxurious, smooth and sexy.
This is the way to do BIG right. And Italian!

 

Yantra

Winemaker Says: "A vivacious wine, freshly persistent fruitiness,
interesting for its complex simplicity. Harmonious, geometrical,
born from research of a universally pleasing wine, fresh with red fruit aromas.
This balanced meeting between simplicity and vivaciousness,
results in a pleasing and lively wine."

Vinous Says 91 Points. "The 2018 Yantra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
and Merlot, is an attractive entry-level offering. Sweet red berry fruit,
cinnamon and spice are pushed forward in a mid-weight,
silky red that offers tons of immediacy in a fresh style that is best enjoyed
on the early side. This is such a pretty wine. Drinking window: 2021-2026."


Brett Says: "Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Tuscany.
Estate Bottled. BIG The Italian Way!"  
$26

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Italian Food Hungarian Wine




A look at Giada's approach to healthy, balanced living.
Giada selects food that makes you feel better and support a healthy mind and body.
Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Everyday Italian
Giada EntertainsGiada at HomeGiada in ItalyGiada's Holiday Handbook, and Next Food Network Star. Author of 9 New York Times best-selling books. 


Read, Cook and Serve with this lively
and light wine from Hungary!


Carpinus Tokaji Hárslevelű | Vivino
The name, Harslevelü refers to lime tree leaves. Although South Africa
is harvesting some of this varietal, Harslevelü is native to Hungary.
Fresh, ripe pure notes, honey, floral fragrant, lime peel and touch of elderflower.
A palate of white peach and tropical aromas followed by a silky lingering finish. 

Easy-drinking wine solo or with food, including healthy food!

The 2018 is $16.99

Even though this wine sounds great, you might be asking why
we picked a wine from Hungary for an Italian cookbook. Because it works.
It would be easy to pick a versatile Vermentino or Grillo or Verdicchio
but there is a world of grapes! It's a global economy. Take advantage of it!
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The Roman Forum, The Wine, The Book, The Pasta

Ciao Asheville
Book, Wine & Pasta Pairing


** The Book **

In Ancient Rome, all the best stories have one thing in common—murder.
Romulus killed Remus to found the city, Caesar was assassinated to save
the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theater,
Claudius was poisoned at dinner, and Galba was beheaded in the Forum.
In one 50-year period, 26 emperors were murdered.
But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death
to sate a crowd? In A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,
Emma Southon examines a trove of real-life homicides from Roman history to explore Roman culture, including how perpetrator, victim, and the act itself
were regarded by ordinary people. Inside Ancient Rome's darkly fascinating history, we see how the Romans viewed life, death, and what it means to be human.


** The Wine **
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From Savio Soares Selections: This Barbera is a rich, spicy wine.
Notes of juicy black cherries and spices, with the perfect balance of acidity
and juiciness to keep this full-bodied wine very drinkable.
Give it some airing time when opening to allow flavours to develop.


** The Pasta **
The Pasta. Actually the NEW Pasta. Here we are bucking centuries of tradition.

Somebody, a Mr. Pashman, has developed what he says is the perfect pasta!

This Pashman guy is asking for it! I went to the local Italian cultural source
for comment: 
Gail Rampersaud, Ciao Asheville Director, said this:

"Mr. Pashman treads into some dangerous water here because Italians and Ciao Asheville are VERY serious about their pasta shapes, and particularly what sauce goes with which shape, so I'd be curious to know what they think. Who could ever be bored by spaghetti? Not me, and no matter the shape or sauce a well-made pasta dish will always be my ultimate comfort food!"

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Biancolella from Ischia

*** Do the Different***
From a Local Importer
This Wine from Ischia, Italy is HARD to find!


MetroWines has it ONLY
at Metro North in Reynolds Village.
Call (828) 424-7410 Email us to order
or shop 10 to 5 on Saturdays!
metrowinesasheville.com/north


Biancolella cl. 75 | Ischia Vini - Cantine Antonio Mazzella

100% Biancolella from Ischia island. Soil is volcanic, pumice and obsidian. 
Sunlight yellow with golden reflections in the glass. 
Intense nose of white flowers and spices, with hints of sage and gorse on the nose and palate. 
Medium bodied, good minerality and long elegant finish.​

Biancolella is an indigenous grape grown mainly on hard and stark slopes
of Ischia Island out of the coast of Naples in Campania Region.
Strong wind, poor volcanic soil made of pumice-stone and obsidian
are the extreme conditions Biancolella loves! 
Best served at 50°-53° F.

Ischia, Town in Capri and Ischia, Italy

Ciao Asheville Recommended 

$14.99

ONLY AT METRO NORTH IN REYNOLDS VILLAGE

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Albe Barolo $40 Snags 94 Points

*** BAROLO ***

Don't tune me out thinking you have to sell stock to buy a bottle!
Wine Spectator just gave "Albe" by G.D. Vajra 94 Points!

2016 G.D. Vajra Albe Barolo | Vivino

"The 2016 Albe has textbook aromatics: rose petals, rose hips, cherry stones

on the nose, followed by delicate tones of Nebbiolo pomace, tar, cranberries

and raspberries, mint, anise, gentle musk and a whiffle of white pepper.

On the palate, it’s fragrant and uplifting, yet disclosing a rich texture,

a fresh but poised mid palate and velvety tannins.

Authentic and expressive, Albe beautifully celebrates Barolo
and the amazing craft of assembling vineyards."  
94 Points Wine Spectator

"Such a delicious expression of the balanced and drinkable 2016 harvest with fresh red cherries, strawberries and rose perfume.

The palate has bright, fine and fleshy texture with a super fine, chalky and plush delivery of ripe,

supple and concentrated cherries. So complete. Drink or hold."  93 Points James Suckling

$40 for a 94 Point Barolo! 
Has the World Gone Mad?

G.D. Vajra | Superiore.de
Francesca Vaira at the Winery in Barolo, Italy

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Caffe Florian and Prosecco

Caffe Frorian
Founded 1720 in Piazza San Marco Venice

 

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Historic watering hole for notables since Goethe, Charles Dickens,
and Marcel Proust. Casanova, (yes, that one) was a frequent customer.
The Caffe Florian was the only cafe in town to admit women and, hence,
prime hunting grounds for hungry noblemen. After celebrating its 300th birthday
in December, COVID has forced a temporary closing. Robeto Ferronato,
who has been with the Caffe since 1986 says:
"The Florian is more than just a café, it's a medicine."

Indeed. Calls for a sparkling wine from The Veneto!

Tenuta Degli Ultimi “Ciacola” Prosecco Treviso Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly
From Treviso in The Veneto, this organic Prosecco (100% Glera) has aromas
of small yellow field flowers. Flavors of fresh yellow plum, not quite ripe.
Bright, fresh, hint of almond. Dry, small and persistent bubbles. 
Temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation by Charmat method.

$14 at Drizly and $14.99 at Local 604 Bottle Shop
From Piedmont Wine Imports (Durham) 
*** $12.99 @MetroWines ***

Meanwhile, back in Pompeii, a chariot has been unearthed.
They were having a really good time until YIKES! they weren't.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56222992

And Pizza with a Purpose in Washington DC
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-56246509

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etna rosso and a bull on Wall Street

In Memoriam
Sicilian Born Sculptor Arturo Di Modica, 80,
He Left a Bull on Wall Street! Who knew?

 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56137600
Celebrate the Life of Arturo Di Modica
and The Spirit of The Charging Bull with a bottle of Sicily.

Volcano: How does it feel to live in Etna's shadow? - BBC News
Another reason to buy Sicilian Wine is that Mount Etna is blowing its top again.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56170278

Support Etna Wines
 

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2018 - Stirling Fine Wines

Winemaker Says:
The Terre Nere vineyards are located at extremely high altitudes - 2100' to 2900' above sea level. The hot sun, cool breeze and cold nights make Terre Nere wines extroadinarily fine and elegant. A brilliant cohesion of craft, skill, aromas and flavors.

Wine & Spirits Says 92 Points!
Produced from a mix of young and old vines on Etna’s north slope, this wine unfolds with flavors of wild strawberry and blood orange accented by notes of crunchy herbs. High-toned and transparent, it gains depth with air, developing a dark current
of smoke and tar that offers a superb introduction to Etna Rosso.

 

$26
Teaching Moment: If you have not tasted an Etna Rosso, you are missing a unique flavor profile. Made primarily from Nerello Mascalese, a dark skinned grape
that grows almost exclusively on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna.
It is the volcano, the volcanic soil, that makes Mt. Etna wines so extraordinary.

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Stanley Tucci, Rome, Pasta

From The Ciao Asheville Recipe Department: Rita Lenderman, Director

If you watched the episode on Rome with Stanley Tucci of "Searching for Italy" on CNN, this is the recipe!

Rome, Italy - Travel Guide and Latest News | TravelPulse

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
For 3 to 4 people
12 ounces bronze cut spaghetti
1 cup grated young grated Pecorino Romano
Aged Pecorino Romano to garnish
Fresh cracked black pepper about 1/2 tsp or more depending on your taste
In a large pot add water but not a lot because we need the starch water for this recipe. Add salt and bring to a boil.
Add your spaghetti and gently fold them to submerge in water.
In a large sauté pan add black pepper and on low heat toast a bit. With a ladle add some of the pasta water to it.
Use some of the pasta water in the grated Pecorino cheese and stir to create a cream.
 
Once spaghetti is al dente with the help of tongs remove from water and add to sauté pan and start stirring. Add the creamed Pecorino and continue stirring. You’ll need to add the starch water to create a creamy coating.
Immediately serve with a grating of aged Pecorino and more black pepper.
It should be eaten immediately.
 
Buon appetito!
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Cardedu and Stanley Tucci

If you watched "Searching for Italy" with Stanley Tucci last Sunday,
you know that the big story was the zucchini and spaghetti dish.
RL, one of our Ciao Asheville Members, found the recipe:

https://positano-amalfi-coast.com/spaghetti-nerano-recipe-w-zucchini/?fbclid=IwAR15wzGHb-XKWxYUVGFGlTqB_YeYd5gjTD3tEbYUiRUpm1O3LBGes02Gxlc

 


Follow Ciao Asheville on Facebook for ALL Things Italian!
https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

Your consider it ALL with Wine:

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Praja’ is the Sardinian word for the Italian ‘spiaggia’ or ‘beach. 100% Monica.
A light red wine that takes well to a slight chilling down; it’s dry, moderate alcohol,
and earthy, with just a touch of fruit including cherries and strawberries. Organic.

Teaching Moment: Monica? Monica is a grape variety found exclusively on Sardinia,
off the west coast of Italy. Despite its relatively unknown status, it is one of the island's
most common varietals, and makes simple wines designed for everyday drinking.
Monica wines, like Cardedu, tend to be medium-bodied with gentle tannins 
and flavors of red berries and herbs, often with an earthy overtone. 

2 caes only. $19.99 (red tag)

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Giampaolo Tabarrini Live on Zoom from Montefalco

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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

DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA (DOC)

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

MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO

DENOMINAZIONE DI ORGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA (DOCG)

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

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Italy at Home

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Ciao a tutti!

Happy Valentine's Day to all our Ciao Asheville members!
Here are some additional movies, TV shows and other activities to get your Italian "fix"...
Netflix
There are a number of Italian movies available and "The Last Paradiso" is one of the newest added. 
Prime Video
Detective De Luca - series with Italian with English subtitles.

Cable

"Roman Holiday" will be on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) at 8pm on Saturday, Feb 13: https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/4096/roman-holiday#overview

CNN's new travel show "Searching for Italy" hosted by Stanley Tucci premiers at 9pm on Sunday, Feb 14: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/stanley-tucci-italy

Something Italian to do on Valentine's Day - pizza making class! https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian/entry/make-pizza-and 

Go to our Ciao Asheville Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

Subscribe to the Metro Wines email list here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/contact

Buona giornata!

Gail Rampersaud

Events Coordinator

Ciao Asheville

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Falanghina and Stanley Tucci

 

Spend Quality Time Traveling Italy Through Food
and Shopping for Your New Home Town!

Stanley Tucci in "Searching for Italy"
Premiers on CNN Sunday, February 14th at 10pm EST

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy is a six-part CNN Original Series following 
Stanley Tucci traveling Italy to discover the country’s regional cuisines.
Viewers join him as he enjoys the luxurious creamy carbonara of Rome,
the delicious simplicity of Sicily’s pasta alla Norma, the saffron-infused risotto in Milan,
the perfect classic ragu alla bolognese and the world’s best pizza in Naples.
Tucci comes prepared with a bottomless appetite for it all,
showing us how Italian cooking offers a gateway to Italy’s history and culture.
Stanley Tucci's Favorite Pasta Dishes

https://parade.com/1151814/alisonashton/stanley-tucci-recipes-movies/

Convinced? Thinking About Moving to Small Town Italy?
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/the-renaissance-of-small-town-living-in-italy

Your Dream of The Italian Life Wine:


Winemaker Says: "Crisp and fruity, this is an absolutely delightful wine!
The falanghina grape can be tasted in perfect purity, with notes of almond blossom,
lemon, and fresh nectarine. Perfect for light meals, appetizers, and by the glass.
This is a wine that will appeal to everyone!"

About the Winery: 
https://www.volioimports.com/wine/
cantina-del-taburno-falanghina-di-sannio/

$18.99 at wine. com
*** $16.99 @MetroWines ***

Brett Says: "Super clean and elegant and SOOOOOO GOOD."

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Make Pizza and Nero di Troia

What better Way to Share Quality Time than to...

 

*** MAKE PIZZA ***

Learn to make the perfect New York slice in an online pizza-making class
from Scott's Pizza Tours, a New York based restaurant tour company.

https://www.scottspizzatours.com/pizza-making-classes/

Your Pizza Pounding and Pizza Partner Wine:
Barbanera 2017 Nero di Troia, Puglia

John says: "There are many good reds for pizza up and down the price scale.
But, you really don't have to bust the budget to make a perfect pairing."

Wine Barbanera Since 1938, Nero di Troia, Puglia IGT, 750 ml Barbanera  Since 1938, Nero di Troia, Puglia IGT – price, reviews
Rich ruby color with purple reflections. Bright aromas of mulberry, liquorice,
spices and light woody nuances. The wine has a generous, rich taste
with velvety tannins, notes of ripe berries, spices and a light balsamic aftertaste.
The label depicts the heraldic coat of arms, the stronghold of the brand.
It represents their fundamental values. The helmet, crowning the coat of arms,
speaks of the nobility of their wines; the hills with cypress roots at the base
of the emblem symbolize hardness, stability and wisdom. The stylized lilies around
a cypress mean power and sovereignty. The components around the emblem represent
the integrity and eternal life of the Barbanera Family.
All About the Grape: 
http://www.winesofpuglia.com/index.php/en/nero-di-troia
John says: "This grape is hugely popular in Puglia and, over the past decade,
has made a successful debut around the world. Classic Puglia but easy drinking."

For $9.99, 
this is, in every way, a serious wine!

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Dishing on Pizza at The Smithsonian

The Real Dish on Pizza: Two Experts Spill the Ingredients

Evening Program

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
 

Thom and James Elliot

STREAMING PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streamingseries.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Pizza is central to so many cultural touch points: from movies, to books, to television and even sports — it permeates them all. In the United States alone, we consume three billion pizzas a year — that’s more than nine pizzas for every single person who lives here.

Thom and James Elliot—brothers, authors, and self-proclaimed “pizza pilgrims”—have spent years researching the best pizza that the world has to offer—and producing their own in 16 restaurants in the United Kingdom. Join them as they celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9.

In conversation with Scott Wiener, pizza expert and founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours, they examine the wildly popular food’s myriad forms and document its cultural significance. They also trace all things pizza, from its history and family tree to world-famous pizzerias, and even explore pizza variants we love to hate (hamburger crust pizza anyone?).

The Elliots’ book Pizza: Recipes, Stories, History, Places, People, Love(Hardie Grant/Quadrille) is available for purchase.

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Stanley Tucci, Italy, Gargenaga

From The Ciao Asheville Entertainment Desk
Follow Ciao Asheville here: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

Stanley Tucci to Star in a New Culinary Documentary on CNN
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2020/12/18/
stanley-tucci-searching-for-italy-sneak-peek.cnn
Perfect Watch it With Wine and...
*** WiNTER WHiTE ALERT

Virgiliovignato Gambellara Classico 2016
100% Gargenaga 13 ALC 13 

Vignato Gambellara Classico Capitel Vincenzi 2016 · Buy it for €10.90 at  Vinissimus
Fermentation and aging in stainless steel. Straw yellow color, golden reflections. Scents of apple, cedar, white melon and white acacia flowers. Rich and intense
on the palate, mineral and fresh with characteristic notes of flints.

Popular throughout Europe. Not widely distributed in country. 
Don't believe me? Confirm here: 

https://www.winesearcher.com/find/virgilio+vigneto+capitel+vicenzi
+gambellara+veneto+italy/2016/usa-nc-y/-

*** Take a trip to Italy with Stanley Tucci ***

for $17.99 
(Make it really real with out pasta, red sauce and fig spread!)

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This is the wine you had in Italy

Paint Your Front Door
Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Facelift

https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/features/how-
paint-front-door-and-give-your-home-facelift

This wine is the door to a new wine experience. Sure, like a dingy old brown door, because you don't know the name of the winery or the varietal, in this case, GRIGNOLINO, you walk by it. You are missing out.

Try it. Be the one who knows!

Grignolino d'Asti DOC

*** Washington Post Says ***
"Grignolino is the type of cheap wine you find in a roadside trattoria during your Italian vacation that makes you wonder, “Why can’t we get this at home?” Grignolino may not be considered a serious wine, but the folks at Da Capo take it seriously and bring us this delightful bottling that just might transport you back to that Italian sojourn, at least in memory. Bright red fruit flavors and a laser beam of stony minerality give this wine energy and clarity of flavor. Like a tuning fork on a perfect high C."

Vivino Says $21.99 
** MetroWines Says: $21 **

Need Another Reason to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?
BBC says research establishes that embracing change betters your life!

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200930-why-
embracing-change-is-the-key-to-a-good-life

Grignolino is a good place to start!

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When in Rome: Cesanese

When in Rome...

 


https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781984822321
An epic, exquisitely photographed road trip through the Italian countryside, exploring the ancient traditions, master artisans, and over 80 storied recipes
that built the iconic cuisine of Rome.

The Wine? You might think Tuscany. Close but no sigaro!
Rome is actually in the Lazio Wine Region of Italy. Wine Folly says:
Even though Rome has a history of winemaking since before the Romans,
Lazio (or Latium, as it’s also called), has more recently been considered
the doldrums of wine. During the last century, the major grapes, including Trebbiano and Malvasia, were overcropped to produce boring, sweet white wines. 

That is, until recently! The region has been abuzz with investments and passions
of individuals devoted to quality and indigenous grapes such as Cesanese.
The volcanic soils definitely play into increased complexity of Lazio’s wines.

Wine Reviewers like Tre Bicchieri are noticing!

 Lazio Wines are not easy to find in country.
But we did! We found a Cesanese Blend
and we are the ONLY shop in Asheville!

and almost anywhere!
Castello di Torre in Pietra 2018 

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Intense ruby red colour. The nose is fine and persistent, fruity, ripe red and spicy.
You can also recognize plum jam, cherries in alcohol, herbs and blond tobacco.
Soft on the palate at first turning full on, quite fresh, with silky tannins
and persistent finish with fruity-spicy notes. 

** Be the ONLY one! $19.99 **

(Personal Note: I love this wine! And not just because 
it is Italian. For the record, I object to those who contend
I am partial to Italian Wines!)

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"Baby" Brunello

*** Baby Brunello ***

Lettie Teague writes that retailers, for different reasons, often use the word "baby" before wines known to be costly such as Brunello, Barolo, Bordeaux or Sancere. 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-retailers-are-pushing-baby-wines-11609419003

We do too sometimes. John calls Poggio Apricale a "Baby Brunello." Why?
"In this case, Apricale is made by the same winemaker who makes the Brunello
for the winery, the vineyard is adjacent to the grapes used for the Brunello
and the vines are from the same clones."

Azienda Agricola Martoccia di Brunelli Luca
Poggio Apricale. 85% Sangiovese Grosso, 10% Merlot and 5% Colorino.
The wine has a bright ruby red color and aromas to match. This fresh and young red wine is delicous now but will develop more complexity with a few years in the cellar. Brimming with notes of cherry, raspberry and black fruit, incorporating notes of smoky sage, terra cotta earthiness and soft, leathery tannins.

$19.99! Oh Baby!

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Leonardo, Pinocchio and Toscana Rosso

*** New Book ***

 

 

In this new interpretation, art historian Francesca Fiorani offers a different view.
Taking a new look at Leonardo’s celebrated but challenging notebooks, Fiorani argues that Leonardo learned advanced thinking about human vision when he apprenticed in Florence and used his understanding of optical science to develop his painting techniques. For Leonardo, the task of the painter was to paint the soul. Mastering science of light, shadow, and atmosphere was essential to doing so. He set down these ideas in a book—A Treatise on Painting—that he considered his greatest achievement, though it would be lost in subsequent centuries.

https://www.malaprops.com/book/9780374261962

Or, if this is too heavy, a slightly lighter endeavor, if you can find it:

"Pinocchio"
The latest cinematic rendering of Pinocchio is a Willy Wonka-esque version.
Rather than relying on Disney, this story is from the original 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi
and is much, much darker. Who knew? Roberto Benigni plays Geppetto.
Review: https://roanoke.com/entertainment/review-italian-pinocchio-takes-the-puppet-to-its-roots/article_4c326c74-0d52-568b-801b-5a6a748c9c1c.html

Can't find the film. you can read the book!
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781463714413

Either Experience Calls for a Traditionally Made Tuscan!
2019 Paterna Il Rosso, Toscana IGT
75% Sangiovese and 25% Canaiolo

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A quintessential Tuscan quaffer with a price to quality ratio so rarely seen these days.
Achingly bright Sangiovese fruit blended with an alluring floral softness
thanks to co-fermentation with a small percentage of white grape varieties
- a practice once common in the region.

$17.99

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Pompeii and Nicolini Malvasia

*** New Discovery ***

Pompeii Fast Food Counter 

Archaeologists excavate fast-food centres in Pompeii - it s viral -  Hindustan Times
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55454717
Dinner in Pompeii: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/t-
magazine/heston-blumenthal-pompeii-dinner.html

The Wine? Pair Ancient to Ancient.
Nicolini Malvasia, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy

Most ampelographers believe that the Malvasia family of grapes are of ancient origin,
most likely originating in Crete, Greece. The name "Malvasia" probably comes
from Monemvasia, a medieval and early Renaissance Byzantine fortress on the coast
of Laconia, known in Italian as "Malvasia"; this port would have acted as a trading center
for wine produced in the eastern Peloponnese and perhaps in some of the Cyclades. 
During the Middle Ages the Venetians became so prolific in trading "Malvasia wine"
that merchant wine shops in Venice were known as malvasie!

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Giorgio & Rossana Nicolini and their son Eugenio Nicolini are the winemakers.
A blend of Malvasia, Borgogna Nera, Piccola Nera, Vitovska & Refosco
From the Importer: 
https://www.piedmontwineimports.com/nicolini

It's an Andy Pick!
Andy says:
 This wine has weight making it a solid winter white but laced with good acidity.
Golden in the glass, the wine verges on orange. Spice, floral and apricot and bone dry.

Please note: Adorable dog not included!

Bottled Antiquity for Today: $24

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