4:00 to 5:30 pm
$10.00 per person
$5.00 is credited toward purchase of the featured wines below
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We frequently feature the great wines of Italy that are produced by the big name wineries, but rarely do we try bottlings from small producers. This Saturday we have Michael Kwasney with us representing a small importer who brings in wines from even smaller wineries. They have diligently selected wines from small, family run vineyards offering refreshingly new flavors. Some are from single vineyards with individual styles and offering reserved blends. They work closely with enologists to better understand the qualities that each winery can bring to their products. Michael informs me he will be bringing additional wines that are favorites of his. Don’t miss this.
2011 Vignaioli Morelino Bianco di Pitigliano “Golden Boar”, Tuscany
LIST PRICE 12.99; OUR PRICE 9.99
The grape varieties in this blend are: 80% Trebbiano, 10% Malvasia, 5% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier. The grapes are grown in the hilly areas extending from Scansano up towards Pitigliano in Tuscany, historically the area most suited to white wines. The wine has a bouquet of floral notes with hints of white-fleshed fruit (peach). It has a refreshing and well-balanced flavor, the right balance of acidity and good length. It is an ideal accompaniment to white meat and fish and perfect as an aperitif.
2011 Rubentino Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
This wonderful Montepulciano from central Italy spends only 10 days steeping on skins in stainless-steel vats, allowing for a delicate pleasing bouquet, and a slight tannin flavor with a hint of berries. It is a dry, well-balanced, yet full-bodied wine. This is a perfect accompaniment to pork, veal, beef, roasts, hearty soups, creamy- based pasta and vegetable dishes.
2011 Sciara Primitivo, Salento, Apulia
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
100% Primitivo grapes comprise this charming wine from the “boot” of Italy. The grapes are carefully selected, then given a soft pressing and fermentation at controlled temperatures of 77 to 80°F for fifteen to twenty days. The result is a wine with fruity bouquet and notes of mature Primitivo grapes. It has a spicy and fruity flavor with very soft tannins resulting in a pleasant full-bodied and structured wine. It is excellent with red meat and wild game.
2010 Govone Barbaresco “Cellar One”, Piedmont
LIST PRICE 16.50; OUR PRICE 12.99
This Nebbiolo sees fermentation for 15 days in stainless-steel vats at controlled temperatures of 80 to 95°F. The wine is aged for 2 years in oak barrels then bottle aged for another year. It has a gentle floral and fruity bouquet with slight woody aromas. It is well structured, dry, full-bodied and has a well-balanced flavor; a perfect accompaniment to meals including beef, wild game and aged cheeses.
2011 Terre di Monteforte Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto
LIST PRICE 22.00; OUR PRICE 18.95
The blend in this Valpolicella is 85% Corvina and 15% Rondinella. The ancient Ripasso technique is used to make this wine; an initial fermentation in October followed by a second fermentation on Recioto skins in March, with ageing in wood. The fermentation temperatures are slightly cool, between 68 and 71°F. The resulting wine has a deep bouquet, is dry and harmonious, showing pleasant and subtle flavors with good body. Try this with rich sauces, roasts, braised and grilled meats and aged cheeses. It will benefit from opening one hour before serving.
2009 Terre di Monteforte Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto
LIST PRICE 39.50; OUR PRICE 35.00
This is the most famous red wine of Verona. The best grapes are picked by hand at the beginning of October. Towards the end of January, after drying naturally in “fruttai” (fruit storage rooms), the grapes are crushed and left to ferment in steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 68 to 71°F. The blend here is 70% Corvina, 15% Corvinone and 15% Rondinella. The wine is aged partly in Slavonia oak barrels and partly in barriques. The wine is bottle-aged for a further six months before being put on the market. It has a complex bouquet with hints of red and blackcurrant, cocoa and spices. It is rich, full-bodied and sophisticated; soft, warm and appealing with excellent length. An easy wine to drink on its own, it is also a perfect accompaniment to roasts, rich meat dishes, game and aged cheeses.