Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 14th from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring a trio of Piemonte wines guaranteed to please! Italy’s Piemonte zone, in the northwestern part of the country, is home to some of the country’s most prized wines. Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and a host of other regions and grapes thrive here, and the Piemonte is populated by many high quality, family owned estates. We’ll pour your a few of those! We’ll start with an absolutely stunning Cortese from a new, up and coming producer that is destined for greatness. Next up, we’ll take a slight detour with a rich and creamy Pinot Grigio from Slovenia. We’ll return to the Piemonte to finish up with our new Wine of the Weeks, an absolutely stunning old vine Barbera that is just absolutely delicious. Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines this Saturday — you won’t regret it!
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.
1. 2014 Oltretorrente Cortese Colli Tortonesi (Piemonte, Italy) – As my friend Jay Murrie of Piedmont Wine Imports says: “A young wine-obsessed couple from Milan and their two kids are starting a new organic farm in sleepy Paderna. So far the results are really exciting!” We agree wholeheartedly. From the far eastern hills of the Piemonte, neighboring the more famous village of Gavi, this is a fabulous new producer that was established in 2010. Their organically farmed vineyards, some of which exceed 100 years of age, give us this lovely, mineral-infused, focused and powerful white wine.
2. 2015 Ptujska Klet Pullus Pinot Grigio (Podravje, Slovenia) – If you are tired of drinking thin, washed out, boring Pinot Grigios, you’ll love this version from Slovenia’s oldest winery (started in 1239!). Pinot Grigio grapes are pinkish in color, and this winery allows the juice and the skins to “steep” together for about 3 days. The resulting wine is a Pinot Grigio rose — light salmon/orange in color, it offers up richer and creamier notes of ripe melon and pear, with complex spice and mineral notes.
3. 2011 A. and G. Fantino Barbera d’Alba “Cascina Dardi” (Piemonte, Italy) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it is an absolute stunner! Alessandro Fantino was the longtime enologist at famed Barolo producer Bartolo Mascarello before he returned to his family’s estate in 1998 to work with his brother. Today, he and his brother Gian Natale produce about 3,800 cases of wine total (they make 8 different wines), and this is one of their stars. From a 60 year old vineyard, these ancient vines give us an incredibly satisfying, complex, silky and savory Barbera. Drink now or over the next couple of years as this one is in top form right now!
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