Wild Boar & Sangiovese

November 7, 2009

Nicola Marzovilla presents “Massoferrato”, Monday, November 16

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Join Nicola Marzovilla for a very special dinner celebrating all the rustic charm of Tuscany, as the I Trulli owner proudly presents Massoferrato, the first wine made from grapes grown on his Tuscan estate!

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Marzovilla and his family purchased the property (above) in Impruneta in the Colli Fiorentini, south of Florence, fifteen years ago, with a view to trying their hand at winemaking. Nicola planted seven acres of Sangiovese (below) — the classic Tuscan variety — which in 2008 produced fruit for the very first vintage of Massoferrato. The wine, classified Rosso Toscano IGT, was fermented in stainless steel before spending time in custom-made 20 hectoliter barrels of Slavonian oak.

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A wine this special deserves a menu to match, and for this unique occasion Chef Patti Jackson will prepare typically Tuscan dishes including chestnut gnocchi and whole roasted wild boar. Check out Patti’s full menu here!

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Italian-born Marzovilla (above, bottling his wine last summer) is already renowned for his wine expertise and devoted attention to I Trulli’s groundbreaking wine program, he also owns Vino Italian Wine and Spirits, New York’s top-rated all-Italian wine store. Now join him as he celebrates his latest exciting wine venture!

Nicola Marzovilla presents MASSOFERRATO
Monday, November 16
7:30pm
$85
plus tax and gratuity

For more information and reservations please contact 212-481-7372 or reservations@itrulli.com.


Follow Vino_NYC on Twitter!

August 25, 2009

New York City’s favorite* Italian wine blog joins fastest-growing internet phenomenon

twitter-logo blogI am all a-twitter today as I have just signed up for the hugely popular virtual update service, known by most simply as Twitter. I shall be “tweeting” (if I remember) whenever I have something exciting to say about new wines, special events or anything else relating to the world of Vino. Several of my friends annoy me constantly with their Twitter updates, but unlike them I shall not be tweeting while standing on line at Wholefoods or absentmindedly while watching Seinfeld reruns. As the nature of this post may suggest, I am still undecided as to whether Twitter represents the future of wine marketing or simply the death of modern society as we know it. Either way please follow me.

*probably


Discovering Calabria

June 15, 2009

Taste four of our favorite wines from this southern region of Italy, this Friday at Vino!

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This Friday Vino invites you to discover the region of Calabria, as we pour four of our favorite calabrese wines in a special tasting for DISCOVERING CALABRIA. The event is part of a shop and dine promotional campaign organized by the Italian Trade Commission, in partnership with Regione Calabria, to educate and inform food and wine lovers about the delicious specialties from this region in southern Italy.

Though not particularly famous for its wine production, Calabria currently devotes nearly 60,000 acres to grapevines, and includes 12 DOC appellations, 13 IGT appellations, and almost three-dozen major and secondary grape varieties. About 91% of Calabria’s wine production is red or rosé, with a large portion made from the indigenous Gaglioppo grape. However, Calabria’s DOCs also produce exquisitely delicate whites, as well as a few sparkling, dessert and fortified wines. Chief among these appellations is Cirò which according to local legend, is the oldest continuously made wine in the world, dating back over 2,500 years.

Join us on Friday, June 19, when we’ll be pouring some of our favorite wines from Calabria:

Scavigna Pian della Corte 2007 Odoardi

Cirò Duca San Felice 2005 Librandi

Melissa Mutrò 2004 Cantina Val di Neto Cirò

Ronco dei Quattroventi 2005 Fattoria San Francesco

DISCOVER CALABRIA AT VINO
Friday, June 19
5:30-7:30pm

For more details call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.

Visit italianmade.com for further information on Calabria. The following promotional clip for Regione Calabria stars Milan‘s World Cup-winning soccer star Gennaro “Ringhio” Gattuso, a true calabrese if ever there was one. Famed for his passionate aggression on the field and good humor off it, Gattuso’s nickname derives from the verb ringhiare (“to growl/snarl”).


SoHo Stroll: starts tomorrow!

June 10, 2009

Centovini takes part in neighborhood event

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Centovini is taking part in this year’s Soho Stroll, a special SoHo-wide shopping event. Organized by Ace4Homeless, SoHo Stroll is a fundraiser for New York City’s homeless, while also designed to promote this vibrant neighborhood.

robin wright pennNow a multi-day event, this summer’s SoHo Stroll runs from Thursday through Saturday evening, when actress Robin Wright Penn (photographed by Richard Wright for Gotham Magazine, right) will host a closing celebration in honor of the Stroll and her cover appearance in Gotham Magazine, the event’s primary media sponsor.

As one of SoHo’s most popular and distinctive venues, Centovini is proud to offer a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to all participating customers wearing the SoHo Stroll signature bracelet. Bracelets are on sale at participating locations throughout SoHo, as well as at our SoHo Stroll Welcome Booth, on the corner of Wooster and Spring Street. Bracelets are only $20 and every penny goes to benefit the SoHo Partnership.

Click on the map for a full list of participating venues!

soho stroll map blogVisit the brand new SoHo Stroll Blog for news and store profiles!


CANCELED: Spring Garden Party tonight

June 9, 2009

Tonight’s outdoor tasting event succumbs to wet weather

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We are sorry to announce the cancellation of this week’s Spring Garden Party at I Trulli tonight due to unseasonally wet weather.

As you may have noticed, the weather in New York is more than a little damp and overcast today, and the forecast promises only thunderstorms and a 60% chance of precipitation in the early evening. So we’ve reluctantly decided to wait until next week for another great outdoor tasting event in I Trulli’s gorgeous back garden.

Be sure to join us next Tuesday, June 16 when we’ll be pouring five terrific wines from five different regions of Italy’s south. Taste these diverse expressions of southern Italy with Chef Patti Jackson‘s delicious spread of seasonal antipasti. Hopefully more seasonal June weather will also be joining us!

SPRING GARDEN PARTY
Tuesday, June 16
6:00-8:00pm
$35 plus tax and 18% gratuity

For further information and reservations please call 212-481-7372 or email info@itrulli.com.

“Rain in New York” photograph by Mick Gawthorp.


Meet winemaker Luca Ferraris

May 7, 2009

Vino welcomes everyone’s favorite Ruchè producer to New York

Luca Ferraris in the vineyard at Castagnole Monferrato, photographed by Jim Hutchinson, October 2008.

Luca Ferraris in the vineyard at Castagnole Monferrato, photographed by Jim Hutchinson, October 2008.

The journey wine takes on its way from vineyard to bottle to dinner table is long and winding: when we sit down to open a bottle it’s sometimes easy to forget about the men and women far away whose talent and hard work has somehow directly led to the delicious enhancement of your meal. So naturally, when the chance arises to meet our favorite winemakers it’s a huge thrill. This week, we’re delighted to welcome to the Big Apple one of our youngest and most popular producers, Luca Ferraris.

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Vino's Jim Hutchinson in Luca's underground storage facility, also known as "Il Salotto del Ruché".

Since their introduction last year, Luca’s line of varietals have proven a massive success with all those in search of affordable wines from Piedmont made in a classic style. Ferraris specializes in local varieties indigenous to the piemontese province of Asti and its surroundings. As Vino customers have discovered, Luca’s Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino d’Asti and the emerging Ruchè, made from a grape grown solely in the hamlet of Castagnole Monferrato, offer some of our best values. This year we’re excited to introduce a new addition to the Ferraris range: Il Re is a rare blend of Ruchè and Syrah.

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Luca Ferraris will be bringing with him the 2008 vintages of his wines, which he’ll be pouring at Vino next Wednesday, May 13th from 5:30pm. For more information call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


Brunch and lunch return to Centovini

April 28, 2009

Daytime menus are back for Spring!

Centovini, now serving lunch and brunch!

Centovini, now serving lunch and brunch!

Spring is here, and to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather Centovini is delighted to announce the return of our lunch and brunch menus!

Chef Patti Jackson has created an exclusive daytime menu celebrating the season, giving her own contemporary spin to classic Italian dishes, made using the choicest specialties and freshest local ingredients.

Centovini will be open for lunch Tuesday-Friday (12-3pm) and serving weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is also available as an $18 prix-fixe.

You no longer have to wait until evening to enjoy a memorable experience at one of New York’s most unique restaurant spaces: Book your table today!

For further information and reservations call 212-219-2113
or email reservations@centovininyc.com.


I Trulli’s garden is now open!

April 27, 2009

Spring is here at last: celebrate with us in our lush back garden!

I Trulli's garden ranks as one of New York's favorite outdoor restaurant spaces.

The picturesque garden at I Trulli ranks as one of New York's favorite outdoor restaurant spaces.

The arrival of warmer weather means I Trulli can finally announce the reopening of our back garden! Since 1994, I Trulli has been recognized a favorite among New York diners not just for its delicious regional specialties and celebrated wine-list, but also for its unique garden, still one of Manhattan’s most secluded outdoor restaurant spaces.

For this year, our fifteenth anniversary, we are hosting a series of special garden events taking us from spring right through the summer. We hope you can join us this season in the garden for food, wine and more, in what we promise will be a true celebration of spring!

For further information and reservations please call 212-481-7372 or email info@itrulli.com.


Emilian Apparel: Lini tees/tease

February 6, 2009

Just a little something I came up with in the office this morning… (hey, it’s Friday)

Made in downtown LA, made cool in midtown NY.

Made in downtown LA, made cool in lower midtown NY.

Lini-chic continues to take NYC (or at least this office) by storm! It’s been a personal (and professional) goal of mine to see Lini‘s Labrusca label featured on a t-shirt since I first sampled the stylish Emilian producer’s Labrusca Rosso. So today, with the help of Photoshop (and American Apparel), I knocked off these mock-ups of what a Labrusca tee might look like on two impossibly skinny Lambrusco-lovin’ hipsters. Now before you all start trying to place orders for a “Pink XS”, please bear in mind that the image above is only an enhanced prototype. But how great would these tees look paired with a Lini bag or bottle-sock? If you’d like to parade through your own ‘hood in one of these designs stay tuned for more developments: this could be the look for Spring/Summer 2009 among Lini fans everywhere, from LA to the LES.


Cheers, Mr. President!

January 20, 2009

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