Upcoming Tastings at Vino

Wine Director Charles Scicolone and the Vino staff invite you to come taste some wine with us: next week is Brunello week at Vino (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) and on Thurs. we will also be hosting Enrico Coser of the Ronco dei Tassi winery, Friuli (whose Fosarin was the Gambero Rosso’s “White Wine of the Year” in 2006). Please join us for these and other FREE tastings at Vino.

What should Charles say in the New York Times?

For those of you who have seen Charles’ picture in our New York Times ad, please email him with suggestions for his weekly quote and/or suggestions/questions for his weekly wine opinion: charles@vinosite.com.

Today
Super South Tasting
FREE 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Vino
The wines are available at a 10% discount all week in-store.
BUY THE WINES AT A 20% DISCOUNT ONLINE AT
www.VinoSiteShop.com.

See the Tasting Notes below for more information on the sale.

Sat., Nov. 4
Naturalmente Italiano Tasting, 5 wines
FREE 4:00-6:00 p.m. @ Vino

Tues., Nov. 7
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Tasting
Winemaker Alessandro Bindocci will pour current vintages of his Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello.
FREE 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Vino
please register by emailing events@vinosite.com

Thurs., Nov. 9
Ronco dei Tassi (Friuli)
Winemaker Enrico Coser will pour current vintages of his award-winning wines
FREE 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Vino

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 10-11
TASTE 6 BRUNELLOS AT VINO
FREE 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Vino

for information on these or any other events at Vino and/or I Trulli, please email events@vinosite.com.

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Super South Tasting TODAY

This week’s tastings feature 6 Southern Wines: receive 20% off all of these wines all week at www.VinoSiteShop.com or come in to the store on Thurs. and/or Friday to taste them (10% off in-store all week).

This Thursday and Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
121 East 27th St.
between Park and Lex.
FREE
800-965-VINO
contact@vinosite.com

CHARDONNAY 2004 PLANETA

REGULARLY $40
$32.00 (web exclusive)

Planeta’s 100% Chardonnay put the winery on the map when it was first released in 1994. Fermented in small French oak barrels, this wine showed that Sicilia offered an ideal environment for the production of modern-style Chardonnay: great weather and lots of sun. Today, Planeta and its Chardonnay continue to lead the Southern Italian wine revolution, producing approachable, fruit-driven wines that it offers to modern-style lovers at a reasonable price point.

TUDERI 2002 DETTORI

REGULARLY $64
$51.20 (web exclusive)

This 100% Cannonau from the Romangia zone of Northern Sardegna is sourced from 60-year-old vines on the winery’s estate and is vinified and aged in glass-lined cement vats before bottling. No new oak is used for this unusual and intensely flavored Cannonau, which is technically classified as an IGT. Although winemaker Alessandro Dettori is not a member of the Vini Veri (or “Real Wines”), many compare his approach to winemaking to the style of the “natural” wines that are beginning to emerge with ever more frequency in Italy.

IL FALCONE RISERVA 2002 RIVERA

REGULARLY $34
$27.20 (web exclusive)

Rivera calls this extraordinary blend of Negroamaro and Uva di Troia “Il Falcone” or “the falcon” as a nod to the thirteenth-century enlightened Sicilian King Frederick II, who enjoyed hunting with his falcon in Puglia where the grapes for this wine are sourced today. This bold red wine pairs beautifully with grills and roast meats.

NERO 2003 CONTI ZECCA

REGULARLY $38
$30.40 (web exclusive)

Sourced from top growing areas in Leverano and Salice Salentino, Conti Zecca’s Rosso del Salento is a blend of Negroamaro with smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon. Negroamaro is one of the region’s most ancient red grapes. Some believe its name to mean “black bitter” (from the Italian negro and amaro) but others believe that it means “black black” from the Italian negro and the Greek maurus for black, perhaps a reference to its dark color. Although Cabernet Sauvignon has been cultivated in Puglia for more than two centuries, innovative producers like Conti Zecca have just begun to experiment with modern-style blends like this one. Their Nero has been one of the first Super Pugliese wine to emerge on the scene, receiving great praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

PIAN DEL CARRO 2001 TENUTA DEL PORTALE

REGULARLY $42
$33.60 (web exclusive)

Pian del Carro or “wagon flats” is named after the vineyard where the grapes are grown for Filena Ruppi’s top Aglianico. For this wine, she uses gentle oak aging to tame the deep tannins of this Aglianico, which is grown at one of the highest vineyards in the appellation. Aggressive pruning in the vineyards results in extremely low yields for this sure-to-be long-lived wine (Filena estimates that it will reach its peak in roughly fifteen years).

NAIMA 2003 DE CONCILIIS

REGULARLY $64
$51.20 (web exclusive)

De Conciliis’ Naima is a 100% Aglianico made from grapes grown in Cilento (in Campania). The wine under goes temperature-controlled fermentation in small French-oak barrels. The result is a gorgeously modern expression of Aglianico. The wine takes its name from the famous composition by jazz musician John Coltrane, a reflection of the family’s interest in jazz and their desire to push the envelope of winemaking tradition.

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