Taste Wines from Puglia at Vino this Fri. & Sat.
Fri. & Sat., January 5-6
see Charles’ “Dispatch from Puglia” below
Fri., 5:30-7:30 – Sat. 4:30-6:30 @ Vino
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Winter/Spring 2007 Class Schedule
We are pleased to announce that the Winter/Spring 2007 class schedule is now online. We’ve added a number of classes, including “Brunello, Chianti, and Super Tuscans” and “Handmade Pasta with Dora Marzovilla.”
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Wine Opinion: Dispatch from Lecce
In November, the Region of Puglia, Puglia DOC, invited Michele and myself for seven days to tour the southern part of Puglia. For those of you who don’t know, Puglia is the region that forms the heel of Italy’s boot. And, of course, the owner of I Trulli and Vino, Nicola Marzovilla, and his family are from the town of Rutigliano in the province of Bari, Puglia.
The restaurant I Trulli takes its name from the famous UNESCO-protected cone-shaped houses that are found in the picturesque town of Alberobello (see the pictures, right, by Nicola’s brother Michael Marzovilla). If you’ve ever been to I Trulli, you know that the wood-fired oven is shaped just like a trullo (singular of trulli). The interesting part is that one half of the trulli are in the sunlight and one half are in the shade. The half that is in sunlight is where all the people have turned one of the cones into some kind of tourist shop. The other half, in the shade, is where “the other half” lives… in other words, all the normal people. In Alberobello, the church is a trullo, the restaurants are trulli, and there is even a trulli hotel.
We visited the cities of Lecce, a great baroque city, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, and Trani, which is noted for its famous dessert wine, Moscato di Trani. One of the highlights of the trip was the visit to Conti Zecca in Leverano. Conti Zecca is one of our favorite wineries and we carry a number of its wines, like the popular Rosato which is made from Negro Amaro and Malvasia Nera, and the Cantalupi, a classic Salice Salentino made from the same grapes, of course, the Nero, a modern-style wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Negro Amaro, a label that has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri award and a wine that I know many of you enjoy.
I first visited Conti Zecca twelve years ago with Michele and Nicola and that was when I first tasted their wines and I really liked them. Now, finally, after all these years, we have them in the store. We were introduced to Conti Zecca by a mutual acquaintance. That night one of the counts invited us for dinner at the estate. This mutual acquaintance was not planning to dine with us but rather was going to meet his wife for dinner in Lecce. However, when the count counted the number of people, there were exactly thirteen. He told our friend that he either needed to take one person away to dine with him in Lecce or he had to stay and eat dinner so that there would either be twelve or fourteen at the table. He did this, he explained, because thirteen people at a table is an unlucky number. The count was not kidding. Our mutual friend called his wife and told her what was the situation was. She understood and he did not leave until dessert was served. That’s a true story.
We also visited the area where some of the best Primitivo is made. That is the Primitivo di Manduria. (This Friday and Saturday at Vino we will be tasting the Primitivo di Manduria Tradizione del Nonno, a traditional wine made in the classic style, one of my absolute favorites.)
In the beginning of September, our friends at Tour de Forks are doing a tour of Puglia which looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. What makes it even better is that they have invited Michele and myself to go along on the trip. Michele, of course, will be the food expert, and I, of course, will say something about the wines. We hope that some of you will be able to join us but if you are otherwise engaged, please come this Friday and Saturday and taste some of Puglia’s best wines with us at Vino. Until then…
–Charles Scicolone, Wine Director, I Trulli and Vino
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