Vino Exclusive: Valle del Noce 2003 D’Angelo

April 26, 2007

Valle del Noce 2003 Donato d’Angelo
$46.00 (10% discount for 12 or more)

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Few winemakers define a generation the way that Donato d’Angelo has. Considered by many the greatest producer of Aglianico del Vulture, he creates wines that are “clearly in a class by themselves,” as Shelly Wasserman noted in his landmark work Italy’s Noble Red Wines (1985). Although until recently the appellation has been known only to a handful of collectors and Italian wine connoisseurs, Aglianico del Vulture is one Italy’s most powerful and collectible red wines and is suitable for long-term aging. It is made from 100% Aglianico grown in the volcanic subsoil in the southern-facing foothills of Mount Vulture in Basilicata (the region that forms the insole of Italy’s boot). Many compare it to the wines of Piemonte and Bordeaux in terms of its muscularity, grace, and nuance. Donato’s Valle del Noce (or “Walnut Valley”) cru is vinified in traditional, large old oak barrels (botti) for up to 24 months before bottling, it is then is aged in bottle until Donato feels is it ready to be released. “This wine can age for upwards of 20 and 30 years,” Donato told us when we saw him recently at Vinitaly. If opening now, he recommends decanting and aerating for a few hours before serving to allow the tannins to mellow. Look for licorice and balsamic notes in this complex and structured wine, with hints of volcanic minerality imparted by the distinctive terroir of the cru.

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Featured Class:
Italian Wine and Civilization
Wednesday, May 2, $65.00

Above: a woodcut inspired by Boccaccio’s tale of Andreuccio da Perugia, one of the readings featured in the Italian Wine and Civilization class.

From Pliny the Elder to Petrarch and Boccaccio, from Machiavelli and The Prince to unified Italy’s first two Prime Ministers — Cavour and Ricasoli — wine has always played an important role in Italian history, culture, its economy and even its politics.

Italian food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen (Vino and I Trulli’s Marketing Director) pours 10 wines and discusses their relationship to Italian history and culture — from antiquity to the modern era. (To register, send an email to register@vinosite.com.) The wines Jeremy will be pouring include:*

*Wines subject to change with availability.

To register, send an email to register@vinosite.com.


Vino Spring Clearance, Charles’s Greatest Hits

April 24, 2007

This Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30) the Vino staff will be pouring 6 wines featured in our Spring sale.

You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Don’t wait too long — these bottles are going fast!

Friday and Saturday tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to events@vinosite.com.

The Vino staff will be pouring the following wines.*

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

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Charles Scicolone’s Greatest Hits
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

There are still a few places left in this class, so reserve your spot today by sending an email to register@vinosite.com.

Charles will pour 10 wines for his April 25 Greatest Hits class including the following:*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

To register, please send an email to register@vinosite.com.


Indigenous Grape Varieties 20% Off

April 17, 2007

Food & Wine names Vino one of 12 great Manhattan wine shops:

“This store sells nothing but wine and spirits from every part of Italy. In fact, wine director Charles Scicolone has not neglected a single corner of the country. Try the 2000 Tenuta del Portale Aglianico del Vulture Riserva, a vibrant and minerally Basilicata red ($23 [currently on sale for $18.40]), or the zingy 2004 Mecella Pagliano ($16). Most selections are also available at the jointly owned I Trulli restaurant, directly across the street.”

Read the story here.

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Last chance to sign up for Puglia dinner!
Just a few seats are left for the Taste of Puglia dinner next week. Don’t miss your chance to sample some of Puglia’s best known dishes, including Dora Marzovilla’s delectable handmade pastas, accompanied by a few of the region’s most highly regarded wines.

Taste of Puglia Dinner
with Charles and Michele Scicolone

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Ristorante I Trulli
122 East 27th St.
five wines, five courses
$125.00 (inclusive)
Limited seating
To reserve, please send an email
to events@vinosite.com.

Or call events coordinator Jeremy Parzen at 212-213-8772.

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This Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30) the Vino staff will be pouring 6 indigenous grape varieties featured in our Spring sale.

We’ve overstocked and need to make room for May arrivals! These bottles will be available at 15% off in-store and 20% off on our website.

You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Don’t wait too long — these bottles are going fast!

Friday and Saturday tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to events@vinosite.com.

The Vino staff will be pouring the following wines.*

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

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Vinoteca Featured Class:
Charles Scicolone’s Greatest Hits
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wine industry veteran Charles Scicolone (Wine Director, I Trulli and Vino) pours and discusses 10 of his all-time favorite wines.

For those of you who already belong to Charles’s fan club, you know that Charles likes to drink old wine made from indigenous Italian grape varieties, aged in botti (traditional, large, old oak barrels). But whether or not you’ve had a chance to taste wine with him, this seminar represents a golden opportunity: because he began tasting and collecting Italian wine in the 1970s, before the Italian wine renaissance of recent memory, he has a unique perspective and can offer singular insight into the world of collecting and aging Italian wines. Charles is often overheard saying that there are four great Italian grapes: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Aglianico, and Sagrantino (and every once in a while, he’ll even drink a Cabernet Sauvignon from Lazio). Highlights are sure to include: Grato Grati 1988 Villa di Vetrice and Barbera d’Asti Il Dragone 1990 Dezzani.

For the sixth year in a row, Charles and I Trulli have been nominated for Outstanding Wine Service by the James Beard Foundation. Charles is also a member of the Wine Media Guild. His wife Michele Scicolone is the author of countless Italian cookbooks, many of which are now considered classics, including 1,000 Italian Recipes and Pizza Any Way You Slice It, co-authored by Charles.

To register for the class, write to register@vinosite.com


Super Tuscans 20% Off, Italian Wine & Civilization Seminar

April 10, 2007

This Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30) the Vino staff will be pouring 6 Super Tuscans featured in our Spring sale, including Leone (100% Sangiovese) and two vintages of Pietraforte (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) from Carobbio in Chianti Classico (see below).

Spring clearance continues: all of the following bottles are available at 15% off in store and 20% off on our website (subject to availability — limited quantities).

You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Friday and Saturday tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to events@vinosite.com.

The Vino staff will be pouring the following wines.*

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

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Vinoteca Featured Class:
Italian Wine and Civilization (with Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.)
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
$65.00 per person

For more information and/or to register, please send an email to register@vinosite.com.

Italian food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen (Vino and I Trulli’s Marketing Director) pours ten wines and discusses their relationship to Italian history and culture — from antiquity to the modern era.

From Pliny the Elder to Petrarch and Boccaccio, from Machiavelli and The Prince to unified Italy’s first two Prime Ministers — Cavour and Ricasoli — wine has always played an important role in Italian history, culture, its economy and even its politics. When the cardinals of Avignon complained that they would miss the wines of Burgundy were Pope Urban V to return the papacy to Rome, Petrarch scolded and informed them that Italy’s myriad grape varieties were far superior to those of France. When Machiavelli was exiled from his beloved Florence and forced to live in the countryside, he wrote of the solace he found in both gambling and drinking Chianti at the local tavern. Unified Italy’s first two prime ministers, Cavour in Piedmont and Ricasoli in Chianti, were winemakers who worked diligently to bring the country to the forefront of international winemaking.

Italian food and wine historian and translator Jeremy Parzen pours ten wines and discusses readings from some of Italy’s most important writers and political figures — Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Machiavelli, among others.

For more information and/or to register, please send an email to register@vinosite.com.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY


Aglianico 20% Off, Taste of Puglia Dinner

April 4, 2007

Spring Sale Continues: Aglianico 20% Off

This Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30) the Vino staff will be pouring 5 Aglianicos featured in our Spring sale.

We’ve overstocked and need to make room for May arrivals! These bottles will be available at 15% off in store and 20% off on our website.

You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Don’t wait too long — these bottles are going fast!

Friday and Saturday tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to events@vinosite.com.

The Vino staff will be pouring the following wines.*

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

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Delectable Lecce
by Michele Scicolone

Taste of Puglia Dinner
with Charles and Michele Scicolone

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Ristorante I Trulli
122 East 27th St.
five wines, five courses
$125.00 (inclusive)
Limited seating
To reserve, please send an email
to events@vinosite.com.

Or call events coordinator Jeremy Parzen at 212-213-8772.

Italy is the number-one European travel destination for Americans but most don’t go beyond Rome, Florence, and Venice. If you have already been there and done that, consider Puglia, the region that makes up the heel of the Italian boot, for your next trip.

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