Slowly but surely, it’s heating up outside, and that means we’re filling our glasses with rosato. And just in time, our first rosato of the season has arrived:
The monks at Muri-Gries have got the formula down for a wine that’s festive both inside and out: take one of South Tyrol’s most prized grape varieties and, in an unusual move, vinify it on its own for a fresh, bright, deep-flavored, beautifully hued wine that just begs for barbecue and sunshine.
New to our shelves, this unusual wine is made from the little-known Pecorino grape that is native to Abruzzo.
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Don’t miss out on your last chance for steep discounts on our wines. We’ve got 33 — count ’em — bottles on sale for 20% off when you purchase online. You can find them all on the Web Offers page on our website or click any of the wines listed after the jump.
All wines listed with an asterisk (*) are featured in this week’s tasting on Friday (5:30-7:30) and Saturday (4:30-6:30). Sign up for the tasting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Featured Class: Chianti in All Its Glory (May 9)
There are only a couple places left for tomorrow’s class, Italian Wine and Civilization. Reserve by sending an email to email@example.com.
Chianti in All Its Glory
with Wine Director Charles Sciclone
Wednesday, May 9
Reserve by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chianti appellation is one of Italy’s oldest and predates the DOC system by some 250 years. The wine trade in Chianti was so important by the turn of the eighteenth-century that in 1716 Cosimo III de’ Medici (then Grand Duke of Toscana) issued an edict defining the zone that would later be known as Chianti Classico. In the bando printed in Firenze, the officially recognized appellation included the towns of Greve, Panzano, Radda, Gajole, and Castellina (the subzone known as Chianti Classico today). After the modern appellation system was created in the late 1960s, Chianti was expanded to include the Colli Fiorentini (the Florentine Hills), the Colli Senesi (the Sienese Hills), Rufina, and most recently Montespertoli (also in the province of Siena). For this extraordinary seminar, Vino’s Wine Director Charles Scicolone pours and discusses 10 Chiantis, covering nearly all of the appellation’s subzones and stretching back to wines made in the 1980s. Highlights will include the 1995 and 1997 Chianti Rufina from Villa di Vetrice and the 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia by Felsina.
Participants will experience Chianti as Charles often describes it: “Like tasting sunshine on the Tuscan pines.