Last Chance for Sparkling Summer Blast-Off

June 26, 2007

Summer’s here and the time is right for Sparkling Lini Lambrusco.

Dr. Vino calls Lini Lambrusco his “Wine Of The Summer 2007” and we couldn’t agree more: Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso NV Lini is a fresh, food-friendly wine, low in alcohol with nice fruit in the mouth and on the nose. Perfect for summer grills and picnics.

There are just a few spots left in our Sparkling Summer Blast Off event on Thursday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the beautiful Mediterranean garden at I Trulli. The cost of the event is only $35 so don’t miss this chance to taste the entire line of Lini Lambrusco at this one-time promotional rate.

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

The Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso NV Lini is named after the ancient name for Lambrusco, “Labrusca,” from the Latin labrum, meaning “edge.” It is believed that the ancient people of Italy, the Etruscans, cultivated the Lambrusco grape on the “edges” of their fields.

“The brisk bubbles in this wine scour your tongue in an entirely appealing way,” wrote Ray Isle, wine editor for Food & Wine Magazine in his blog, “Tasting Room.” “The fresh, crushed-berry fruit and mild hint of earthiness give a hint as to how good this would be paired with a plate of grilled lamb chops.”

“The garden at I Trulli is a Mediterranean dream, a gracious shaded patio with terra cotta tiles and walls daubed with abstract landscapes in soothing colors.”—The New York Times

Don’t miss this chance to taste the entire line of Lini wines. Space is limited and is filling up fast.

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

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This Week’s Tasting: Sardegna’s Cantine di Dolianova

This Thursday and Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) the Vino staff will be pouring four wines from Cantine di Dolianova, a producer from Sardegna.

These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.

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

Thursday and Friday 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.*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.


Spuntino Reggiano and Lini Lambrusco at Centovini

June 19, 2007

Centovini offers Lambrusco lovers a Spuntino Reggiano.

It’s official: beginning this week, Chef Patti Jackson’s Spuntino Reggiano — inspired by the newly arrived Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso 06 Lini — is being featured at Centovini (25 W. Houston between Mercer and Greene, 212-219-2113) www.centovininyc.com.

Spuntino Reggiano – (spoon-TEE-no reh-JAH-noh), Ital., a snack in the Reggio Emilia style; grilled mortadella wedges and torta di verdure, a savory pie filled with Swiss chard and Parmigiano-Reggiano, served with a glass of Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso Lini.

“A classic Reggiano ‘snack'”–Peter Hellman, New York Sun

Alicia Lini is a fourth-generation winemaker whose family has been making Lambrusco since 1910. The Labrusca Rosso is her family’s “traditional” Lambrusco and is already this summer’s hit:

“Not your grandmother’s Lambrusco.” —Ray Isle, “Tasting Room,” Food & Wine

“Now comes a Lambrusco that is a step up.” —Peter Hellman, New York Sun

“Lambrusco has gone upscale.” —Mary Ewing-Mulligan, New York Daily News

“Rare Lini Lambruscos have landed.”—Alexandra Vallis, “Grub Street,” New York Magazine

You’ll only find the Spuntino Reggiano at Centovini, and it won’t be around long, so come in and try this perfect summertime pairing today.

Centovini
25 West Houston Street
(between Greene and Mercer)
New York, NY 10012

www.centovininyc.com

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Vinoteca Announces Summer Schedule: Wine Tasting Garden Party

Vinoteca is pleased to bring you…

Wine Tasting Garden Parties
Starting July 25, every other Wednesday until Labor Day

Summer’s heating up, but you can kick back and relax in I Trulli’s “Mediterranean dream” of a garden (New York Times) with some of our favorite wines and snacks to go with them.

If you attended last week’s Sparkling Summer Blast-Off, you know what a great space the garden is to hang out in with friends (whether you bring yours or make new ones there). And if you weren’t able to attend the Blast-Off, now’s your chance to have some summertime fun in the garden yourself.

Stay tuned for details… To register, please send an email to register@vinosite.com.

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This Week’s Tasting: Summer Whites

This Thursday and Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) the Vino staff will be pouring four whites that are perfect for summertime drinking.

These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.

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

Thursday and Friday 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.*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.


Lini Lambruscos Featured in New York Magazine‘s “Grub Street’

June 13, 2007

Alicia Lini’s Lambruscos are the must-drink wines this summer. But don’t just take it from us — New York Magazine’s Alexandra Vallis hails their arrival.

We’ve just put the Lini Lambruscos out on the shelves and on www.VinoSiteShop.com, so be the first to get your hands on the hot drink of the summer. And come out and celebrate their arrival at the Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II, Thurs., June 21 garden party at I Trulli, where we’ll be pouring all four of these Lambruscos and serving up delicious antipasti to go with them.

Sign up for the Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II by sending an email to register@vinosite.com.

 “We’re taking the loss of the spaghetti-slurping Soprano family hard, but comfort, in the form of an ultrarare specimen of Northern Italian wine, is at hand. Lambrusco, a sparkling wine from a red grape of the same name, comes from Emilia-Romagna, where its refreshing effervescence cuts the richness of hearty regional dishes. Until recently, a methode champenoise variety — fermented in the bottle, that is, like Champagne — was not known to have been poured in New York, let alone stocked on shelves.”

Vino, Italian Wine and Spirits reps Jeremy Parzen and Jim Hutchinson scoured wine country for new styles of the old-world grape, settling on the family-owned label Lini, and brought back Lambrusco Metodo Classico ‘Corrigia Brut’ (the Italian term for champenoise). It’s now on offer at the shop as well as at nearby I Trulli. (Nicola Marzovilla owns both, as well as Centovini.) They’re also carrying Lambrusco Bianco ‘Labrusca,’ a white vintage you won’t find outside of Italy, and Lambrusco Rose ‘Corrigia Cerasa,’ which the producer’s young spokeswoman, Alicia Lini, prefers, telling us she finds it molto chic. New Jersey, we feel your Italian influence waning already.–Alexandra Vallis”

The June 20 garden party sold out fast, so don’t miss out on your chance to kick back in one of Michelin Guide’s top-rated New York City gardens with a glass of Lambrusco in hand.

Sign up for the Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II by sending an email to register@vinosite.com. See you there!


Father’s Day at Vino

June 11, 2007

What He Wants for Father’s Day

[Hint: not a tie.]

Show Dad how much you care this year with a great bottle of wine. We’ve got a wonderful selection at Vino made from Italy’s most-loved indigenous grape varieties, so whether he’s looking to put something away to drink at a later date or celebrating his day in style, you can find it here.

We suggest:

Buy all five and get 15% off — to get your discount, place your order by phone by calling 1-800-965-VINO (8466).

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Hot Tickets: Brunello Seminar (June 13) and Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II (June 21)

Reserve your place today for Wednesday’s Brunello Seminar (6:30-8:30 p.m., $105). You won’t want to miss this one: Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson will pour 10 wines from this storied appellation. Sign up by emailing register@vinosite.com.

Both the June 20 Sparkling Summer Blast-Off and June 26 Taste of Toscana dinner are SOLD OUT! But we’ve added a second Sparkling Summer Blast-Off on June 21 (5:30-7:30 p.m., $35), so sign up before this one sells out too (register@vinosite.com) and come celebrate the official beginning of summer with delicious antipasti and sparkling wines.

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This Week’s Tasting: Sicilia

This Thursday and Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) the Vino staff will be pouring five Sicilian wines.

These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.

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.*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.


Just Added: One More Day of Sparkling Summer Blast-Off!

June 8, 2007

Above: the Garden at I Trulli.

You asked for it, and now you’ve got it: our Sparkling Summer Blast-Off sold out fast, so we’ve added another day of festivities and food and sparkling wines in the I Trulli garden.

Don’t miss this chance to taste the newly arrived Lambruscos from Cantina Lini (Emilia-Romagna).

Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II
Thursday, June 21
5:30-7:30 p.m.
$35

Don’t wait too long to sign up for this because space is limited and it’s sure to sell out too!

Sign up by sending an email to register@vinosite.com.

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Subversive Wine Geeks?

Above: Marilena Voyat of the Voyat winery in Valle d’Aosta just sent us this image of wasps munching on her Moscato grapes. Marilena does not use pesticide in the vineyards and as a result her yields are reduced. But the wines show a freshness that can only be achieved through “natural” winemaking practices.

“From the chateaux of Bordeaux to the hillside hamlets of Valle d’Aosta,” wrote New York Times eno-journalist Eric Asimov this week in his column “The Pour,” “from windswept volcanic rocks of Santorini to foggy ridges of the Sonoma Coast, wine from anywhere can be found almost everywhere. For that we have a long list of people to thank. Here’s to you in the wine trade. Without you, well, we’d all be reaching for another lemonade. But I’m not addressing you, nor am I talking about writers and critics, though you inspire us all with your enthusiasm. No, I’m talking about the subversives, people who have left the mainstream to discover new worlds of wonderful, offbeat wines.”

We were thrilled to read Eric’s elegy to the “subversives,” which he entitled, “To the Envelope Pushers, Cheers!”

But we also found it a little strange that he categorizes people like us as “wine geeks. They’re also known as zealots, extremists and even the wine counterculture.” Honestly, we don’t see any negative connotation in liking good wine. As a matter of fact, in our view, there are more people in the world who like good wine than do not. And, frankly, it’s no news to us (nor to our clientele) that the Valle d’Aosta produces excellent wine.

Above: I Trulli and Vino owner Nicola Marzovilla with Marilena Voyat at Vinitaly 2007.

We recently met with Marilena Voyat at Vinitaly, where she talked to us about her famous cloistered vineyard and Le Muraglie (“the walls”), a now legendary wine created by her father Ezio, who many have called one of the great winemakers of twentieth-century Italy (Luigi Veronelli, among others, was a loyal fan). We’ve been big fans of Marilena’s wines since Vino opened some seven years ago and her dry Moscato (La Gazzella) and her blend of Petit Rouge, Dolcetto, and Gros Vien (Le Muraglie) are two of owner Nicola Marzovilla’s favorites. To learn more, click on the links below.

So, here’s to people who like good wine! Here’s to the subversives!

Comments? Let us know what you think. Write to us at editor@vinosite.com.

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Upcoming Events at Vino, I Trulli, and Vinoteca

This month is packed with great events that you won’t want to miss out on:

Summer Schedule for In-Store Tastings has begun: come by Vino every Thursday or Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for our free weekly tasting. This week: Umbrian producer Tenuta Le Velette.

June 13 – Brunello Seminar (6:30-8:30 p.m., $105): Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson will pour 10 wines from this storied appellation. This one’s filling up fast. Sign up by emailing register@vinosite.com.

June 20 – Sparkling Summer Blast-Off (5:30-7:30 p.m., $35): SOLD OUT!

June 21 – Sparkling Summer Blast-Off II (5:30-7:30 p.m., $35): There’s no better place to celebrate the official beginning of summer than the beautiful garden at I Trulli. Kick back with antipasti and sparkling wines. We just added this extra day, but space is limited and filling up fast. Sign up today by emailing register@vinosite.com.

June 26 – Taste of Toscana Dinner (7:30 p.m., $150): SOLD OUT!


Featured Wines for Brunello Seminar

June 6, 2007

The only thing that impresses your boss more than a bottle of Brunello is when you can tell her/him why it’s better than the next bottle of Brunello.

There are just a few spots left in next week’s Brunello seminar, where Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson will be pouring and discussing 10 Brunellos, from modern “blockbuster” Brunello to more traditional, age-worthy Brunello. The flight will include a 1995 Mastroianni that Jim sourced personally when he traveled to Montalcino earlier this year. (For the entire flight please see below.)

Don’t miss this opportunity to taste 10 wines: to register or for more information, please send an email to register@vinosite.com.

Participants receive 10% off any purchase the night of the seminar and 10% off their bill at I Trulli across the street.

In recent years, Brunello di Montalcino has become one of Italy’s hottest and most talked-about appellations. Perhaps more than any other center for wine production in Italy, the township of Montalcino has changed radically (the first Brunello was produced in 1888). In the 1960s, there were literally a handful of producers of Brunello. Today, they number in the hundreds. The growth can be attributed in part to the attention the appellation has received from the American wine press. One journalist in particular (who will remain nameless) single-handedly anointed Brunello di Montalcino as one of America’s favorite Italian wines when he began giving superlative scores to certain producers. Brunello lore has grown also thanks to a string of excellent and historic vintages in the 1990s (1990, 1995, and the now legendary 1997) as well as fantastic harvests like the 2000 (hailed by some as a “perfect” vintage for Brunello and Toscana in general because of the warm summer) and the 2001, a vintage that many argue is superior to the 2000 because it was cooler and the fruit ripened more slowly.

Vino and Vinoteca’s Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson (MA, DWS) traveled to Montalcino in February where he visited vineyards, met with producers, and sourced a number of older Brunello.

Sign up now by emailing register@vinosite.com.

Participants will taste the following wines:*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.


Taste of Toscana Menu and Wines

June 4, 2007

Taste of Toscana Dinner
with Nicola Marzovilla, owner of I Trulli
and Chef Patrick Nuti
Tuesdsay, June 26, 7:30 p.m.
Ristorante I Trulli
122 East 27th St.
five wines, five courses

$150.00 (inclusive)
Limited seating

To reserve, please send an email to events@vinosite.com.

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

Menu:

Carpaccio di tonno condito con l’olio del padrone
Tuna Carpaccio Drizzled with Artisanal Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany

Gavignano 2004 Travignoli

Insalata di fave fresche, pecorino, salsa di pere
Fava and Pecorino Salad with Pear Sauce

Chianti Montespertoli Ris. 2001 Parri

Penne al sugo di piccione e sangiovese
Penne Pasta with Squab Braised in Sangiovese

San Clemente 2003 Travignoli

Costata di cinghiale al vin santo con asparagi selvatici
Wild Boar Chop Cooked in Vin Santo with Wild Asparagus

Pietraforte 1999 Carobbio

Bavarese allo zafferano
Saffron Bavarese

Villa di Vetrice 1990 Vin Santo

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This Week’s Tasting: Tenute le Velette

Nota bene: Summer schedule for weekly tastings: beginning this week, Vino’s free weekly tastings will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This Thursday and Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) the Vino staff will be pouring 6 wines from Umbrian producer Tenuta Le Velette.

These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.

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.*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.

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Upcoming Events at Vino and I Trulli

Mark your calendar: June at Vino and I Trulli is packed with events you won’t want to miss!

June 6 – Super Tuscan Seminar (6:30-8:30 p.m., $125): Last chance to sign up a tasting of some truly remarkable wines, including Sassicaia and Pergole Torte! Send an email to register@vinosite.com.

June 13 – Brunello Seminar (6:30-8:30 p.m., $105): Operations Manager Jim Hutchinson pours 10 wines from this storied appellation. Sign up before the class fills up by emailing register@vinosite.com.

June 20 – Sparkling Summer Blast-Off (5:30-7:30 p.m., $35): SOLD OUT! Please note, however, that if you didn’t get a chance to get in on this party, keep an eye out, because we’ll be announcing another garden party soon.

June 26 – Taste of Toscana Dinner (7:30 p.m., $150): This very special evening brings the much-celebrated flavors of Toscana to I Trulli with five courses and five wines. This event will sell out, so be sure to book your place now by writing to events@vinosite.com.