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

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!

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