Italian Wine & Civilization

October 17, 2007

Featured Wine Class:
Italian Wine and Civilization with Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 24, $65
6:30 p.m.

121 East 27th St.
between Park and Lex.

After completing his Ph.D. in Italian at U.C.L.A. in 1997 with a dissertation on medieval Italian poetry and its legacy in early Italian Renaissance printing, Jeremy Parzen moved to New York where he began a career in food and wine writing as the Associate Editor of The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana and the publication’s chief wine writer. He has lived and traveled widely throughout Italy, including Montalcino where he first tasted Brunello di Montalcino and discovered his passion for wine. Although he doesn’t limit his interests solely to enogastronomy, recent publications include: a translation of the fifteenth-century cookery book The Art of Cooking, by Maestro Martino (University of California Press, 2005); “Please Play with Your Food: An Incomplete Survey of Culinary Wonders in Italian Renaissance Cookery” (Gastronomica, Fall, 2004); and his preface to Cucina teorico-pratica by Cavalcanti Ippolito, Duca di Buonvicino (Guido Tommasi Editore, 2002), widely considered the first modern Neapolitan cookery book.

His Italian Wine and Civilization seminar includes readings ranging from Pliny to Petrarch, from Boccaccio to Machiavelli, from Cavour to Ricasoli (Unified Italy’s first two prime ministers) and beyond. Each reading is paired with a wine and class participants are encouraged to share their tasting notes and impressions.

Food and Wine Historian Jeremy Parzen, PhD, will be pouring ten wines and speaking about their relation to Italian civilization and history on Wednesday, October 24. To register, send an email to or call 212-725-6516.

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This Week’s Tasting:
Wine Authority Luca Mazzoleni Pours New Arrives from Selected Estates

Vino staff will pour the same wines on Saturday.

This week, the Vino staff will be pouring new arrivals from one of our favorite importers, Selected Estates. These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Weekly tastings at Vino are FREE.

This Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4:00-6:00 p.m.) Vino staff will be pouring the following wines:*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.


Piemonte Dinner and Italian 101 Dates Added

October 5, 2007

Because of the overwhelming response to the Taste of Piemonte Dinner, owner Nicola Marzovilla and Chef Patrick Nuti have added a second date, Tuesday, October 30.

Please note that the Monday, October 29 event is sold out.

Taste of Piemonte at I Trulli:
White Truffles, Barolo, and Barbaresco
with owner Nicola Marzovilla

(who will taste at each table)
and Italian food and wine historian
Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
7:30 p.m.
$195.00 (tax and gratuity included)

seating is limited, so please reserve asap

To reserve, please email Domenica Marzovilla at
or call 212-481-7372.

Nicola will also be making a special allocation of old Barolo and Barbaresco (with vintages going back to 1982) available for purchase exclusively to guests at the dinner at a 15% discount.

We have also added a new date for our popular Italian 101 series at Vinoteca.

Italian 101: Intro to Italian Wine
with Robert Scibelli, DWS

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
6:30 p.m.

While this year’s 101a and 101b have had regional focuses, this session will cover Italian wines and winemaking in general. Robert Scibelli is one of our most popular instructors and his talk will include the basics of vinification, an overview of Italian grape varieties, and a tasting of 10 wines.

When not teaching at Vinoteca, Robert Scibelli works as the National Development Coordinator at the International Wine Center, New York, where he lectures regularly.

seating is limited, so please reserve asap

To reserve, please email store manager William Lee at
or call 212-725-6516.

Nicola’s Travel Recommendations in Black Ink

October 3, 2007

For those of us who don’t have an American Express “Black Card” and who don’t receive the card-members’ magazine Black Ink, here’s an excerpt from its recent “Wine Issue,” where owner of I Trulli, Vino, and Centovini, Nicola Marzovilla is featured. Nicola travels to Italy four or five times a year and below you will find some of his favorite places to stay and eat.

“The List”: Wine experts from around the world give their favorite restaurant cellars.

Nicola Marzovilla

In 1994 Marzovilla opened I Trulli in New York, with a 400-plus-label, all-Italian wine list. His new SoHo restaurant, Centovini, offers a list of around 100 wines, each of which he has personally chosen.

Antica Bottega del Vino

At this truly classic Italian wine bar and restaurant, the thing to do is order the simplest dishes and enjoy them with the 1968 Taurasi by Mastroberardino.

3 Via Scudo di Francia, Verona, Italy

Albergo Ristorante Giardino ‘da Felicin’

For lovers of old Barolo, this restaurant in Piedmont, Italy, is a paradise: The menu is all classic Langhe dishes and the wine list features the best vintages of Barolo from the last three decades. Order any bottles of the Barolo Villero or Barolo Rocche by Vietti.

18 Via Vallada, Monforte d’Alba, Italy

Castello di Verduno

A great wine experience doesn’t need to be high-end. When the owner’s daughter here, who’s also the chef, poured me a glass of an estate-grown Pelaverga, the pairing with her dishes was unbeatable. They like to serve Pelaverga at the table, which has a nice acidity and a peppery note.

9 Via Umberto I, Verduno, Italy

Featured Class: Charles’s Greatest Hits (Weds., Oct. 10)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, $85

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

Space is filling up fast. To register, send an email to or call 212-725-6516.

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 last six years, 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.

This Week’s Tasting (Friday and Saturday): Sicilia

This week, the Vino staff will be pouring four wines from producers in Campania. These wines will be 15% off in-store and 20% off online.You can browse all of our current web offers by clicking here.

Weekly tastings at Vino are FREE.

To register for the free tastings, please send an email to

This Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4:00-6:00 p.m.) Vino staff will be pouring the following wines:*

*Wines subject to change depending on availability.