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.
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)
CHARLES SCICOLONE’S GREATEST HITS
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 email@example.com 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
Weekly tastings at Vino are FREE.
To register for the free tastings, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4:00-6:00 p.m.) Vino staff will be pouring the following wines:*
- Gurna Bianco 2004 Biondi
was $21, now $16.80 (20% off web only)
- Outis Etna Rosso 2002 Biondi
was $28, now $22.40 (20% off web only)
- Nero d’Avola 2003 Curto
was $12, now $9.60 (20% off web only)
- Santa Cecilia 2004 Planeta
was $30, now $24 (20% off web only)
*Wines subject to change depending on availability.