Summer’s here and the time is right…

May 30, 2008

…for I Trulli’s Summer Garden Parties! Yesterday evening saw the return of I Trulli’s popular outdoor wine events, hosted in the restaurant’s rare and secluded garden setting. Along with a delicious selection of antipasti, guests were treated to five summer wines, in what was a truly Italian-style aperitivo atmosphere.

Last night’s expertly chosen wines were:

Vermentino di Sardegna D.O.C. Prendas 2007 Dolianova

Caluso Spumante Cuvée Tradizione 2004 Orsolani

Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi

Lambrusco Rosé 2007 Lini

Schiava Bischofsleiten 2007 Castel Sallegg

The first party of the season was a huge success, but there are more to come through June! Join us every Thursday for refreshing Italian wines and delicious antipasti, all for just $35! Places for next week’s event are filling up fast, so act now if you wish to celebrate the arrival of summer in one of Manhattan’s finest outdoor spaces.

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

Summer Garden Parties
Every Thursday, June 5-12-19-26
6pm-8pm

I Trulli
122 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information and reservations call (212) 481-7372 or email Carmelo@itrulli.com.

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Sign up for Salumi at Vinoteca

May 29, 2008

Vinoteca’s classes continue on June 4 with Salumi, where you’ll be able to taste some of Italy’s finest cured meats made by I Trulli made by Chef Patti Jackson, or otherwise sourced locally or imported directly from Italy.

In Italy, regional culinary specialties often share the kind of attentive production and myriad of styles usually reserved only for wine. For many Italians, the highly varied range of cured meats — prosciutto, salami, mortadella, culatello — are an ideal complement to a glass of wine, but where does one begin to understand how to pair them with your favorite bottle?

Let our guides Jim Hutchinson and Winnie Yang show you how in our fun and tasty Salumi class!

Salumi
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS, and Winnie Yang
Wednesday, June 4, 6:30pm

Vinoteca
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information on these and upcoming classes, call (212) 725-6516 or visit the classes page of our website.


2003 Brunello di Montalcino on sale

May 28, 2008

Brunello di Montalcino was first produced at Tenuta di Sesta (pictured above) in 1966, the year the Montalcino D.O.C. was established, by Giuseppe Ciacci. At that time there were only twelve producers of what is now one of Italy’s best known wines. Giuseppe understood then that stringent vineyard management and careful vinification could yield a wine that would only improve during three years of refinement in 30-hectoliter casks. Giuseppe’s son Giovanni continues to produce Brunello in a classic style using clones of sangiovese grosso selected for their ability to best reflect the estate’s terroir.

Antonio Galloni of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate says of the 2003, “Tenuta di Sesta is a pretty, layered wine that possesses tons of Sangiovese typicity in its dark red cherries, tobacco, tar, smoke and wild herbs. Made in an elegant, understated style, this medium-bodied, cask-aged Brunello reveals superb precision and clarity.” He awarded the wine a score of 92 in the April 2008 issue.

Vino is offering five cases, first come first served, at the remarkable price of $41.00 a bottle. If there is any left by tomorrow evening we will have a bottle open for our Friday Sangiovese tasting. Our standard case discount does not apply to this offer.

Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Tenuta di Sesta
$41.00

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website.


Taste three Sangioveses this Friday at Vino

May 27, 2008

This week, Vino is honoring Sangiovese! Known by the Etruscans as “Sanguis Jovis” (literally “Blood of Jove”), literary reference to Sangiovese didn’t appear until 1722. Today Sangiovese is renowned as a staple of many Tuscan wines, including most famously as a major component of Chianti. There are 14 clones of Sangiovese, of which Brunello is perhaps the most highly regarded. Tuscany’s hot, dry climate means Sangiovese grapes are slow to ripen, which can result in quantity at the expense of quality. It takes a truly skilled wine-maker to produce a fine wine from Sangiovese — fortunately some of the finest are at Vino! Taste these three diverse examples of the classic Tuscan variety this Friday:

Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi

Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 Carobbio

Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Tenuta di Sesta

FREE Sangiovese Tasting
Friday, May 30th, 5:30pm

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

There is no need to reserve, but to find out more call (212) 725-6516.

For further information on future tastings and upcoming special events, visit our the tastings page on website.


Alicia Lini on YouTube!

May 25, 2008

Alicia Lini — fourth-generation Lambrusco producer and New York media darling — is now an internet star! The international spokesperson for LINI 910 is featured on in Tarsia Trevisan’s Class Life, in a
reportage by D
omenico Cuomo recorded during this year’s Vinitaly event in Verona. The video — in which Alicia discusses Lini’s range of Lambrusco wines and assesses their popularity — is available for viewing on YouTube. Those of you who don’t understand Italian are advised to simply admire the pretty bottles.


Chianti Class at Vinoteca

May 23, 2008

For those of you who missed out on Wednesday’s Formaggi class, there’s another entertaining and informative tasting at Vinoteca next week! On May 28, Vinoteca presents Chianti, and evening devoted solely to Italy’s most famous wine-making region, its wines and history.

Though Chianti first appeared as a white in 1398, since 1872 (when Baron Ricasoli wrote the recipe for its modern incarnation) Tuscany’s great Sangiovese-based staple has enjoyed fantastic acclaim, suffered withering blows, and re-emerged a mystery; at once held aloft as an example of Tuscan excellence and degraded as more cheap swill destined for a tumbler on a red-checkered cloth.

Let Italian wine expert Robert Scibelli guide you through a diverting history and a fascinating sampling of some of Vino’s finest Chiantis.

Chianti
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, May 29th, 6:30pm

Vinoteca
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website, www.vinosite.com.


Memorial Day Rosato sale at Vino

May 22, 2008

The 2007 Roses have arrived at Vino! We think they’re the perfect refreshing wines for a warm Memorial Day weekend! To celebrate Vino is offering them at a special 10% discounted price! This offer lasts until midnight on Monday, so hurry!

All four of these wines will be available to sample at our FREE 2007 Rosato Tasting, tomorrow afternoon at Vinoteca.

Lambrusco Rosato 2007 Lini

Canavese Rosato “Rubiconda” 2007 Orsolani

Lagrein Rosato 2007 Castel Sallegg

Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi

Memorial Day Rosato Sale!
10% off the above Rosato wines (not valid with other offers).
Order now from our online store!

FREE 2007 Rose Tasting
Friday, May 23rd, 5:30pm
Vino, 121 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

For more information on this event and upcoming tastings, call (212) 725-6516 or visit the tastings page on our website.