Let the sunshine in

Antonio Argiolas (seated with hat) poses for an extended family portrait with his sons, Giuseppe and Franco, and grandchildren.

Antonio Argiolas (seated with hat) poses for an extended family portrait with his twin sons, Giuseppe and Franco, and grandchildren.

Enjoy fine fruit liqueurs enriched by the warmth of the Sardinian sun

Antonio Argiolas is the perhaps the perfect embodiment of the Mediterranean spirit. At 102 years old, he is living proof of the beneficial properties of a healthy diet and plenty of sunshine. The esteemed Argiolas winery, in the town of Serdiana, 20 kilometers north of Cagliari on the island of Sardinia, has been in the family for 90 years, but only began branding its own wines in 1989. Now, as well as its excellent Turriga and Korem wines, producer Mariano Murru also makes fine use of the area’s rich fruit to create liqueurs typical of the region.

Argiolas Tremontis Limoncello
When life gives you lemons, make limoncello! That’s what the inhabitants of Italy’s sun-drenched Amalfi coast have been doing for centuries, where large, thick-skinned lemons grow in abundance. Here, and throughout southern Italy, Limoncello has long been the traditional taste of summer — its dazzling lemon yellow color and sweet perfume make it ideal for sipping chilled on a warm night. Limonsardo comes not from Sorrento but from the renowned Argiolas winery in southern Sardinia. Obtained from the natural infusion of hand-peeled lemons steeped in pure alcohol, this intensely flavored liqueur is perhaps the closest thing to Mediterranean essence in a bottle.

Argiolas Tremontis Mirto
Mirto is a unique liqueur made from the berries of the Myrtle plant. Originating on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, this much-cherished drink is considered an important element of Sardinian tradition, and has even been granted its own denomination, Mirto di Sardegna. Myrtle is one of the most distinctive Mediterranean plants growing on the island, and has long been recognized for its healing properties, while the ancient Greeks believed it was sacred to the goddess Aphrodite. Today Mirto is produced from both the berries (mirto rosso) and the leaves (mirto bianco) of the Myrtle plant. The Argiolas winery produces a violet red-colored liqueur with bittersweet, herbal aromas. Mirto is often served as an after-dinner digestivo, although many enjoy it for aperitivo before a meal.

At Friday afternoon’s tasting, both Limonsardo and Mirto will be served in a variety of fun and refreshing styles by our talented mixologist, Kayt Mathers.

The labels for Limonsardo and Mirto were inspired by Henri Matisse's 1952 series of "gouaches decouppées" Blue Nudes.

The labels for Limonsardo and Mirto were inspired by Henri Matisse's 1952 series of "gouaches decouppées" Blue Nudes. Remarkably, the French painter was born only 37 years before Antonio Argiolas.

FREE Sardinian Liqueur Tasting
Friday, August 1, 5:30pm
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

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

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