Labor Day Weekend Sale!

August 29, 2008

Celebrate the end of summer with 20% off fifteen of your favorite wines at Vino!

Even the normally busy streets of Rome are eerily quiet during the month of August.

Summer is drawing to a close, and as Americans prepare for a relaxing Labor Day weekend, in Italy people are finally getting back to work. Italians celebrate Labor Day, or “Festa del Lavoro” on May 1st. So for most Italians August means a long vacation by the sea, an exodus which leaves the usually bustling historic cities the domain of foreign tourists. Not even those in the retail or hospitality businesses deny themselves a seaside break, and during the month of August many stores, restaurants and even newspaper stands close, sometimes for several weeks. Shuttered storefront windows are suddenly plastered with makeshift signs reading chiuso per ferie or “closed for vacation”, often accompanied by a handy date of return.

Signs like this are an all too common sight in the windows of Italian stores and restaurants come mid-August.

Consequently, Italian towns can be sleepy places to be come mid-August, and if you’ve ever visited Italy at this time of year, you’ll know that it can be a frustrating experience, especially when you discover that the must-visit out-of-the-way trattoria recommended in your guide book has decided to shut up shop for two weeks. But at the end of the month, as people return to the city, so too does Italian urban life resume. And while the idea of getting back to real life post-vacation can be a slightly depressing moment, for Italians it is usually tempered by the return of the soccer season!

Italy's premier soccer league Serie A returns this weekend, when Italian champions Inter will begin the defence of their title against Sampdoria.

In celebration of this unique time of year, Vino is offering fifteen of its most popular wines at a spectacular 20% off! It’s the perfect chance to stock up on some of your favorite bottles for a great last days of summer Labor Day weekend!

Check out the Summer Sale page on our website for the full list of wines!

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more details call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


Organic Rosso from Puglia

August 27, 2008

Giancarlo Ceci’s ICEA-certified organic Castello del Monte Rosso is at Vino

The imposing facade of Giancarlo Ceci's Masseria.

Giancarlo Ceci’s 2005 Castel del Monte Rosso has arrived at Vino. Made near Vino owner Nicola Marzovilla’s home town of Rutigliano, Ceci’s Rosso is a blend of Uva di Troia, Montepulciano and Aglianico, three varieties typical of the area. A great value at $15.00, the wine is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel and aged in steel and bottle. As is the case with most wines made with Uva di Troia, Ceci Rosso has firm tannins, moderate acidity and medium-to-full body.

Giancarlo Ceci in his cellar.

Giancarlo Ceci began focusing on organic viticulture in 1988, a time when few producers in Puglia were interested in high-quality conventional production. From his family’s ancestral home near Andria in the Province of Bari, Giancarlo oversees Agrinatura, a company devoted to the cultivation, production and marketing of excellent organic comestibles. His wines are certified by the USDA-recognized ICEA and contain 100% organically-grown fruit.

Castello del Monte Rosso 2005 Giancarlo Ceci

$15

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


Final Summer Sale Tasting

August 25, 2008

Five more wines now available at a 20% discount in our summer sale!

Spectacular sunsets like these are the best reason to hang around into the early evening on Italy's beaches in late-summer.

The evenings may be getting just a tad cooler, but summer’s not over yet! Vino is squeezing out every last drop of the long hot season, and continues to offer more tastings and great wines at incredible prices this August! This week Vino will host the last of its free Thursday and Friday tastings, but these fives featured wines and those from the previous two tastings will continue to be available at a special 20% discounted price through Labor Day!

This week’s tasting
Vino will be pouring the following wines this Thursday and Friday afternoon between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Gavignano 2007 Travignoli
Though more renowned for their Chianti Rufina, Tuscan producer Travignoli makes this wine by blending small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc into the estate’s Chardonnay. While Chardonnay from California and Burgundy may have enjoyed more celebrity in recent years, the excellent drainage of the rocky soil in Chianti (and in Rufina in particular) helps to create dry, structured whites with balanced aromas and flavors.

Roero Arneis San Michele 2006 Deltetto
The word arneis literally means “little rascal” in Piedmontese dialect, a reference to the difficulty in cultivating this aromatic grape with its delicate skin. Indigenous to Piemonte, Arneis has been grown there since the fifteenth century. Its fruit is so rich that it used to be planted in vineyards devoted primarily to Nebbiolo because the birds liked it better. Deltetto sources its Arneis from San Michele, one of the best Arneis crus in Roero. The wine is partly fermented in barrel and partly in stainless-steel, and the first vintage since Roero was granted DOCG status in 2006.

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2007 Orsolani
Piemontese producer Gianluigi Orsolani’s family name may be synonymous with local white variety Erbaluce, but this year the fourth-generation producer has broken with tradition. Using Nebbiolo, Barbera and Uva Rara, Orsolani has created a small production of Canavese Rosato named “Rubiconda”. This is a fresh, fragrant and exquisitely dry rosato, a blend with enough structure to stand up to summer favorites like ribs, burgers and grilled chicken.

Rosso Piceno 2006 Enzo Mecella
Amidst the hype which has begun to surround wines from Le Marche in recent years, winemaker Enzo Mecella has stayed true to his game, producing wines of excellent quality which typify the region. Choosing to ignore fleeting commercial wine trends, Mecella’s focus is the production of superior wines from old vines of local origin. Rosso Piceno is made primarily from Sangiovese grapes with the addition of smaller amounts of Montepulciano. Mecella sources the fruit from a single growing site, the Colle Malvano or Malvano Hill.

Pinot Nero 2004 Castel Sallegg
Unlike the over-oaked, concentrated, high-alcohol Pinot Noir often grown in the United States, Castel Sallegg uses only judicious small and large cask aging to create a Pinot Nero offering beautiful fruit flavors, bright acidity and a clean finish. This aging process takes place within the ancient cellars of the estate, found beneath the walls of the Castel Sallegg. The castle’s extensive subterranean cellars extend three floors underground, providing the consistent temperatures necessary for a slow aging in oak barrels.

FREE Final Summer Sale Tasting
Thursday, August 28
Friday, August 29
5:30-7:30pm

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

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


Sale of the summer!

August 22, 2008

Enjoy 20% off some of your favorite wines at Vino!

Summer may be flying by, but there’s still time to take advantage of great wines this August at Vino! Our Summer Sale is back, and this year we’re offering some of our finest wines at truly remarkable prices! Vino fans can now take 20% off each of these ten wines featured so far in our August tastings. From crisp whites and refreshing rosés to cool reds, there’s something to satisfy every thirsty palate. It may not be the sale of the century, but we can safely say it’s the sale of the summer!

Check out the Summer Sale page on our website!

Inzolia 2007 ERA
Starsa Bianco 2007 Tenuta del Portale
Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2007 Mancinelli
Lambrusco Scuro 2007 Lini

Clic Bianco 2007 Ronco dei Tassi
Pagliano 2006 Enzo Mecella
Lagrein Rosato Nives 2007 Castel Sallegg
Chianti Rufina 2006 Travignoli
Dolcetto d’Alba 2004 Monchiero

Look for more great wines on sale next week!

To purchase wines visit the Summer Sale page at VinoSiteShop.com.

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


Falling for Falanghina

August 20, 2008

Discover three whites made from the classic Campania variety

Falanghina is one of the most important white varieties in Campania, the region which produces southern Italy’s most distinguished whites. It is believed to have arrived in Italy with the ancient Greeks, and its name may originate from the Greek word phalanga, meaning stake or pole, around which the grape’s vines would wind.

The straw-colored wines made from Falanghina are typically fresh and aromatic, and are ideally suited Campania’s warm, laid-back summers. Vino is excited to introduce three Falanghina wines from three different Campania appellations.

Falanghina 2007 Terredora
Located in the town of Montefusco near Avellino, Terredora has been producing some of Campania’s top wines for thirty years, and is today perhaps the region’s most renowned producer. Previous vintages of this Irpinia IGT Falanghina have won medals at the Decanter Awards and International Wine Challenge.
$14

Ravello Bianco 2007 Marisa Cuomo
The Italian-Bosnian Marisa Cuomo is the wife of Andrea Ferraioli, who having inherited the Gran Furor Divina Costiera (or “divine coast”) winery created the company for her as a wedding gift. Produced in Ravello, just a short drive west from Salerno along the Amalfi coast, this Costa d’Amalfi DOC, a blend of 60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella, is light and refreshing, and best enjoyed on a sun-kissed Mediterranean terrace (or failing that, a Brooklyn fire escape).
$22

Falanghina del Beneventano 2007 Terra Solaris
The historic town of Taurasi is most famous for its red wine of the same name, but it is here that Terra Solaris produces its white Falanghina, in the hills of the Beneventano IGT. Pale in color with hints of green, this Falanghina offers a superior versatility, and an exotic, fruity elegance.
$12

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


A salute to champions

August 18, 2008

In which Vino pays homage to our medal-winning heroes in Beijing

USA swimmer Michael Phelps won a record eight gold medals in Beijing, beating the seven Olympic golds Mark Spitz's won seven in Munich 1972.

Unless you’ve been living in a self-imposed lunar exile the last two weeks, you’ll probably be more than aware of a little something called the Olympic Games, currently taking place in Beijing. The United States’ athletes have excelled at these games, which will no doubt forever be remembered for Michael Phelps’ record-shattering performances in the water cube.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt comfortably beat Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago to win the 100 meters final in a record 9.69 seconds.

This weekend has seen more spectacular action: from Usain “Lightning” Bolt’s breathtaking victory in the 100 metres final, to more impressive display by the United States’ young gymnasts. Italy has also wone its share of medals, especially in fencing, where the Azzurri have once again dominated.

Italy's Valentina Vezzali (left) and Margherita Granbassi (right) took gold and bronze in the Women's Individual Foil.

This week Vino honors these great olympians with our own selection of champion wines. And don’t forget — Vino will now be hosting its free tastings on Thursday and Friday! For the rest of August, Vino will be pouring five wines each Thursday and Friday, all of which will be available at a special 20% discounted price through Labor Day!

This week’s tasting
Vino will be pouring the following wines this Thursday and Friday afternoon between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Clic Bianco 2007 Ronco dei Tassi
A great value and perfect “party” wine, this light and tasty wine bursts out of the blocks faster than a Jamaican sprinter. This 100% Friulano is vinified and aged in stainless-steel vats, thus allowing the grape’s noble character to shine through, while retaining a crispness and freshness that make it very approachable and food-friendly. The name “Clic” was inspired by a Friulian dialectal term meaning “a small glass of wine shared with friends.”

Pagliano 2006 Enzo Mecella
While Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi is perhaps the more noted appellation, Verdicchio sourced from vineyards in the lesser-known Matelica appellation is coveted among Italian wine connoisseurs, not unlike those obscure Olympic disciplines you become hooked on for two weeks in August. Marche producer Enzo Mecella does not use barrique for his Verdicchio and he only releases it when he feels it has achieved his personal best.

Lagrein Rose 2007 Castel Sallegg
The screw-capped Nives is made from the same Lagrein grapes as those sourced for Count Kuenberg’s velvety Lagrein Riserva. The tannic Lagrein gives this wine complexity and structure while the enologist at Castel Sallegg ensures that the wine expresses the pillars of rosato: refreshing, easy-to-drink, adaptable, with all the poise and delicacy of Nastia Liukin on the balance beam.

Chianti Rufina 2006 Travignoli
A true Tuscan great from the subzone of Rufina, considered by many to be produce the most elegant Chianti wines. Chianti Rufina is fermented and aged in steel for eight months, and then spends a further two months in the bottle. Smooth, refined, with a super-toned body, Chianti Rufina has all the hallmarks of an Olympic champion.

Dolcetto d’Alba 2004 Monchiero
Always near the top of Vino’s podium, from one of Piedmont’s most respected Barolo producers comes this Dolcetto d’Alba. Monchiero is one of the few producers in the region which continues to use the most traditional winemaking methods. Its wines continue to set the pace and have a longevity which even 41 year-old swimming silver medallist Dara Torres would struggle to match.

FREE Olympic Champions Tasting

Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 21
5:30-7:30pm

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

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


Ferragosto!

August 15, 2008
The beaches at Viareggio on the Tuscan coast are a popular destination for Italian holiday-makers, as this photograph from last year's Ferragosto weekend demonstrates.

The beaches at Viareggio on the Tuscan coast are a popular destination for Italian holiday-makers, as this photograph from last year's Ferragosto weekend demonstrates.

It’s August 15, which in Italy means Ferragosto! This Italian mid-summer holiday takes its name from the Latin “Feriae Augusti“, after the Roman Emperor Augustus, and was later adopted by the Catholic church to commemorate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Today it generally signifies vacanze al mare, as Italians flock to the seaside, a mass exodus which can leave Italy’s usually bustling cities nothing but deserted ghost towns. Whether or not you’re heading to the beach this weekend, it’s the perfect occasion to taste some of Italy’s most interesting summer wines at Vino!

Long queues and sweltering driving conditions are a common problem on Italy's autostrade in August.

Long queues and sweltering driving conditions are a common problem on Italy's autostrade in August.

Don’t forget — Vino will now be offering its FREE tastings twice a week! For the rest of August, Vino will be pouring a selection of five wines on Thursday and Friday afternoons between 5:30 and 7:30pm. These wines will be available with a special 20% discount through Labor Day!

FREE Ferragosto Tasting
Friday, August 15,
5:30-7:30pm

Click here for full list of wines!

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.