Meet winemaker Fabrizio Santarelli

October 31, 2008

Nicola Marzovilla welcomes Castel de Paolis owner for A Taste of Rome

Fabrizio Santarelli samples wine in the Castel de Paolis cellar, Grottaferrata.

Fabrizio Santarelli samples wine in the Castel de Paolis cellar in Grottaferrata, near Rome.

Lazio winemaker and owner of the Castel de Paolis winery Fabrizio Santarelli was so excited to learn of I Trulli’s upcoming Lazio-themed dinner, A Taste of Rome, that he has decided to fly to New York City especially for the occasion. On November 10, Mr. Santarelli will be at I Trulli present his wines and co-host this extraordinary event as Nicola Marzovilla‘s special guest. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a truly memorable evening!

A Taste of Rome
with Fabrizio Santarelli
Monday, November 10
$125 (plus tax and gratuity)

For more information and reservations please call 212-481-7372 or email


Vino “At Home” at Italian Consulate

October 30, 2008

Barry Bergdoll talks pre-fab architecture, I pour the wine at Bogliasco Foundation event

A view of the tranquil Ligurian coastal town of Bogliasco.

A view of the tranquil Ligurian coastal town of Bogliasco.

Last night I attended an event organized by the Bogliasco Foundation, held at the Italian Consulate on Park Avenue and 69th Street. The Bogliasco Foundation organizes a study center for the arts and humanities located in the small Ligurian town of Bogliasco, just a few miles down the coast from Genoa. Yesterday evening’s event, organized by foundation Director of Development and Communications Hope O’Reilly, comprised of a lecture by Barry Bergdoll entitled At Home in the Museum: Full Scale Architecture on Display. Mr. Bergdoll is a professor of architectural history, theory and criticism at Columbia University as well as Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where he recently organized and curated the ambitious and successful Home Delivery exhibition.

Barry Bergdoll at MoMA. To his left is an archive photo of Philip Johnson and Mies Van der Rohe.

Barry Bergdoll at MoMA. To his left is an archive photo of Philip Johnson and Mies Van der Rohe.

Mr. Bergdoll, himself a Bogliasco fellow, spoke at length about the history of pre-fabricated homes, and the challenge of exhibiting them within a museum setting. The evening was introduced by Hon. Francesco Maria Talo’, Consul General to Italy, while Mr. James Harrison, President of the Bogliasco Foundation, spoke about the organization and presented a series of beautiful photos of the center’s Villa dei Pini and the pretty village of Bogliasco. Foundation trustee Jorge Amador was also in attendance.

Lini's Lambrusco Scuro flowed liberally at the Italian Consulate last night.

Lini's Lambrusco Scuro flowed liberally at the Italian Consulate last night.

Having previously worked at MoMA and visited Bogliasco on more than one occasion, I felt it more than appropriate that Vino should provide wines for the reception which followed, where I was on hand to pour and satisfy the curiosity of the wine-conscious guests. We chose to feature three rare and unique wines from three renowned winemaking regions: Filena Ruppi‘s Chardonnay-Pinot Bianco-Incrocio Manzoni blend Starsa Bianco 2007 Tenuta del Portale, Enrico Coser‘s 100% Merlot Rosso delle Venezie 2007 Clic, and Alicia Lini‘s chic Lambrusco Scuro 2007 Lini 910. All three wines really hit the spot, even for the consulate’s own carabinieri, who were able to enjoy a glass or two “on duty”.

Vinitaly in New York

October 30, 2008
The tasting event was held in the elegant Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library.

The tasting event was held in the elegant Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library.

Yesterday I attended the New York leg of Vinitaly’s U.S. tour, held at the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The event, held in the library’s elegant Celeste Bartos Forum, featured the wines of over 30 different producers, importers and distributors from all over Italy. The tour stopped in Miami, Palm Beach and Russia earlier this year before the traditional event in Verona last April. Vinitaly returned to the U.S. this fall, where in addition to New York, events were also held in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The tour’s next stop is Asia, with dates planned for Beijing, Shanghai and Macao, before heading to Brazil for the first time in 2009.

Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2008

On October 31, Vino hosts its most frightening Friday tasting yet. Join us – if you dare…

Vino's exterior can appear intimidating on a dark night.

Vino's exterior can appear intimidating on a dark night.

This Friday, at the stroke of 5:30pm, as the full moon rises into the dark Manhattan sky, those who dare venture down the mystical path that is East 27th Street will find themselves at a truly terrifying tasting!

The staff at Vino have plundered the dank depths of their dungeon cellar and unearthed three wines to tempt you and make you tremble with delight (and maybe just a little fear). This spookiest of samplings is FREE but may cost you your soul…!

Lambrusco Scuro 2007 Lini 910
From the usually festive Lini range, this red sparkling Lambrusco is a darker, heavier alternative to its more innocent cousin, Labrusca Rosso, thanks to a lengthier, more gruesome period of maceration and full fermentation. Like a dark and deadly knight, the nocturnal Lambrusco Scuro (literally, “dark lambrusco”) arrives from Emilia-Romagna dressed in black and ready for night.

Pinot Nero 2004 Castel Sallegg
In Alto Adige, high amidst the Dolomite Alps, there lies a lakeside castle, in which there lives a count: Count Georg Von Kuenberg, whose dwelling is the Castel Sallegg. This ominous abode also happens to be one of the region’s top winemaking estates. The cool swirling breezes rising up from misty Lake Caldaro allow the thin-skinned Pinot Nero grapes to flourish on the slopes, resulting in a haunting expression of this unique terroir.

Valtellina Inferno 2004 Conti Sertoli Salis
Conti Sertoli Salis’ Nebbiolo-based Inferno comes from the snowcapped Alpine mountains of Lombardia’s Valtellina Superiore DOCG subzone of the same name (so-called for its warm micro-climate). The juice is then aged for 12 to 18 months in barrels cut from (possibly enchanted) trees of Slavonian oak. Don’t be deceived by the flowery label and rich aroma: the fiery Inferno is a hellish wine worthy of its name.

FREE Halloween Tasting
Friday, October 31

(costumes are not required)

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email

Vino wishes you a Happy Halloween!

Enoteca I Trulli in The New York Observer

October 23, 2008

We’ve made the list of the city’s Top 10 wine bars

This week's Observer front cover.

The front cover of this week's Observer.

Enoteca I Trulli is featured in this week’s New York Observer, in the newspaper’s list of New York’s Top 10 wine bars. The article praises the enoteca’s marble-topped counter, handy location and “haute bar treats”. The enoteca’s staff is described as “cheery”, while the all-Italian wine list is “intensely curated” by “maestro” Nicola Marzovilla.

Read the full article here.

Vino on Imbibe New York

October 22, 2008

NYC-based wine blog reviews last week’s tasting

Vino is featured this week on Imbibe New York, a stylish and informed website/blog created specifically for the city’s wine consumers. Imbibe is the creation of Karen Ulrich, a writer and photographer who, recognizing a niche for herself in the blogosphere, launched the site last Spring. “I started thinking about how specialized the wine industry in New York has become,” says Karen. “I wanted to learn more about wine and decided that the best way was to create my own site.”

Imbibe New York is a great source for the city's wine lovers.

Imbibe New York is a great source for the city's wine lovers.

Karen writes of her own experiences in wine, reviewing bottles in addition to the city’s ever-increasing number of wine bars and boutiques. The blog is an ideal source for discerning drinkers faced with an occasionally overwhelming choice, choosing to focus on the things local wine-lovers need to know: cost, atmosphere, service and selections.

Last Friday Karen stopped by Vino for our free Casa Emma Tasting, where she was happy to sample three wines, of which the Tuscan winery’s 100% Merlot, Soloìo, impressed most. Karen is currently studying for her WSET certificate at the International Wine Center, a useful qualification with which to further report on New York’s burgeoning wine scene.

Visit Imbibe New York!

Brunello: the nightmare is over

October 21, 2008

Siena magistrates let Banfi off the hook

La Repubblica, 10/21/08.

As reported in today’s La Repubblica, the Siena Brunello hearings came to a close today. Though extensively reported on by our friends at VinoWire, Do Bianchi and The Pour, Vino has shied away from being drawn into the debate, preferring instead to watch with some amusement as Italy’s winemakers and wine-governing bodies go at it on live television. Today’s verdict sees Banfi cleared of any wrong-doing. The judge stated that the 2003 vintage conforms to Brunello law. Winery owner Cristina Mariani-May commented thus: “With the definitive “liberation” of our Brunello we can finally return to dedicate ourselves, with renewed passion and dedication, to the tireless search for excellence which has made us famous and appreciated throughout the world. Or, in the words of Nicola Marzovilla, “Finally we can now all sleep at night.”