Pasta for Kids!

November 10, 2008

Budding young chefs are invited to I Trulli for a hands-on pasta-making class and lunch!

It's never too early to get hands-on experience in the kitchen at I Trulli, as this tomato-covered tot demonstrates.

There are some things every child loves. Cartoons. Lego. Staying up late. And at dinnertime, especially pasta. Parents across America have been serving their children noodles and tomato sauce for generations, and the ever-popular spaghetti and meatballs still ranks as the #5 favorite food of kids in the U.S. So what better reason to get your junior pasta-lovers in the kitchen? On Saturday, November 15, join mother-and-daughter Dora and Domenica Marzovilla at I Trulli as they host “Pasta for Kids”, a fun-packed, hands-on pasta-making class designed especially for the future chefs of tomorrow, followed by a delicious traditional Italian lunch!

Generations of American kids have enjoyed spaghetti at home and at school, although few brazenly dare to ignore the "no white shirt" rule like this pasta-loving tyke.

i-trulli-logo-address-2-inchPasta for Kids
with Dora and Domenica Marzovilla
Saturday, November 15
$55 per person

More details are available on I Trulli’s website. For further information and reservations please call 212-725-6516 or email register@vinosite.


Sock it to me!

November 8, 2008

LINI910 unveils the Lambrusco bottle-sock

LINI910 as followed up its chic PVC bag with the innovative bottle-sock.

LINI910 has followed up its chic PVC bag with this innovative bottle-sock.

First came the bag, now the bottle-sock. Stylish Emilian producer Alicia Lini continues to tap into the uncharted marketplace of wine-related gadgets for the stylish urban Lambrusco consumer. Regular readers of this blog may remember the somewhat coveted LINI910 PVC bag we featured back in July. This was followed by the launch of the company’s new website. Now we are excited to reveal the next step in Lini’s wine brand innovation: introducing the bottle-sock!

A bottle of Labrusca Rosso fits snugly inside the custom-built Lini bottle-sock.

A bottle of Labrusca Rosso fits snugly inside the custom-built Lini bottle-sock.

Vino’s Jim Hutchinson visited the Lini estate in Correggio last month, and returned to New York with this chic bottle-hugging accessory. Made of durable, black thermal material, the sock zips up snugly over a bottle of Labrusca, keeping your wine both cool and protected. The bottle-sock you see in these pictures is one of only two currently in the U.S., but stay tuned: more LINI910 gear may be making its way stateside in ’09. I for one am holding my breath for a full-blown Spring/Summer collection…

Photographs by James Taylor

Italian Cabernet

November 7, 2008

Our cabernet tasting class has it all: controversy, international intrigue… and great wines

Cabernet Sauvignon. Meg Page. 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon. Meg Page. 2007

The words “Cabernet Sauvignon” may evoke wines from France or California in the minds of many, and with good reason — the variety’s prominence in wines from Bordeaux led to its more recent popularity with winemakers in Napa. But Italian Cabernet? Though perhaps not immediately associated with Italian wines, the grape has been grown in Italy since the 19th century, and many producers there now consider it a native variety.

Yet Cabernet has a controversial history in Italy, where for many years it was considered a suspicious “foreign influence” on wine production, at the expense of the cultivation of local varieties. Once an illegal blending partner for Nebbiolo in Barolo, Cabernet achieved notoriety in Italy more than a generation ago, when it became commonly blended with other varieties — often with Sangiovese — to create the phenomenon of “Super Tuscan” wines.

Today, after decades of experimentation, Italian producers have successfully incorporated Cabernet into their winemaking, often resulting in superior wines. Join us at Vino on November 12 for Italian Cabernet, as Robert Scibelli, DWS, leads a revealing tasting of ten Cabernet-based wines and delves further into the history of this internationally renowned variety.


Cabernet Sauvignon grows successfully in all Italian regions but, because of Italy’s varied climate, its nature can change dramatically from place to place. While we will taste the likes of Castello dei Rampolla’s Sammarco and Paola Di Mauro’s Colle Picchioni, wines that are emblematic of Cabernet Sauvignon’s rise to elite status in Italy, it might be bottles like La Stoppa’s Stoppa or Ronco dei Tassi’s Cjarandon that will take tasters by surprise. These wines, the products of traditions stretching back to the early 20th century, are excellent facsimiles of classic Bordeaux and fine reflections of their respective terroir.

Italian Cabernet
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
November 12

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email

“Orange wines kick ass!”

November 6, 2008

agenoAgeno recieves positive review on Vinography

“Orange wines kick ass!” So says Alder Yarrow in a glowing review of La Stoppa’s Ageno on San Francisco-based wine blog Vinography. The Emilian producer’s so-called orange wine is the creation of Elena Pantaleoni, and is actually a blend of Malvasia, Trebbiano, and a rare local variety called Ortrugo. According to Yarrow, the wine achieves its orange hue thanks to a lengthier contact with the grape skins and resulting oxidization process. Yarrow’s luscious tasting notes for Ageno is one of the most entertaining descriptions of a drinking experience I’ve read in a long time:

“A gorgeous medium amber-orange color in the glass, with a distinct haze of cloudiness, this wine has a phenomenal, almost otherworldly nose of exotic flowers, saffron, and orange creamsicle. On the palate it is weighty, with a texture that is almost tannic in quality, gripping the tongue like a velvet glove. From a flavor standpoint it is nearly indescribable — brown sugar, honeysuckle, saffron, cream soda, and unbelievably, the distinct flavor of coffee and cream on a finish that can be measured in minutes.”

Alder Yarrow, vinographer.

Alder Yarrow, vinographer.

Vinography was born in 2004 as a personal project for founding editor Alder Yarrow, and has since grown into one of the most influential blogs for non-mainstream writing. San Francisco Magazine hailed Yarrow as “The Wine World’s Brightest Cyberstar”, yet for the Stanford University graduate, Vinography remains an evening hobby: by day Yarrow is founder and principal of the interactive design and strategy consulting firm, HYDRANT.

La Stoppa’s 2004 vintage Ageno is available now at Vino.

Change has come…

November 5, 2008

…even to Italian winemaking. Try these two certified-organic natural wines at Vino this Friday!


Italy's front pages this morning were dedicated to Barack Obama's historic election win last night.

Dolcetto di Dogliani 2006 Cascina Corte
Try Cascina Corte’s 2006 Dolcetto di Dogliani! This organically-produced offering has a charming cherry, earth and herb aromatic character and a full-bodied, firmly tannic palate. We drank it last week in a great little osteria in Belvedere Langhe. It was wonderful with carne cruda and agnolotti plin. Cascina Corte is a husband-and-wife team, Amalia Battaglia, a doctor, and Sandro Barosi, a devoted advocate and veteran of the Slow Food movement. Their winery is one of a growing number of producers who use organic viticultural principles to make limited amounts of “natural” wine.

Cascina Corte is one of three organic producers of the newly minted, dolcetto-based Dogliani DOCG. Producers in Dogliani like to remind us that while in Asti and Alba the best growing sites are reserved for Barbera and Nebbiolo, in their slice of the Langhe the best vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Dolcetto. Cascina Corte’s Dolcetto vineyards were planted in the 1940s high on Dogliani’s famed San Luigi Hill. Over the past seven years they have been tended using organic methods and, beginning with the ’06 vintage, have been ICEA certified.

Vinum 2007 Guido Gualandi
Located in the Montespertoli subzone of Chianti, Guido Gualandi is among the most interesting and exciting producers to emerge from the appellation in recent memory. Gualandi names his white “Vinum,” the latin word for wine, as it is made following a Roman recipe. Like many of Guido’s wines, Vinum is made with historical Tuscan varieties: it is a blend of Malvasia Lunga della Chianti, the local clone of Malvasia, and smaller amounts of Coda di Cavallo, the local clone of Trebbiano. He lets the grapes macerate for 10 days in traditional chestnut vats to give the wine structure and character. Only 1,000 bottles are produced.certified-organic-wines-small

FREE Certified Organic Tasting
Friday, November 7

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email Further details are available at

The world may have changed, but this gentleman remains unfazed.

The world may be changing, but this gentleman remains unfazed.

Italy has voted.

November 4, 2008

What is organic wine?

November 3, 2008

Discover the truth behind non-interventionist winemaking in Italy at our Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines class

Can you...

Questions from clients about organic and biodynamic winemaking have become common over the last couple years, joining concerns about taste, price and region of origin as primary considerations in many purchases. As people become increasingly concerned with the methods used to make their food it is no surprise that wine, often the most expensive element of a meal, has come under greater scrutiny.


At Vino we embrace the movement towards more natural production methods and seek producers who do their best to make as pure a wine as possible. We also have learned that nothing is simple when it comes to understanding the thicket of certifications and regulations that have emerged from the myriad bureaucracies, here and in Europe, that attempt to control what we drink.

...the difference?

Please join us this Wednesday for a tasting and discussion designed to provide insight into an emerging element in Italian and international winemaking that has already permanently changed the way we view both the enjoyment and business of wine.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS, and Kayt Mathers

Wednesday, November 5

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

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