Primavera pop

March 31, 2009

Big savings are bubbling up for spring at Vino

Bottles of Lambrusco at the Lini estate in Correggio, Reggio-Emilia. The corks will be popping this Friday afternoon at Vino.

Bottles of Lambrusco at the Lini estate in Correggio, Reggio-Emilia. The corks will be popping this Friday afternoon at Vino.

After the longest of winters Vino is finally ready to welcome spring, and to kick off the fairer season we’re offering some of our favorite sparkling wines at all-time low prices.

All three wines are among our best-loved sparklers: Col de’ Salici’s Prosecco Brut is a popular example of the classic aperitivo wine from Veneto, while Lini’s Rosé and Scuro are further evidence of the chic Emilian producer’s innovation and enterprise in Lambrusco.

The perfect start to a spring weekend, these three expressions of Italian effervescence will be available for tasting this Friday afternoon from 5:30pm. Take a refreshing break from the sunshine and showers and let your primavera really pop.

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Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut 2007 Col de’ Salici
was $18, now $15

Lambrusco Rosé 2007 Lini
was $17, now $14

Lambrusco Scuro 2007 Lini
was $20, now $14

Take a further 10% off on six bottles or more!

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

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Vino announces Spring 2009 Class Schedule

March 27, 2009

Our legendary wine classes are back for Spring!

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Spring is here… and so are Vino’s wine classes! Back by overwhelming demand, our popular tasting classes return this spring with a brand new schedule to take us right through to summer!

Class participants are treated to a unique tasting selected by the expert hand of our esteemed instructors, in fun and informative seminars guaranteed to spark lively debate. Our themed tastings explore all aspects of winemaking in Italy, often focusing on specific wines, grape varieties and winemaking regions.

Whether you’re an Italian wine novice or wish to broaden your existing knowledge, there is no better way to discover new wines, learn more about your favorites and form a greater appreciation for the complex subtleties and entertaining history of Italian wine and winemaking.

CLASS SCHEDULE SPRING 2009

For more information and reservations call 212-725-6516 or email register@vinosite.com.

ITALIAN WINE 101
with William “Lucky” Lee
Wednesday, April 15
$65

By far our most popular class, Italian Wine 101 is an introduction to some of Italy’s greatest grape varieties and wines. William “Lucky” Lee reviews the process of wine-making from grape to bottle and gives pointers on storing, serving and ordering wine. The course is great for both experienced enthusiasts and those new to Italian wine.

ON THE AI6: FROM NAPLES TO BARI
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Wednesday, April 22
$65

Vino takes you on a virtual road trip through Italy’s south, from the bay of Naples to the Adriatic coast, up and over the spine of the Appenines on the A16 autostrada. This highway cuts deep through wine country, roughly following the ancient Via Traiana across highlands of limestone and volcanic ash. A traveler passes through the heart of Aglianico with stops along the way to sample Coda di Volpe, Piedirosso, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, and Nero di Troia among others.

EMILIA-ROMAGNA: ITALY’S GASTRONOMIC HEARTLAND
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Wednesday, April 29
$65

Emilia-Romagna is rightly considered a culinary stronghold in Italy: a region where the best known cities – Bologna, Modena, Parma – are synonymous around the world with products which form the basis of Italian daily eating. Equally unique to the region are its popular wines – the lively, sparkling Lambrusco is the typical accompaniment to the area’s hearty dishes and rich flavors. Sample some classic Emilian dishes and enjoy wines by our favorite Lambrusco producer, Lini.

WINE & CHEESE
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Wednesday, May 6
$65

Like its wine, cheese is produced in every region in Italy, and invariably plays an integral part in Italians’ daily diet. While it is an essential ingredient in many of the country’s most popular recipes, many Italians enjoy eating cheese by itself, often paired with a suitable glass of wine. Jim will discuss Italy’s cheese production and serving methods, and offer useful tips on how best to pair a cheese with wine. Taste a varied selection of some of Italy’s finest and most popular formaggi, expertly matched with some of Vino’s favorite wines.

i-trulli-15-years-icon-2ITALIAN BREAD
with Chef Patti Jackson
Saturday, May 16
$85

Not a lot of people know that before she became a top chef, Patti Jackson spent nearly 20 years as a baker. Now witness this extensive baking prowess as she demostrates the preparation behind some of I Trulli’s favorite breads. As anyone who has traveled extensively in Italy will tell you, Italian bread is as diverse as the country’s wines. Foccaccia, schiacciata, grissini and taralli are just some of the typical Italian bread products featured in this fun new addition to Vino’s class schedule.

NOBLE NEBBIOLO
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, May 20
$75

Famed the world over for its use in the oft-celebrated Barolo and Barbaresco, the Nebbiolo grape variety actually goes a lot further, resulting in some of Italy’s most interesting wines. Let Robert guide you through a tasting of some excellent expressions of this legendary grape.

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with Dora Marzovilla and Chef Patti Jackson
Saturday, May 30
$85

Visitors to Italy (and I Trulli!) will undoubtedly be familiar with the delight that is fresh pasta. But why are so many of us disinclined to reproduce it at home? A little flour and water never hurt anyone, and making pasta from scratch is in fact a fast and simple procedure. Dora Marzovilla has been rolling fresh pasta at I Trulli since its doors first opened in 1994. As mother of restaurant owner Nicola Marzovilla, who better to teach the uninitiated? Dora will demonstrate preparation techniques for what is a cornerstone of Italian cooking.

THE KILLER B’s: BAROLO, BARBARESCO & BRUNELLO
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, June 3
$95

Hailed by wine lovers around the world, Piedmont’s Barolo and Barbaresco and Tuscan giant Brunello di Montalcino are undoubtedly three of Italy’s greatest wines. Their modern elevated status lends these wines a certain mystique, which Robert Scibelli will help you understand in this world-class tasting. Learn the epic history, assess the varied production techniques and discover the hidden truths behind the legends of these fantastic wines.

ITALIAN WINE 101
with William “Lucky” Lee
Wednesday, June 10
$65

Vino offers Italian Wine 101 twice this term! William “Lucky” Lee reviews the process of wine-making from grape to bottle and answers questions on storing, serving and ordering wine. The course is great for both experienced enthusiasts and those new to Italian wine.

ITALIAN EFFERVESCENCE
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Wednesday, June 17
$65

Though often enjoyed as a before-dinner aperitivo or as a less-expensive alternative to Champagne, Italian sparkling wines are in fact as varied in style, taste and production as their still counterparts. No surprise then, that Italians are just as likely to drink such wines before, during or after a meal. Prosecco, Franciacorta and Lambrusco are just the most recognized varieties within Italy’s lengthy list of delightful bubblies. Taste diverse sparkling wines from various Italian regions in what is an ideal introduction to a slightly misunderstood class of wines.

For further details please visit our website, vinosite.com.


The cream of Carema: great Nebbiolo for $33

March 25, 2009

Orsolani’s rare Carema DOC Le Tabbie is arguably our best-value expression of this noble grape

Now entering... Carema. This tiny town is located about 60 kilometers north of Turin. At the last count its population numbered 754.

Now entering... Carema. This tiny town is located about 60km north of Turin. At the last count its population numbered 754.

Think Nebbiolo and the mind invariably races to the celebrated wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. But Carema? In northern Piedmont lies this tiny hamlet, home to a truly unique viticultural landscape. The Carema DOC’s especially thin topsoil has led to the creation of terraced vineyards supported by monumental granite columns, which rise up dramatically into the mountains towards Valle d’Aosta.

The steep sloping terraced vineyards, or "tabbie", are clearly visible beyond the town of Carema.

In this photo the steep sloping terraced vineyards, or "tabbie", are clearly visible beyond the town of Carema.

Notoriously difficult to cultivate and manage, these demanding terraces are known as “tabbie” in the local dialect. Gian Luigi Orsolani is one of just a handful of producers equal to the challenge, and his resulting wine is called simply, Le Tabbie.

Giant granite columns support the Nebbiolo vines used for Gian Luigi Orsolani's Le Tabbie.

Giant granite columns support the Nebbiolo vines used for Gian Luigi Orsolani's Le Tabbie.

Known for his expertise in producing wines from the Erbaluce grape, for Le Tabbie Orsolani uses two clones of Nebbiolo, picotener and prugnet, whose high skin-to-pulp ratio lends the wine its rich, ruby color. Aged in oak botti for three years, the wine spends a further twelve months in bottle before its release on the market.

le-tabbieAn elegant and affordable expression of the variety in what was a fine vintage for Carema, Le Tabbie is proof that top-class Nebbiolo can be enjoyed guilt-free. Orsolani is one of only three Carema DOC producers whose wines are available in the United States, making Le Tabbie all the more special.

Carema Le Tabbie 2003 Orsolani
$33

Save 10% on six bottles,
20% on case of 12!

Taste Le Tabbie at Vino, this Friday, March 27 from 5:30pm!

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


Vinitaly: The World We Love

March 24, 2009

The 43rd edition of the international wine event returns to Verona, April 2-9

Vinitaly: The World We Love

Vinitaly is back! After a successful tour of Asia and the US in 2008, the wine fair returns to Verona this spring. From April 2-9, 2009, the Italian and international wine world will descend upon Veronafiere, the 89,630 square meter exhibition space which for last year’s event squeezed in 4,215 exhibitors, 157,177 visitors and 2,054 journalists. This year’s event is Vinitaly’s 43rd edition, unapologetically subtitled “Il Mondo che Amiamo” or “The World We Love” (whether the world in question is Vinitaly or wine itself is open to interpretation).

Just one of the countless tasting events which took place at Vinitaly in 2008.

The Vinitaly experience can be in equal parts rewarding and exhausting. Just one of the countless tasting sessions which took place at last year's event.

Naturally, Vino will be sending its team of experts into the depths of Vinitaly, on a mission to seek out the latest and greatest wine developments from Italy. Check back here for a post-Vinitaly report!


Cooking an Italian Easter

March 23, 2009

Chef Patti Jackson shows you how in a special Pasqua-themed class

Elaborate processions, such as this one in Cagli, Abruzzo, are commonplace in Italian towns at Eastertime.

Elaborate processions, such as this one in Cagli, Abruzzo, are commonplace in Italian towns at Eastertime.

Easter is a magical time in Italy, not least around the dinner table. For many Italian families “Pasqua” is the most important holiday of the calendar, especially where mealtimes are concerned: it’s a chance to indulge in some of the best food of the year, both on Easter Sunday (Pasqua) and Easter Monday (commonly referred to as Pasquetta or “Little Easter”).

In Rome, revellers from around the world fill the vast piazza in front of St. Peter's Basilica to hear the Pope's Easter message.

In Rome, revellers from around the world fill the vast piazza in front of St. Peter's Basilica to hear the Pope's Easter message.

This year, Easter arrives early at I Trulli. On Saturday, March 28, Chef Patti Jackson (right) of I Trulli and Centovini hosts a special themed cooking seminar in which she will demonstrate the preparation behind some of Italy’s most beloved Easter dishes.

Pastiera is a type of Italian cake made with ricotta cheese. It originates from the area of Naples. It is a typical cake during Easter time.

Made using ricotta and eggs, Pastiera is the traditional Easter cake of Naples.

Class participants will learn how to make classic Italian Easter favorites such as agnello arrosto (roasted baby lamb), cianfotta di primavera (mixed spring vegetable stew), pastiera (traditional Easter cheesecake) and scarcella della Puglia (ring-shaped cake baked with Easter eggs).

Cooking an Italian Easter
with Chef Patti Jackson
Saturday, March 28
1:30-3:30pm
$105

For reservations call 212-725-6516 or email register@vinosite.com.


Donate a dollar to Tap Project

March 20, 2009

Vino, I Trulli and Centovini ask you to help us raise funds for World Water Week

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What is the Tap Project?
Launched in New York City in 2007, the Tap Project raises vital donations and awareness for UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs.

How does it work?
The Tap Project is based on a simple concept: restaurants ask patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised go to support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. For every dollar raised by the Tap Project, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.

Where can I donate my dollar?
I Trulli and Centovini are among some 2,300 restaurants throughout the country participating in this year’s Tap Project. In anticipation of this exciting event, Vino will be hosting a special Tap Project tasting this afternoon!

When does the Tap Project start?
The Tap Project runs during World Water Week, March 22-28, 2009.

To learn more visit www.tapproject.org.


Tap Project Tasting

March 18, 2009

Donate a dollar for World Water Week

World Water Week, March 22-29, 2009

This Friday Vino asks those who come to our free tasting to donate $1 for World Water Week, an event organized by the Tap Project. From March 22-28, 2009 the Tap Project will raise vital donations and awareness for UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs.

The Tap Project is based on a simple concept: the donation of $1 or more for tap water usually enjoyed for free raises funds to support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. For every dollar raised by the Tap Project, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.

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The Pont-du-Gard in Southern France (left) and the aqueduct in Segovia, Spain (right), are two of the best preserved Roman aqueducts. Each is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vino will be pouring four wines by Rome-based producer Castel de Paolis. After all, it was the Romans who first revolutionized urban sanitation by introducing aqueducts to carry fresh water into their cities. Another aqueous connection surrounds Castel de Paolis’ wine I Quattro Mori, named after a fountain in Marino, where they’ve been known to turn water into wine — literally. Once a year, as part of this small Lazio town’s Sagra dell’Uva festival, the fountain is hooked up to vats of the local wine’s latest vintage, much to the delight of Marino’s inhabitants.

Join us for our special Tap Project Tasting this Friday, March 20, from 5:30pm. Naturally on this occasion, tap water will also be on hand for those who wish to cleanse their palate!

Taste these wines on Friday!Campo Vecchio Bianco 2007 Castel de Paolis
$20

Donna Adriana 2007 Castel de Paolis
$26

Campo Vecchio Rosso 2005 Castel de Paolis
$22

I Quattro Mori 2004 Castel de Paolis
$42

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

Click here to learn more about the Tap Project and World Water Week.