Featured producer tasting: La Molara

September 30, 2009

Taste five wines from Campania, this Friday, 5:30-7:30pm

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


The best thing I ever ate? Orecchiette al ragù!

September 28, 2009

So says Michael Psilakis, as I Trulli is featured on the Food Network

Michael Psilakis doesn’t mince his words. “I was on a mission to find the ultimate pasta,” says the New York-based restaurateur, “and I’ve found it.” The chef and owner of Kefi and Anthos, two of the city’s finest Greek restaurants, Psilakis gave a big shout-out to I Trulli recently on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. “You walk into that restaurant and it’s like coming home,” he says. In particular, Dora Marzovilla‘s freshly-made pasta is something Psilakis struggles to get his head around: “How does flour and water become something different in her hands, than in everybody else’s hands?” Dora’s orecchiette have been on the menu at I Trulli since day one, and are best paired with Chef Patti Jackson‘s rabbit ragù. “You can tell that time and passion is behind what’s going on in that bowl,” gushes Psilakis. “This is the pasta that defines what pasta should be.”

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Check out The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network, Tuesdays at 9:30pm Eastern/8:30pm Central.

Vino’s wine classes return for Fall: Italian Wine 101, September 30

September 25, 2009

Back by popular demand, our introductory wine class returns, this Wednesday, 6:30pm

italy_wine_map emailMany Vino customers often confess confusion when attempting to fathom Italy’s vast mosaic of appellations, myriad grape varieties, and countless wine-making styles. While we admit that getting to grips with Italian wine can be a daunting task, there’s no better place to start making sense of it all than Italian Wine 101, our hugely popular tasting class. Now featured twice each term, this introductory seminar will help unravel some of the mystery surrounding Italian wine, and hopefully answer those questions that have vexed you for so long.

Participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representing the incredible diversity of Italy’s wines, expertly selected by your esteemed host, Vino’s own William “Lucky” Lee. Whether you’re an Italian wine novice or a veteran of vino, consider this class your springboard from which to dive deeper into Italian wine’s many hidden depths, while broadening your knowledge of this richly entertaining and endlessly rewarding subject.

with William Lee
Wednesday, September 30

For more details and reservations please call 212-725-6516 or email register@vinosite.com. Check out the classes page on our website for a complete schedule of classes coming to Vino this fall!

Featured producer tasting: Gianluigi Orsolani

September 23, 2009

Friday, September 25, 5:30-7:30pm

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Our featured producer tastings continue this Friday as we pour six wines by one of our most popular and versatile piemontese producers, Gianluigi Orsolani. The Caluso, Canavese and Carema DOCs might not roll off the tongue immediately, but they’re proof (were it needed) that there’s more to Piedmont’s wines than just Barolo. The Orsolani family name is synonymous with the local white variety, Erbaluce, but Gianluigi specializes in this and more: sparkling spumante, refreshing rosé and reds to rival the region’s best all form part of his stunning repertoire. On Friday afternoon taste six of Orsolani’s finest, each now available at an incredible 20% off!

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Caluso Erbaluce Cuvée Tradizione 2006
was $29, now $23.20

Determined to defy Erbaluce’s declining production, Francesco Orsolani (Gianluigi’s father) created the zone’s first “Champagne method” Erbaluce in 1968. This groundbreaking wine is made from 100% Erbaluce grapes using the metodo classico, whereby the wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle to create its fine pinpoint bubbles, yeasty aromas and white stone-fruit flavors.

Caluso Erbaluce La Rustìa 2008
was $20, now $16

Orsolani has been making La Rustìa since 1985: while dry Erbaluce had been common in the area for years, the concept of selecting the ripest grapes from the best sites in Caluso’s trellised vineyards had not yet taken hold. The selection of such fruit would result in a wine that was richer on the palate and milder in its acidity, resulting in a fresh, balanced white. The name La Rustìa is a dialectal reference to the “roasted” slopes where the grapes are grown with an ideal exposure.

Caluso Erbaluce Vignot S. Antonio 2006
was $25, now $20

Vignot S. Antonio is 100% single-vineyard Erbaluce vinified and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel. The wine is allowed to undergo partial malolactic fermentation while resting for up to eight months on the lees, giving the wine a weight and creaminess that sets it apart from many of its counterparts in the Caluso DOC.

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2008
was $15, now $12

The Orsolani name may be synonymous with local white variety Erbaluce, but in 2007 the fourth-generation producer broke with tradition. Using Nebbiolo, Barbera and Uva Rara, Orsolani created a small production of Canavese Rosato named Rubiconda. This fresh, fragrant and exquisitely dry rosato is a blend with enough structure to stand up to popular favorites like ribs, burgers and grilled chicken.

Canavese Rosso Acini Sparsi 2007
was $15, now $12

Orsolani calls this blend Acini Sparsi or “scattered grapes” because the winery sources the fruit for this Canavese from different estate-owned vineyards “scattered” across the appellation. While the Nebbiolo gives the wine structure and rich aromas, the Barbera and Uvarara help to soften the Nebbiolo’s tannin and add nice acidity, making this wine an excellent food wine at a great price.

Carema Le Tabbie 2003
was $33, now $26.40

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. Notoriously difficult to cultivate and manage, these demanding terraces are known as “tabbie” in the local dialect. Orsolani uses smaller clones of Nebbiolo (picotener and prugnet), whose greater ratio of skin to pulp lends the wine a beautiful, rich color.

Featured producer tasting:
Friday, September 25

For more details call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com. Check out the tastings page on our website for a complete list of upcoming producer tastings this fall!

So long to summer

September 22, 2009

It’s official: Fall arrives at I Trulli tonight, 6-8pm

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Enzo Mecella and I Trulli owner Nicola Marzovilla photographed by Jim Hutchinson at the winemaker’s estate in Fabriano (AN) last Spring.

You may find it hard to believe after the summer we’ve had in New York, but this evening, September 22, marks the official arrival of Autumn in the northern hemisphere. Which makes our Summer Garden Party a Fall Garden Party, for which we’ve selected five wines geared to help you through this untimely seasonal transition.

Enzo Mecella is one of the most gifted winemakers in the central Italian region of Marche: a graduate from Conegliano’s famed Scuola Enologica, he’s been making wine in Fabriano for over thirty years. Blessed with prime sites in the Matelica and Conero zones, Enzo’s commitment to cultivating local grapes such as Verdicchio and Montepulciano, plus a deft touch in the cellar, allow his wines to show all the essential character of their varieties and terroir.

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Verdicchio di Matelica Pagliano 2008

Verdicchio di Matelica Casa Fosca 2006

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2008

Rosso Piceno Colle Malvano 2007

Rosso Conero I Lavi 2005

Join us at I Trulli tonight in the lush seclusion of our private back garden, where you can indulge in Chef Patti Jackson‘s famous seasonal antipasti and taste five of Enzo’s delicately balanced wines. They’re perfect for these cool late-September nights, but we’re happy to bet you’ll still be drinking them after summer’s long gone.

Tuesday, September 22
plus tax and 18% gratuity

For further information and reservations please call 212-481-7372 or email info@itrulli.com.

Featured producer tasting: Castel de Paolis

September 15, 2009

Taste five wines from Lazio at Vino this Friday afternoon

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Despite the historical, cultural, religious and political attention heaped on Italy’s capital Rome, the region of Lazio is often overlooked, even when it comes to its wines. Fabrizio Santarelli is a man who is helping to change the perception of Lazio as a winemaking force in more ways than one. Located in the hills just south of Rome, the Castel de Paolis vineyards have been part of the Santarelli family since the 1960s. Today, Fabrizio not only produces delicious wines under the Castel de Paolis label, but also acts as president of Le Vigne del Lazio, a consortium of the region’s winemakers.

With this position comes the task of reshaping Lazio’s winemaking image and promoting its wines to an international market. Thanks to Santarelli the wines of Lazio are now finally beginning to receive the recognition they deserve, and one taste of Castel de Paolis’ delicate blends was enough to convince us Fabrizio’s doing fine work in both his jobs. On Friday afternoon you can try these wines for yourself as we pour the following five from Castel de Paolis, each now available at an incredible 20% off!

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Campo Vecchio Bianco 2007 Castel de Paolis
was $20, now $16

Campo Vecchio Bianco is a white wine made from a blend of grape varieties indigenous to the region: Malvasia del Lazio, Bellone, Romanesca, Bonvino, Passerina, Grechetto, and Trebbiano Giallo.

Frascati Superiore 2007 Castel de Paolis
was $22, now $17.60

Fabrizio Santarelli took the basic Frascati formula and amped it up by using the kinds of meticulous viticultural methods common to more prestigious appellations. Based on Malvasia and Trebbiano, as per the regulations of the DOC, Fabrizio has added several other native varieties for extra depth, including Bonvino and Cacchione.

Donna Adriana 2007 Castel de Paolis
was $26, now $20.80

In Lazio, they call the Malvasia “puntinata” (meaning “speckled”) because of its distinctive reddish spots. Donna Adriana is made from local clones of the grape with the addition of some Viognier and Sauvignon. The winemaker returns to the vineyard three times to ensure that each berry is picked at the peak of ripeness.

Campo Vecchio Rosso 2005 Castel de Paolis
was $22, now $17.60

Syrah has found a home in the hills southeast of Rome on several significant estates. Producers believe that the Rhone native fares well in the warm, arid climate better than the more famous French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. For his Campo Vecchio Rosso, Santarelli blends Syrah with the native varieties Cesanese and Montepulciano.

I Quattro Mori 2004 Castel de Paolis
was $42, now $33.60
Following the great frost of 1709, Italian growers planted international grape varieties in the hope of conquering the world market with their wines. For more than 300 years, grapes like Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot have been cultivated on estates in Italy. This Syrah-based blend is aged in new and older oak barrels before bottling, resulting in a very modern wine that isn’t so modern after all.

Featured producer tasting:
Friday, September 18

For more details call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com. Check out the tastings page on our website for a complete list of upcoming producer tastings this fall!

Featured producer tasting: Ronco dei Tassi

September 9, 2009

Starting September 11, taste wines by your favorite winemakers every Friday this fall!

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The north-eastern region of Friuli is renowned for being home to some of Italy’s most avant-garde winemakers, but there are still some producers whose commitment to tradition allows them to stand out from the crowd. Ronco dei Tassi’s Fabio Coser is a perfect example: a firm believer in terroir, he produces wines which typify the area.

Ronco dei Tassi is located in the province of Gorizia near the Slovenian border, where the area’s sandy subsoil is ideal for Coser’s careful cultivation and selection of local and international varieties. The results are modern, balanced wines, which have helped make the label a leader in the region: Fabio has the awards to prove it!

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Fabio Coser (center) samples wine in the cellar with sons Matteo and Enrico. Enrico heads the popular “Clic” line of wines (also available at Vino).

Though famed for his mono-varietal whites and the award-winning blend Fosarin, Coser also produces the Bordeaux-inspired Cjarandon and the rare dessert wine, Picolit. Taste five of Fabio’s wines at Vino this Friday from 5:30pm. The complete Ronco dei Tassi range will be available at a remarkable 20% off!

ronco tasting blogPinot Grigio 2008 Ronco dei Tassi
was $24, now $19.20
Fabio Coser uses only top fruit for the monovarietal bottling (the same that he uses for his top blend Fosarin). This excellent expression of Pinot Grigio shows beautiful fruit and nice acidity and is a great food wine.

Malvasia 2007 Ronco dei Tassi
was $24, now $19.20
Coser was so pleased with the 2005 vintage that he decided to make a 100% Malvasia for the first time in 2006. A traditional approach to winemaking and careful selection of fruit result in a superior expression of Malvasia, which is traditionally vinified as a dry wine in Friuli.

Fosarin 2007 Ronco dei Tassi
was $30, now $24

The sandy subsoil of Friuli’s Collio Goriziano appellation is ideal for the cultivation of both indigenous and international grape varieties. The 2005 and 2006 vintages of Fosarin were awarded Gambero Rosso’s coveted Tre Bicchieri prize.

Cjarandon 2004 Ronco dei Tassi
was $39, now $31.20
Cjarandon takes its name from the vineyard site where the grapes for this “Super Friulian” red are grown: a low-yield, gently barriqued blend of Merlot with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Picolit 2005 Ronco dei Tassi
was $45, now $36

A difficult grape variety to cultivate resulting in an increasingly rare wine, Picolit continues to be an important part of the Coser family’s output. Made from 100% dried (passito) grapes, the wine achieves its rich, warm color thanks to aging in small oak barrels that have been used previously for Chardonnay grapes.

Featured producer tasting:
Friday, September 11

For more details call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com. Check out the tastings page on our website for a complete list of upcoming producer tastings this fall!