Wave goodbye to a decade at Vino

December 29, 2009

Well, 2010 is almost upon us, and as we prepare to embrace another decade, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were on the cusp of a new millennium. Yet just think how the world has changed in the last ten years: 1999 now seems like a much simpler time, an age when the terms “tweeting”, “Jon Gosselin” and “Portuguese water dog” held little or no meaning for any of us.

But when it comes to throwing a New Year’s Eve party, techno-advances and cultural shockwaves have not dampened our preference for something chilled, bottle-shaped — and the bubblier the better! To celebrate the arrival of 2010 Vino is hosting a very special tasting this Thursday evening, as we feature our selection of fun and delicious Italian sparkling wines designed to help you welcome the new year in style!

Join us from 5:30pm this Thursday, December 31. For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.

That don’t impress me much: just some of the things from 1999 we’re probably better off without in 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


I Trulli on Fox 5’s Good Day New York!

December 24, 2009

It was a very special Christmas Eve at I Trulli: the restaurant was featured on Fox 5’s Good Day New York this morning in a live cooking segment celebrating the classic dish, cavatelli with broccoli rabe. Dora Marzovilla (assisted by her grandchildren) rolled fresh cavatelli which Chef Patti Jackson cooked up for meteorologist Mike Woods. The full recipe is available on the MyFox website!

Holidays at I Trulli

December 23, 2009

Celebrate the season with our special menus for the Feast of The Seven Fishes and New Year’s Eve!

With the holidays in full swing, I Trulli is warming up for two of the most memorable and festive evenings of the year! As is tradition, we are excited to announce our special menus for The Feast of The Seven Fishes and New Year’s Eve! Chef Patti Jackson has prepared two special menus reflecting the holiday traditions of both the restaurant and the regional cuisine from which we draw inspiration. We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, December 23 – Thursday, December 24
The Feast of the Seven Fishes
$65 / Four courses
Chef Patti Jackson interprets the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner with a classic seafood-based menu. The Feast of the Seven Fishes will also be available family style on December 24! Complete menu available here!

Thursday, December 31
New Year’s Eve
Celebrate the New Year at I Trulli! Chef Patti Jackson’s exclusive menu will help you welcome 2010 in true Italian style. Click here for Patti’s menu!

First seating: 5:30-7:30pm
$65 / Four courses

Second seating: 8:00pm onwards
$85 / Five courses plus sparkling toast

Chef Patti Jackson’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings

For more information and reservations please visit our website or contact 212-481-7372 or email reservations@itrulli.com.


La Gazzella and Le Muraglie by Ezio Voyat at 20% off!

December 22, 2009

Vino’s holiday sale continues today as we feature the wines of legendary Valle d’Aosta producer Ezio Voyat. Though he made his living as an accountant for a casino, Ezio Voyat forged his legend as a producer of some of Italy’s most distinctive wines. His two Moscato, the dry La Gazzella, the red blend Le Muraglie and the sweet Ambrato are truly wines of place, slightly austere and aromatic with brisk acidity balancing concentration of flavor.

Like the mountains from which they come these wines can be imposing and difficult to attain but with time and effort their mysteries unfold and their charms become a warm embrace. Voyat made wine in Chambave, a hamlet in the Valle d’Aosta, his modest house and cellar within walking distance of his several acres of hillside vineyard. Ezio Voyat died in 2003 leaving his wife and daughter (above) to carry on his sizeable winemaking legacy.

La Gazzella 2005
was $38, now $30.40
Legendary winemaker Ezio Voyat named his sleek, elegant 100% Moscato after his daughter Marilena, Olympic sprinter and 1980s Italian track sensation, known by fans as the “Gazelle.” While most Italian Moscato is vinified as sweet wine, Voyat’s La Gazzella is a dry wine with uncommon depth and structure. The 2005 is crisp and fresh, with mineral complexity created in the vineyard by the cool nights of the Alpine summer (the cool evening breeze allows the berries to ripen slowly and thus the roots absorb more character from the limestone subsoil). The fruit for this unusual wine is sourced from the estate’s terraced vineyards in the province of Chambave in the Valle d’Aosta region, where French and Italian are spoken.

Rosso Le Muraglie 2006
was $43, now $34.40

The fruit for Voyat’s Le Muraglie (“The Walls”) Chambave Rosso is sourced from an ancient cloistered growing site (barely five acres) where the winemaker uses promiscuous growing techniques (allowing naturally occurring foliage to grow among the vines) and minimal intervention in the cellar to create a light, bright red wine with extraordinary depth and structure and lingering secondary and tertiary berry aromas and flavors. Made from Petit Rouge, smaller amounts of Dolcetto, and Gros Vien (a rare grape that grows exclusively in Valle d’Aosta), Voyat blends the wine to achieve a perfect balance of tannin, acidity, and alcohol. The resulting wine is elegantly powerful but retains a lightness that can only be attributed to the winemaker’s style and deft touch.

Ambrato Le Muraglie 2000
was $117, now $93.60

Ezio Voyat’s Ambrato Le Muraglie is a dried-grape wine made from estate-grown Moscato grapes. The name Ambrato or “ambered” comes from the wine’s rich color: cask aging and gentle oxidation give this dessert wine its unique mouthfeel and flavor. Ezio’s daughter, Marilena, told us that she recently opened bottles of the Ambrato from the 1950s: this dessert wine is ready to drink but also offers remarkable aging potential.

Remember, this 20% off sale is for one day only!

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

Patti Jackson on The Daily Beast

December 22, 2009

Patti Jackson is on The Daily Beast today! The I Trulli chef gives her Fresh Picks on the site’s Blogs & Stories, selecting her favorite holiday recipe, restaurant, cookbook and food destination. Her choices may surprise you! Check out the full article here!

Let it snow! Save 20% on Lagrein, Schiava and other Alpine favorites!

December 21, 2009

Vino’s holiday sale continues this week as we feature the wines of sub-Alpine producer Castel Sallegg. Nestled between the majestic peaks of the Dolomite Alps, the area surrounding Lake Caldaro in the German-speaking region of Alto Adige is an optimum wine producing zone. Amidst this tranquil Alpine valley lie the vineyards of Castel Sallegg, a winery fortunate enough to possess some of the most desirable sites on the western slopes of the lake, and in the village of Caldaro.

Three varieties typically cultivated in the region, Schiava and Lagrein, and Moscato Giallo, benefit from Lake Caldaro’s unique climate, providing Castel Sallegg with what are arguably its most distinctive wines. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero are grown on historic sites in the village center.

The Castel Sallegg, in addition to its winemaking reputation, boasts a history steeped in nobility. In 1851 the castle itself and its surrounding vineyard was bought by Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of Lombardy-Veneto. It was later inherited by the Counts von Kuenburg through Prince Henry of Campofranco. A keen sense of custodial responsibility and continuity are deeply rooted in the Von Kuenburg family, and today Georg von Kuenburg (above), together with enologist Matthias Hauser, ensures that quality and tradition continue to be maintained.

Pinot Bianco 2008
was $20, now $16

The sandy, pebbly lime subsoil in the slopes that surround Lake Caldaro are ideal for creating a fresh, mineral-driven, Pinot Bianco. The wine’s crisp, balanced acidity makes it a great food-friendly wine that pairs well with the often sharp flavors of the local cuisine.

Moscato Giallo 2008
was $21, now $16.80

Moscato Giallo is an aromatic grape considered indigenous to Trentino-Alto Adige. Its aromatic nose, pronounced deep golden color make it an excellent pairing for richer foods and is often paired with some of the region’s cow’s milk cheeses.

Lagrein Rosé 2008
was $20, now $16

The tannic Lagrein grapes give this wine complexity and structure while the enologist at Castel Sallegg ensures that the wine expresses the pillars of rosato: refreshing, easy-to-drink and adaptable. The wine is made from the same Lagrein grapes as those sourced for Count Kuenberg’s Lagrein Riserva.

Schiava Bischofsleiten 2008
was $20, now $16

A grape variety that has grown for generations on the steep slopes of sub-Alpine Alto Adige, Schiava produces a lightly-colored red wine that is a local favorite. Schiava finds its greatest expression on the western side of Lake Caldaro where, trained in the traditional pergola system, grapes can achieve maximum ripeness and attain the most unique reflection of their terroir. Bischofsleiten, or Bishop’s Slope, is a vineyard named for its founder, the Bishop of Trento, and is considered by many area producers to be the zone’s best site.

Pinot Nero 2005
was $24, now $19.20

Castel Sallegg’s vineyards lie on the slopes that rise up from the lake. In this alpine valley, temperature variation (warm days, cool evenings, essential for the thin-skinned Pinot Nero grape during ripening) and the absence of rot and mildew (thanks to the lake breeze) help to create wines that are fresh and well balanced. Castel Sallegg uses temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel and ages the wine in small and large casks to make a Pinot Nero with beautiful fruit flavors, bright acidity, and a clean finish.

Lagrein Riserva 2004
was $34, now 27.20

Believed by many to be a relative of Syrah, Lagrein is an indigenous red grape of Trentino-Alto Adige where high altitudes and excellent temperature variation around Lake Caldaro combine to create a rich red wine with peppery notes, excellent for the wintry dishes of this Alpine region. The grape growers at Castel Sallegg prefer clay and sandy subsoil for the cultivation of Lagrein: the drainage “stresses” the vines and forces their roots to grow deeper in search of life-giving water. The resulting wines are intensely colored and flavored and represent a unique local viticultural tradition.

Below are this week’s featured producers and tasting*. Remember, 20% sales are for one day only!

Tue 12/22: EZIO VOYAT

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

Lini “Labrusca” T-shirts have landed!

December 18, 2009

Lambrusco lovers, the wait is over. The vision we had back in February has finally become a reality as the phenomenon that is Lini continues unabated: introducing the official Lini “Labrusca” t-shirt! Already the hottest wine around right now, with the arrival of these hip tees Lini’s chic Lambrusco is only set to get hotter in 2010! Designed to represent the bottle labels of two of Lini’s most popular wines, these stylish t-shirts are made from 100% cotton and available in vintage tan (men’s classic Labrusca Rosso) and antique pink (women’s babydoll Labrusca Rosé) sizes S through XL. Wear your wine with pride!