Wines of Tuscany: with special guests, next Wednesday

January 27, 2010

Vino’s Winter wine classes continue next Wednesday with a very special edition of Wines of Tuscany, presented in association with Vino 2010, and featuring honored guest representatives from two of our favorite Tuscan wineries: Giovanni Busi of Travignoli and Fabrizio Benedetti of Casa Emma.

Perhaps no region evokes the magic of Italy more than Tuscany: its rolling hills, picturesque towns and stunning artistic heritage have attracted visitors for centuries. So familiar is the region, that many wine enthusiasts are often lulled into feeling they know all their is to know about Tuscany’s equally popular and world famous wines. But as this exclusive tasting class will demonstrate, there’s much more to Tuscan wine than a straw flask on a checkered tablecloth.

Now you have a rare opportunity to learn more about the finer details of Tuscan wine production, directly from those who know it best. The Travignoli estate in Chianti Rufina has been in the Busi family since the 17th century. Current owner Giovanni Busi (right), himself a former president of the Chianti Rufina consortium, will reveal some of the secrets which go into producing a world class wine.

One of the top producers of Chianti Classico, Casa Emma is also a leader in wine marketing and international relations. Fabrizio Benedetti (left) oversees the business aspect of the winery, and will explain the steps Casa Emma has taken to adapt to an ever-expanding market.

Taste wines from both producers and more in what promises to be a very special occasion at Vino!

Wednesday, February 3

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

Organized by the Italian Trade Commission, Vino 2010 Italian Wine Week is the biggest Italian wine convention ever held outside of Italy, featuring events, panels and tastings throughout the city from February 2-6.


NYC Restaurant Week: starts today!

January 25, 2010

Dine at I Trulli for less, January 25-February 7

NYC Restaurant Week is back! I Trulli is excited once again to be a part of New York’s biggest restaurant event, which this winter features over 260 participating establishments!

Chef Patti Jackson has prepared exclusive three-course lunch and dinner menus featuring some of the traditional flavors and delicious Puglia-inspired dishes for which I Trulli is so renowned. Book now!

I Trulli NYC Restaurant Week Menus
Lunch $24.07
Dinner $35

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

We look forward to seeing you soon at I Trulli!

Wines of Puglia

January 24, 2010

Spaces still available for Wednesday’s class!

Vino’s Winter wine classes continue on Wednesday with an exciting new addition to our schedule, Wines of Puglia, presented in association with Vino 2010.

When talk turns to Italian wine, Puglia is unlikely to be the first region on most Americans’ lips, but the country’s southern tip (Puglia forms the heel of Italy’s boot) once surpassed Sicily and Veneto in terms of wine production. Today output is still prolific in the region, where an abundance of local grape varieties — including the white Verdeca and Bombino and red Primitivo and Negroamaro — provide fruit for such popular and diverse appellations as Castel del Monte, Nardò, Squinzano and Salice Salentino. Get to know these wines for yourself at our first ever Puglia-themed class!

Wednesday, January 27

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

Organized by the Italian Trade Commission, Vino 2010 Italian Wine Week is the biggest Italian wine convention ever held outside of Italy, featuring events, panels and tastings throughout the city from February 2-6.

Vino 2010: Italian Wine Week

January 23, 2010

Italian Wine Week starts next week! Organized by the Italian Trade Commission, Vino 2010: Italian Wine Week is the biggest Italian wine event ever held outside of Italy. Vino is excited to be a part of this year’s event, for which we are featuring a special selection of wines from Puglia.

We will be tasting a selection of our favorite wines from Puglia at our free tasting next Friday, February 5. Before that, we are also hosting a special Puglia-themed class on Wednesday, January 27. Check back for more details coming soon!

Foglia Tonda: Vino discovers a Tuscan rarity

January 22, 2010

Taste wines by Guido Gualandi at 20% off today!

At Vino we pride ourselves on bringing rare wines and lesser-known varieties to your attention. But sometimes, just when we think we’ve seen it all, a wine comes along that reminds us just how much there is still to discover. It’s certainly not everyday you come across a wine made from 100% Foglia Tonda, but then Tuscan producer Guido Gualandi (above) has never been much of a conformist. Renowned for his hands-on approach to every aspect of winemaking from vine to bottle, Guido’s championing of this ancient variety is completely in-keeping with his love of indigenous grapes.

Foglia Tonda is believed to be closely related to Sangiovese, yet both softer and less tannic, and therefore ready to drink much sooner. Named for the vines’ distinctive round leaves (foglia tonda means literally “round leaf”), the variety fell out of favor over the course of the last century, in part due to the boom in production and appreciation of Chianti.

Guido vinifies the wine in open-topped wooden fermentation tanks before aging it for ten months in oak casks of various size and age, which are rolled continuously to keep the lees moving. Produced from five-year old vines, this is only Guido’s second vintage of Foglia Tonda and the first to be made available in the United States.

Taste Foglia Tonda today and save 20%! Also, taste two consecutive vintages of Guido’s 100% Sangiovese, Gualandus!

Foglia Tonda 2007 Guido Gualandi
was $75, now $60

Sangiovese Gualandus 2006 Guido Gualandi
was $50, now $40

Sangiovese Gualandus 2005 Guido Gualandi
was $50, now $40

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

Italian Wine 101: spaces still available for tomorrow’s class!

January 19, 2010

Vino’s Winter 2010 class schedule gets underway this week with the return of our ever-popular Italian Wine 101!

Getting to grips with Italian wine can be a daunting task, but there’s no better place than Vino to start making sense of Italy’s vast mosaic of appellations, myriad grape varieties, and countless winemaking styles. Hosted by Vino’s William Lee, this introductory seminar will help unravel some of the mystery surrounding Italian wine, in the process hopefully answering some of those questions that continue to cause confusion.

For this fun and lively class, participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representing the incredible diversity of Italy’s wines. Whether you’re an Italian wine novice or a veteran of vino, consider Italian Wine 101 your springboard from which to plunge into Italian wine’s many hidden depths, while broadening your knowledge of this richly entertaining and endlessly rewarding subject.

with William Lee
Wednesday, January 20
(Spaces are still available but selling out fast!)

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

Barbera brace

January 15, 2010

Taste Barbera from Piedmont and Emilia and save a massive 30%!

Vino’s free tasting today features two of our favorite Barbera-based wines. Italy’s third most-planted grape (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano), the versatile Barbera variety plays a prominent role in the daily lives of Northern Italians through a diverse range of wines. In Piedmont it accounts for almost fifty percent of all grape vine plantings, while in Emilia-Romagna it is often blended with lighter varieties to create a softer wine. Today we feature wines from both regions now at a spectacular 30% off! Taste two age-worthy examples of Barbera at its very best, today from 5:30-7:30pm at Vino!

Barbera d’Alba Rocca delle Marasche 2004 Deltetto
was $52, now $36.40

Named after the “marasca” cherry which once grew on the site, the Rocca delle Marasche vineyard is found in a prime position in Castellinaldo (Cuneo), just a few kilometers north of Alba. Deltetto owner Antonio Deltetto (above) strictly limits his yields thus allowing remaining grapes to over-mature. The wine is then aged in new French oak barriques for 18 months, before spending a further six in the bottle. The resulting wine is a startlingly rich, international-style Barbera d’Alba, whose stellar 2004 vintage was a recipient of the Cinque Grappoli and Tre Bicchieri awards.

Barbera/Bonarda Macchiona 2003 La Stoppa
was $46, now $32.20

Since Elena Pantaleoni (left) took over as primary owner of the La Stoppa estate, the Emilian winery has become a leading player in Italy’s natural wine movement. The zesty Macchiona is a fifty-fifty blend of Barbera and Bonarda sourced from forty-year-old vines in the colli piacentini. “The wine is drinking very well already,” says winemaker Elena, “but this is a label that is really intended for extended aging.” We recently tasted some older vintages from her cellar and indeed this wine will only get better with time.

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