Grand Central Tasting

Taste wines (and grappa) from Lazio, Umbria and Abruzzo and save 20%

Vino’s first free Friday tasting of the New Year features some of our favorite products from Central Italy. In terms of wine production, Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo are often overlooked by consumers, but these regions offer some of Italy’s most distinctive varieties and winemaking styles. This week’s tasting takes us on a tour of Central Italy: from Grottaferrata (1), just south of Rome, to Civitella d’Agliano (2) in the province of Viterbo, to Foligno (3) in Umbria’s Montefalco zone, to Lanciano (4) near Chieti in Abruzzo.

All of these bottles are no available at 20% off!

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

Donna Adriana is a freewheeling white from Lazio maverick Fabrizio Santarelli. The native Malvasia is blended with Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc to create an effusively aromatic twist on the Castelli Romani’s typical Frascati. Donna Adriana, named for the wife of the estate’s founder, is vinified and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel.

Pinot Nero Magone 2004 Sergio Mottura
was $24, now $19.20

Try this single-vineyard, warm-climate Pinot Noir made from 100% organically-grown grapes if you are a pinot fan who loves forward fruit, moderate acidity and great concentration of flavor. Sergio Mottura cultivates 2½ acres of 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines on an east-facing slope near the town of Orvieto in Northern Lazio.

Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2002 Terre de Trinci (500ml)
was $42, now $33.60

At Vino, we think Sagrantino finds its most successful expression as a passito. By partially drying this aggressively tannic Umbrian variety, the fruit’s natural sugars are concentrated. The residual sugar left behind after fermentation acts as a foil for Sagrantino’s formidable structure and produces a dessert wine that has enough punch to stand up to the rich sweets that Italians love.

Grappa Gran Sasso Villa Santa Maria
was $38, now $30.40

If you’re a fan of old-school grappa, the kind that you can feel when you tip it back, try Gran Sasso. Named for the highest peak in the Apennines, and made in the Apennine foothills of central Abruzzo, Gran Sasso grappa recalls the days before quadruple distillation and hand-blown bottles when a shot of grappa mixed with your espresso got you through your day.

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


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