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February 28, 2010

Remember, you can now follow Vino on Twitter! Sign-up for all the latest news about events, tastings, classes and brand-new products! Also, be sure to look out for our regular Tweet Treats: just mention the secret code when you come into the store to enjoy big savings!

For more information call 212-725-6516, email or check out our Twitter page now!


Notice anything different?

February 27, 2010

Change is coming to Vino

We know you love Vino — but even we know we’re not perfect… yet. In the last couple of weeks you may have noticed some not-so-subtle changes taking place in the store; you’ll now find Bourbon, as well as Austrian wine on our shelves. That’s right, we’ve gone international! We have already introduced several new products, as we recognize that while you love our Italian selection you may also have a thirst for more.

Vino will continue to offer its unique selection of Italian wines, and we’ll apply the same discerning approach in choosing our new offerings, ensuring you go home with the best Chianti, Malbec or Crème de Violette!

We are also updating our online presence with a brand-new website. Look out for changes at in the coming weeks!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter and be the first to know about our Tweet Treats: just mention the special coupon code to enjoy big savings!

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

Start your engines…

February 26, 2010

Time to fill up the cinquecento and slip on the driving moccasins as Vino takes you on a virtual tasting trip through Italy’s south, along the A16 highway. Often referred to as the “autostrada dei due mari”, the A16 journeys almost coast-to-coast across the width of the peninsula, from the bay of Naples to the Adriatic, up over the spine of the Appenines before grinding to a halt in the town of Canosa in the province of Bari. This famous highway cuts deep through wine country, roughly following the ancient Via Traiana across highlands of limestone and volcanic ash. This scenic wine tour will make scheduled pit-stops to sample some of southern Italy’s most celebrated grape varieties, including Falanghina, Fiano, Aglianico, Primitivo and Nero di Troia.

Wednesday, March 3

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Open that bottle!

February 23, 2010

Taste 1988 Sangiovese at 20% off this Friday!

This Saturday is Open That Bottle Night*, occasion enough to crack open that very special wine you’ve been holding onto. But if your cellar is looking bare, let Vino suggest a bottle worthy of this weekend of wine indulgence. Made from 100% Sangiovese, Villa di Vetrice’s Grato Grati is classified Vino da Tavola (essentially making it a declassified Chianti Rufina). This Vecchia Annata (“old vintage”) is aged in oak botti before its release; it’s the use of large vessels which gives the wine its tremendous longevity. Try it for yourself this Friday and save 20%!

Grato Grati Vecchia Annata 1988 Villa di Vetrice
was $45, now $36

PLUS! We’ll also be pouring Lini’s lush and opulent Lambrusco Metodo Classico Rosso, Corrigia Brut, now available at a spectacular 30% off!

Lambrusco Rosso Corrigia Brut 2003 Lini
was $27, now $18.90

Friday, February 26

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

*Open That Bottle Night was created in 2000 by former Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, as a way of encouraging people to open a symbolically significant bottle, and then share their stories. Since its inauguration, the event has been scheduled for the last Saturday in February.

Taste three delicious blends and save 20%!

February 19, 2010

Tonight at Vino we’ll be pouring three of our favorite blends, each made by winemakers who specialize in their respective regions’ indigenous varieties. These three wines are among the most fascinating blends we’ve tasted: try them for yourself from 5:30pm and save 20%!Donna Adriana 2007 Castel de Paolis
was $26, now $20.50

In Lazio, they call the Malvasia “puntinata” meaning “speckled” because of its distinctive reddish spots. Castel de Paolis’ Fabrizio Santarelli makes this wine from local clones of the grape with the addition of some Viognier and Sauvignon.

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2008 Orsolani
was $15, now $12

Using Nebbiolo, Barbera and Uva Rara, Gianluigi Orsolani has 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 American favorites like ribs, burgers and grilled chicken.

Rosso del Frusinate Très 2007 Casale della Ioria
was $22, now $17.60

Paolo Perinelli’s Rosso del Frusinate is a blend of Cesanese (an indigenous, aromatic grape), Merlot, and Cabernet. Where the Cesanese gives the wine its characteristic peppery notes and bright acidity, the Merlot and Cabernet impart rich fruit flavors, tannin, and warm mouthfeel.

Friday, February 19

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Master Class with Mario Andrion

February 17, 2010

Join the Castello di Verduno winemaker next Tuesday

Vino’s Winter 2010 classes continue next Tuesday with a Master Class featuring a very special guest! Winemaker Mario Andrion of the acclaimed Barolo estate Castello di Verduno will be at Vino on February 23 to guide a tasting of his wines and to talk about his experiences as an enologist in one of the world’s most important appellations.

At 34 years old, Mario (above) represents a new generation of Langhe winemakers who resist the rigid traditional/modern categorization that has dogged Barolo and Barbaresco for decades. Like many of his contemporaries, he is willing to use advances in viticulture and vinification to produce wines that vibrantly express varietal character and reflect the top quality of the estate’s vineyard sites while requiring minimal technical intervention.

After obtaining a degree in enology and viticulture from the University of Turin, Mario spent a year in Oregon before landing a job at the Castello di Verduno in 2000. He assisted Castello co-owner Franco Bianco before taking over the cellar in 2005. Mario was awarded the Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso for his 2004 Barbaresco Rabaja.

Class participants will taste some of Castello di Verduno’s most representative wines, including Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Verduno Pelaverga, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Rabaja and Barolo Massara.

with Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno

Tuesday, February 23

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

Italian Wine 101: spaces still available!

February 15, 2010

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

Grapevines have been cultivated in Italy for thousands of years, but today the country’s wine industry is stronger than ever. In 2008 Italy produced six billion liters of vino, approximately one fifth of the world’s production. Much of this is exported, yet Italians still rank as the biggest consumers of wine in the world (59 liters per capita). With over 450 legally-designated winemaking appellations and some 350 government-authorized grape varieties (plus hundreds more documented), it’s no surprise Italian wine can be an overwhelming subject for the uninitiated.

Hosted by Vino’s William Lee, this introductory seminar will help unravel some of the complexities of the Italian wine system, and dispel much of the mystery surrounding what is for Italians simply part of everyday life. For this fun and lively class, participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representing the impressive quality and incredible diversity of Italy’s wines. Italian Wine 101 is the best place to start making sense of Italy’s vast mosaic of appellations, myriad grape varieties, and countless winemaking styles.

with William Lee

Wednesday, February 17

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