For this tasting I've put together a lineup of four exceptional pours that’ll take you on a memorable wine journey from Italy to California...first class! Our very own Van and Matt will be providing musical entertainment.
I'll roll out the tasting with a Antinori Bramito Chardonnay from Italy's renowned Umbria wine appellation. This superb white has notes of pineapple, lemon, hazelnut and vanilla, rounded in a toasty minerality and bright acidity. Pairs beautifully with fish, chicken and Italian charcuterie.
Next, I'll be pouring a wine I consider a true Italian gem: a "2011 Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo". Presented in a unique decanter-like bottle, this medium-bodied Piedmont red has aromas of mature red berries, dark plum, herbs and balsamic, all of which bond in perfect harmony in the glass. Taste it, take it home and save it for a very special moment. Highly recommended!
From Piedmont on to Tuscany to taste "Rompicollo", an easy-drinking, tasty 60/40 Sangiovese- Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The vines are planted in volcanic soil rich in "tuffo" (tuff), resulting in a medium-full red rich in fruit, sweet spice and herbal notes. Perfect "go to" Italian for pasta with red meat sauce, pizza, chicken and sharp cheeses.
The lineup wraps in California's Lodi Valley with an outstanding Mettler Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the robust style of the Zinfandel we carry from this great winemaking family. Big, bold, well balanced and smooth, the Mettler is a truly delicious wine. Steak, burgers, roasts and all beef dishes are this wine's best friends.
See you all tomorrow,