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TASTINGS & EVENTS

MAY

FREE EVENTS​​​
  • Friday, May 17, 2024 5-7pm - Wine tasting (and food) with Tim from Italian Wine Traders ***See Tasting Notes***

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting with Bennet Kealey from Carolina Wine and Spirits

  • Saturday, May 25, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Friday, May 31, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting with Vine Farmer 

PAID & PRIVATE EVENTS

  - Wednesday, May 29, 2024 6:30-8:00 pm - Wine Education Series - The Wines of Alto Adige, Italy - Come enjoy an intimate night of Italian food, fine wine and istruzione (education) with Matthias Messner from Cantina Bolzano.  2 spots left! $30pp. Tickets on sale NOW! Purchase in-store or on-line (Go to Shop, under events or in-store classes).

  -Thursday, May 30, 2024 6:30-8:00 - Private Tasting (store closed to general public)

JUNE

FREE EVENTS
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Friday, June 7, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting with Ryan Connelly of Ruby Wines

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024 12-3pm- Grand Summer Tasting with Tina Falvey and Friends

  • Friday, June 14, 2024 5-7pm - The wondrous wines of Melissa Yakimowsky of Icon Imports 

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Friday, June 21, 2024 5-7pm - Hanging with Tim Heavican from Hangtime Wholesale Wine Co.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 - Closing Early at 5:30 pm 

  • Friday, June 28, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

  • Saturday, June 29, 2024 5-7pm - Wine Tasting

PAID & PRIVATE EVENTS

- Thursday, June 6, 2024 6:30-8:00 - Private Tasting (store closed to general public)

- Thursday, June 20, 2024 6:30-8:00 - Semi-Private Tasting Fundraiser with Newton Library (store open to public)

MAY

Tasting Notes

Have you ever been to Campania in Southern Italy? This area includes the city of Naples and largely runs along the south-western portion of the Italian peninsula, which includes the island of Capri.  This region is home to numerous UNESCO heritage sites, including Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. With its natural beauty, history, culture, and food, this is definitely a place worth visiting.

 

If you can't make it to Campania soon, you can always visit an amazing restaurant called La Campania (504 Main Street, Waltham, MA) where they use traditional family recipes and Neapolitan cooking to delight your senses. Neapolitan cuisine originates from the city of Naples (pizza and spaghetti is from this region) and is characterized by the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, that result in authentic Italian dishes that are bold and flavorful.

We love pairing our wine tastings with food from La Campania. We believe that this restaurant is on par with (or even better than) what you can find in the North End.  This Friday, May 17th, from 5pm-7pm, we will be sharing La Campania's freshly made mushroom gnocchi during our wine tasting. We will also have some of our cheeses, charcuterie and fresh bread from Bread Obsession available to sample.  Tim from Italian Wine Traders will be on hand to talk about the wines we will be pouring, including:  

Argentiera, Eco Di Mare 2022 - 100% Vermentino (aka Rolle) produced by Tenuta Argentiera from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. The name "Argentiera" comes from the silver mines that once dotted the landscape.  The wine review company, Falstaff, states: "...On the nose, lime and grapefruit, toasted almonds and echoes of meadow flowers. On the palate, crisp, fine texture and clear fruit with slight note of elderberry. Full drive on the palate, and delicately bitter and salty on the finish" (92 pts. Falstaff).

Ippolito 1845, Mare Chiaro 'Ciro Bianco' 2021 - This wine originates from the oldest winery in Calabria, which is located in the middle of Cirò Marina, which is punctuated with rolling hills and sunny plains near the Ionian Sea. Consisting of 100% Greco Bianco, a native grape, this wine shows "an intense, persistent aroma of ripe tropical fruit, pear, peach and white flowers. The taste is fresh and Mediterranean with a pleasantly saline finish." 

Roccolo Grassi, Broia 2021 - Roccolo  Grassi  is  a  small  winery  located  in  the hills  of  Valpolicella. The  property  consists  of  three  vineyards covering a total of 15 hectares of land. Marco and Francesca Sartoli have run the winery since 1986. They farm organically and focus on quality rather than quantity.  La  Broia is from a single vineyard covering two (2) hectares of land. Fermentation of this 100% Garganega grape occurs in aged barrique and larger barrels, with some wine fermented in stainless steel. The wine is then aged for a year on fine lees, with an additional six (6) months in the bottle prior to release.   

Jacopo Biondi Santi, JeT Rosé 2022 - The Biondi Santi family can trace their winemaking origins back to the mid-1800s when Clemente Santi, armed with a science degree from the University in Pisa, began producing quality wine made from a 100% Sangiovese clone the locals called Brunello.  Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Ferruccio Biondi Santi is credited with making the first modern version of Brunello di Montalcino that was aged for a decade or more in large wooden barrels. This method produced a very structured and complex wine that could be aged for long periods of time. Ferruccio's son, Tancredi, built on the family's winemaking tradition by fine-tuning the aging process for legendary Brunellos and by authoring the standards for the creation of a DOC (denominazione di origine controllata) for Brunello di Montalcino. Tancredi's son, Franco, took over the estate in 1970 until his death in 2013 (at the age of 91). It was during this time that the general public largely became aware of the amazing wines produced by the Biondi Santi family. It was also during this time that friction developed between Franco and Franco's son, Jacopo, over possible changes at the winery.  As a result, Jacopo decided to venture out on his own and establish a more modern winemaking estate in the Maremma.  Following Franco's death in 2013, Jacopo continued to produce wine in Montalcino until it was sold to luxury brand EPI in 2020.

.Jacopo has his own ideas on how the family's Sangiovese Grosso clone BBS11 (aka Brunello Biondi Santi 11) should be developed and modernized. Jacopo founded the Castello Montepo winery in 1997 in the heart of the Maremma, about 20 miles south of Montalcino and 10 miles from the ocean. The property is centered around a 12th century castle of the same name. The vineyards of Castello di Montepò occupy 55 hectares (the estate totals 600 hectares), with Sangiovese Grosso BBS11 planted in approximately 85% of the vineyards, with the remainder planted to two (2) other international varietals.

The JeT Rosé  is from 100% Sangiovese Grosso “BBS11” which produces an intense and fragrant wine. Notes of raspberry, strawberry, floral and citrus dominate, along with a palate that shows extreme freshness and flavor. This is a rosé with flavor and heart, which aptly expresses the surrounding terroir.   

Jacopo Biondi Santi, Castello Di Montepo 2020 - Produced from 95% Sangiovese Grosso "BBS11" and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine spends four (4) months in stainless steel, followed by eight (8) months in untoasted barriques, which produces an elegant wine that is dry and savoury on the palate with persistent tannins. This new interpretation of the Sangiovese grape is another feather in this family's long wine-making tradition and time will tell how it will stack up to their prior achievements from over a century earlier.  

   

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