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December 20, 2016

Posted in Holiday Wine, Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Red, Red Wine, Sparkling, white, white wine, Wine


OUR HOLIDAY FAVOURITES


1. TOAST WITH...


FRANCIACORTA ROSÉ DOCG
$467.82/CASE ($38.99/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay

The perfect bubbly to toast with, this Champenoise Method sparking stuns with its festive pink colour and fine and persistent perlage. The nose draws you in with notes of blackberry, raspberry and strawberry, and rose petals. In the mouth it is voluminous, full bodied, smooth and well balanced. A bold, modern, and intriguing Franciacorta.
*Also available in 6 packs
88 points from Wine Spectator


2. EAT SALUMI & FORMAGGI WITH...



2015 'REMIGIO 100' LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA DOC
$125.43/CASE ($20.91/BOTTLE)

Case of 6 bottles

Varietals: 100% Lambrusco Grasparossa

This classic lambrusco is an off-dry semi-sparkling red wine that exudes freshness. On the nose the wine is earthy with notes of ripe red raspberries and violet that carries through on the palate. It's a unique and classically Italian pairing with charcuterie. We gaurantee it will make an impression on your guests!

 

3. BE FESTIVE WITH...



2015 MERULAROSA IGT SALENTO

$277.98/CASE ($23.17/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 100% Montepulciano

Puglia makes some of the best rosé in Italy and this one from Carvinea is no exception. The nose is dominated by notes of black currant and red ripe cherry with slightly spicy notes. The palate is fresh and lively, with a persistent fruity finish. The perfect wine to greet your guests with. It's sure to set a festive tone for the evening.

 

4. GET THE CONVERSATION GOING WITH...



2015 FALANGHINA TABURNO DOC

$291.54/CASE ($25.43/BTL)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 100% Falanghina (ORGANIC)

Here's a conversation starter for you: this Falanghina from Fattoria La Rivolta just placed on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines with a stunning 92 pointsplus Editor's Choice distinction! They described it best: "Made with organically cultivated grapes, this opens with aromas of orange blossom, orchard fruit and nuts. The savory, medium-bodied palate doles out layers of juicy nectarine, lime zest, ripe pear and mature yellow apple alongside a note of candied ginger. It finishes on a tangy note." - Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast

92 points from Wine Enthusiast

 

5. EAT FISH WITH...



2015 'SAN PIETRO' FRIULI COLLI ORIENTALI DOC

$386.46/CASE ($32.21/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 100% Friulano (ORGANIC)

This Friulano, or Tocai as it was once known, is the perfect pairing for fish dishes with its round yet crisp palate and beautiful minerality. From rich fatty fish like salmon to more briny shellfish, this wine can do it all. Added bonus is the wineries organic and non-interventionist philosophy that really shows a sense of place. It's the cheapest ticket to Friuli that you'll ever buy.

 

6. PLEASE A CROWD WITH...



2015 SOAVE CLASSICO DOC

$291.54/CASE ($24.30/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 100% Garganega

This wine is perfect for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris lovers alike, so it can cater to a wide range of tastes. It is simultaneously fruity (tangerines & grapefruit) and rich, which makes it adaptable. Whether you're having this on it's own or with appetizers or seafood dishes, this lively white wine can hold its own. Of course it helps that it comes from Suavia, one of the most respected producers in the Soave Classico DOC.

 

7. WIN OVER AMARONE LOVERS WITH...



2011 'ROCOLO' VALPOLICELLA SUP. DOC

$440.70/CASE ($36.73/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: Corvina 40%, Corvinone 25%, Rondinella 30%, Oseleta, Molinara e Croatina 5%

Think of Valpolicella Superiore as Amarone's younger sibling. Grapes, once picked, are dried out on racks before pressing just like Amarone, but for a shorter time period. The result is a wine that is a bit less agressive than the all consuming Amarone, which, in our opinion, appeals to a wider crowd.

89 points from Wine Spectator

 

8. EAT WITH STEAK WITH...



2009 MONTECUCCO SANGIOVESE DOC

$386.46/CASE ($32.21/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 90% Sangiovese with small amounts of Colorino and Canaiolo
The Montecucco Sangiovese is a 'baby Brunello' at a super value price. Made by famed enologist Paolo Vagaggini, Wine Enthusiast's Winemaker of the Year from 2013, this polished wine doles out aromas and flavors of mature plum, crushed black cherry, violet, black pepper and clove. Firm but fine-grained tannins provide the framework. Perfect for steak or other red meat dishes.

91 points from Wine Enthusiast

9. EAT LAMB WITH...



2008 SORMA SALENTO IGT

$413.58/CASE ($34.47/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 70% Montepulciano, 30% Petit Verdot
The perfect full bodied wine for rich meats like lamb, this unique wine from Puglia offers delicate herbal notes with a rich fragrance of wild berries, flowers and pink pepper. Its charming tannic structure features a full-bodied taste, gently tinged by vanilla aroma with a hint of leather, and a captivating mineral finish.

91 points from David Lawrason of winealign.com

 

10. GET ELEGANT WITH...



2013 DONNAS VALLE D'AOSTA DOC

$400.02/CASE ($33.34/BOTTLE)

Case of 12 bottles

Varietals: 90% Nebbiolo, 10% Freisa

For all the Nebbiolo fans there, this is a great wine to add to your rotation. Grown in rocky soils on steep slopes, this Rosso is considered to be the Barolo or Barbaresco of Valle d’Aosta. This ruby-red wine presents an enticing bouquet of strawberry, rose, flint and a whiff of smoke. The silky palate offers bright red cherry, crushed strawberry, mineral and white pepper. It's elegant and well balanced, with supple tannins and bright acidity. Pair with grilled, roasted, or braised meats.

4 NEW WINE ADDITIONS & WHY WE ❤️‍ THEM

1. LAMIRO IGT SALENTO 2015 - TENUTE RUBINO, PUGLIA; $291.54/CASE ($24.30/BTL)

 

Ever heard of a grape called Bianco d'Alessano? Neither had we till we tried this fantastic white wine from Tenute Rubino at this years Vinitaly wine fair. Owner Luigi Rubino has dedicated his new line, The Riscoperte ('the rediscoveries'), to rare indigenous varietals grown on hillside sites. The higher elevation gives us a new perspective on the types of wine Puglia is able to produce. Contrary to the ultra fruity, ripe, and full bodied wines most expect from Puglia, the Lamiro is much more elegant in style with notes of stone fruit, herbs, and almonds. A perfect match for seafood dishes and yet perfectly suited to drinking on its own. The wine geek in us is very, very happy with this find. 

 

2. MALVASIA IGT SALENTO 2015 - TENUTE RUBINO, PUGLIA; $210.18/CASE ($17.52/BTL)

This year at Vinitaly we were on the hunt for full bodied crown pleasing value wines and this Malvasia was the perfect fit. Tenute Rubino does wonders with the tide and true Pugliese varietals, so we knew this would be a welcome addition to the Cavinona selection. The grape, Malvasia, is actually grown all of the Italian peninsula, but in Puglia it takes on a much richer profile than its counterparts in the north. Often Northern Italian Malvasia based wines are dominated by floral notes, but due to the hotter climate in Puglia, the notes of apples, peaches, and apricots really come to the forefront. We had BBQs and patio hangs in mind when we chose to add this to our portfolio. There's still plenty of time to enjoy a glass of this on the back deck!

 

3. NEGROAMARO IGT SALENTO 2014 - TENUTE RUBINO, PUGLIA; $210.18/CASE ($17.52/BTL)

This Negroamaro from Tenute Rubino was another one of our cheap and cheerful wine finds at Vinitaly this year. Puglia is probably one of the best regions for value full bodied reds, so we went straight to the source. This red is packed with notes of ripe blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and pomegranate, accompanied by the variety’s typical spicy notes. On the palate, the Negroamaro is soft and harmonic, with sweet tannins that yield a pleasant and persistent finish. The best part is that this wine is super food friendly. Think matches savoury dishes like orecchiette with meatballs, ravioli alla bolognese, grilled veal chops, roasted lamb shanks and semi-cured cheeses. If you're looking for a new house wine, consider adding this Negroamaro to your rotation!

 

4. GARSUN COSTE DELLA SESIA DOC 2013 - LA PREVOSTURA, PIEMONTE; $322.22/CASE ($27.69/BTL)

If you know us at all, you'll be quite familiar with out penchant for the wines of Norther Piemonte, or Alto Piemonte, as it's often referred to. Unlike the Nebbiolo from Southern Piedmont (Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe), the wines from the North are grown at higher altitudes, in more acidic rich soils, and permit blending with local varietals like Vespolina and Croatina. The end result is a wine that's a little lighter, leaner, and more rustic when compared to their Southern neighbours, yet just as perfumed and complex as a top Barolo, and some claim, even more age worthy. The Garsun, made my Alto Piemonte genius Cristiano Garella, is his version of a more casual easy drinking northern Piemonte wine. Once to try this though, you'll realize there's nothing casual about it. It's that good. 

OUR FAVOURITE PICNIC RECIPES + WINE PAIRINGS

There's no better way to appreciate the beauty of Summer than picnicking under the open sky. With today's 'foodie' culture, gone are the days of picnic baskets filled with your run of the mill sandwiches. With a little preparation, you can whip up a delightful basket worthy of your gourmand friends and family. As for the wine, we can't condone public drinking, but we can't stop you either...

 

1. Orecchiette with Rapini & Goat Cheese + Lunachiena IGT Salento 2008

We love rapini for that refreshing bitterness it adds to a dish, but it can be a hard vegetable to pair wine with. To balance out the bitterness in this pasta, we've chosen the Lunachiena from Carvinea in Puglia. The hot Pugliese sun gives a ripe fruit profile to this Montepulciano based wine that will mellow out the rapini. The easy tannins will pair beautifully with the creamy goat cheese, which brings the dish together. 

 

2. Chicken PanzanellaAurora Colline Novaresi Rosato DOC 2015

Panzanella is the perfect summer picnic salad because if and when the bread in this dish gets soggy, it's no problem. It just gets better! We've paired this traditional Italian insalata with our bone dry nebbiolo based rosato from Ca'Nova in Alto Piemonte. The crisp acid in the wine will pair well with the tomatoes and red wine vinegar, while the extra bit of heaviness from the skin contact will compliment the chicken. 

 

3. Emeril's Muffuletta + 'Mommiano' Barbera d'Alba DOC 2015

The beauty of the Muffuletta sandwich other than the fact that it's insanely delicious is that it's a travel ready meal. Actually, the longer you leave it, the better it gets as the thick bread soaks up all the tangy juices from the picked vegetables and capers. Being a high acid sandwich, we think the Mommiano Barbera d'Alba from Marco Porello in Piemonte will be the perfect match. When in doubt, pair like with like. Barbera is a varietal well known for it's high acid, making it the ideal vino for this hefty sandwich. 

 

4. Chilled Pea & Mint Soup + Erbaluce di Caluso DOC 2015

2015 Erbaluce di Caluso DOC La Torrazza

This soup is perfect for picnics because it's served cold. Our advice: throw the soup into half pint mason jars and into your cooler with the rest of your picnic items. This way your soup is already individually portioned and you don't have to worry about bringing along bowls. The Erbaluce di Caluso from Ferrando in Alto Piemonte will highlight the earthiness of the peas while cutting the richness of the crème fraîche. We guarantee you'll be double fisting with this combo.

 

5. Homemade BBQ Potato Chips + Franciacorta

Do you trust us? It may sound crazy, but potato chips and sparkling wine are one of the best pairings ever made. Not only is the juxtaposition between classy Champagne style bubbly and the lowly potato chip a fun one, the pairing simply cannot be beat! The salty richness of the potato chips paired with the palete cleaning bubbles of the Franciacorta from Contadi Castaldi will have you questioning everything you've ever believed about wine pairings. If you're really keen, try making your own potato chips with the recipe above from saveur.com

July 22, 2016

Posted in rosato, rosé, rosé wine, summer, white, white wine, Wine


HOW TO CHILL WINE... FAST!

The situation: it's Friday evening,  it's a sweltering 35°C out, your week has been chaos and you're more than ready for that cold glass of white wine, BUT you forgot to put the bottle in the fridge. What do you do?! Summer is too short to drink lukewarm white and rosé wine, so we've complied a list of our favourite hacks for getting wine down to temperature fast. So quit cursing your lack of foresight and witness the beauty of these ingenious techniques! 

1. The Dish Towel Method

Dish towel + freezer = super cold wine!

 

2. The Salted Ice Bucket Method

This chemical reaction leaves you with an ice cold bottle faster than the normal throw in the freezer technique. Thanks science!

 

3. The Ziplock Method

This technique is a bit out of the box, or rather out of the bottle, but the results are fast. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures. Check out the details instructions at winefolly.com

 

The zip lock bag method for cool wine fast and in 5 minutes

 

4. The Fire Extinguisher Method

Yes, it's ridiculous and exceedingly impractical, but one can never have enough party tricks.