What We’re Drinking

ribeca wine - What We’re Drinking

Producer

FIRRIATO

Name of Wine

Ribeca

Designation

Sicilia DOC

Grape

Perricone

 

Tasting Notes:

Ancient Sicilian grape. Ruby with purple reflections. Aromas of maraschino cherry jam, blackberries and prunes with nuances of cloves, ginger, juniper, ink and liquorice.

Pair with:

Pasta with Pesto Trapanese or Pasta with Tuna and Tomatoes

Producer

FIRRIATO

Name of Wine

Ribeca

Designation

Sicilia DOC

Grape

Perricone

 

Tasting Notes:

Ancient Sicilian grape. Ruby with purple reflections. Aromas of maraschino cherry jam, blackberries and prunes with nuances of cloves, ginger, juniper, ink and liquorice.

Pair with:

Pasta with Pesto Trapanese or Pasta with Tuna and Tomatoes

favinia wine - What We’re Drinking

Producer

FIRRIATO

Name of Wine

Favinia

Designation

Favignana

Grape

Grillo, Zibbibo, Catarratto

 

Tasting Notes

White blend from the only vineyard on the island of Favignana. Elegant aromatic note with sapidity and minerality from the sea. Pale yellow with hint of green. Complex
aromas with orange blossom, linden and elderberry, together with scents of ginger, lavender and thyme.

Pair with:

Pasta with Pesto Eggplant or Zucchine Parmigiana

Producer

FIRRIATO

Name of Wine

Favinia

Designation

Favignana

Grape

Grillo, Zibbibo, Catarratto

 

Tasting Notes

White blend from the only vineyard on the island of Favignana. Elegant aromatic note with sapidity and minerality from the sea. Pale yellow with hint of green. Complex aromas with orange blossom, linden and elderberry, together with scents of ginger, lavender and thyme.

Pair with:

Pasta with Pesto Eggplant or Zucchine Parmigiana

vigna la miccia - What We’re Drinking

Producer

MARCH de BARTOLI

Name of Wine

Vigna La Miccia

Designation

Marsala DOC

Grape

Grillo

 

Tasting Notes

Marsala Superiore Oro, aged 5 years. Semi-dry. Golden yellow with amber Reflections. Intense fruit bouquet, citrus, hazelnuts. Smooth finish, with a sweet note, but not overly so. Great also for an aperativo.

Pair with:

Pumpkin-filled pasta, soft and blue cheeses, foie gras and prawns, as well as with dessert. Superb with creamy gorgonzola with walnuts.

Producer

MARCH de BARTOLI

Name of Wine

Vigna La Miccia

Designation

Marsala DOC

Grape

Grillo

 

Tasting Notes

Marsala Superiore Oro, aged 5 years. Semi-dry. Golden yellow with amber Reflections. Intense fruit bouquet, citrus, hazelnuts. Smooth finish, with a sweet note, but not overly so. Great also for an aperativo.

Pair with:

Pumpkin-filled pasta, soft and blue cheeses, foie gras and prawns, as well as with dessert. Superb with creamy gorgonzola with walnuts.

aldobrandesca - What We’re Drinking

Producer

MARCHESA ANTINORI FATTORIA ALDOBRANDESCA

Name of Wine

A

Designation

Toscana IGP

Grape

Aleatico

 

Tasting Notes

A beautiful coral rose color. On the nose, gorgeous aromas of roses, red fruits and citrus. On the palate, it is dry and elegant with a slight note of sapidity and a pleasing fruity finish.

Pair with:

Sushi and sashimi, dishes based on fish, steamed or sautéed
shrimp or lobster.

Producer

MARCHESA ANTINORI FATTORIA ALDOBRANDESCA

Name of Wine

A

Designation

Toscana IGP

Grape

Aleatico

 

Tasting Notes

A beautiful coral rose color. On the nose, gorgeous aromas of roses, red fruits and citrus. On the palate, it is dry and elegant with a slight note of sapidity and a pleasing fruity finish.

Pair with:

Sushi and sashimi, dishes based on fish, steamed or sautéed
shrimp or lobster.

cutaja2 - What We’re Drinking

Producer

CARUSO & MININI

Name of Wine

Cutaja Riserva 2015

Designation

DOC Delia Nivolelli

Grape

Nero D’Avola

 

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, structured and full-bodied. On the nose, mature red fruits – cherries, plums, blackberries, vanilla, baking spice and cocoa. On the palate, blackberry jam, currants and prunes. White pepper and tobacco alongside polished tannins Complex and intense – it’s a spicy yet silky wine with a persistent finish.

Pair with:

Beef dishes, such as stew, grilled ribs or filet. Pasta alla Norma, cow’s milk cheeses, Lamb chops or roasted leg of lamb.
Duck breast.

Producer

CARUSO & MININI

Name of Wine

Cutaja Riserva 2015

Designation

DOC Delia Nivolelli

Grape

Nero D’Avola

 

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, structured and full-bodied. On the nose, mature red fruits – cherries, plums, blackberries, vanilla, baking spice and cocoa. On the palate, blackberry jam, currants and prunes. White pepper and tobacco alongside polished tannins Complex and intense – it’s a spicy yet silky wine with a persistent finish.

Pair with:

Beef dishes, such as stew, grilled ribs or filet. Pasta alla Norma, cow’s milk cheeses, Lamb chops or roasted leg of lamb. Duck breast.

tagos - What We’re Drinking

Producer

CARUSO & MININI

Name of Wine

Tagos 2016

Designation

Terre Sicilian IGP

Grape

Grillo

 

Tasting Notes

Rich gold in color, this late harvest wine has a balanced bouquet with scents of fruits and flowers – white blossoms, orange peel, apricots, peaches. Notes of honey, cinnamon and herbs. Sweet without being cloying, with acidity to offset the sugar. Persistent finish and aromas.

Pair with:

Cannolo, blue cheeses, biscotti di mandorle (cookies made with
almond paste), Linzertorte

Producer

CARUSO & MININI

Name of Wine

Tagos 2016

Designation

Terre Sicilian IGP

Grape

Grillo

 

Tasting Notes

Rich gold in color, this late harvest wine has a balanced bouquet with scents of fruits and flowers – white blossoms, orange peel, apricots, peaches. Notes of honey, cinnamon and herbs. Sweet without being cloying, with acidity to offset the sugar. Persistent finish and aromas.

Pair with:

Cannolo, blue cheeses, biscotti di mandorle (cookies made with
almond paste), Linzertorte

anlorenzo - What We’re Drinking

Producer

SASSOTONDO

Name of Wine

San Lorenzo 2015

Designation

Maremma Toscana DOC

Grape

Ciiliegiolo

 

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color. Its aromas are dominated by cherry with black currants and secondary notes of black pepper, cloves. On the palate, it is very elegant and balanced with smooth tannins and fresh acidity. Spicy note with a long persistence.

Pair with:

Grilled meat or game, hearty ragu or cinghiale stew, aged cheeses.

Producer

SASSOTONDO

Name of Wine

San Lorenzo 2015

Designation

Maremma Toscana DOC

Grape

Ciiliegiolo

 

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color. Its aromas are dominated by cherry with black currants and secondary notes of black pepper, cloves. On the palate, it is very elegant and balanced with smooth tannins and fresh acidity. Spicy note with a long persistence.

Pair with:

Grilled meat or game, hearty ragu or cinghiale stew, aged cheeses.

1 - What We’re Drinking

Producer

BUSCATETO

Name of Wine

Brut Rosato

Designation

QWPSR

Grape

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

 

Tasting Notes

Native grape of Le Marche. Pale rose color with fine and persistent bubbles. Aromas of rose petals and fresh cherries. Dry and refreshing, slightly aromatic. Produced by the Charmat method.

Pair with:

Perfect for an aperitivo. A light pasta with vegetables, white fish in the oven, pork
tenderloin or chicken dish.

Producer

BUSCATETO

Name of Wine

Brut Rosato

Designation

QWPSR

Grape

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

 

Tasting Notes

Native grape of Le Marche. Pale rose color with fine and persistent bubbles. Aromas of rose petals and fresh cherries. Dry and refreshing, slightly aromatic. Produced by the Charmat method.

Pair with:

Perfect for an aperitivo. A light pasta with vegetables, white fish in the oven, pork
tenderloin or chicken dish.

2 bucci - What We’re Drinking

Producer

BUCCI

Name of Wine

Villa Bucci

Designation

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC Riserva 2016

Grape

Verdicchio

 

Tasting Notes

Premier white grape of Le Marche. The winery’s special cuvee, only made in the finest years. Aged 12/18 months in oak and 6 months in the bottle. Rich yellow with green reflections. Just 10 miles from the sea, notes of sapidity and minerality are apparent. White flowers, white fruit, honey, lime. Full-bodied, complex, long and persistent finish of bitter almond. A tannic
white wine, capable of aging. Winner of Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso.

Pair with:

Most pasta dishes, fish, lobster, crustaceans, oysters, pork or veal roast, medium-aged cheeses.

Producer

BUCCI

Name of Wine

Villa Bucci

Designation

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC Riserva 2016

Grape

Verdicchio

 

Tasting Notes

Premier white grape of Le Marche. The winery’s special cuvee, only made in the finest years. Aged 12/18 months in oak and 6 months in the bottle. Rich yellow with green reflections. Just 10 miles from the sea, notes of sapidity and minerality are apparent. White flowers, white fruit, honey, lime. Full-bodied, complex, long and persistent finish of bitter almond. A tannic
white wine, capable of aging. Winner of Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso.

Pair with:

Most pasta dishes, fish, lobster, crustaceans, oysters, pork or veal roast, medium-aged cheeses.

3 BRUSCIA - What We’re Drinking

Producer

BRUSCIA

Name of Wine

I.B. Cinquantaquattro

Designation

IGT Marche Bianco 2016

Grape

100% Incrocio Bruni 54, a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdicchio.

 

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow color. Aromas of tomato leaves and herbs, white peaches and a note of mango. Dry, note of sapidity. Interesting cross and good for Sauv Blanc fans.

Pair with:

Pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes, medium body fishes.

Producer

BRUSCIA

Name of Wine

I.B. Cinquantaquattro

Designation

IGT Marche Bianco 2016

Grape

100% Incrocio Bruni 54, a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdicchio.

 

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow color. Aromas of tomato leaves and herbs, white peaches and a note of mango. Dry, note of sapidity. Interesting cross and good for Sauv Blanc fans.

Pair with:

Pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes, medium body fishes.

4 kius - What We’re Drinking

Producer

MARCO CARPINETI

Name of Wine

Kius

Designation

Brut Millesimato 2016

Grape

Bellone

 

Tasting Notes

Native white grape of ancient origins grown in southern Lazio, around Cori. Spumante Metodo Classico, it is sometimes called the “champagne of Rome”. On the lees for 24 months. Clear yellow in color, with golden reflections. Straw, gingerbread, plum and citrus, and bread crust. Fine and persistent bubbles, a fresh yet savory sparkler.

Pair with:

Fritto misto di pesce or calamari, crab dishes, roasted fish or traditional Porchetta of Rome.

Producer

MARCO CARPINETI

Name of Wine

Kius

Designation

Brut Millesimato 2016

Grape

Bellone

 

Tasting Notes

Native white grape of ancient origins grown in southern Lazio, around Cori. Spumante Metodo Classico, it is sometimes called the “champagne of Rome”. On the lees for 24 months. Clear yellow in color, with golden reflections. Straw, gingerbread, plum and citrus, and bread crust. Fine and persistent bubbles, a fresh yet savory sparkler.

Pair with:

Fritto misto di pesce or calamari, crab dishes, roasted fish or traditional Porchetta of Rome.

5 FLLI BADIALI - What We’re Drinking

Producer

F.LLI BADIALI

Name of Wine

Paucca 2016

Designation

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC Superiore 2016

Grape

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

 

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby red in color, with purple reflections. This native grape of Le Marche has a balanced bouquet with scents of violet and rose, black pepper, small red fruits and viscole cherries. Soft tannins, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, leather and tobacco. It has a storied history, having been the favorite of Frederick Barbarossa in 1167. Before 1985, it was almost extinct, with only 2.5 acres remaining planted near the town itself.

Pair with:

Charcuterie, roast lamb or rabbit, pasta with ragu, medium aged cheeses.

Producer

F.LLI BADIALI

Name of Wine

Paucca 2016

Designation

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC Superiore 2016

Grape

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

 

Tasting Notes

Dark ruby red in color, with purple reflections. This native grape of Le Marche has a balanced bouquet with scents of violet and rose, black pepper, small red fruits and viscole cherries. Soft tannins, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, leather and tobacco. It has a storied history, having been the favorite of Frederick Barbarossa in 1167. Before 1985, it was almost extinct, with only 2.5 acres remaining planted near the town itself.

Pair with:

Charcuterie, roast lamb or rabbit, pasta with ragu, medium aged cheeses.

6 CELLAGRANDE VIVARONE - What We’re Drinking

Producer

CELLAGRANDE VIVARONE

Name of Wine

San Michele 2018

Designation

DOCG

Grape

Erbaluce di Caluso

 

Tasting Notes

A pale yellow wine from the north of Piedmont, it’s grown on the hills overlooking Lake Vivarone. On the nose, aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, jasmine and aromatic herbs. Light-bodied and crisp, it is well-balanced, with a note of sapidity.

Pair with:

Simple pasta dishes, fresh water fish, polenta, risotto with Erbaluce or shrimp.

Producer

CELLAGRANDE VIVARONE

Name of Wine

San Michele 2018

Designation

DOCG

Grape

Erbaluce di Caluso

 

Tasting Notes

A pale yellow wine from the north of Piedmont, it’s grown on the hills overlooking Lake Vivarone. On the nose, aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, jasmine and aromatic herbs. Light-bodied and crisp, it is well-balanced, with a note of sapidity.

Pair with:

Simple pasta dishes, fresh water fish, polenta, risotto with Erbaluce or shrimp.

7 CANTINE OLIVELLA - What We’re Drinking

Producer

CANTINE OLIVELLA

Name of Wine

Vipt 2017

Designation

VESUVIO DOP

Grape

Piedirosso

 

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color, with violet reflections. A native grape of Campania, grown on Vesuvius since antiquity. Also knows as Per’e Palummo. Aromas of violets, cherries, prunes, small red berries. In the mouth, a note of leather and sometimes sulphur. Pronounced tannins, which soften with time. Medium bodied, balanced with acidity.

Pair with:

Meatballs, pizza with tomatoes, pasta with ragu sauce, dishes of eggplant and mushrooms with cheese.

Producer

CANTINE OLIVELLA

Name of Wine

Vipt 2017

Designation

VESUVIO DOP

Grape

Piedirosso

 

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color, with violet reflections. A native grape of Campania, grown on Vesuvius since antiquity. Also knows as Per’e Palummo. Aromas of violets, cherries, prunes, small red berries. In the mouth, a note of leather and sometimes sulphur. Pronounced tannins, which soften with time. Medium bodied, balanced with acidity.

Pair with:

Meatballs, pizza with tomatoes, pasta with ragu sauce, dishes of eggplant and mushrooms with cheese.

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