Name of Wine: Ribeca
Designation: Sicilia DOC
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: MARCO de BARTOLI
Wine: Vigna La Miccia
Designation: Marsala DOC
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 aperitivo.
Pair with: Pumpkin-filled pasta, soft and blue cheeses, foie gras and prawns, as well as with dessert. Superb with creamy gorgonzola with walnuts.
Name of Wine: San Lorenzo 2015
Designation: Maremma Toscana DOC
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: MARCO CARPINETI
Name of Wine: Kius
Designation: Brut Millesimato 2016
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, typical fried antipasti dishes of Rome, crab dishes roasted fish or porchetta.
Name of Wine: I.B. Cinquantaquattro
Designation: IGT Marche Bianco
Grape: Incrocio Bruni 54
Tasting Notes: Bright straw yellow color. Aromas of tomato leaves and herbs, lemon balm, chamomile yellow flowers and a note of mango. Fresh and firm on the palate , with a nice note of sapidity. Citrus peel on the finish. Incrocio Bruni 54 is an interesting cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Verdicchio.
Pair with: Pasta dishes, vegetarian dishes, medium body fishes, shellfish.
Name of Wine: Favinia
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: EggPlant or Zucchine Parmigiana
Producer: CANTINE OLIVELLA
Name of Wine: Vipt
Designation: Vesuvio DOP
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, plums, 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 roasted tomato or ragu sauce, dishes of eggplant and mushrooms with cheese
Producer: F.LLI BADIALI
Name Of Wine: Paucca
Designation: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC Superiore
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: CARUSO & MININI
Name of Wine: Tagos
Designation: Terre Sicilian IGP
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: Cutaja Riserva
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.
Name of Wine: Brut Rosato
Designation: Vino Spumante Rosato
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 metodo Charmat.
PAIR WITH: Perfect for an aperitivo. A light pasta with vegetables, white fish in the oven, pork tenderloin or chicken dish.
Producer: PICCOLO BACCO DEI QUARONI
Designation: Il Moree
Name of Wine: IGT Lombardia
Grape: Moradella & Uva Rara
TASTING NOTES: Ruby red, with reflections of violet. Dark red cherries, ripe plums and red flowers. With a spicy note and persistent finish. Perfectly balanced between acidity and mineral note, soft and intense. Aged in stainless steel.
PAIR WITH: It pairs with grilled meats, mushroom risotto, red sauces and hearty cheeses.
Name of Wine: Villa Bucci
Designation: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC Riserva 2016
TASTING NOTES: Premier white grape of Le Marche. The winery’s special cuvee, only made in the finest years. Rich straw yellow with green reflections. Aged 12 to 18 months in oak and 6 months in the bottle. Vineyards are just 10 miles from the sea, notes of sapidity and minerality are apparent. White flowers, white fruit, honey, lime. Full-bodied, complex, long and typical persistent finish of bitter almond. A tannic white wine, capable of aging. Winner of Tre Bicchieri award by Gambero Rosso.
PAIR WITH: Most pasta dishes, fish, lobster, crustaceans, oysters, pork or veal roast, medium-aged cheeses.
Producer: MARCHESA ANTINORI FATTORIA ALDOBRANDESCA
Name of Wine: A
Designation: Toscana IGP
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.
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