The store specializes in seasonal boutique Italian wines and offers a very attractive selection. Opened in 2010 by Jeff and Triciann Botta they survived Sandy to reopen again. We stopped by for a tasting Pinot Bianco vs. Pinot Nero Bianco. Bought them both and more.
With a passionate desire to share rare and wonderful Italian wines Triciann was offering up these two beauties from Northern Italy.
The first Pinot Bianco Talis is from Venica winery that is near Dolegna del Collio Gorizia, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast, Italy.
This wine brings out the best of Pinot Bianco with lots of intense and complex fruity, flowery and spicy aromas and flavors. Harmonious and rich.Third generation brothers, Gianni and Giorgio, carry on a years of work and experimention begun by their father and grandfather to find the perfect combinations of vine and vineyard and produce the very finest wine.
The second is from the Vercesi del Castellazzo vineyard in Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy, Italy called Gugiarolo Pinot Nero.
Pinot Nero is of course a red grape but it is used to make this very fine white wine. The name “Gugiarolo”, is of Longobard origin, said to be coined by Barnabite monks for "la buona esposizione a meridione e la naturale protezione dai venti del levante", that is to say: a fine south-facing position with natural protection against the winds.
Founded in 1808 Vercesi del Castellazzo by the great-grand father of the present owner (Dr. Franco Vercesi), the location was once commandeered by Napoleon’s army and before that it was a monastery of Barnabite order built over the ruins of a Beccaria family castle. I just love the stories behind every Italian wine.
It is a little less intense than the Venica, with lots of citrus,orange and lemon flavors and herbal flavors with tastes melon rind and cucumber.
While there we found a Fiano, the wonderful grape grown in Puglia, but this wine was from California.
A truely wonderful wine made in Sonoma on the Rusian River by the Seghiso family. This grape that is also produced in Avellino Campania has quite a history. It is said that it was enjoyed by the ancient Romans, who called “apiano” for its allure to bees. Fiano apparently finds a happy climate similar to Avalino at this family’s similarly cool Russian River Valley ranch.
Our arms filled with wine we headed home looking forward to some very nice drinking.
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