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Natural Italian Wine Tasting with Adonna Imports

Our good friend and wine goddess Eileen is here showing some natural stunners from the Finger Lakes and Italy. Swing on by for a break from the Halloween madness!

2015 Silver Thread, ‘Good Earth’ White Blend – Lodi, New York ($15)
Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Paul Brock from Silver Thread Vineyards. Paul and his wife Shannon make incredible Riesling and tasty blends that are even brighter in acidity in their newest 2015 vintage. The ‘Good Earth’ white blend of Vidal Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer is a killer off-dry option for those looking for a touch of sweetness in their white wine.
 
2011 Ricci, 'Terre del Timorasso' Colli Tortonesi DOC – Piedmont, Italy ($24)
From 8 hectares of his family’s land, Carlo Daniele Ricci has farmed for many years without any type of herbicide and works in the cellar using all sustainable winemaking practices. Timorasso is one of the grapes he grows; full bodied and lush with aromas of ripe apricots, honey, and cloves. All stainless fermented and a production of a mere 5,000 bottles.

2013 Ricci 'Barbarossa' Colli Tortonesi DOC – Piedmont, Italy ($20)
Barbera is such a fun grape for fall. It’s a serious grape, though, as fun as it may be. It has structure and finesse, and its wild side packs a punch of purple pow. Say that three times fast…(packs a punch of purple pow, packs a punch of purple pow…) Drink up with a Margherita pizza or a pasta with red sauce. Just like the Timorasso, this is another natural creation from Carlo Daniele Ricci, so nothing extra added to this wine, folks. Just grapes, yeast, and love.
 
2011 Gaspare Buscemi Esperienze Rosso – Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy ($21)
I first learned about Gaspare Buscemi working at Belly Wine Bar in Cambridge. I especially loved his VinNero red blend and have bought multiple cases of Gaspare’s wines over the last few years. I love how reticent he is to describe the exact blends in his bottles. Does the blend include Cabernet Franc? Is it Merlot? Is it Refosco? I love the texture of his wine – not too full bodied, but just enough tannin to be structured and fig-chewy. I love his ‘Esperienze’ that we’ll all try on Friday. I love the novel in Italian on the front of the wine label, which details his vehement natural winemaking philosophy. In brevi parole amo questo vino. In brief words, I love this wine. 

Earlier Event: October 15
Gracious Gourmet Tasting
Later Event: October 22
Turtle Creek Wine Tasting with Marcia