Northern Italian Wine Tasting with Giannoni Selections

Grignolino sounds like a creature from Harry Potter…("The Grignolinos are after those muggles again!”)…but, in actuality, it is a grape! One of the thousands of native varietals from Italy, Grignolino hails from Piemonte where Eleonora and Luigi Costa, from the Azienda Agricola Crealto, are making their terroir-driven "Marcaleone" Grignolino from 55-year old vines. This is all natural, folks, so no added sulfites or junk, while maintaining a robust, ruby body with a cherry, spicy finish. 

Nebbiolo, similarly, could be the name of a fantastical creature from the underworld. This grape is grown plentifully in Piemonte where Eleonora and Luigi have bottled a superb, bright, savory, amber-colored Nebbiolo with lots of character named “Pionda”. 

Let’s traverse Northern Italia now, which brings us north of Trieste to the region of Fruili. Some of you had the pleasure of meeting I Clivi’s winemaker, Ferdinando Zanusso, when he came to visit the shop back in December. What makes Ferdinando's wines so special is his dedication to making quality wines solely in stainless steel vats, without maceration, at low yields over incredibly steep terrain, and the vines are ooooold. I’m talking 80 years ooooold. And, as we all know, old vines make the best wines. (I don’t know if that’s always true, but it’s rhymes, so I’m sticking to it.)

Andrea from Giannoni Selections is a wine rockstar and she’ll be pouring Crealto and I Clivi'streasures. In the words of J.K. Rowling, "Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress...adventure."