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Slovenian and Italian Wine Tasting with Andrea!

Andrea from Giannoni Selections is opening Friulano and Slovenian wines for us all to try with some killer cheeses to go with. Let's not forget about the wild card from Campania, the dear Cumalè, a fragrant Fiano you don't want to miss. 

2015 Rado Kocijancic Refošk – Brda, Slovenia ($17)
Rado Kocijančič farms on six hectares of calcareous and clay marl terrain, or ponka in Slovenian dialect. Rado focuses on local Slovenian grape varietals including Refosco Terrano. A light and quaffable red, it exudes elegant raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of thyme. Pairs splendidly with meaty dishes like braised goat shank.
 
2013 Valter Sirk Rebula – Brda, Slovenia ($26)
Valter Sirk's vineyards and cellar are located at Slovenia's western border with Italy. Because of the steepness of the terrain, there is absolutely no possibility for mechanization in any of his vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel, this Rebula (Ribolla Gialla) shows hints of smoke, cooked figs and pears. It is rich on the palate with bold and brisk acidity, finishing long with notes of tangerine oil and white blossom. Prolonged skin contact gives this white wine an orange hue.
 
2014 Casebianche Cilento "Cumalè” Fiano – Campania, Italy ($26)
Husband and wife duo, Pasquale and Elisabetta, farm their fourteen hectare property with organic and biodynamic practices in both vineyard and cellar. Fiano is a white Italian grape varietal grown primarily in the Campania region of southern Italy. An age worthy white, “Cumalè” is Chablis-esque with notes of ripe pear and white flower. With age, its honey notes will develop even further.
 
2013 i Clivi Friulano San Pietro – Friuli, Italy ($28)
If you love Sauvignon Blanc you’ll this Friulano! Look for a similarly crisp, fresh palate with intriguing stone fruit and herbal notes. What makes this wine so good? A combination of Colli Orientali’s prestigious soils, old vines, low yields, meticulous organic farming, and an intuitive, light-handed touch from winemaker Ferdinando Zanusso.
 
2009 i Clivi Rosso Merlot – Friuli, Italy ($26)
Think bright cranberry and inky depth in this unique Merlot from the mountainous vineyards bordering northern Slovenia. It’s exciting and unlike any other Merlot you have tried. Drink while listening to Led Zeppelin’s album ”Physical Graffiti” all the way through until no more Merlot!

Later Event: August 5
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