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Un viaggio in Italia con Matchvino

This past April we had the pleasure of traveling to Italy with Stacey, Francois, and Nathalie from the wine importer/distributor, Matchvino. Not only did we have an epic voyage, and opened it up ("it" being countless bottles of Italian vino), but we visited a number of vineyards and met and imbibed with the winemakers. We had the pleasure of taking a tour and eating an unforgettable meal with the Tessari family in Soave. Capping off Verona's VinItaly wine expo was an incredible line-up with organic winemaker Alessandro Cutolo from Marangona. An evening on a Swiss terrace with the Barbacan brothers, Luca and Mattteo, wasn't complete without magnums of Nebbiolo and a campfire. On Friday join us to talk about these wines that are now so personal to us - they're like old friends, and made by friends. Cin cin!

2016 Marangona, Chiaretto (Veneto), $22
Beside Lake Garda (the largest lake in Italy) is a vineyard led by a young, intuitive winemaker named Alessandro Cutolo who brings his wines to life with unpretentious finery. Chiaretto is a style of rose that literally translates into “little light one” and has a delicate body to match. This blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera has notes of bubble gum, rose petals, and sage.
 
2016 Marangona Lugana Turbiana (Veneto), $22
This 100% Turbiana white wine is another creation by Alessandro Cutolo. The grapes are hand-picked and processed whole to preserve the compelling aromas of white flower, pear, and white nectarines. This wine is a impressive example of what devotion in a vineyard can accomplish.
 
2015 Tessari Soave Classico (Veneto), $17
If you’re a Parselmouth then you’ll appreciate the slithering snake’s logo on the Tessari’s wines. Their Soave is crackling with such minerality that you’ll picture yourself walking on a beach with crushed seashells underneath your feet. Drinking this wine will transport you to their original cellar, that Antonio Tessari dug himself by hand in 1933, and whisper ‘Open’ in Parseltongue to discover the secrets behind their wines.
 
2016 Tenute Ripalte Rose (Tuscany), $25
Whenever an island is mentioned we immediately think of adventuring; the randomness of discovering one piece of land in a vast sea, the thrill of discovering the natural wonders of the soil and botany...the home to this rosé is the Island of Elba where the Alicante grape produces a delectable peachy wine with notes of graphite and soft baking spices. Drink this wine when planning your next adventure!
 
2015 Barbacàn, Rosso Di Valtellina (Lombardy), $29
Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo this Nebbiolo at a vineyard that neighbors the Swiss border in the Italian Alps. This Chiavennesca (the local name for Nebbiolo) is what one would pack on a trek up a mountain. It's berry fruit and earthy herbaceous are just what one would need to quench one’s muscles and soul!

Earlier Event: June 24
Hogshead Wine Co. w/ Bill
Later Event: July 1
Artifact Cider w/ Jimmy