Free tasting | Friday, May 4, 2018 | 5-7PM

Italian babes.

Italian babes.

Stacey is back to open up a few Italian favorites that are perfect for this summer-like sun. Let's open it up!

2014 Nicolini, Vitovska – Venezia Giulia, Italy | Organic. Hand harvested from the organic vineyard, Nicolini, this Vitovska is vinified into a robust orange wine – its skins have been macerated in its juice for 36-48 hours. Undergoing spontaneous native yeast fermentation, this wine is made by a hand-cranked press (!!!) and is unfiltered. Only 500 bottles are made. A savory and delightful wine with notes of baked apple pie, tamarind, ginger, and pears. 

2016 Cantina Bolzano, Sauvignon Mock – Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy | The Dolomites are a magical place, producing magical wine. Thinking about the beauty of the Alto-Adige is giving me chills, or as they say in Italian, "Me vengono i brividi." Cantina Bolzano works with over 200 growers, producing some of the best South Tyrolean wines out there, led by the venerable Klaus, who is the current GM, and 3rd generation of his family to hold that title – Klaus has worked at the winery since he was 14! Highly aromatic from steep gravelly slopes of 500m, this Sauvignon Blanc is all peach-mint fresh and mineral-driven, with a long, smooth finish. 

2016 Ronca, ERRE Bardolino – Veneto, Italy | A bright ruby red wine with an embracing aroma of blackberries and spices. The Ronca family, led by Massimo Ronca, is making refreshing and hip Bardolino in the lush hills near Lake Garda. There is strong minerality in Massimo’s wines thanks to the rolling landscape full of morainic, stony soils. This blend of Corvino and Rondinella hits the right spot. With warmer weather upon us (finally!), chill this baby, put your feet up, and call it a day!