Autumn Italian Selections with Fabio

October 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22240

Italian wines are perfect for the Autumn when we start to enjoy heartier meals more often and spend more time catching up with friends over those meals. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive bottle of something to pop for celebrating a small milestone or just something for when the gang shows up for pizza, we have something on the Tasting Bar for you!

Come out from 5-7p to try them all with Fabio!

The Wines:

  • Mille Prosecco NV: Mille is great as an aperitif and wine for conversations. Soft and elegant, with a very pleasant fizziness. Fine and lingering perlage, with a bouquet with hints of apple, pear and a delicate note of citrus fruit, which delicately expresses flowery hints. This is a light and easy drinking Prosecco that won’t break the bank for parties or everyday celebrations. Excellent accompaniment with fish or vegetable dishes. Available in 750ml bottles and 187ml splits.
  • Fattoria Lavacchio Chianti Rufina DOCG 2014: This vineyard rests on a 270 acre farm that is entirely organic and is certified according to the National Organic Program NOP and the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008. Their grapes and olives are harvested by hand in the traditional Tuscan method to ensure a proper selection of fruit. Their wines are produced exclusively from the organically grown grapes of their own vineyards, by combining the best of the traditional methods of production with the most advanced technologies of today. This 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Nero, & 5% Ciliegiolo blend expresses the characteristics of this appellation and has great personality. It comes from vineyards that are 400 mt. above sea level in a rocky soil particularly rich in limestone. The vineyards are between 25 and 30 years old with some newer vines being as young as 15 years old. The grapes are under native yeast fermentation at controlled temperatures in part stainless steel and part French oak barrels before being aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. It is aged at least 6 months in bottle before release. Ripe plum color with earthy mineral aroma and flavor. This is classic Chianti and should be enjoyed with food! Try it with anything from pizza and burgers to roasts and truffles pasta.
  • Anzivino Gattinara 2010: How often do you get to compare two 100% Nebbiolo wines from two different parts of Italy? Well, tonight you have that opportunity! It grows on the hills of ancient volcanic origin of Gattinara; it has aged in their cellars for at least four years, of which at least two were spent in large Slavonian oak barrels. Lovely garnet color with hints of orange, it is violent scented gorgeousness. Berry with dried herb and on the palate, a distinct tart cherry, cinnamon, and licorice hit. Nice acidity and smooth tannins. Don’t sleep on Gattinara! Pair with cheese (like Pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano, Feta Cheese, & Soft Triple-Cream Cow’s Cheese), braised duck, or roasted game hen.
  • 325 carra Barolo DOCG 2011: Barolo is the Wine of Kings! It is the cream of the crop, when it comes to Italian reds and this limited edition bottling was done in honor of King Carlo Alberto, the last head of the royal House of Savoy before the foundation of the modern Kingdom of Italy. He loved good wine and expressed his love of, the then new style, Barolo. In thanks for his support, 325 carra (aka barrels used to transport wine) were given to his court (325 is equal to one per day except for the 40 days of Lent). This Barolo comes from two communes, Serralunga d’Alba & Diano d’Alba, within the DOCG region and is 100% Nebbiolo. Fruity and spicy with red fruits, wild strawberry, cherries, plums, and touches of jam on the nose. It shows the alcohol and tannins on the palate and would definitely benefit from decanting and a food pairing. It would pair great with a wide range of intense, rich flavors: beef, veal, lamb, game, rabbit, salami, mushroom, and more.
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