Wine & Cheese Tasting
August 25th & 27th
Thursday 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 12 PM – 5:00 PM
Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2010
Origin: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi , Marche, Italy
Tasting Notes: “The 2010 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico offers up dried flowers, peaches and herbs in a mid-weight, accessible style. This is a very polished and well-balanced Verdicchio for the money, and is a great value. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.” Score:88. —Antonio Galloni, June 2010 – Wine Advocate.
Food Pairing: An easy drinking wine full of character and freshness. It is very good with sea food, white meat, cold meat appetizers, as well as rustic food. It combines well with local dishes, such as stuffed olives from the province of Ascoli "olive ascolane", calcioni (a kind of cheese cake), omelets with spring greens and many other dishes, too.
Sartori Ferdi 2009
Origin: Verona, Veneto, Italy
Varietal: 100% Garganega
Tasting Notes: Winemaker Notes: Color: Brilliant yellow diamond. Bouquet: Aromas of pears and apricots with subtle floral notes. Taste: Rich, dry, and flavorful on the palate, with a long finish. Most people think of red Amarone when they think of wines made from dried grapes in the Veneto region of Italy. But this Ferdi from Sartori is proof that Venetians know how to make big white wines, as well. “Made entirely from Garganega, traditionally used as the base for Soave, the flavor of these grapes intensifies during 40 days of drying on a rack before they're pressed and aged (with some oak) into a wine that's golden, rich, and aromatic. With the taste of ripe pears, stone fruit, and a touch of almond to keep things interesting, it's exotic enough for summer, but can handle some foods with a little creamy richness.”
Food Pairing: This voluptuous "Super White" pairs perfectly with pastas, grilled seafood and herb roasted chicken as well as Asian cuisine (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai), soups, oysters, stir-fry and curry. As for cheeses, try it with aged Piave.
Frescobaldi Remole Toscana 2010
Origin: Tuscany, Italy.
Varietal: Remole is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Toscana IGT wine appelation.
Tasting Notes: Remole 2010 greets the eye with a deep, brilliant purple. The bouquet is a dense complex of fruit aromas, such as blackberry, raspberry, cherry, and redcurrant, lifted with fragrant hints of spice and black pepper. The palate is velvet smooth, very warm and rich, with a perfect balance of its components and a refreshing crispness. A long-lingering finish mirrors nicely the fruit on the nose. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – 88 points.
Food Pairing: A classic example of a wine for all dishes, on all occasions. Enjoy it for example with charcuterie that is not too spicy, or with full-flavored pasta dishes.
Salviano Turlo 2009
Origin: Umbria, Italy. Nestled among Umbria’s rolling hills between Todi and Orvieto, the Salviano estate occupies 4,940 acres surrounding Lake Corbara and the banks of the Tiber River with 173 hillside acres planted to vine.Varietal: 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot.
Tasting Notes: With a rich, pomegranate color, the wine shows complex and intense aromas of ripe fruit and jam. It is rich in body with soft, persistent tannins. The majority of the wine is racked to lined cement vats and a small part (about 15%) is aged in French oak barriques for added complexity.
Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with most meat dishes including Pasta with sausage, and tomatoes and mushroom, Spicy chicken cacciatore, Tuscan-style pork roast, Braised veal shanks and Risotto.
Le Tobele Valpolicella Ripasso 2008
Origin: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy.
Varietal: A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes.
Tasting Notes: As soon as the fermentation is completed of the dried grapes for the Amarone, selected lots of Valpolicella are then “re-passed” on the Amarone pomace, thus initiating a second fermentation which increases slightly the alcoholic content and gives the wine deeper color, increased extract, and more complex aromas. After 6 months’ bottle-aging, the result is a rounded, velvet-textured wine with rich, complex aromas of berries and an impressively lengthy finish that seems to linger forever. Deep ruby in color, this wine has an earthy cherry nose with dark chocolate and dried cherry flavors, and great balance.
Food Pairing: Pair this wine with red meat, roasts, seasoned cheeses, hearty pastas, and a variety of other red sauced Italian foods.