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Here is a textbook wine from Etna. The 2015 Etna Rosso reflects the basic promises of this exciting appellation. The wine offers power and grace with territory-specific aromas of cigar ash, dark granite and dried black currant. Background tones of wild sage, balsam herb and tar give the wine a greater sense of dimension and depth. The finish is balanced and silky in texture, yet Nerello Mascalese always delivers a firm tannic backbone. Graci lets the fruit speak for itself.
The 2018 Giovi Etna Bianco is a blend of 85% Carricante and 15% Grecanico. It has enticing aromas of Mediterranean herbs, fragrant flowers, citrus, and hints of acacia. The fresh, savory palate offers flavors of juicy lime, ripe pear, chopped herbs and minerals, combined with bright acidity. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering fruit flavors.
Southern Wine and Spirits
This Northern Italian white emerges from the basaltic lava soil of the old pergola vineyards from the eastern side of Monte Foscarino, the oldest white wine area in Northern Italy. A respectful, modern reinterpretation of the thousands of years of traditions of the Soave Classico, based on the delicate Garganega grape which is only capable of being produced from this region’s volcanic earth, this medium-bodied wine offers an intensely brilliant and rich golden straw-yellow colour, while its signature very well may be its complex flavours benefiting from minimally intrusive winemaking process and fermentation in used barriques.
Its tempting, lifted nose sweetly foreshadows the experience of honey, liquorice and hints of spice that proceed to dance on the palate with delectable aromas of the field flowers from the local region. These main notes are softly complemented by a savoury, mineral mix of stone fruit and citrus. This intermingling of complexly woven tastes enhances the medium-full, creamy palate which is balanced by a sophisticated and slightly dense consistency, oak tannins and a lively acidity. It’s lingering, dry finish ends with a delicate hint of sweet almond.
This 100% Garganega grape wine produces an exceptional Suave is full of character, which is best complemented by polenta, fish, poultry or spicy food.
Color: Pale yellow
Scent: Fruity peach and pineapple with a pleasant and intriguing minerality
Taste: Fresh, fruity, soft and persistent
"A firm and dense white, yet ever so fresh and vivid. Medium to full body with linear acidity that gives it form and drive" -James Suckling. A blend of 70% Carricante with 30% Catarratto.
Monte Carbonare is the name of the hill upon which the vineyard that sources this wine is situated. The word Carbonare refers to coal and is used to describe this location because the volcanic soils here are black as coal. Produced from 100% Garganega and exposed only to stainless steel in order to preserve freshness, the Tessari family describes this wine as “earth in a glass”—a pure expression of their volcanic terroir.
Straw yellow with considerable intensity and brilliant highlights. This wine is creamy and elegant. It is characterized by freshness and aromas of citrus, herbs, and mineral. On the palate the wine is well-balanced and refreshing with a dry and persistent finish.
Best served with delicate fish-based dishes, truffle or mushroom risottos, and medium flavored cheeses as well as a variety of vegetarian dishes.
Deep ruby red in color, this wine offers intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, violet and spices. On the palate, it is elegant and smooth, with notes of berries and strawberry jam.
Pairs well with soups, cold meats, fresh and aged cheeses, courses with meat sauces, mushrooms, truffles, white meats and red meats.
The Grotte Alte by Arianna Occhipinti is a Cerasuolo di Vittoria obtained from a long aging in large oak barrels. It scents of sea spary and sour cherries in brandy, with intense references to oriental spices including cumin and cinnamon, while the taste is soft and elegant, with a long finish pleasantly salty.
Rare Wine Company
Intense ruby red in color, this wine offers on the nose aromas of rose, lavender and small red fruits such as blackberries and currants, together with spicy nuances and vegetable touches. The taste is balanced, mineral and persistent, with fresh red cherry and raspberries on the palate, nourished by herbal-floral undergrowth.
The 2020 Etna Bianco (90% Carricante, 10% Catarratto) is produced from a certified organic vineyard in the Calderara contrada district at 650 meters on Mt. Etna. The vines are 15 years old. The vinification is traditional intemperature controlled steel vats, without malo, followed by aging “sur lies” until March.
The color is pale yellow and the wine is quite intense on the nose, with hints of white flowers and ripe fruits. On the mouth it is fresh, with a pleasant acidity that enhances the natural minerality.
100% Listán Negro, 100% carbonic maceration. An extremely fresh and bright wine meant to drink young and with a chill.
Listán Negro is also known as Listán Prieto or Palomino Negro, and is very close related to País, grown in Chile, and Mission, grown in Arizona. Listán Negro is hardly grown at all on the European mainland- it was wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic- but it is widely planted on the Canary Islands, where it covers almost 12,000 acres of land. Bermejos is on the easternmost island of Lanzarote. Only 125km from the African coast, conditions there are extreme!
Song Cai Distillery
Sông Cái’s Vietnam Dry Gin is the first gin to be distilled in Vietnam, and it truly embraces its origins while still appealing to a more traditional gin drinker’s palate. Distilled on a copper pot still, it is instructed by the Vietnamese culinary approach of “hot” and “cold” energies. The balance of these two opposing energies is central to Vietnamese cooking. In Sông Cái’s Dry Gin, the spice elements of cardamom and pepper are balanced by the softer, sweeter elements of citrus including Vietnamese heirloom pomelo, resulting in a gin that blends seamlessly into a variety of cocktails, while still maintaining its unique character. Try it in a gin and tonic, a Collins, or a Gimlet.