Arbosto Bianco $10.00
Down in the south of Italy, wine and seafood are everyday if not multiple times a day. Straightforward, big acid to cut olive oil, body to fit on the table any time. A rare grape for us but one that dates back thousands of years to Greece. Try it with rich seafood and see how it simply works perfectly.
Caravella Limoncello $11.00
With the sweet fresh juice and the tart earthy peels of lemons from Italy's Amalfi coast comes this family recipe dating back to 1898. Great by itself after lunch or in a number of cocktails. 375 ml
Birra Moretti Lager $11.00
Arbosto Rosso $11.00
We love affordable easy drinkers! Medium to full bodied with very soft tannins despite the high tannin Aglianico. Bright acidity and rustic notes with tart red cherries and green olives flavors. Add a little earthy herb and a light amount of spice then a long finish with hints of chocolate, baking spices, and some peppery, toasted oak.
Castelfeder Pertico Rosso $12.00
Such a pretty little wine! Deep, ruby color and a intense aromas of cherries, tobacco, blackberry. Just a little oak to mellow things out . The Cab and Merlot bring just a touch of richness and licorice but the Lagrein has the leading role with its bright red fruit flavors.
The Montepulciano grape is used this beautifully vibrant Cerasuolo rose. The deeply pigmented skins are only in contact with the juice for about 12 hours, yet it creates a robust color. Cherry, strawberry, floral and earthy undertones. Pairs well with seafood, pizza and having your toes in the sand!
casa del capo $13.00
A lovely, easy drinker. Merlot dominates the blend, lending juicy red fruits and acidity. The sangiovese in the blend gives earthy, leather notes and provides structure. Overall a great wine at a great price!
Pietraluna Negramaro $13.00
The wine is inky purple with tar and black fruit aromas, a gutsy middle and round, moderately tannic end that almost needs chewing. Itís a great deal and truly a wine to work with tomato sauce and herbs better than chianti!
Borgo Conventi sauvignon $13.00
Collio is the Italian word for hill. Hillside are where some of the best vineyards are found, and the best grapes are grown. Its no wonder the Collio DOC makes fantastic wines. This sauvignon shows vibrant aromas of grapefruit, herbaceousness , and flint. This wine is elegant with a long, aromatic finish. Pair it with grilled fish or a risotto.
Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio $13.00
Within a sunny microclimate created by the Austrian Alps and the Adriatic Sea, you'll find Collio in Friuli. This are crafts delicious, high acid wines, like this Pinot Grigio. High toned citrus notes of lemon zest, lime, with amazing minerality and aromas of white flowers, you can almost feel the mountain breeze if you close your eyes. Bright, mouthwatering acidity to refresh your palate. Pairs well with life.
Imagine yourself lying on a beach in Sicily. Toes in the sand, gazing upon crystal blue waters. This is what you would have in your glass. Beautiful bouquet of rose petals, delicate red fruits and a salinity like smelling the ocean breeze. 100% Nero d'Avola, take a vacation without packing your suitcase.
Baglio delle Fate $13.00
A native grape of Sicily, this 100% Nero d'Avola is a great deal! Brambly red, blue and black fruits, savory dried herbs and earth. Full body, juicy, smooth tannins!
Latium Morini Valpolicella $14.00
A good deal on another "Baby Amarone" and a seriously delicious red blend from the region near Venice, Italy. Medium bodied, spicy and really lovely with summer cuisine with its zippy red berries, cherries and exotic spice notes, perfect for grilled poultry, pork, fish and summery pastas.
Most of the Lambrusco that has hit our shores has been syrupy, nasty stuff like Ruinite (ruin is in the name) and whatever they pour in the Garden of Olives. This is a different creature altogether, bringing soft red raspberry and pink grapefruit up front before finishing clean and dry. It will change your worldview in a single serving.
Astoria Alisia $14.00
Down in the plains of Venezia the grapes gets fuller and riper than up in the Alps resulting in a softer and slightly sweeter version of the classic Pinot Grigio. Nice citrus flavors play against the soft pear fruit. A great deal and easier drinking than the "Margarita" and at a much better price. Plus you know you want the bottle when itís empty as well!
Gran Passione White $14.00
Mostly rich and supple Chardonnay with 20% Garganega (Soave) blended in for lively acid balance. Bright pear, pineapple and lemon peel flavors that finish clean. Shows a solid mineral backbone and round body while being smooth but lively as well. Made for light meats and seafood. Such a fun little wine!
Tomasella Cabernet Franc $14.00
A delicious Italian take on Cab Franc with earthy flavors of plum and pepper. No oak gets in the way, just lovely pure fruit. An every day drinker that goes with about anything.
Tomasella Merlot $14.00
La Capranera $14.00
Like Mount Vesuvius, this wine is also from Campania and will equally blow your top! 100% Falanghina, juicy pineapple and guava, gorgeous aromatics of white flowers with a background of stony minerality. Perfect for seafood or in a recliner on your patio! A great everyday wine at an affordable price.
Vignarco Orvieto Classico $14.00
The limestone soils of Umbria have produced famous wine since the days of the Etruscans. An organic beauty with fresh, outdoorsy aromas of delicate wildflowers. A brightly acidic white marked by key lime, melon and citrus zest notes that remain lively through the light, spring herb-accented finish.
Negro Birbet Brachetto $15.00
How these bright, refreshing and slightly sweet styles get ignored is beyond me. Brachetto when made well shows lovely, rich raspberry and strawberry on the nose. The light sparkling quality tempers the explosion of vibrant, sweet red berry fruit. Just incredibly refreshing and lively and made for a lunch of fruit, cheese and charcuterie. And you know we love that!
In the northwest area of Piemonte lies the DOC Colline Novaresi, from where this wine hails. 100% Nebbiolo and 100% stainless steel fermentation. Bright red fruits, watermelon rind, grapefruit with a rustic quality indicative of Nebbiolo. Still a bit of structure that makes this wine a certified winner for the summer.
San Lorenzo Gavi $15.00
Gavi is a region in NW Italy in the Piedmonte, the wine is 100% Cortese and is very light and crisp, with hints of citrus, almonds, and grass. The whites of the Piedmont are always overshadowed by Barolo etc, prepare to be stunned as they are second to none!
Chianti with testosterone? Pretty much, a wonderful 90% Sangiovese (10% Cab) from Maremma in Tuscany. Big dark fruit flavors and a good tannic grip from time in small barrels. Changing every minute itís open. Try with Taleggio or Capocollo, it sings with food!
Gran Passione $15.00
From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview!
Local head Chef Patterson of Frasca and MS Bobby Stuckey work with premium producers from the Friuli region in Italy to bring home some high quality juice. This Pinot Grigio shows stonefruit, minerality, salinity and lovely acid.
Cantine Faliesi Breccia $15.00
The volcanic soils in the town of Tufo lends itself to making some outstanding wines. This being one of them. Aromatics of lemons, pears and toasted almonds, peach and apricot on the palate and bright acidity.
Fiore Nebbiolo $16.00
A beautifully balanced Nebbiolo. Aromas of dried violets, earth and hints of anise. The palate yields more savory earthiness, dark cherry, pomegranate, subtle notes from oak. Enough tannin to wait a few years, but enough acid to approach now. We envision a glass of this next to a piece of roast lamb.
Marchesi Chianti Classico $16.00
A classic version of Italy's most famous DOCG. This is sourced from the original Classico region and has warm red fruit and Sangiovese's bright and slightly sour red cherry flavors. Well balanced and a great example from one of out favorite producers.
Poggio Ginepri Rosato $16.00
Italians don't quaff rose like the French or Spanish but this Tuscan blend of dark French grapes is done remarkably well and unique. It has a big, round mouthfeel but with a nice backbone of acidity. Have you ever had a Super Tuscan rose? Cherish this one as they are hard for us to get our hands on!
Tintero Moscato $16.00
Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible.
Contado Di Majo Aglianico $17.00
How have we not tasted Molise Aglianico before now? This rich, dark and handsome Italian can stand up to anything from Tuscany. Hand harvested, 6 months on French oak. Southern Italy's premier grape.
Fizz 56 $17.00
Possibly the most beautiful ruby red color youíll ever see in a glass. This is the red counter to Astiís Moscato showing intense rose petal and candied cherry aromas. Big, sweet flavors of cherry supported with raspberry and strawberry notes. A fun and irresistibly delicious treat.
Located on the family vineyards in the Monforte díAlba commune, this 100% Dolcetto is a beautiful expression of what this grape can do. With leather, cherry, raspberry and tobacco accents, and a little acidity that goes a long way, itís really hard to not drink a second bottle. This gem will go with our sopressata on a platter, or any sharp hard cheese.
Lodali Nebbiolo d'Alba $17.00
If you know us, you know we LOVE neb and are always on a quest for affordable, secret iterations of this magical grape. Giovanni Lodali planted a few vines to make wine for his little taverna customers and over generations the humble wine grew into a lovely and affordable pure expression of Neb.
Adjacent to Salentino in the far south of Italy comes this smooth and rich Primitivo. Either a sister or identical twin of Zinfandel, you will find dark fruit but with a unmistakable sweet earthiness, flowers, figs, balsamic and mocha flavors. A secret gem.
Delicious, full of dark raspberry, violet, rose, blueberry and black pepper aromas & flavors. Called ďOld ModenaĒ as the winery in Modena (just above Bologna in Emilia Romagna region) is 150 years old. Done in the "secco" or dry style, this is nothing like the one you'd find in the "olive garden". This is the quintessential wine to drink with a friends on a hot summer day.
Monte del Fra Soave Classico $17.00
From the historic classico area of Soave, these vines are planted on the steep hillsides rich with volcanic soils. Classic chalky aromas, orchard fruits, citrus and apple blossom. Lovely texture, able to be paired with a variety of foods.
vigna del lauro $17.00
When Cabernet Franc is brought up, we typically think Loire or Bordeaux. Well, here is a shining example from the northern Italian region of Friuli. Similar to the French, this wine shows delicious, savory earthiness, forest floor and robust red fruits. Lengthy finish and refreshing acidity.
Castelfeder Doss Chardonnay $17.50
Chardonnay from the Italian high country. Bright, crisp fruit nestled in intense minerality. 5 months on the lees gives it just a bit of creaminess and body.Who needs oak when you have flavor like this! One of our new favorites, rivaling any European Chard even Burgundies.
Villa Matilde $18.00
This Fiano shows a beautiful bouquet of white flowers, fresh herbs and chalky minerality. Tropical fruits, melon and stone fruits on the palate. Round body with lovely acidity, pairs well with seafood, poultry and a variety of cheeses.
Calabretta Gaio Gaio Rosso $18.00
Earthy and delicious Sicilian red farmed naturally on the steep sides of Mt Etna. These are the younger vines and the wine spends less than a year in oak. But it packs a punch with red cherry, blueberry and earthy charm.
In an enchanted place, on a beautiful strip of Sicilian land surrounded by vineyards within the Nature Reserve of Lake Preola and nurtured by the sea breeze comes this very rare fortified Zibibbo. Warm aromas of roses and almonds. Well balanced and full, perfect with desserts, especially pastries.
Andrian Finado $19.00
Nice, clean crisp Italian white. Beautiful white peach notes, easy drinking by itself and pairs well with summer foods. Nice minerality, mild hints of honeydew. The acid freaks rejoice with this one!
Kettmeir Muller Thurgau $19.00
For over a hundred years Kettmeir has been producing wine in the Italian Alps, since before they were Italian even. Muller is a bit aromatic and the nose is intense showing notes of nutmeg, lemon zest and white peach. Long cool fermentation keeps the acids vibrant and makes this wine shine with high fat risottos, grilled white fish and any fried foods.
Soft nose of blackberry, tobacco, spice and volcanic earth with a little hint of Kirsch as well. Explosive cherry flavor with a nice structure to finish. Really fun. I know there are cheaper ones out there, but this is the liveliest, and a delicious expression of the grape. Just enhanced with a few months in 2nd pass French oak.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
Fabio Motta Pievi $20.00
Fabio Motta brings you a super Super Tuscan. Red cherries, dried herbs and a subtle earthiness. A lot going on in this wine! Noticeable tannin, but not so much that it will stop you from a second glass, which is highly recommended!
Tomasella Merlot $20.00
Paul Giamatti got Merlot all wrong, and it especially shows in this fresh beauty from Fiuli, Italy overlooking the Dolomite Mountains. Rhubarb, mocha, and plum skin on the nose with some clay on the back end. Lovely and clean red cherry and chocolate notes on the palate with a medium body.
Ronc Di Vico Friulano $21.00
After being planted in marl (clay's lime-rich mud), this cool Titut Blanc underwent a soft press of the grapes. The Ronc di Vico family tends to their small vineyards and strictly selects every grape. Aged on its yeast for 8 months, this wine has a medium body with notes of nuttiness, chamomile, and stone fruits. To be paired with white fish and crustaceans.
San Brizio $23.00
This is a 100% Garganega from the vineyard behind Villa Buri. Maturation in 500 lt oak barrels fills out the typical scents of Garganega with delicate tertiary hints of vanilla, acacia honey and a complex ripe fruitiness that make it concentrated, mouth-filling and faintly balsamic. This great Soave from the Alpone Valley is rich and well-structured, with a deep straw yellow hue and golden highlights.
Move over Aperol! This aperitivo is perfect for spritzers and cocktails. A happy medium between Aperol and Campari, this Italian liqueur has aromas of orange peel and vanilla and a wonderful bouquet of infused botanicals.
Maley Cider $24.00
Abandoned alpine orchards planted upwards of 4000 feet, half of them in the French Alps surrounding Chamonix and half in nearly-deserted Alpine towns in the Italian Valle díAosta. No chemicals. Some of these sleepy apple trees havenít been picked in decades. The only Italian cider made with heirloom apple varieties. It's just the best, really.
Palazzo Della Torre $24.00
This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, fullbodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh wine made at harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as its "baby Amarone." Deep ruby red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha.
Bramito Chardonnay $24.00
From the famous Antinori family comes this Italian beauty showing fresh, complex flavors and aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits and butterscotch. Full bodied and crisp with just the right amount of oak, this Chardonnay is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party! !
Tramonto Limoncello $26.00
Amalfi coast lemons have few seeds, minimizing the bitterness, while the lemon itself is bursting with sweet and sour flavor. The lemons are fermented and steeped in a mixture of natural sugar and alcohol for at least 20 days. Lightly toasty lemon poppy seed muffin aromas lead into almost a lemon sherbert character with a light lemon zest note. Somehow it finishes quite clean with a mineral and pepper tone.
Lazzaroni Amaretto $26.00
Made from the original secret formula created in 1851 by Paolo and Davide Lazzaroni in Saronno, Italy, this classic liqueur is the only Amaretto made from an infusion of the famous Amaretti di Saronno cookies, rather than from some lab constructed extract. You can't say you don't like amaretto if you havenít tried the real stuff! Try it alone on cool evening or with a friend anytime!
Jermann Pinot Grigio $26.00
There is a quiet corner of Italy near the Slovenian border where amazing food and wine is crafted. I was so ready to write this off as waaay overpriced pinot grigio. But wow, the depth of character here is remarkable. Gorgeous minerality, round but bracing acidity with flavors of honey dew, key lime, and white mountain wild flowers. More heft than the high altitude versions but so complex among the sea of plain over produced ones everywhere.
Primitivo may be related to Zinfandel through a common Croatian grandmother, but this is far from any CA jammy slurper. Dark and brooding color, intense nose of smoke, meat and blackberry, and a lean earthy backbone. the fruit does show, but this is a hearty spicy wine that yearns for roasted meat.
Baracchi Smeriglio Merlot $28.50
Deep ruby red color and a subtle nose with strong hints of red berry fruit and light spicy aromatic hints from the oak aging. The palate is very soft and pleasantly smooth with a lingering finish and a slightly spicy aftertaste that will last a full minute. From the region just to the east of Chianti, this is a full bodied Merlot and a very different flavor profile compared to right bank Bordeaux.
La Mannella $29.00
The Cortonesi family has been farming for generations in Tuscany. In the 1970's they decided to replace some of their olive trees with sangiovese vines, and we couldn't be more appreciative. Still a family operation, they make a beautifully soft Rosso di Montalcino. Black cherry and leather, supple tannins and smooth finish.
Paolo dAmico Falesia $29.00
Wow, soft French oak, round and rich flavors with a lovely floral and mineral character on the nose. From the wild and rugged Umbria region and its rare volcanic soils comes a gorgeous organic wine. Just trust me here, its that good.
Calvo Vin Santo del Chianti $32.00
Curing the plague since 1348, this "holy wine" is crafted from selected late harvest bunches left to whither on straw mats for 2 months. After painstakingly meticulous selection they are then gently pressed, sealed in oak to ferment for 4 or 5 years. A gorgeous amber, this dessert lovely is medium sweet with hints of tangerine peel and toasted nuts and toffee nuts.
Rivetto Zio Nando Barbera $36.00
Take the flight list Barbera and multiply the tastes by about a thousand, throw in 70 year old vines and two years aging in small oak barrels and the result. in the tastings notes of our Executive Sommelier just one word. Awesome!
3 years in small oak barrels, this is Sangiovese that is unlike Chianti in every sense. Wild herbs and dark fruit pulse from the class, big and brooding with sulty interplay of smoky tar, vanilla, blackberry, and roses. Sorry CA cab, this is the wine for filet mignon or even a ribeye. Don't try this unless you are open to an epiphany.
Baracchi Ardito $42.00
Intense ruby red color. Black pepper, fruity hints on the nose blend well with the toasty, chocolate and vanilla notes from ageing in wood. A complex, harmonious and well structured wine with smooth tannins and persistent fruity hints.
Michele Chiarlo $42.50
What a beautiful find! For being so young this Barabaresco is super approachable. Dark cherry, leather, tobacco, and a subtle hint of chocolate. The lovely acidity balances well with the slightly grippy tannins. Pair with a steak or hard cheeses.
When it comes it Italian wine, Barolo is king. Fontanafredda has been around so long they once supplied the royal family with their wine. Robust nose of dried violets and herbs, black cherry, subtle spices and even a little anise. Approachable yet noticeable tannins balanced well by its acidity. Truly this wine is noble.
Made from 80% Malvasia and 20% Trebbiano grapes dried for about 2 months before aging in traditional oak barrels for 5 years. The appearance is a gorgeous amber, crazy big aromas that are mature yet lively showing plenty of soft oak, caramel, orange peel, rosemary, spruce, with pretty floral hints. The palate adds honey with its medium sweetness and balancing acidity.
Guido Porro Barolo $48.00
Don't recognize the label? Guido makes beautiful wine but shies from the limelight or even the daylight. Rugged vineyards in Serralunga are where you'll find him, not at festivals or tastings. Lazzairasco is a south facing amphitheater producing dense, powerful ripe fruit with the classic leather, roses and pekoe tea character. Classic styling but drinkable now, although just.
Barolo Chinato Cocchi $55.00
Born in Piedmont in the last century, it soon spread thanks to its taste, well balanced between bitter and sweet, and especially for the leading effect on the market of its name "Barolo", that immediately positioned it among the noblest products compared to various other types of alcoholic drinks based on cinchona. Inventor of this original recipe, Giulio Cocchi was also the protagonist of the diffusion of Barolo Chinato.
Cesari Amarone $68.00
The bouquet of Cesari flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas and jammy notes. Toasted nuances and hints of vanilla follow in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate as well as notes of tobacco and raisins due to being cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation.
Contratto Metodo Classico $88.00
Argentiera Superiore $92.00
If you liked the Poggio ai Ginepri then this is definitely worth the step up. A little different blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, a true Bordeaux, this little beauty packs on the flavor and finesse. Heavy dark fruits with elegance to spare. One of our GREAT, hard to find gems that is very much worth its weight in gold.