This wine is less about thinking and more about drinking. Bright and fun flavors on the nose lead you to either drink it like any great sparkling wine or if so inclined, feel free to blend it with your favorite OJ or Peach Juice for a brunch cocktail that everyone will be happy with (including your wallet).
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!
Ercole Barbera Rose $15.00
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!
Starda Paitin Nebbiolo $15.00
We love Neb but finding affordable ones are always a challenge. This guy is a little young still but shows garnet ruby color, with intense aromas of black currant, violets, cherries and sweet spices. Classic bright acidity with structure, finesse and balance. The Italian fat melter!
Giacomo Grimaldi $15.00
Dolcetto means "little sweet one." Not only does it refer to the sweetness of the grape at harvest, but also what you will be called if you buy this wine for someone. Strawberry and black cherry notes, hints of licorice, herbs and violets. Noticeable tannins, yet still approachable. If you're not familiar with dolcetto, acquaint yourself.
The limestone soils from Monferrato show in this fun take on Barbera. A bit of Friesa is added for raw brightness. Easy drinking yet with gobs of Italian character. Nice plum and pepper show through nicely. No oaking.
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.
A fairly unusual style from a very reputable producer. Very restrained and drinkable, with just the faintest hints of black cherry, tar, smoke and leather with the typical (if a bit softer) rose petal. Clean and easy finish with flavors of licorice, plum and violets.
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.
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.
Ercole Barbera $17.00
A super approachable Barbera from Monferrato in Piemonte. All stainless steel production allowing the bright fruit to show in this wine. Dark Cherry, ripe strawberry, raspberry and a touch of black fruit. Smooth tannins and bright acidity. Not to mention these are 1 liter bottles making this an excellent bang for the buck!
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.
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso $18.00
A really fun and unique wine. The bouquet is full and fruity, with hints of crisp dried flowers, dried plum and red fruit jam. The light spicy notes are just delicately noticed. The wine is full-bodied, very drinkable, and well balanced. It's best with a light chill, drinks like a bright Beaujolais.
Cordero Langhe Arneis $18.00
A white wine from La Morra in Barolo! Bright straw color with an intense nose of peach and acacia flowers, chamomile, and barely ripe melon. Solid body from three months on the lees. A secret find that may become your favorite go-to white. Seriously, when has anything from the Piedmont not impressed!?
WINE GEEKS ASSEMBLE! A truly unique find! Brachetto is typically known as a sweet, sparkling style. Here we have a dry, still example from Piedmont. A crazy, unusual profile showing blood orange and grapefruit pith, subtle hints of flowers, limestone and a touch of red fruit. Serve with the slightest chill and spend you day under the sun with a few bottles!
Valpane Rosa Ruske $20.00
A relatively unknown grape, Ruche (pronounced rue-kay). Grown in the northeastern area of Monferrato, right above Barolo. This wine will leave your glass brimming with a bouquet of rose petals, cherries and strawberries. Lighter body, soft tannin, a really pretty wine.
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.
Demaria Bartolomeo $30.00
Such a fun find! 100% traditional method sparkling Arneis from Roero! Bright and lively, candied lemon peel and flowers on the nose. As it opens up on the palate it reveals a soft bready nuttiness. Luscious mouthfeel, a great wine to pair with numerous foods.
N.S. Della Neve $30.00
What?? Two of the best red grapes for sparkling finally put together in a 50/50 blend from Barolo of all places. Smoky cherry nose, lean strawberry and some stone character. Completely farmed by hand on steep slopes, this crisp and clean bubbly is a favorite, when we can get it that is!
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.
Cavallotto Barolo $75.00
As far as Barolo is concerned, 2016 is considered one of those magical vintages. Nebbiolo needs the perfect conditions to express itself fully, and this is that expression! Beautiful notes of violets, raspberry and red fruits. Smoky, sweet tobacco, grippy tannins and gorgeous acidity. This is one for the collection for it can lay down for 20-30 years.
Contratto Metodo Classico $88.00