Airole Lambrusco “Marcello”–We start this tasting with a sparkling (fizzy) red wine—100% Lambrusco Maestri, grown at 750 to 1000 feet in elevation overlooking the Po Valley in Emilia Romagna. Tasty, brimming with vitality, delicious, exuberant fruit & a wonderfully refreshing fizz. This is a wine to enjoy. Something to refresh. Something to quench the thirst on an especially warm day. Served well chilled, we also think this is a terrific choice with an assortment of salumi & cheese. (By the way, this one of the most highly acclaimed Lambrusco—International Wine Challenge—2016 Gold Medal/ 2011 Best Sparkling Red Wine; 2011 VinItaly—Grand Gold Medal just to name a few).
Gregoletto Prosecco “Sui Lieviti” (Italy)—The category of Italian Prosecco now is one of the top wine imports into the U.S., & they range in price from $7.99 to $22 a bottle. How does the average wine buyer know which one to buy? Well, here is one that will set the bar for you on what true Italian Prosecco can be! Gregoletto was in fact selected as SLO Foods—“Winery of the Year”. This avant garde winery ages their wines on lees for more complexity and bottle as such. A completely different perspective on what Italian Prosecco can be! “The sui lieviti bottlings represent the history of this region before the Champagne method was invented. The secondary fermentation continues in bottle over an indeterminable amount of time, in fact each bottle is slightly different. Vino vivente! Living wine!”
Ruggeri Prosecco “Vecchie Viti” (Italy)–As the category of Italian Prosecco continues to grow, I am sure we will see the concept of SUPER Prosecco also grow, both in production & in popularity too. Perhaps some produced by method champenoise, perhaps some fermented or aged in French barrique barrels, certainly old vine cuvees or perhaps some incorporating a dollop of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco or even Pinot Noir. The question then would be, will it still be typical of Italian Prosecco? Just so you have a starting point to compare others to, here is a standout Prosecco produced from a smattering of 80 to 100 year old vines! 90% Prosecco, 6% Verdiso, 2% Blanchetta & 2% Perere and six months on the lees for complexity. We will delighted to see how refined & airy this cuvee is, with sublime vinosity & tiny, flirtatious bubbles.
Raventós I Blanc Brut Rose “De Nit” (Spain)—If you are looking for a sparkling wine, but cannot afford the prices of Champagne, here is one to consider. Yup. Sparkling from Spain! In fact, in my opinion one of the very best houses! This family has been farming their land for twenty one generations! The vineyards are rich in fossilized marine soils and the grape growing (mostly Xarel-lo with some Monastrell blended in) and precise, detailed winemaking. Bravo! PLUS, it is uniquely still AND thankfully Spanish.