Wine Tasting 1/19

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by admin on January 14, 2010

Over 3000 years ago, on the lavic, mineral-rich slopes near Mount Massico and the volcano of Roccamonfina, Greek settlers reinvented viticulture, adjusting cultivation methods to the climate and soil of their adoptive home. Where vine shoots had originally lain directly on the ground, it was in northwestern Campania they were first supported by wooden poles (falanga) above the soil. The resulting wine was to become the “immortal Falerno” sung by the great poets of ancient Rome. (The name, incidentally, comes from “falanga” rather than a particular variety: the varieties themselves being three, both white and red.) Two thousand years later, Italy is one of the world’s foremost producers, responsible for approximately one-fifth of world wine production with hundreds of grape varietals that reflect the different terrains, cultures and History of this amazing country.  Let’s take a tour throughout the diversity of flavors, terroirs and memories.. Viva Italia!!!

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday January 19th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA “VILLA SOLAIS” DOC: 2008

One sip of a well-made Vermentino and one will experience the beautiful communion of pristine ocean, ancient volcanic soil, and pure ripe fruit from centuries-old vineyards. The palate is delicate, velvety and pleasantly dry. Cantina Santadi (a cooperative founded in 1960) offering pours a pale straw yellow color, a nose of grapes, salinity and Anjou pears that are going to follow into the plate with along with apple, cantaloupe and the classic salinity all encompass in a mouthful of creamy viscosity with very clean finish.

BTG $5.25                            Retail $12.99

 

FALANGHINA DI ROCCAMONFINA IGT: 2008
Villa Matilde released its pure “falanghina” varietal bottling in 1989 even though the grape and wine tradition is probably one of the oldest in the world.

The wine is on the light yellow straw side, nose and palate in perfect harmony of elegance between pineapple, bananas and peaches with roses, flowers and hints of sage to follow with a fine almond finish  .

BTG $5.75                             Retail $14.99

 

FARNESE MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO CASTELLO VECHIO 2006

The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo bears the same name as the variety, which predominates in the grape mixture from which it is made. This wine resembles a cabernet sauvignon or merlot because of its full bodied and distinct tannins, with hearty earthy tones and fruitful flavors. Wine Access International Value Wine Award 2009

BTG $6.50                             Retail $16.99

                     

S BORTOLUZZI CABERNET SAUVIGNON, FRIULI VENEZIA-GUILIA 2006

 “Ad Maiora”  (To even greater success)- this is the motto that embodies the philosophy and the lifestyle of the Bortoluzzi family.

 The color is as bright as that of a ruby. The nose is intense, herbaceous, spicy – with hints of wood – and fruity, from undergrowth.

BTG $8.75                             Retail $22.99

 

SPERI VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOC, 2007

The 2007 Valpolicella Ripasso is a pretty wine redolent of earthiness, wild herbs and black cherries.

A soft-textured, pleasing red, it offers gorgeous length and plenty of harmony in an accessible style.

 BTG $8.75                            Retail $22.99