Lovers of traditionally made Italian wines will find their palates singing at Dalla Terra Winery Direct’s Producer Fest at The Wine House, Oct 17, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Producers and winemakers from Badia a Coltibuono (Chianti), Casanova di Neri (Montalcino), Cleto Chiarli (Emilia-Romagna), La Valentina (Abruzzo) and Sevapiana (Chianti Rufina) will be there to pour and talk about their wines, some of Italy’s finest and most authentic. Get your tickets fast, because there are only 30 left and they won’t last long.
Dalla Terra (of the earth) was founded by Brian Larky, who spent five years as winemaker at the famed Italian estate, Ca’ del Bosco, in Franciacorta. When he moved back to America, it was his dream to import the wines he’d come to love during his years in Italy at affordable prices. Dalla Terra’s business model, which bypasses the national importer in the traditional three-tier system: winery-importer-wholesaler-retailer, allows distributors to buy directly from producers, eliminating a markup in the process. Larky’s portfolio leans heavily toward wineries which farm organically and sustainably.
Among the twenty wines being poured, there are some it would be a sin to overlook. It might be difficult to focus on Badia a Coltibuono’s Chiantis, because you may become arrested by owner Roberto Stucci’s movie star good looks. Try to focus, because his winery makes some of the purest expressions of Chianti available. You won't find any Super Tuscans muddied up with French grapes at his estate, no sir, but beautifully crafted sangioveses--real Tuscans. Badia's Vin Santo is the best I have ever tasted. Sadly, it cannot be found locally. Please help me with my campaign and beg The Wine House to import it.
Also, make sure to stop by La Valentina’s table. Their pecorino, a white grape we don’t see too often here, is delightful and fresh. The winery’s Spelt Montepulciano d’Abruzzo shows the sophisticated, elegant side of the grape. For those who have not had the opportunity to taste a dry Lambrusco, visit Cleto Ciarli. Whereas many of us have had the sweeter versions, several in their lineup are savory and satisfying.
For reservations, call The Wine House at 310-479-3731, or visit the website.