As a wine blogger, I feel it is important to try a lot of wine, and especially those I have never heard of before. While many of these varieties usually come from new world regions like South Africa, I was surprised to try a few delicious and new wines from "Old World" Italy which were sent my way.
- Arnaldo Caprai, named "European Winery of the Year" at the Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 2012 Wine Star Awards : Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani (SRP: $19). Gercante may now be one of my pics for spring and summer wine, as it was light and fruity, but tart and refreshing. Though I drank these on a cold day, my friends and I were happy to finish the bottle!
- Marchesi de'Frescobaldi, the legendary 700 years-old winery in Tuscany: Remole Toscana IGT Nipozzano (SRP: $10). The Remole reminded me of a true old world wine, with its soft finish, and fresh palate. It was not oaky, and had a tart freshness indicative of wines mande to be drunk quickly, and the "old world" way.
- Saladini Pilastri, producer of Rosso Piceno and Pecorino Offida from Le Marche: Rosso Piceno DOC Vigna Piediprato (SRP: $13.99). This wine was a crowd pleaser, though the name is a mouthful, the drink is one you will surely enjoy sipping.
- Fratelli Barba, which makes a great Montepulciano d'Abruzzo: Colle Morino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC (SRP: $12.99). I have visited Tuscany once, and this wine took me back. Slightly sweet, dry and spicy, but light. It's just the right wine to go with an Italian meal.
Look for these and other "old world" favorites in and around NYC. Here are a few spots which carry them:
- Caprai Gercante: Astor Wines, Sherry-Lehmann, Eataly Vino
- Frescobaldi Remole: Morrell & Company, Sherry-Lehmann, PJ Wine