24
Dec

Tasca d’Almerita for WNW and Charles Heidsieck for Saturday

Why Not Wednesday this week is going to be with Mario Scanu ’The Sardinian Cowboy’. We are going to be tasting the wines from Tasca d’Almerita, these wines are Italian American Staples I remember my grandmother out east always having a bottle of Tasca on the table! And don’t forget our Saturday Tasting, this week we’ll have our good friend Chad Parè pouring Charles Heidsieck for all of your New Years Eve needs!

The island of Sicily is home to the Tasca d’Almerita family of estates: Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker. The Regaleali estate is at the heart of the family’s wine production, and also serves as an escape from the bustle of the coastal capital of Palermo. In 2002, the family purchased vineyards on the small island of Salina to create Tenuta Capofaro, which produces elegant sweet wines with high acidity yet fresh balance throughout. The Whitaker estate consists of vineyards originally planted by the English family of the same name in the 19th century. As a result of Count Giuseppe’s hard work and dedication over the past 50 years, all the wines of Tasca d’Almerita are celebrated worldwide for their outstanding value and prestigious history. Count Giuseppe’s son, Count Lucio, is president of the family-run winery, and his two sons, Giuseppe and Alberto, serve as vice president and managing director, respectively.Since the family owns and produces wines from five different estates, the winemaking process for each is varied according to each estate’s unique terroir and the diverse planting, growing and harvesting conditions its grapes require. Tasca d’Almerita employs both traditional and contemporary winemaking techniques with the latest technological innovations to produce wines with terrific balance and character.

 

2017 Tasca d’Almerita Bianco, Sicily IT – Bianco :: $18 Sale $16

This was the first wine produced by Count Tasca d’Almerita on the Regaleali estate. Primarily a blend of three Sicilian grapes: Inzolia, Catarratto, and Grecanico, with some Chardonnay, this wine is cool-fermented in stainless steel to create a versatile, refreshing, and delicious white of true Sicilian character. Straw-yellow in color, aromas of green apples and pitted fruits complement undertones of pears and grapefruits. On the palate, crisp acidity and a rich body make for an easy-to-drink white wine that is particularly refreshing on a hot summer day. This wine is great as a sipping wine, but it also pairs well with antipasti, ceviche, pulpo gallego, and Asian cuisine.

 

2015 Tasca d’Almerita ‘Cavallo delle Fate’, Sicily IT – Grillo :: $26 Sale $23

Grillo,  which translates as “cricket,” is a historical Sicilian grape variety. The Grillo grape was made famous internationally through the production of Marsala wine, but it is also capable of producing dry wines of incredible depth.  At Tenuta Regaleali, in western Sicily, Grillo has been cultivated for years. For this wine, Tasca d’Almerita harvests their Grillo vines at different periods to retain freshness and also lend structure that will carry the wine through extended bottle age. Pale straw yellow in color, Tasca d’Almerita Grillo offers a broad range of bright fruit aromas from crisp citrus to white peach, tangy apricots, and exotic tropical fruit like pineapple.  An elegant backbone of minerality carries the wine across the palate and leads into a balanced finish. Pair this wine with fritti misti, seafood pastas, cous cous, tuna, and poultry or veal.

 

2016 Tasca d’Almerita Rosso , Sicily IT – Nero d’Avola :: $18 Sale $16

One of the first Nero d’Avolas introduced to the American market, Regaleali Nero d’Avola is now a well-established example of this varietal from Sicily. Cultivated in the heart of the island, this wine expresses itself in old-world style and elegance. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is aged in a combination of 50% stainless steel and 50% Slavonian oak barrels. Bright ruby-red color, this wine offers layered notes of cherry, mulberry and raspberry. On the palate, it is complex and supple, with ripe berry flavors framed by silky tannins. A delicious Sicilian red at a great value! The right choice for eggplant parmigiana, pasta with meat sauce, meatballs, sausages, pizza and roasted meats.

 

2015 Tasca d’Almerita ‘Lamuri’, Sicily IT – Nero d’Avola :: $14.33

Lamùri, or “love” in Sicilian dialect, is made entirely from hand-harvested Nero d’Avola grapes. The Tasca family credits the elegance of the final wine to the unique sandy soil and microclimate of this region. After fermentation, the wine is aged in French barriques for one year to add extra finesse. Intense ruby-red in color, Lamùri offers lush aromas of black cherry, black fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and wild herbs.  On the palate, velvety tannins and refreshing acidity make for an elegant, expressive, crowd-pleasing wine. Pair this wine with spaghetti and meatballs, Bolognese sauces, pappa pomodoro, and lamb kebabs.

 

SATURDAY TASTING || NYE CHAMPAGNE WITH CHARLES HEIDSIECK


NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, Champagne France :: $58 Sale $55

NV Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs, Champagne France :: $105 Sale $99

NV Charles Heidsieck Rose Millesime, Champagne France :: $88 Sale $79

2005 Charles Heidsieck Brute Millesime, Champagne France :: $139 Sale $129

 

In 1851, young Charles Heidsieck founded his own Champagne house in Reims. He understood that the United States was an important emerging market, so he traversed America repeatedly north to south promoting his new brand. The stylish entrepreneur became known lovingly as “Champagne Charlie.”

Charles Heidsieck Champagne is distinguished by the high proportion of reserve wines in the Brut Réserve. 40% of the blend is comprised of reserve wines averaging 10 years old, giving the wine uncommon depth and complexity. In addition to the non-vintage Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve, the winery produces a Vintage Brut, Vintage Rosé and the prestige cuvée Blanc des Millenaires.

We start sipping’ and tastin’ from 4-7, Cheers!

 

Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS! 

 


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