Why Not Wednesday with Vietti
The Vietti winery, managed by the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil.
Although the family has made wine for two centuries, the first Vietti-labeled wines were produced by third-generation Mario, who transformed the family’s farm into a grape growing winery. In 1952 Alfredo Currado married Mario’s daughter Luciana and made a name for Vietti’s single-vineyard Barbera and Barolo. He also put the native Piedmont varietal Arneis on the wine map. In 1990 Alfredo and Luciana’s son Luca joined the family business as winemaker after working at California’s Simi Winery, Opus One, Long Vineyards and Bordeaux’s Mouton-Rothschild. His innovative winemaking utilizes a unique combination of the modern and traditional.
Luca’s focus on terroir is reflected in his careful cultivation and organic farming of more than 25 single vineyards. Recently he eliminated equipment that measures acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, and wine-specific approach, and also stopped publishing tasting notes, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines.
Our good friend Dawn Gaudini will be in store. Dawn, affectionately known as La Madonna del Vino, is the Regional Manager for Dalla Terra ~ Winery Direct Italian Wine Imports. Dalla Terra was started in 1990, by Brian Larky, who after graduating with an enology degree from Davis, move to Italy to work with Ca del Bosco, and several other wineries. Dawn joined Brian in 2005, to manage the mountain region. Prior to that, she worked as a regional manager for the Winebow portfolio, which was exclusively Italian at the time. The passion was sparked in the early 1980s in Boulder at an Italian restaurant called Paolino’s, where she was immersed in all things Italian. Born to second generation Italians from Calabria and Abruzzo, they moved from New York to south Florida, and tried very hard to assimilate, hence “Dawn”! Who knew she would spend the bulk of her life trying to get back to her roots.
2017 Vietti Moscato d’Asti, Piemonte Italy – Moscato :: $19 Sale $16.50
Pale sunshine yellow color and slight frizzante, this Moscato d’Asti has intense aromas of peaches, rose petals and ginger. On the palate, it is delicately sweet and sparkling with balanced acidity, good complexity and a finish of fresh apricots.
Pairs as aperitif, perfect accompaniment to Pan-Asian cuisine and lobster as well as pastry, fruit based and creamy desserts and blue cheeses.
2016 Vietti Barbara d’Asti Tre Vigne, Piemonte Italy – Barbara :: $22 Sale $19
Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints sweet spices. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity, the Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a long finish of red cherries.
Pairs with antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pasta, pork, chicken with light sauces.
2015 Vietti Perbacco, Piemonte Italy – Nebbiolo :: $32 Sale $28
Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with the ageing.
Great with hearty stew, wild game, roasted red meats and sharp, aged cheeses
2014 Vietti Barolo Castiglione, Piemonte Italy – Nebbiolo :: $58 Sale $54
“Beautiful glowing ruby. Fine earthy nose, but right now quite backward. Succulent palate with a powerful tannic structure. Really long and a little vibrant. Firm, long red-fruit finish”
Pairs well with: Hearty stew, wild game, roasted red meats and cheeses.
Saturday Tasting Beer + Ice Cream 4-7
La Cumbre will be in store for our favorite Saturday tasting. From the Brewer- The quest to make the greatest beer available is a noble one. Budgetary restrictions have nothing to do with that quest. Advertising and branding campaigns don’t either. The equipment you use needs to be of a high quality to accomplish the goal. Ingredients need to be carefully chosen. But intentions are paramount. Experience and expertise are essential.
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