Every month we choose the wines for our Italian Wine Club one by one. We balance myriad elements important to the story- winemaker technique, varietal correctness, growing practices, and side notes that make each bottle special and exceptional. We write about every wine through the 3G lens: Grower, Grape and (what’s in your) Glass. Below are the monthly summaries of these notes from the field, to be enjoyed as you drink, or referenced as needed.
CALABRIA – WELCOME TO THE WILD WEST
Rugged yet stunning wide open landscape, Mediterranean climate, prime location, mountainous terroir and the potential in native grape varieties. Also, the omnipresent influence of ‘Ndrangheta (serious old school organized crime. Seriously.) Followed by a signature slow pace of life. Calabria in this way is truly a world unto itself.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Even for those who’ve had the opportunity to dig much deeper into Italian wine, we expect these four wines might provide a few ‘wows’ and maybe even an excited ‘what the?’ They are meant to challenge as much as delight, and to create a sensorial memory that inspires a desire to learn and to try more.
From ugly sweaters to decorations to cookie baking…the holidays aren’t about competition, right?! All four of these bottles are “perfect for every occasion” so at the very least you will be the guest who brought the best wine. But most important of all? Have a safe, beautiful, and bountiful holiday this year surrounded by those you love.
THE FOUR CORNERS
These are our first wines out of the gate, from us to you. These wines have been chosen to remind you of all the goodness that Italy has to offer, a smattering of various styles and grape flavors. They are also your introduction (or refresher) to Kevin’s palate. Which is super fun and nerdy.