Previous Wine Clubs
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.
CRISP AND COMPLEX TEXTURES FROM SICILIAN HOTSPOTS
Sicily produces an insane amount of wine. The international reputation of its warm island soils can be credited to the big local red grape Calabrese, far more commonly known as Nero d’Avola. Long ago, however, it was the fortified wines of Marsala that first launched Sicily’s fame. For far too long the white wines of Sicily were overripe, inexpensive and reaching for an international audience. This is not the case today.
LIGURIA : CLINGING TO THE COASTLINE
The boomerang shaped Mediterranean boundary with waterfront property ranging from historic and rustic fishing villages to the ritz and romance of the Riviera. From the beach to vineyards is an intensely steep climb in most parts of Liguria, earning the region one of the very few in Italy with truly ‘heroic viticulture’ outside of the Alps. Here we honor and appreciate the Ligurian native Pigato, and check out what more is still to be discovered from this very special coastline.
MORE ITALIAN GRAPES IN CALIFORNIA, PLEASE.
A tribute to Seven % Solution and the movement to ‘celebrate and perpetuate varietal diversity in California.’ These four wines are from grape varieties that are absolutely perfect to be grown here in California: Garganega, Ruché, Frapatto, and Nego Amaro. These Italian wines will be different of course (different soils, climates, techniques) but that’s exactly the point. California wine is about to get really interesting.
SPRINGTIME IN THE DOLOMITES Part II: TRENTINO
Home to a few native grape varieties with seriously great promise, the small handful of top winemakers in this area are up against a very tough challenge: growth. Heavily influenced by large Co-op farming these particular larger-than-life producers are leading the charge to keep Trentino in a positive spotlight and inspire future generations to pick up wherever they leave off.
SPRINGTIME IN THE DOLOMITES Part I: ALTO ADIGE
The second you cross the into the Alto Adige, you may suspect that you have accidentally crossed into Austria. Here, more than anywhere else in Italy, is evidence that (over centuries) the invisible political line has been moved several times. And while April’s wines are not made from truly ‘indigenous’ Italian grape varieties, these grapes are no less important to the identity of this region.
An understated region which is finally becoming recognized for its wines – not too long ago the only claim to fame was a snazzy fish shaped bottle. These wines display the balance between the sea and the mountains, out of this world aromatics and the inspiration for our Bergamot namesake.
Coastal Campania is truly an unforgettable place to visit; as rugged as it is beautiful, as formidable as it is majestic. The combination of volcanic soils, the dramatic mediterranean coastline and the deliciously warm Southern Italian sunshine work their magic together to help make wines that have truly unique character.
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.
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.
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.
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.