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What I’m drinking is Unknown!!

Hey it’s Courtney! A newbie wine rep who is having a blast tasting through the Vintage Imports portfolio. I came across a wine that I found has soul, ‘chops’ and just a powerful palate! @PeiranoWinery‘sThe Unknown!!! Mysterious, complex and just a yummy yummy wine! I blind tasted friends this past weekend at a BBQ and they could not believe this was not that other wine called…. Shhhh! (Conundrum).

Get to know "The Unknown"!

Get to know “The Unknown”!

The Unknown is rich, full bodied with jammy notes and a plummy richness. A definite ‘must have’ for the holiday weekend BBQs. Let your guests guess what varietals are in this beauty and have fun drinking it! It will be a conversation starter for sure…. (Wink)

Vintage Imports visits Piemonte!

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Getting the grand tour of Rivetto Vineyards with Enrico Rivetto…

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A visit to Cantine Povero with Alessio Povero

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and through the vineyards..

La Morra

Highest elevation in Barolo..La Morra

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Tomato, capers, hazelnuts, olive oil…Michelin Star Restaurant Giardino da Felicin, Monforte, Barolo….one of our favorite dishes from the trip

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Paddle boating with Enrico Rivetto in Varigotti

Because Water is Boring!

image4There are a few essential items that one must pack to make that Saturday afternoon bike ride in the woods a success.

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  • Machete to clear a path when the trail ends.
  • Poison Ivy Skin Cleanser
  • All in one bike tool kit
  • Light weight, unbreakable, single serve, ready-to-go-super premium Sauvignon Blanc

The Nano from Sileni Estates……. Because water is boring.

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Summer is For Sancerre

Temperatures are in the 90’s for the past five days in a row. The extended forecast looks like the heat wave will continue. I’m eating lighter, with more salads and seafood listed on my “home” menu. Of course, wine is expected with every meal, so I turn to an old friend – Sancerre, in particular, Jean-Marc et Mathieu CrocheJMC sant Sancerre 2014. Simply stated, this wine is light, invigorating, and charming.

To me, Sancerre has a striking balance between a fuller-bodied Pouilly Fume and a lighter-bodied Muscadet from the Loire Valley. Sancerre is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and has a pale yellow color with slightly grey overtones. It’s bouquet is undeniably expressive of its region, with interesting notes of boxwood, brush, and almonds. This wine is thirst-quenching on a hot day, with pleasant citrus fruits that add the perfect match to my field greens with sauted shrimp overtop. When I’m thinking wines for the summer, I’m always thinking Sancerre.

Cheers, Mike Conti