What We’re Drinking

French café classic reborn!

Blanc Limé, made with Bordeaux white wine, is part of the local heritage of Southwest France. It grew famous from popular celebrations and public festivals. It’s built around a spirit of fun and simple pleasure: your first tipple after a sports match, at the village fête, or the county dance – but also at the bar. It’s associated with joy and partying, loved by both young and old. Nor should it be excluded from the distinguished dining table of a well-known restaurant. It’s joyful, fizzy, refreshing, natural, and a little bit alcoholic.  More info can be found here

Now available – Marc De Grazia Italian wines!

Please join us in welcoming the wines of Marc de Grazia to Vintage Imports.  Why de Grazia?

• Their portfolio offers the best and most authentic Italian wines as they closely work with the vignerons and only offer wines they really believe in.

• Their priority is wines made with indigenous varietals grown pursuing sustainable/ natural viticulture.

• Their relationships with the growers and with clients is based on friendship and on mutual respect.

• Their selections are a guarantee of high quality and the wines they represent will provide you with an unforgettable experience which will make you travel through the multifaceted Italian wine world.

We are pleased and excited to begin our adventure with the wines of Marc de Grazia, and invite you, our valued customers, to join us on the journey.

 

New Portfolio of Italian wines arriving May 1

Dalla Terra (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection of Italy’s finest wines. Dalla Terra “Winery Direct” is economical and consumer-friendly, putting quality wines on American wine lovers’ tables at affordable prices. This efficient method of shipping, distributing and marketing wine, which bypasses the national importer in the traditional three-tier system, allows distributors to buy directly from the producer. Dalla Terra Winery Direct eliminates the high mark-ups and costs of a traditional national importer, so that Dalla Terra’s wines usually cost less than those of comparable quality.  Look for these new producers starting May 1

CASANOVA DI NERI – Toscana, CLETO CHIARLI – Emilia – Romagna, GAROFOLI – Le Marche, AZIENDA AGRICOLA INAMA – Veneto, FATTORIA LA VALENTINA – Abruzzo, POLIZIANO – Toscana, CANTINA RIFF – PROGETTO LAGEDER – Tre Venezie, MARCO FELLUGA RUSSIZ- Collio, TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO – Veneto, AIA VECCHIA- Bolgheri, VIETTI -Piemonte

An Old Friend

deloachOut to dinner with friends last night and spotted DeLoach Pinot Noir on the restaurant’s wine list. Over the years, this has been one of my favorite wines.DL_CaliforniaPinotNoir_Bottleshot_120_433 I paired it with Braised Short Ribs, and they were delicious together. After dinner, I came home and did a little research as to how far back I’ve been drinking Deloach. “In a previous life”, I managed a few restaurants and wrote a few wine lists – many of the lists I still have today. Invariably, every single wine list I wrote from 1982 on had DeLoach Pinot Noir on it! My affection for the wine still exists today.

King James used to call for his old slippers, because they were the best for his feet. That’s how I feel about DeLoach Pinot Noir – it’s an “old friend of a wine” that’s best for my tastebuds.

A Malbec with more…

“Ooh, I LOVE Malbec!”

We all know someone who just can’t help but squeal that phrase whenever someone else mentions the grape’s name, or utters the name of a country that is remotely South America. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I somehow doubt those people (as they shall be referred to from here on out) would ever exclaim the same phrase if served an elegant Right Bank Bordeaux with a high percentage of their alleged favorite varietal. Frankly, I’m pretty sure you could serve them anything – as long as it was red, juicy, and high alcohol. (more…)

Viva Mencia

I’m always intrigued by tasting wines made from the indigenous grapes of their regions or countries. These are generally wines that are limited in selection here in the US, and I find many of them uniquely different than many “standard” selections.

This week took me northwest Spain, specifically the Bierzo region, where I enjoyed a red wine from Bodegas Godelia made from grapes known as Mencia. (My wife who lived in Spain for a year reminds me to pronounce the grape as mehn-THEE-ah).

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Ever since the discovery of 100 year old vines of Mencia in the last decade, I believe the wines have truly come into their own. I enjoyed the balance of floral aromas and spicy red fruits of this wine, with the rustic elegance and dark fruit flavors – and a long lingering finish. Viva Espana!

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More info click here: Godelia Bierzo Mencia WS top 100 talker

Pot Roast & Syrah

potroastThe weekend had that fall “feel” with a little chill in the air. Raking leaves, starting up the corn stove, and harvesting the last vestiges of the garden were on my to-do list. So was making a pot roast. So I slow roasted a nice 4 pound boneless chuck roast in the oven with carrots, onions, garlic, and herbs, and sacrificed a half cup of my Domaine Pradelle Crozes-Hermitage to incorporate, knowing full well that this was the wine I wanted to enjoy with dinner.vignerons_independants_logoThe wine was a big hit! This beautiful syrah from Northern Rhone was the perfect pairing with the pot roast – so much so that we had to open a second bottle!pradellepradelle

Positively Passitivo Primitivo

601_passitivo_logoA request came in for a red zinfandel to serve by the glass. My “knee-jerk” reaction was to head straight to our California selections and start picking out a few recommendations – which I did. Last minute, I packed a bottle of Passitivo Primitivo in the bag – let’s see where Italy’s version of red zinfandel might fare amongst the pack. From my client’s reaction, very well. As each person tasted, their reactions and comments were incredibly positive, As a result, the wine will find a home on their lists.

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I saved a glass to try when I arrived home. From my perspective, this wine had tons of character. Medium bodied, typical flavors and aromas of black fruit and spice, rustic yet elegant and nicely balanced with a touch of oak influence.

It’s great to get reacquainted with a wine not tasted in a while. This gem will be coming home with me frequently this fall!

Cheers,

Mike