Connie Wilson, bookkeeper says: I’m partial to wines from the Piemonte region of Italy, as my great-grandparents emigrated from there to Napa Valley in 1906. They chose to settle in St. Helena as it reminded them, and so many other Northern Italian immigrants, of their distant homeland. Piemonte is a beautiful, peaceful land of majestic Alps, rolling hills of vineyards, wheat and hazelnut trees, and the mighty Po River. It is here that legendary vintner Luciano Sandrone crafts his majestic wines from the Nebbiolo grape. The 2010 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba is grown on a steep, sandy hillside in the Roero, which is a wilder and less developed place than Barolo. All vineyard work is done by hand due to the steepness of the site, and the uniqueness of this terroir produces an incredible Nebbiolo. Given 92 points by Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate, at an amazing price of $29.00, you MUST sample some of this magic by one of Piemonte’s greatest wine producers!
Coral Mika, Imports Manager says: Each year we continue to be impressed with the offerings of Domaine des Malandes. They make incredibly quaffable Chablis at an approachable price point; and the 2012 Fourchaume is no exception. Did I mention the 91 points? If you are looking to drink Chablis all summer and not break the bank this is your wine! Mix up a case of Malandes and ship it for $9!
Stefan Blicker, owner says: Sometimes you just need something BIG. Something powerful, with stamina. Like Gressi. If it's not a bottle of 2012 Kistler Sonoma Mountain, I don't know what it is. Since the 80's, Kistler has been making these powerhouse, finesse-filled chardonnays that just hit all the right buttons when you're in the mood. Extraction, sweet French oak, classy winemaking, it's all there. Nice price, too, I might add!!
Connie Wilson, bookkeeper says: I have fond memories of biking atop the fortress walls of the medieval Italian city of Lucca without worrying about crazy Italian drivers - just the occasional stroller or engrossed lovers to dodge. Then a quick stroll into the circular Piazza Anfiteatro to enjoy a delicious lunch or scrumptious gelato. Ahh, springtime in Italy is the best!
The Rosso delle Colline Lucchesi from Fattoria di Fubbiano would be a first pick of mine for an Italian meal. The winery is located in the hills north of Lucca, in a beautiful area dotted with small farms producing excellent wine and olive oil. The 2012 Rosso is 85% Sangiovese and 15% Canaiolo, a blend widely recognized among the most representative of the Colline Lucchesi wines. It is fresh and fruity with loads of flavor – molto delizioso!
Visit the website of Fattoria di Fubbiano at http://www.fattoriadifubbiano.it/#
The Estate also produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil and conducts wine and oil tastings. There is a villa and farmhouse available for rent as well, to make your Tuscan visit complete!