FALL 2019


Theme of the Shipment: “♫♫♫  OH GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN ♫♫♫” 

These wines have been selected by our staff of sommeliers, we firmly believe that this selection represents the best we can offer in this price range.  This time the selection offers amazing gems made by female wine makers of Italy, to understand the change brought by women to the Italian wine industry in the 80s, 90s and 2000s . Great wine makers and entrepreneurs who truly stepped up the game in a world that used to be predominantly a male business. Each of the wines will be paired with a song of a famous Female Singer, From Nina Simone to Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Patty Smith, Madonna, Lady Gaga and other strong female entairtainers of our time.  


Oddero Barbaresco Cru Gallina 2016 Song: Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler  Mariacristina Oddero took over the leadership of this incredible winery after his father Giacomo passed.  She is a very passionate Wine Maker and brought a new perspective to the production of one of the most important wineries in Piedmont. Her wines are a multicolored, kaleidoscopic expression of the great terroir of Langhe. We finally get to explore Barbaresco, inaccurately considered the smaller brother of Barolo: this Barbaresco is generous and intense, structure is rich and wine has an opulent complexity. Ripe red fruit and violets typical of the Nebbiolo, persistent in the palate with an assertive tannin: the wine reminds me of the voice of Bonnie Tyler in this classic from the 80s, deep with some raspy vocals to add intensity to the interpretation. 100% Nebbiolo. 1 bt in Shipment. Drink Through 2019-2028. Open 3h Before. Price range: $26 

Valdipiatta Pinot Nero IGT 2017 Song: Sunrise by Norah Jones Not only Sangiovese is produced in Montepulciano. Miriam Caporali is the leader of this great winery and her Pinot Noir perfectly reflects her personality: an elegant, yet firm wine, fruit of the enthusiasm of Miriam for experimentation and of her love for the terroir of Montepulciano. Geographically, this should be considered a ‘Warm climate’ Pinot Noir, but it is impossible to categorize this wine. It is like the soul voice of Norah Jones, fresh and graceful, yet deep and soulful: a mix of Burgundy and Montepulciano for a unique gem(only 800bts made). 100% Pinot Noir. 1bt. Drink Through 2019-2021. Open 1h before. $32 

Avignonesi Vino Nobile Cru Caprile 2015 Song: Respect by Aretha Franklyn Virginie Saverys is a Belgian businesswoman who fell in love with Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Since she took over one of the most important estates of the town, she embraced Biodynamic production as approach to farming and life in general. Virginie’s keyword is ‘respect’: towards the ecosystem, her staff and the final consumer. The winery has started producing and crafting organic wines that are truly authentic to their origins yet singular and unique. This Nobile comes from the Single-Vineyard called Caprile: Virginie saw the potential of this vineyard and decided to create this label that represent a great and rare(2000bts made) Vino Nobile. Warm, powerful, deep and rich like the incredible voice of the ‘Queen of soul’ Aretha Franklyn,. 100% Sangiovese. 2bt in Shipment. Drink 2019-2025. Open 2h before. $55 

Istine Chianti Classico Cru Cavarchione Docg 2016 Song: Material Girl by Madonna  Angela is the eclectic, energetic leader of this winery located in my favorite area of Chianti Classico, Radda/ Gaiole, which I believe being the ‘Mecca’ of Sangiovese. This is exactly what you’d expect from a Chianti Cru, vibrant structure yet complex and extremely deep. Angela is full of life, she reminds me of young Madonna: she is not a material girl but her wines are pure pleasure, full of colors and extremely enjoyable. This particular Cru, Cavarchione, is located in Gaiole, one of best areas for Sangiovese, rich in marl, clay and stones and pretty high in altitude(420mts/1400ft), guaranteeing right exposure to sun, draining and temperature swings between day and night. 2016 is the perfect vintage for Chianti. A rare gem, 1200bts produced.  100% Sangiovese. 2bt in shipment. Drink Through 2019-2024.Open 2h. 32$ 


Massimago Profasio  Valpolicella Superiore Doc Profasio 2014 Song: Million Reasons by Lady Gaga Camilla is much  more than just a good wine maker, she is also a business-woman very attentive to the importance of the brand and communication. A millennial who brought a new exciting touch of innovation and class to Amarone and Valpolicella wines. A strong young woman, conscious of her abilities and extremely passionate for her beloved Valpolicella, Camilla’s keywords are excellence, creativity, respect for nature and innovation. This organic Wine is vertical, balsamic, intense and spicy, with a full body and suprising depth: a Valpolicella Superiore that has nothing to envy to his bigger brother Amarone. I drink this and I imagine this song and the powerful voice of Lady Gaga, another innovative millennial who is dominating the scene in music in the last 10 years with her incredible personality. 65% Corvina ,20% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella. 2bt in shipment. Drink 2019-2022.Open 2h before. $35 

Antico Palmento Primitivo di Manduria Doc 2015 Song: Summertime by Janis Joplin Mariangela Garofano is an example of strong business woman from the South of Italy, she runs the family winery with her father Bruno in the heart of Puglia, one of Italy’s most enchanting regions, the land of Primitivo grape(if you never heard this name you might have heard about Zinfandel, it is basically the same grape!). Both the song and the wine inebriate me with memories from the past Summers back when I was a kid, this Primitivo smells like mediterranean scrub typical of Puglia, which reminds me of the hot summers down in this incredible region: flamboyant, an explosion of flavors, dried figs, ripe berries, marzipan. Robust and generous, with incredible personality and firm tannins to balance the powerful structure, intense, warm and biting like the voice of my favorite female singer of all time, Janis Joplin. Italian Nostalgia at its finest, a positive feeling about memories of a beautiful childhood. 100% Primitivo(Zinfandel). 2bt in shipment. Drink Through 2019-2023. Open 1h before. $32 

Elisabetta Foradori Teroldego Igt 2016 Song: At Last by Etta James Elisabetta is doubtless the Queen of Teroldego, amazing grape cultivated in the lowlands of Trentino, whose origins are closely tied to the Noce River, which, over the centuries, has deposited huge quantities of limestone, granite and porphyry debris from the Dolomite Mountains.   The result between the Teroldego and this amazing soil is summed up in this great biodynamic wine: red ruby color, an explosion of berries, cassis and violets with distinctive mineral notes, light, crispy, bright , juicy and saline. Elisabetta’s name is linked to the renaissance of Teroldego, she gave voice to the wine makers of this area and most importantly she gave a soul to this incredible grape: she is an example of female wine maker and entrepreneur  that stepped up the game for Italian wines and gave her imprinting to a whole area of production…at last! 1bt in Shipment. 2019-2023. Open 1h before. $33 

Elisabetta Foradori Sgarzon Teroldego 2017 Song: Talkin’ Bout a Revolution  By Tracy Chapman  Elisabetta Foradori did not only elevate the Teroldego grape and the lowlands of Trentino to the top of Italian viticulture, but re-wrote the rules and broke the schemes of wine making in our country. She was one of the first wine makers to have a revolutionary, biodynamic approach to viticulture and to use Terracotta vessels for red wines where the wine slowly ferments for 8 months with the skins in order to have an attentive extraction of flavors: this Teroldego is intriguing, zests of red berries and wild flowers, structure is  fresh and crispy, mid-bodied with light and silky tannins and unmissable mineral notes from the soil rich in limestone, granite and porphyr debris from the Dolomite Mountains. Pure elegance, do not expect a big-bold red this time but get ready to try something new and original. Sometimes revolution does not sound like a whisper, Elisabetta made some noise and decided to change the game, delivering some great wines with her new ideas.100% Teroldego. 1 bt in shipment. Drink Through 2019-2025. Open 2h before. $ 38 


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