Italian Wines W/ Petit Monde
Petit Monde brings us some of our favorite bottles on the shelf. Many small, mom and Pop wineries from all over France. The wines are often from organic/biodynamic practices and a low interventionist approach. Well… Recently they have expanded into Italy as well. And we are all the luckier for it! Here is a showcase of some fantastic wines from the boot of Europe. Brought to you from the taste buds of the geniuses at Petit Monde. Come join our best-ee, Megan, as we taste through Italian Vino!!
@ Humble Vine, Wednesday March 13th 4pm.
Cantine Segesta, Spumante, $23
This super-sparkler from the coast of Liguria (Portofino, specifically) is 100% bianchetta, an indigenous grape to the Ligurian coast. This “traditional method” (like Champagne) wine has lots of saline dryness and complexity, with a crisp finish. A must with seafood of all kinds — from Fish and Chips to oysters.
Francesco Brigatti, “Mottobello” Bianco, $18
Crisp and refreshing— this dry white from Italy’s upper-Piedmont region is fairly obscure, but it is the perfect dry white to usher us into Spring. Lots of herbs and verdant notes, with citrus and a mouthwatering finish. Asparagus risotto is calling its name. All organically farmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts.
Faraone, Cereasuolo D’Abruzzo, $16
We like to describe this wine as your favorite jean jacket: as in it goes with everything. Technically a rose, it has a depth of color and density of fruit that brings to mind Gamay or Pinot Noir. Drink it room temp, or chill it down. Pizza? Yes. Seafood Arabbiatta? Yes. Roasted chicken? Heck yes. Be like the people of Abruzzo and make this your everyday wine. Certified Organic, and family farmed since 1919.
Laïolo Reginin, “La Mora” Barbera D’Asti, $19
Asti is where Barbera is given it’s due. Most of the other parts of Piedmont relegate it to lesser sites and plant the best vineyards to their precious and finicky Nebbiolo. But Guido and Gianpaolo Reginin love this grape. They are a biodynamic polyculture farm in the Village of Vinichio. They also produce hazelnuts and truffles and grain. But this Barbera is so tasty — bright, juicy fruit, balanced by a little grape-y tannin and a mouthwatering finish. The perfect pairing to the foods of Piedmont (like Tajarin pasta with truffles).
Maria Galassi, “NatoRe” Romagna Sangiovese Superiore, $23
3rd generation farmer-matriarch Maria Galassi is amazing. On her farm overlooking the Adriatic, in the village of Cesena, she grows many foods, like Olives and citrus, but she’s embraced the passions of her father, Renato and planted lots of Sangiovese. This wine is from Renato’s original vines, planted in the 1950’s. Old Vine Sangiovese, aged in oak. Lots of complexity. Meaty, rich, delicious.