Tastings & Events

Free Saturday Tasting at the Shop

With Michael Klinger of Vino Vino Selected Italian Estates
Saturday, August 30th, 1 – 4pm

This weekend, we’re delighted to feature the newest wines from Elisabetta Foradori. Already an internationally acclaimed winemaker with her Foradori label, Elisabetta started the Ampeleia project with two dear friends. Together, they sought to take advantage of a unique opportunity in Maremma, a region in Tuscany known for producing some of the world’s finest ‘Super Tuscan’ wines, and released their first vintage in 2002. In their few short years they have received impressive recognition from the public and the wine press and are some of the more exciting wines we have brought into the shop recently. 
The Ampeleia property overlooks the medieval village of Roccatederighi, and the 40 hectares of vineyards were planted only after a thorough study of the land and climate. Everything at the property, from vineyard to bottling, is done as naturally as possible, allowing the balance and beauty of the land to shine through in the wine. A selection of grape varietals is grown on the property, and each Ampeleia blend offers a unique take on the wines of Central Italy. If you’re not familiar with Elisabetta’s wines, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to the stunning wine of one of Italy’s most talented winemakers.
‘Unlitro’ – This 1 liter bottling of Grenache and Mourvèdre, harvested from the bottom of the steep slopes of the Ampeleia estate, is fermented with native yeast and features an elegant, natural nose. The focus is on the wild, fresh fruit, so the wine never sees any oak. ‘Unlitro’ is a fascinating introduction to Elisabetta’s wine and philosophy.

‘Kepos’ – ‘Kepos’ is a meticulous blend of Grenache, Carignano, and Mourvèdre from the center portion of the vineyard. Like the ‘Unlitro’, it never sees any oak. The result is a bright, vibrant, wine designed for immediate drinking pleasure, and a perfect pairing partner with classic Italian fare. 

‘Ampeleia’ – The flagship wine, ‘Ampeleia,’ is primarily a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc from the vineyard’s highest elevation. Fermentation in large oak tanks and concrete vats, extended maceration, and 15 months in French oak provide for thorough extraction and a rich, elegant wine that is held at the winery for several years before release. 

In addition to these remarkable red wines, we’ll start the tasting off with a refreshing Prosecco from Santomé. 

NV Tenuta Santomé Extra Dry Prosecco, Veneto, Italy ($16.99)
2013 Ampeleia ‘Unlitro’ Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy ($22.99)
2012 Ampeleia ‘Kepos’ Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy ($27.99)
2011 Ampeleia ‘Ampeleia’ Red Blend, Tuscany, Italy ($47.99)

All wines tasted are discounted:
10% off by the bottle
15% off 6+ bottles (mix or match)


Save the Date!
It’s Back!
Our 4th Annual Korktoberfest:

Celebration and Storewide Sale!
Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st

Details and event schedule to come which will include:
Special discounts throughout the store
Free wine, beer, and cider tastings
Special Korktoberfest Wine Cocktails
Food prepared by Capital Club 16
Baguettaboutit! food truck in our parking lot
4th Annual David Hasselhoff trivia contest