Tastings & Events
Mom & Pop Farms of Northern Italy
This Saturday, we’ll welcome Marilyn Tilley of Piedmont Imports back behind the bar to pour some of her small production Northern Italian wines from tiny farms East to West. Marilyn and the team at Piedmont spend significant time every year traveling throughout Italy to bring back these gems that we’re excited to share with y’all on Saturday.
Marilyn will start with the Nicolini ‘Ambrosia’ made from the Malvasia grape. Nicolini is tiny even by Piedmont Import’s standards, and located in Istria, Italy – as far east in Italy as you can go and culturally as much Croatian as Italian. Aged in oak for 8 months and unfiltered with an orange hue, this is a wine that must be tasted and experienced.
Oltretorrente is a great example that passion, drive and knowhow are far more important ingredients in crafting stunning wines than a storied family history. The owners, Chiara and Michele, purchased their vineyards in 2010 blessed with vines already over 100 years old. Today they are crafting impressive wines in a winery probably smaller than your garage. We will be tasting two of their wines including their Cortese – an elegant white wine that packs a lot of flavor with notes of ripe apple, lemon zest, and fresh herbs and minerality – as well as their Rosso – a blend of Barbera and Dolcetto that is an easy drinking, juicy red wine with an earthy edge.
Next, we’ll try a shop favorite, the Vallana Barbera from the family winery with roots dating back to the 18th century in the Alto Piedmont. Their humble Barbera features notes of bright red cherry with just a kiss of damp earth making this a versatile match for almost any meal on the table.
Finally, we’ll close out our tour of tiny Northern Italian farms with a Nebbiolo from Aldo Rainoldi. Hailing from estate vineyards in the high elevation area of Valtellina, Lombardy, where the sunlight is unfettered, the aptly named Inferno has notes of dark cherry and mixed berries on the nose and a mid-weight palate with orange zest and bold fruit with black tea tannins and balsamic strawberries on the finish, and it comes with a good story. Ask Marilyn when you see her!
See y’all Saturday!
2014 Nicolini ‘Ambrosia’ Malvasia Istriana, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy ($14.99)
2014 Oltretorrente Cortese, Piedmont, Italy ($19.99)
2014 Oltretorrente Rosso, Piedmont, Italy ($17.99)
2014 Vallana Barbera, Alto Piedmont, Italy ($13.99)
2013 Rainoldi ‘Inferno’ Nebbiolo, Lombardy, Italy ($29.99)
Still Some Tickets Available!
Wine & Winds
with Triangle Chamber Music Collective
Thursday, January 19th, 7:30 pm
$30 per person
Ticket includes entertainment, wine & snacks!
The Triangle Chamber Music Collective Woodwind Quintet will be performing at the shop for an evening of live music and wine. These five accomplished musicians will be performing classical pieces for your listening pleasure while you’ll be able to taste a selection of artisanal wines to accompany the origins of each musical composition.
Along with the wine, cheese and charcuterie from our friends at Orrman’s Cheese Shop in Lafayette Village will be enjoyed at standing tables throughout the shop, cocktail style. You’ll also be able to hear from the musicians and learn about the composers and the pieces they have selected to perform for the evening, as well as the wines that have been chosen.
Come mingle and meet your neighbors and fellow music lovers. Doors will open at 7:30 for this two hour standing event. Follow the ticket link to purchase your tickets, for there is limited space available. For more information check out the event page on our Facebook!
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