What Are You Tasting: 2012 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo

red wine food pairing
 

 

WINE

Vietti winery dates back to the 19th Century but didn't start making its own wine until 1919. Vietti is now considered one of the top producers in Piemonte. Alfredo Currado was one of the first producers to start making single vineyard wines. He is also considered the “father of Arneis” as he resurrected the grape from extinction in the 1960's. This grape is now widely produced and enjoyed. Each Vietti wine has its own unique label created by an artist.

PLACE

This 100% Nebbiolo comes from Langhe, a subregion of Piedmont in North Western Italy. This wine is actually from vineyards planted in the famed region of Barolo, which has very strict aging requirements to be called “Barolo”. Vietti’s Nebbiolo Perbacco was released a couple years earlier to allow for an easier drinking wine. 

PAIRING

This wine shows classic notes of dried rose petals and mushroom alongside fennel, sandalwood, dill and tart cherries. This is a serious wine with strong tannic structure, so we recommend some food. The wine would pair well with most meats, but we particularly love it with pepperoni pizza. 

TAKEAWAY

Although this wine is structured, it is still very approachable compared to Barolo. It's a “baby Barolo” you might say, for those nights you just aren’t quite up for the biggest of guns. 

 

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What Are You Tasting: Destilerías Manuel Acha Vino Vermouth Blanco

basque vermouth
 

 

WINE

Destilerías Manuel Acha has been a prominent distillery in the Basque Country since its establishment in 1831. Today, Gabriel Acha continues the family traditions and recipes to create artisanal vermouth. Their vermouth is made by fortifying a neutral wine and macerating it with botanicals including wormwood, gentian & bitter orange. 

PLACE

The distillery is located in the city of Amurrio, right near the Cantabrian Sea in the Basque region of Spain. Spaniards drink vermouth like Italians drink espresso; it is meant to be a beverage more for drinking during the day than at night. 

PAIRING

The Vermouth Blanco from Atcha is fresh with floral aromas followed on the palate by a hint of sweetness and slightly bitter flavor. You’ll find notes of wild herbs, mint, orange peel and berries on the palate. Pair this with salty cheeses or olives.

TAKEAWAY

This is a perfect aperitif; we recommend serving it on ice with an orange peel. It also makes a wonderful addition to cocktails. 

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What Are You Tasting: NV Domaine Tissot Crémant du Jura "Extra Brut"

cremant du jura
 

WINE

The Tissot family have been making wine in the Jura region since 1956, and have been a strong presence in representing the region's terroir. Stéphane Tissot creates a variety of wines that are expressive of the region's unique winemaking traditions. Their vineyards are cultivated bio-dynamically, with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The Tissot's are definitely considered one of Jura's most iconic producers.

PLACE

Jura is most famous for purposely-oxidized white wine and extreme winemaking techniques, this tiny wine region at the foot of the Swiss Alps in France has been producing some of the world’s most unique wines for hundreds of years. The classic wine of Jura is “vin de voile,” which is a similar technique to the wines of Sherry in Spain. During the aging process barrels are only partially filled so as to purposefully oxidize the wines. This results in flavors resembling dried fruit and nuts. This wine is located in the sub-region of Montigny-Les-Arsures.

PAIRING

This wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc grapes. The Tissot Cremant du Jura Extra Brut is reminiscent of classic Champagne on the nose with notes of crème brûlée and lemon peel. The palate offers almonds, honey, white flowers and a dry but soft, frothy finish. Pair this with flaky mushroom tarts, or simply as an aperitif. 

TAKEAWAY

This sparkler shows us another side to Jura, being clean and crisp. Its fine bubbles make it a lovely alternative to the wines of Champagne.

 

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What Are You Tasting: 2001 Chateau Musar Blanc

 
 

WINE

Chateau Musar has gained fame with the Somms of the world as a high quality producer coming from Lebanon. This winery dates back to the 1930s and has producing Bordeaux style wines that have great ageing potential. They also make white wines such as this. Serge Hochar who has been the wine maker of this legendary estate since the 50s has a very humble approach. “I know nothing about wine. I know how to make wine, but I know nothing about wine, and each day I discover that I know less.”

 

PLACE

In Lebanon’s Western Bekaa Valley, has been home to the vine for 6,000 years. Vineyards were commercially exploited here by their sea-faring ancestors who introduced viticulture to Greece, Egypt and Italy. The region’s wines are mentioned many times in the Bible where Christ turned water into wine, is near the southern port of Tyre. Baalbek, originally devoted to Phoenician fertility god Baal, is also the site of a vast Roman temple to wine god Bacchus.

 

PAIRING

This white is made with the indigenous grapes Merwah and Obaideh and in a slightly oxidized style. Unlike the red varietals that have been grafted on American rootstock, the white grapes are not grafted and are on 50-180 year old vines. We would pair this unique wine with smoked salmon tartine with lemon, capers and crème fraiche.

 

TAKEAWAY

The oxidized style of this wine allows it to age for decades. The cellars at Ghazir holds bottles of this wine dating as far back as 1954. This funky white may not be for everyone, but wine geeks rejoice! 

 

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