Trick or Treat! This October we’re paying homage to the occult with four incredibly festive wines from Northern Italy! This sampler takes you into the unknown, showcasing lesser know regions and varietals including a tantalizing Muller Thurgau from Alto Adige, a spirited Pignoletto Frizzante from Emilia Romagna, vibrant Grignolino d’Asti, and a dark-fruited Bardolino to take you right into sweater-weather. Perfect for Halloween festivities, this pack will have you saying Happy HalloVINO!
2016 Cantina Colterenzio Müller-Thurgau (Alto Adige, Italy)
Müller-Thurgau, is the result of an 1882 crossing of the famous Riesling grape with a grape called Madeleine Royale by Swiss doctor Hermann Müller. The vigorous vine spiked in popularty after the end of WWII, and could be found almost anywhere throughout Germany, Austria and some of northeastern Italy. Located in the hills of the Italian Dolomites bordering Austria, Coltorenzio’s high elevation helps to curb some of the vigor of the vine allowing more nuanced flavors to develop. They have certainly crafted an exciting bottle showcasing aromas of peach, apricot, citrus and elderflower.
2016 Trerè, Pignoletto ‘Curèna’ Frizzante (Bologna, Italy)
If your mouth starts watering at the mention of fizz, then this Pignoletto is for you. The Curèna, or the mystical wind blowing from the east during the night, has attached itself to the light bubbles that dance across your palate. This native grape of Pignoletto is a staple on the dinner table of families in Emilia-Romagna. Delicate aromas of peach and citrus make this a perfect wine to pop when your guests arrive.
2016 Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy)
Grignolino is a red grape that is fairly common in Piedmont, but rarely seen beyond it’s borders. A lighter, more delicate grape, many describe it at the Beaujolais of Piedmont. This classically styled and delicious Grignolino is lighter in body and color, with aromas of wild strawberry, rhubarb, cola and fresh alpine herbs. This is a perfect wine for pizza!
2015 Pasqua Bardolino (Veneto, Italy)
Bardolino may not be something you have heard of, but many of you will perk up when you hear about this lovely bottle from Verona. The Easter brothers arrived in the area in 1925, wanting to make wine from grapes native to their original home Apulia, in southern Italy. Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, the estate’s grapes take in the afternoon sun with an impressive view. Pasqua’s Bardolino offers approachable aromas of red and black berries, bright red apple and cherry. This wine is not the bruiser Amarone can be, instead coming in at 12% alchohol, making this a beautiful Wednesday wine.