2/8 PETIT WEEK IN WINE - Allegrini! Plus, special Valentine's pours...

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2/8 PETIT WEEK IN WINE - Allegrini! Plus, special Valentine's pours...

PETIT WEEK IN WINE | Feb 9 - Feb 12 2023

This Week's Showcase:

An Italian Flight from the Valpolicella & Bolgheri Regions

This week, we are all about love and romance as we kick off the Valentine's Day celebration with some delicious wine. What could be better than enjoying some Amarone while expressing your love to someone special?

We have a romantic Italian Wine Flight and a special Champagne program by-the-glass available this weekend to make your celebration even more special.

  • At our South End location, we are offering a Dolce Trio Dessert Wine Flight to mark the occasion. And at Myers Park on Saturday 2/11, we have a Zalto Champagne Stem Experience waiting for you.

We are proud to feature the wines of the Allegrini family who transformed winemaking in Valpolicella and twenty years ago, had the good fortune to expand into the Bolgheri region with their Poggio al Tesoro winery, their Super Tuscan property.

During the pandemic, we had the privilege of hosting Marilisa Allegrini over Zoom for a one-on-one conversation and wine tasting, and we were all impressed with her humble and captivating personality, as well as her reverence for the vineyards she manages.

I'm thrilled to share these fantastic wines with you this week. Our flight of four includes:

  • A refreshing Vermentino, perfect for these unseasonably warm late-winter days.
  • A Veronese red with an elegant bouquet and a firm palate, a great way to ease into the second half of the flight.
  • A classic Amarone that showcases the depth and complexity of dried fruit, thanks to the apassamiento method.
  • A Super Tuscan that highlights the Bolgheri region's quality for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cab Franc.

The tasting flight is priced at $29 and starts tomorrow at both locations.

For all the details, please check the information below. And for those of you who love to pair food with wine, see our food pairings for the weekend!

Rendere l'amore duraturo per San Valentino!

Mark

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Allegrini Estates & Poggio al Tesoro

Drawing upon a rich Veneto winegrowing tradition that spans over six generations, CEO Marilisa Allegrini carries on the legacy of her late father Giovanni, who was a pioneer in the appassimento winegrowing method. Marilisa is dedicated to promoting the reputation of Amarone and the Veneto region globally and annually travels to numerous countries to share the Allegrini wines.

In her words, "Tradition is not stagnation. When combined with a genuine respect for the land, there is always something new to discover, interpret, and see in a different light." Marilisa and the Allegrini family honor their historical legacy of excellence while continuously striving for quality through innovation. They have modernized the appassimento winemaking process, reducing bitterness and emphasizing desirable flavor compounds by adding dried fruit to vinified wine instead of using grape pomace. The Allegrini family uses a combination of cutting-edge techniques and traditional methods, such as site selection based on soil type, high-density planting, and guyot trellising, to produce exceptional wines that showcase the potential of the region.

The Allegrini family manages 264 acres of vineyards in the Valpolicella Classico region, encompassing seven diverse sites that offer a range of microclimates and soils. The climate in the Valpolicella Fumane area is influenced by constant winds from Mount Pastello to the north and moderating air currents from Lake Garda. The family's hillside vineyards, located at elevations of 600-900 feet, benefit from south-easterly exposure and optimal sun penetration. The vineyards feature a mixture of old and new plantings in soils composed of clay and calcareous elements.

In 2001, Marilisa and her brother Walter embarked on a new venture in the beautiful region of Bolgheri. Their journey is a testament to their dedication to the environment and is now carried forward by Marilisa's daughters, Carlotta and Caterina, in honor of their uncle. Together, they run the dynamic and significant winery, Poggio al Tesoro, located in the prestigious Bolgheri area of Tuscany's Maremma, just two miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The estate consists of 173 acres divided into three vineyard lots and produces wines that reflect the unique terroir of Bolgheri, showcasing ripeness, richness, and complexity combined with elegance.

 

Daughters, Caterina & Carlotta along with their mother, Marilisa Allegrini

Join us this week at either location as we feature one white & three reds that showcase two of Italy's most renowned regions: Valpolicella & Bolgheri! Here's the lineup:

Poggio al Tesoro Vermentino 2021

$25 btl/retail

Bolgheri, Italy

Allegrini La Grola 2019

$36 btl/retail

Valpolicella, Italy

Allegrini Amarone 2018

$92 btl/retail

Valpolicella, Italy

Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2018

$89 btl/retail

Bolgheri, Italy

Full Tasting Flight of 4 Wines - $29 (2.5oz pours)

Also at the SOUTH END location ONLY: Stop in for A Dolce Trio flight!

L'Armangia Moscato d'Asti 2020

$20 btl/retail

Canelli, Italy

Marenco "Pineto" Brachetto d'Acqui 2020

$29 btl/retail

Strevi, Italy

Bava Malvasia "Rosetta" Castelnuovo don Bosco 2021

$25 btl/retail

Cocconato, Italy

Full Tasting Flight of 3 Wines - $20 (2.5oz pours)

Saturday 2/11 @ Myers Park ONLY

Experience the ZALTO Difference!

Purchase the 2-pack of Zalto Champagne stems @ $169 and receive two complimentary glasses of Vix-Bara Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne on us! That's a 23% off! Experience the Zalto difference this Valentines weekend.

A $50 savings bundle!

RSVP HERE

>> TASTING FLIGHT HOURS:

MYERS PARK:

5:00 - 8:00pm Thursday, Friday

1:00 - 7:30pm Saturday 

SOUTH END: 

5:00 - 9:00pm Thursday, Friday

1:00 - 9:00pm Saturday

1:00 - 5:30pm Sunday

>> TASTING FLIGHT OFFERINGS:

Poggio al Tesoro Vermentino 2021

Bolgheri, Italy

$25 btl/retail

Its name expresses the close bond between this Mediterranean grape variety and the terroir of Bolgheri. A favorite of Marilisa, it embodies the colors, fragrances and flavors of the vineyards that lie just 2mi from the sea.

Varietal: 100% Vermentino.

Taste: This bright straw yellow wine has aromas of acacia blossom, yellow plums and subtle grapefruit. Medium bodied, the palate is refined and succulent with refreshing acidity and delicate apricot on the finish. This wine is elegant and well structured, with great aging potential.

Pairing Suggestion: Versatile white that is a joy to pair... from salads and grilled vegetables to your favorite fish tacos, this Tuscan Vermentino has a place at your table!

Allegrini La Grola 2019

Valpolicella, Italy

$36 btl/retail

This wine is the embodiment of the innovative spirit of Allegrini and the proof of how Valpolicella’s most suitable soils and quality viticulture can produce great red wines, even without the aid of traditional techniques such as appassimento and ripasso. An intense, elegant wine with a distinctive personality, particularly appreciated for the finesse of its aromas.

Varietal: 90% Corvina Veronese, and 10% Oseleta from La Grola vineyard. After fermentation in steel tanks with periodic daily pumping over, the wine ages in second use French oak barrels for 16 months and in large Slavonian barrels for 2 months, followed by aging in the bottle for 10 months.

Taste: A deep ruby red wine with great character and personality. The scent is broad & enveloping, with notes of blackcurrant, spicy notes of juniper and black pepper, combined with hints of tobacco and coffee. It is fresh and intense on the palate, with superb aromatic persistence.

Pairing Suggestion: Roasted meat dishes (in particular lamb). It is also delicious with sautéed or grilled mushrooms and with mild, aged cheeses.

Allegrini Amarone 2018

Valpolicella, Italy

$92 btl/retail

Vigorous and intense, the 2018 Amarone Classico expertly balances power and elegance while maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the fruit. Recognized as a benchmark in winemaking excellent in Valpolicella.

Varietal: 45% Corvina Veronese, 45% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta. The best grapes are harvested from the upper hillsides and are left to dry in the drying facility for about 4 months. After a soft pressing, the wine ferments in steel tanks and ages in new barriques for 18 months, in large barrels for 7 months and in the bottle for about 14 months.

Taste: Intense ruby red skewing to garnet in the glass. This Amarone reveals an extraordinary complexity on the nose with notes of cherries and blackberry jam, followed by hints of dried violets, dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco. The palate is surprised with its balance, freshness and softness that is enhanced by silky-smooth tannins.

Pairing Suggestions: Hearty slow-cooked dishes such as Ragù di Cinghiale and coq a vin. Also this Amarone’s distinctive flavors compliment middle-eastern dishes from a wide spectrum, and can stand-up to smoked meats.

Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2018

Bolgheri, Italy

$89 btl/retail

This is Poggio al Tesoro’s flagship wine, produced with the best grapes from the best parcels on the estate. This is a new kind of Super Tuscan, successfully expressing the richness of an extraordinary area that combines tension, complexity and great finesse.

Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are de-stemmed then soft-pressed to partially rupture of the berries. Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged for 22 months in 225 litres French oak barriques (70% new, 30% second use).

Taste: Very pretty black currant and chocolate aromas with hints of hazelnut and sweet tobacco. On the palate it reveals dark layers of currant, polished leather, toasted cedar, and fresh tobacco. Full-bodied with round tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of structure and richness to the 2018 vintage.

Pairing Suggestion: Elevates any dish featuring garlic & rosemary as prominent ingredients. Ossobuco and Contornis and dishes with Pecorino also pair beautifully with this Super Tuscan.