HOLIDAY Six-Pack is here!

best prosecco ever

Above: The Zanotto estate in Proseccoland is one of the most magical vineyards I’ve ever visited. Just look at the quality of the fruit. Beautiful, no? Tracie P took this photo in September 2012.

HOLIDAY SIX-PACK 2012

Zanotto 2011 (Prosecco) Col Fondo (sparkling white, TWO BOTTLES)
Struzziero 2010 Greco di Tufo Villagiulia (still white)
Ugolino 2011 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi (still white)
Cascina Corte 2010 Dolcetto di Dogliani (still red)
Balgera 2005 Valtellina Superiore (still red)

$150 $110 plus tax, handling, and shipping

AVERAGE BOTTLE PRICE IS $18.

To order, just send me an email by clicking here.

I will be shipping from San Diego on Monday, December 10, and I will be delivering to San Diego residents on Tuesday, December 11.

This year’s Holiday Six-Pack has two bottles of Zanotto Col Fondo: one is for you to open for Christmas and the other is for New Year’s Eve. After all, what celebration is complete without some sparkling wine from the Veneto (and one of our favorite wines for 2012)?

PLEASE NOTE: I do have extra Zanotto Col Fondo if you want/need it (if you don’t, we’ll just drink it ourselves!).

best sparkling wine ever

When Tracie P, Georgia P, and I visited the Zanotto property in the province of Treviso in September of this year, we weren’t surprised by how beautiful it was. It’s as if the extreme freshness and pure minerality and fruit of this wine were an expression of the magic of the place.

At one of the highest altitude sites in the Prosecco appellation, there’s little sign of modernity along the winding road that leads to the vineyards.

The air is fresh, clean, and peaceful, and the meticulously manicured fruit (see the photo above) just seems to thrive there naturally.

Riccardo Zanotto’s uncle used to sell his grapes to top bottlers, including some of the most prestigious names in the world of Prosecco. A few years ago, Riccardo managed to convince him to set aside some of the fruit to be vinified in the old-school Col Fondo style: double-fermented in bottle and aged on its lees.

The resulting wine is has become one of our favorites: we like it so much, that I convinced a Los Angeles-based importer to bring it to the United States earlier this year.

Today, you can drink Zanotto Col Fondo by the glass at high-profile restaurants like Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. There is a reason for this: the wine is utterly refreshing and delicious, low in alcohol (around 11%), and driven by pure mineral and white fruit flavors and aromas. We simply love it.

PLEASE NOTE: I do have extra Zanotto Col Fondo if you want/need it (if you don’t, we’ll just drink it ourselves!).

HOLIDAY SIX-PACK 2012

Zanotto 2011 (Prosecco) Col Fondo (sparkling white, TWO BOTTLES)

See my notes above. You can see technical notes on the wine here. And you can find all my notes, including how Zanotto came into our lives, here.

Struzziero 2010 Greco di Tufo Villagiulia (still white)

Struzziero in Taurasi was another big discover for me this year. We’ve been serving their high-end Taurasi in a vertical at Sotto in Los Angeles and I finally got to taste through the whole family of wines at Vinitaly this year. Great, traditional wines, like this wonderful Greco di Tufo.

Ugolino 2011 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi (still white)

Tracie P, Georgia P, and I also went to Castelli di Jesi for the first time this year. This delightful expression of Verdicchio is dominated by mineral notes and acidity. And I love the judicious alcohol here. A super-food-friendly white wine.

Cascina Corte 2010 Dolcetto di Dogliani (still red)

I was thrilled to rediscover this biodynamic producer of Dolcetto di Dogliani by Cascina Corte. I used to sell the wine many years ago in New York: it’s my favorite wine from my favorite appellation for Dolcetto. Brilliant fruit balanced by earthiness and the wonderful mouthfeel that is unique to traditional style Dolcetto. This is definitely a main course wine.

Balgera 2005 Valtellina Superiore (still red)

My holidays are not complete without some aged Nebbiolo. I actually included this in the Thanksgiving six-pack. It’s just drinking too well to not include here. This is my wine for nibbling aged cheeses and roasted nuts after dinner.

$150 $110 plus tax, handling, and shipping

AVERAGE BOTTLE PRICE IS $18.

To order, just send me an email by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: I do have extra Zanotto Col Fondo if you want/need it (if you don’t, we’ll just drink it ourselves!).

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