Christmas Six-Pack $107 ($18 bottle average)

Above: The first vineyard that Georgia P — our older daughter — ever visited was one of Bele Casel’s top growing sites for their stunning Prosecco Colfòndo. That photo was taken in September 2012. Click here to see a video, made with a little help from my friends, of my most recent visit to the winery.

DO BIANCHI CHRISTMAS SIX-PACK
$107
plus tax shipping & handling

$18 AVERAGE BOTTLE PRICE

Bele Casel N[on] V[intage] Prosecco Asolo Superiore Colfòndo (2 bottles)
Vignalta 2011 Moscato del Veneto Sirio
Tenuta Sant’Antonio 2011 Corvina Scaia
Selvapiana 2010 Chianti Rufina
Vietti NV 2012 Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta

Unfortunately, delivery is not available for this offer.
Wines will ship on Monday, December 9.

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Bele Casel N[on] V[intage] Prosecco Asolo Superiore Colfòndo
gently sparkling, savory white 2 BOTTLES

I’m proud to say that I played a small role in getting this wine to the U.S. I’ve been a big fan of my friend and client Luca Ferraro’s salty, crunchy Colfòndo — old school unfiltered and undisgorged Prosecco — for some time. And after much nagging, I finally convinced him to insist that his importer bring it in. Today, it’s the toast of the town in San Francisco where Italian wine maven Ceri Smith and biodynamic pioneer Randall Grahm are pouring it by the glass at the city’s hottest new restaurant, Tosca. I can’t get enough of this groovy stuff. Luca is an organic grower and this wholesome wine is what we’ll be drinking at our Christmas.

Vignalta Moscato del Veneto 2011 Sirio
dry white

I’ll never forget the first time I tasted this wine: having learned of my experience in Padua, Italy (where I attended university) and my obsession with the fourteenth-century poet Petrarch (the subject of my doctoral thesis), Darrell Corti — one of the world’s greatest experts on Italian wine, among other gastronomic subjects — insisted that we drink this crisp, dry focused expression of Moscato from the Euganean Hills where Petrarch spent his last years collating his songbook. I love everything about this wine: it’s fresh and acidity-driven and a great accompaniment for the roast ham and roast turkey of Christmas time.

Tenuta Sant’Antonio Corvina 2011 Scaia
fresh, light, fruit-driven red

Tenuta Sant’Antonio from Valpolicella has been a favorite of mine ever since I first started following the winery back in NYC in the late 1990s. When the winemakers poured me this lovely, fresh wine at Vinitaly this year, I was skeptical: I’m not a fan of the monovarietal mania (i.e., a predisposition for single-grape wines) that has captivated so many Italian lovers in recent years. But this wine really thrilled me with its food-friendliness and its earnestness. A gorgeous expression of the primary grape in Valpolicella and Amarone.

selvapiana best sangiovese chianti

Selvapiana 2010 Chianti Rufina
rich, dry red wine

To know me is to know that I love Sangiovese, the quintessential Italian red grape, most famously grown in Tuscany. It’s so hard to find an honest Chianti this day but this one is old-school all-the-way. And it comes from what is, in my opinion, the greatest subzone for the appellation. Your ears literally pop as you drive up the village of Rufina in the northern section of the DOC and the high elevation gives this wine the electric vibrancy that sets great Sangiovese apart from the K-Mart version. It’s one of my perennial favorites.

Vietti NV 2012 Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta
sweet, very low alcohol, gently sparkling white

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Moscato d’Asti. At this time of year, we always keep a bottle in the fridge. It’s so low in alcohol that we might even open it for Sunday brunch! And it’s always great to have around when friends drop by and we want something simple and accessible to toast the season. Top Barolo estate Vietti is one of the appellation’s classic producers and delivers this one in a traditional style (not overly fruity). And hey, if you don’t drink it yourself, give it as a gift to someone you love.

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In Parzen family news, little Lila Jane has already started with her music lessons (see below). Happy Holidays, everyone! And thanks for all your support in 2013!

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