My favorite Thanksgiving wine (and not just mine)

Above: I LOVE all the wines in my Thanksgiving 2010 Six-Pack but the Pelaverga Basadone by Castello di Verduno holds a special place in my heart.

Do Bianchi Thanksgiving Six-Pack

Sella 2009 Coste della Sesia Erbaluce
Laureano Serres 2009 Abeurador Macabeo
Sella 2009 Coste della Sesia Rosato
Castello di Verduno 2008 Pelaverga Basadone
La Casaccia 2007 Barbera del Monferrato
La Casaccia 2009 Grignolino del Monferrato

$120 plus tax (shipping and handling, if applicable)

Free delivery for San Diego residents. Wines will ship from San Diego on Monday, November 15 and I will be making local deliveries in San Diego on Monday Nov. 15 and Tuesday Nov. 16.

ALSO AVAILABLE

Castello di Verduno 2005 Barbaresco $45
Castello di Verduno 2004 Barbaresco Rabajà $60

Els Jelipins 2004 Sumoll $67

TO ORDER PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL BY CLICKING HERE.

The year was 2006 and I was working in New York as the media director for a high-profile Italian restaurant group that also happened to be a direct importer of Italian wines. Earlier that year, I had made the annual trek with my colleagues to the Italian wine fairs, where we met and tasted with a young winemaker at the natural wine fair, Vini Veri: Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno, producer of awesome Barolo and Barbaresco and a then relatively obscure grape called Pelaverga. I’ve always loved Mario’s traditional-style wines (see the Barbaresco below) but all of my colleagues and I agreed that his Pelaverga Basadone was one of the most original wines we’d tasted that year: light in body, bright with acidity, and rich with fresh red fruit flavors, complemented by a gentle “white pepper” note. Later that year, a prominent colleague asked me what my Thanksgiving pick was and I whispered, Pelaverga, the perfect wine to go with wide variety of foods we eat for the holiday, from roast turkey to cranberry sauce. Don’t ask me how but this vital piece of information was somehow whispered into the ear of the then New York Times restaurant editor Frank Bruni (remember him?). The rest is history: when he picked this wine as his top choice for Thanksgiving 2006, it made Mario’s Pelaverga a household word (at least in Manhattan).

And it’s a highly interesting word at that! No one knows the true origin of the grape name but on face value it means branch scraper, from the Italian pelare (to peel) and verga (branch). Most believe the name has to do with vine training techniques that were used to cultivate this rustic grape.

Of course, verga (and those of you who speak Spanish will immediately see the linguistic kinship) can also denote the… ahem… male sex. Back in Verduno (Piedmont), the locals say this spicy grape has aphrodisiacal properties and that’s why Castello di Verduno calls it Basadone, the baciadonne or lady kisser.

This is one of the most exciting six-packs to date and I was able to bring it in at just $120 (average bottle price of $20). It contains 2 orange wines (one from Spain), a true rosé (made from Nebbiolo), and four gorgeous food-friendly reds.

I’ll post and blast more on the wines later this week but in brief:

Sella 2009 Coste della Sesia Erbaluce

100% Erbaluce from one of my favorite traditionalist producers in northern Piedmont, Sella (not far from Biella).

Laureano Serres 2009 Abeurador Macabeo

A zero-sulfite-added wine from a radical natural producer in Spain (this wine blew me away when I tasted it recently in Austin. Extremely hard to source but I managed to get a small allocation.

Sella 2009 Coste della Sesia Rosato

This rosé, also by Sella, could also have been my top pick for Thanksgiving. Rosé from 100% Nebbiolo (David Rosoff, my friend and wine director at Mozza in LA turned me on to this wine).

Castello di Verduno 2008 Pelaverga Basadone

100% Pelaverga (see above). No matter who you’re kissing this year at Thanksgiving, I know you’re going to love this wine.

La Casaccia 2007 Barbera del Monferrato
La Casaccia 2009 Grignolino del Monferrato

I tasted with the lovely folks at La Casaccia back in March. My top producer for Barbera and you might be surprised by the Grignolino: it’s a true expression of one of Italy’s most tannic grapes.

Note that I’ve ordered the wines in the order they should be served (IMHO).

Thanks for reading!

$120 plus tax (shipping and handling, if applicable)

Free delivery for San Diego residents.

ALSO AVAILABLE

Castello di Verduno 2005 Barbaresco $45
Castello di Verduno 2004 Barbaresco Rabajà $60

Els Jelipins 2004 Sumoll $67

TO ORDER PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL BY CLICKING HERE.

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8 responses to “My favorite Thanksgiving wine (and not just mine)

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  3. Kathy Jessic

    Hi, I tried to purchase the Thanksgiving 6-pak but i cannot connect thru the e-mail portal. Is there another way to order and what are you recomending for Christmas? Please advise.Thank You

    • Hi Kathy, I’m so sorry about that! I’ll send you an email now and will hold a Xmas six-pack for you. You can also order by phone: 917 405 3426. Thanks for your interest and support Do Bianchi Wine Selections… 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Best, Jeremy

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