Third-generation Owner & Winemaker, Rafael Vivanco, and Export Manager, Hugo Urquiza, of Dinastia Vivanco are in New Jersey this week hosting a series of events. Join them for a taste of Rioja!
Monday, May 6, 2013 – 6:30 PM
Wine Dinner – Tapas de Espana – North Bergen, NJ
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 6:30 PM
Wine Dinner – Italian Affair – Glassboro, NJ
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 12:00-3:00 PM
FREE! In Store Tasting – Stew Leonard’s Wines – Clifton, NJ
Each course from Vitae’s Executive Chef/Owner Edwin Bellanco – Gramercy Taven alum – will be paired with two of Domaine Roux’s selections wines, showcasing the versatility of both the kitchen and the vineyard. From Octopus Carpaccio with Picholine Olives, Champagne Mango, & Celery Leaves paired with Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2011 & Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 to Duck Leg Confit with Mushroom Sformato & Sauteed Red Endive Salad paired with Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Beaune Montee Rouge 2011 & Gevrey-Chambertin 2011, diners will be wowed by Chef Bellanco’s adventurous, yet approachable cuisine and the Roux family’s hand-crafted wines.
To reserve your seats, call Vitae at 212.682.3562 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY! Hurry, as seating is limited. Price: $125/ person, tax and gratuity included.
The grass really is greener in Chile thanks to De Martino! A leader in sustainability in Chile, De Martino has just introduced a NEW certified organic collection of wines produced from Estate-grown fruit. The Estate Organic collection includes 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Carmenere, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.
In celebration of their release and Earth Month, De Martino has launched the GO GREEN campaign. Throughout the month of April, there will be a series of events taking place nationwide to introduce consumers like you to these fabulous wines. The festivities are kicking off tomorrow, so don’t miss out! See below for more details and be sure to check back here often for a list of upcoming events, or visit us on Facebook.
GO GREEN EVENTS:
- Virtual Tasting with Winemaker Marcelo Retamal – Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – 8 PM EST
- Stew Leonard’s Wines NJ In-Store Tasting – Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 12-3 PM
Stop in to Stew Leonard’s Wines in Clifton, Paramus, or Springfield, NJ for a FREE sample of the De Martino Estate Organic wines.
- Wine Dinner at George’s – Friday, April 26, 2013 – 7 PM
Enjoy a 5-course dinner paired with the De Martino Estate Organic wines for $85/ person (tax & gratuity included) at George’s in Wayne, PA. Call 610.964.8744 to reserve your seat today!
In the broader sense, Easter is a celebration of new beginnings. So it seems fitting that the timing coincides with the start of Spring when new life is in bloom. Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco is the perfect wine to toast the season!
A blend of native and international varietals cultivated from Carpineto‘s Montepulciano Estate. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Grechetto are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks and are blended before bottling in early Spring to produce a medium bodied white wine. Each varietal lends a unique quality to the wine according to winemaker Caterina Sacchet: “The Chardonnay lends structure, the Sauvignon Blanc the aromatics, and the Grechetto the acidity.”
This young, fresh wine personifies Spring, with its pleasant citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors, balanced acidity and a clean, yet soft finish. And the beautiful label, depicting budding acacia flowers which surround the vineyards and are typical of the season, instantly dresses up your table.
Cheers to a very happy Easter and an even better Spring!
Introducing the latest addition to the Ruca Malen Yauquén collection: Bonarda. European by origin, the Bonarda grape is widely grown throughout Argentina. Ruca Malen Yauquén Bonarda is cultivated from vineyards in Mendoza. Blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry aromas define the bouquet, while the typical spicy notes of this varietal integrate harmoniously amongst them. Smoky, toasted notes appear from aging 40% of the wine for 6 months in French oak barrels. Fresh and juicy on the palate, this is a fruit-forward wine. As the name states – Yauquén is native Mapuche for “the ritual of sharing a drink amongst friends” – enjoy this value wine in good company!
2013 Harvest Report
The 2013 season was defined by a normal spring without frosts that could have affected the berries. This determined a normal yield in our vineyards.
Last October, Ruca Malen’s Uco Valley was hit by a hail storm that affected some vines during bud sprout. Luckily, minimal damage occurred so the vines were able to recover with ease.
The summer months were warm and a bit humid, with high temperatures in late January and early February that accelerated the ripening of the white wine grapes. Therefore these grapes were harvested a week earlier than in 2012. Early analysis shows their ripeness is balanced by fresh acidity.
During the last two weeks of February and the beginning of March the temperatures dropped. This lengthened the ripening period for the red wine grapes, allowing Ruca Malen to preserve the freshness, aromas, and color. They are on track to ripen one week earlier than last year as well. The weather conditions forecasted are excellent for a slow and favorable ripening period.
Jump start your St. Patrick’s Day by waking up with an Iced Irish Mocha featuring Cocoa di Vine Chocolate Wine.
Iced Irish Mocha
- 3 oz Iced Coffee
- 2 oz Cocoa di Vine
- 1 oz Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz Creme de Menthe
Combine ingredients in a tall mug, stir, & enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In the NYC area? Get personally acquainted with LUI. Spend your Valentine’s Day at Porsena Extra Bar with him. Join Luiano’s very own Felicia Palombo from 6-9 pm and indulge in LUI. Porsena Extra Bar is offering two glasses of LUI and an assortment of small Tuscan bites for $25. Other Valentine’s Day dinner specials also available. For more information, visit us on Facebook.
Luiano‘s single vineyard Super Tuscan was born in the Tuscan countryside. Produced from 100% hand-harvested, Estate-grown international and native grape varieties, LUI is a sumptuous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Colorino Toscano aged for 2 years in French oak and refined in bottle for 6 months. LUI shows intense aromas of red berries and plums accented by chocolate and tobacco notes. Full-bodied in style, this complex red is perfectly balanced with rich fruit flavors and bold tannins.
Want to learn more about him? Follow LUI on Twitter @LuiLuiano.
New from critically acclaimed father-son winemaking duo, Altadonna has introduced a standout sparkler to their collection for 2013: Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Specialists in Italian wine, the Chiocciolis are working with top growers in Conegliano Valdobiaddene to produce an Extra Dry bubbly made from 100% hand-harvested Glera that rounds out their portfolio consisting of native Italian varietal wines. Learn more about Altadonna Prosecco Superiore DOCG on our website. Or better yet, pick up a bottle at a retailer near you and join in the celebration!
Why simply watch Ramona Singer in action on “The Real Housewives of New York City” when you can personally partake in turtle time with her? Ramona is traveling the country meeting loyal fans of her Ramona Pinot Grigio and introducing them to her NEW red blend – Ramona Sangiovese-Merlot. Arriving just in time for the cooler months, Ramona Sangiovese-Merlot is the red counterpart to her Pinot Grigio – smooth, yet fresh. Sample her wines before purchasing a bottle for Ramona to autograph (and for you to enjoy at home) at a wine shop near you! Be sure to check back often to see where the wine-loving housewife is headed next…
Ramona Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese-Merlot are available for purchase at retailers across the country.
Next time you uncork a bottle of Donelli Lambrusco, you may notice a few extra bubbles in your glass. This acclaimed Lambrusco producer has decided to bump up their bubbly from Frizzante, an effervescent wine, to Spumante, a full sparkling.
Once prohibited by the Italian government, recent changes in legislation now state that Lambrusco DOC wines can be produced as full Spumante. Donelli will introduce this upgrade to its higher-end Scaglietti line – packaged in the specially designed bottle – further differentiating them from the other wines. According to the Giovanni Giacobazzi, “We sincerely believe that adding pressure will further exalt the aromas of the wine.”
This transition will begin with the newly released Donelli Lambrusco di Sorbara – a dry rendition of the Emilia-Romagna’s signature varietal.