Whether you are hosting a costume party or curling up on the couch with a scary movie, Auspicion wines will add a deliciously spooky touch to your Halloween. Offering both a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon, there is a wine to satisfy every palate. And the eerie label design and entrancing proposition will add to the holiday fun.
Italy produces many great red wines, one of which is Amarone, but it is Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that is truly one-of-a-kind. From the grapes to the production process to the packaging, this wine is in a class all its own.
Produced in the northern Italian region of Veneto in the historic Valpolicella Classico appellation, Amarone’s distinctness is two-fold: it is a harmonious blend of indigenous and exclusive grape varieties produced using a unique process in which the grapes are raisined, yet the resulting wine remains dry in style.
Only the finest bunches are carefully selected by hand in the vineyard. Corvina dominates the blend (75%), while Rondinella (20%) and Molinara (5%) are incorporated in smaller quantities.
Following the harvest, the grapes are dried in small plastic crates warehoused in a spacious facility known as a drying facility for 3-4 months during which time the grapes lose approximately 40-45% of their original weight. This causes the flavors to become extremely concentrated, boosts the sugar levels thus raising the alcohol content, and increases the skin contact i.e. higher tannin levels.
After completing two fermentations, the wine is subsequently aged in oak for a minimum of 24 months. Cesari goes above and beyond the DOC regulations and ages their Amarone Classico for nearly three years in barrel followed by 8 months in bottle.
The end result is a rich, full-bodied wine bursting with raisined cherry flavors and vanilla and balsamic undertones.
Cesari Amarone Classico has garnered critical acclaim, consistently rated 90+ points.
To boot, it is elegantly bottled in an exclusive frosted glass bottle embossed with the family crest.
All these factors combined are what make Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ONE & ONLY. As we approach the holiday season, mark your celebrations by uncorking a special bottle of wine.
This Fall, Carpineto is celebrating it’s 20th vintage release of Dogajolo. A blend of native and international varietals, this baby Super Tuscan, was quite an innovative concept when it was developed in 1983. Over the years, Carpineto has expanded the Dogajolo collection to include a white blend, made from Chardonnay, Grechetto, and Sauvignon Blanc, and a rosato, produced from 100% Sangiovese. These wines, with their beautiful labels, have adorned as many tables on an average Monday, as they have on special occasions. That’s the true beauty of Dogajolo – a quality wine from a renowned producer that suits any occasion at an excellent value. So let’s raise a glass to another 20 years of Tuscan excellence – here’s to Carpineto and Dogajolo! Cin, cin!
Alverdi has long been a consumer favorite from the Opici Wines portfolio, offering fresh expressions of Italy’s most popular varietals, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese, at wallet-friendly prices. The package has been restylized with a new contemporary label that reflects the contents of the bottle: fresh, clean, and straight-forward. No longer do you need to hide it in shame, Alverdi has moved into the times with a sleek, modern look that you will want to put on display. Indulge in Italy, with Alverdi.
Sparklers are synonymous with summer. And nothing says party like a glass of bubbly. From Asti to Prosecco, Opici Wines has them all. Priced under $20 each, they won’t break the bank. Here are a four options for the 4th to consider this year:
Albet i Noya Petit Albert Cava Brut – The lemony aromas on this dry, crisp Spanish sparkler are balanced by nutty notes.
Dom Bertiol Prosecco DOC – Crisp and refreshing bursting with citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors, and a pleasant hint of sweetness.
Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOCG – This semi-sweet red is bursting with red berry and baking spices.
Villa Rosa Asti DOCG – Hailing from Italy, Asti is a sweet sparkling wine abounding with aromas of apples.
Our country was built on it- Rebellion against oppression. So when cheap spirits became common, Rebellion became duty. This 4th of July, Opici Wines is proud to present our all-American spirit, Rebellion Bourbon. Born in Bardstown, KY – the Bourbon capital of the world – Rebellion is a 6-year-old Bourbon hand-crafted by master distillers from 70% corn and 30% small grains. Each bottle of this small batch Bourbon is hand-labeled and numbered further emphasizing Rebellion’s uniqueness. Individuality is a characteristic this country honors everyday, but is celebrated wholeheartedly on the anniversary of our independence.
The Opici name on a bottle has long stood for quality and value. Nothing has changed in that regard for Opici Lambrusco, but it now sports an eye-catching, fun, and bubbly label. Finally the package reflects the contents. The perfect warm weather sipper, Opici Lambrusco is a light-bodied, sparkling red bursting with pleasantly sweet fruit flavors; a refreshing, versatile wine served chilled that can be enjoyed on its own or with light fare. The low alcohol content won’t weigh you down in the heat. Brighten up your summer days with Opici Lambrusco – an excellent picnic companion.
There’s plenty of talk of old world and new world when it comes to wine, but what about spirits. Meletti, an old world distillery in Italy, blends their critically acclaimed Amaro with the newest American Bourbon to hit the spirits scene: Rebellion Bourbon.
- 1 oz Meletti Amaro
- 3 oz Rebellion Bourbon
- Splash of brandied cherry juice
Combine in shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry.
This weekend kicks off the start of the summer season, and nothing is more suited to warm weather than a glass of crisp, cool rosé. The bright fruit flavors and vibrant acidity refresh the palate. They can be enjoyed with any number of dishes, or on their own. Here are three outstanding rosés to try now:
Fattoria di Magliano Illario Rosato della Maremma Toscana DOC – Tuscany, Italy
Fresh red berry aromas, particularly cherry and raspberry, are complemented by floral notes of violets and roses. An inviting wine produced from 100% Sangiovese that is well-structured on the palate.
Sauska Villányi Rosé – Villány, Hungary
A blend of native (Kekfrankos) and international (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Pinot Noir) varietals, Sauska produces an incredibly fresh, vibrant rosé that harmoniously combines pleasant acidity and lush fruit flavors of sweet strawberry at the core.
Dominio Dostares Tombú – Castilla y León, Spain
From Prieto Picudo specialists, Dominio Dostares, Tombú showcases aromas and flavors of red fruit, particularly berries, are bold and bright leading to a powerful, yet crisp mouthfeel. The elegant finish lingers on the palate.
Like Flamenco, the traditional Spanish dance performed during times of celebration, Sangria is a festive drink, offering a vivacious expression of fresh fruit flavors so good, it’ll give you a reason to celebrate everyday! Opici White Sangria has arrived just in time for your summer celebrations! It’s easy sipping bursting with tropical fruit flavors, such as banana, pineapple, and grapefruit and nuances of peppermint and nutmeg.
Produced using a long-established, traditional recipe using the finest ingredients Spain has to offer, using wine produced in Spain’s oldest wine-producing region, La Mancha and citrus fruit extract produced in Valencia, home to the best citrus fruit in the nation. Opici White Sangria is now available in a store near you in a convenient 3-L Bag-in-Box and 1.5 L bottle. Enjoy on its own, or make it your own by adding fruit of your choosing.