BIG GUNS of ITALIAN WINE
DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
At TERLATO TASTING
The Biog Guns of New York Italian Wine were out and about yesterday. Two of New York's Top Italian Wine Guys, Renzo Raspiacolli (Wine Director Barbetta) and author Daniel Bellino Zwicke (Wine Director DeGrezia / Writer) were spotted at The Terlato Tasting at Harlow in New York tasting and smoozing with non other than Gaia Gaja (daughter of Angelo Gaja) and other wine luminaries. The good friends and two of America's top Italian Wine Authorities hung out and tasted from table-to-table: Chapoutier, great Bollinger Vintage Chamagne, Nino Franco Prosecco from good friend Primo Franco, IL Poggione Brunello and other wines. The highlight of course being the Gaja Barbaresco Brunello and Barolo offerings of which Gaia Gaja poured for the 2 Bug Wine Dogs personally. Daniel said he especially loved the Gaja Coste Russi 2009 .. Daniel also loved the Bollinger Vintage Champagnes, but was quite disappointed with the Brunello's from Il Poggone of which he said were extremely dissapointing. He said the Il Poggione Brunello's at the tasting were flat, and lacked flavor and overall balance. He stated that he has always loved this producer, and for this reason he was so surprised at the showing of these wines.
Daniel and Renzo then moved on to The Palm Bay tasting at Quality Meats a few blocks away on 58th Street. The two Italian Wine Guys were greated by some great sparklers from Italy's Premier Sparkling Wine Produce Ferrari. They tasted Giulio Ferrari Brut 2001, Perle Brut 1999, and Perle Nero Brut 2006 .. The two agreed that these wines were all spectacular and quite a treat as they were only expecting to taste the Non-Vintage Wines of Ferrari and not the special vintages.
Daniel and Renzo then moved on to taste with Francesco Mazzie of Mazzei. ThEY tatsed Mix 36 (100 % Sangiovese) and "Philip" 2008 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and then moved on to the special treat of the table a vertical of Mazzei's famed Super Tuscan "Siepi" 2003 2005 2006 and 2007 vintages. All were oustanding and Daniel said he liked them all, but the 2003 vintage with its concentrated exotic flavors was his fave.
Daniel tatsed the wines of Santa Rita (Chile) with owner Cecilia. They chatted about mutual friend Alvaro Espinosa. Daniel liked all the wines from Cecilia and Santa Rita, his favorite being th Carmenere "Pehuen" 2005, but thought the wines were a bit expensive at mid 30's 40's and $50 the bottle for wines from Chile, Daniel said, "They're a hard sell."