Friday, September 21, 2018

Big Dogs of Italian Wine in New York

   
ITALIAN WINE CULTURE NEW YORK

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Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi 
with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 

and Marchese Leonardo Frescobaldi

NEW YORK



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SASSICAIA Winemaker SEBASTIANO ROSA
with Friends Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 
and GIOVANNI FOLONARI of NOZZOLE

NEW YORK



Marchese Piero Antinori with Writer Daniel Bellino-Zwicke in NEW YORK


Marchese Piero Antinori 
with New York Writer Daniel Bellino-Zwicke




Ferdinando Frescobaldi and Daniel Bellino Zwicke in NEW YORK


MARCHESE FERDINANDO FRESCOBALDI 
meets with Friend DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE 
at BRUNELLO EVENT 

NEW YORK




Daniel Bellino-Zwicke & Calvalieri Luigi Cappellini at DeGrezia Restorante NEW YORK


LUIGI CAPPELLINI  (L)

the Proprietor of CASTELO VERRAZZANO 
in GREVE in CHIANTI
Meets with Friend DANIEL BELLINO ZWIKCE 

in NEW YORK





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Count Francesco Muroni Cinzano (R) 

Proprietor of Col D'ORCIA

Meets with DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

in NEW YORK




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Giampaolo Motta 
& Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke

at Bottega del Vino, Verona Italy

2003



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Antonio Rallo of Donnafugata
with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

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Winemaker of Sassicaia & Punica Wines SEBASTIANO ROSA
with Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke and Roberta Morrel of Morrel WInes
Get Together for a little Wine and Chat at Kobrand Italian Portfolio Tasting
at The Bowery Hotel, New York, New York








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Alberto Chiarlo with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Alberto Chiarlo the proprietor of Michele Chiarlo  Wines 
of Piemonte got together for a tasting of Alberto's latest vintages
of wine, including Barbera Le Orme, Barolo Tortoniano 2010,
Michele Chairlo Barbaresco 2011, Barolo Cerequio 2010,
and Barolo Canubi Michele Chairlo 2007 & 2001 Vintges ..
Daniel said the whole line-up of wines was absolutely Amazing! 
everything was in perfect balance, full of flavor and a joy to drink.


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Emelia Nardi with Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Tasting some Great Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino




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The 1999 Il PARETO From Nozzole Was ROCKING !!!

I normally don't go crazy for non-native Italian Varietals when drinking Italian Wine. That said, I absolutely loved the 1999 Vintage of Tenuta Nozzole's "Il PARETO" a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon based wine that was amazing. It was full of flavor,perfecting and a absolute Joy to Drink. I loved It!



The WINES From MASI Where Also AMAZING !!!



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Masi Agricola


I loved all of the Amarone 's that Masi was showing at the Italian Portfolio Tasting ..
The were showing Amarone Mazano 2007 which was really nice and heavy on the prune flavors.
The 2007 Amarone Campolongo was awesome as was the Amarone Costera 2009 ..
My favorite Amarone of the day was Seregho Aligheri 2008 which is one of the few wines in the world aged in large Cherry Wood Cask .. The wine was AMAZING !!!




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BIG GUNS of ITALIAN WINE
GAIA GAJA

RENZO RASPIACOLLI and

DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE




At TERLATO TASTING
HARLOW
NEW YORK



 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 greeted 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 tasted 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 outstanding and Daniel said he liked them all, but the 2003 vintage with its concentrated exotic flavors was his fave.

Daniel tasted 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."



































Above :  Tasca D'Almerita and Daniel Bellino Zwicke, Vittorio Fiore with Marilisa Allegrini, and Angela Macullan at Winebow Tasting 2008 Some ot the "Big Guns" of ITALIAN WINE where in Town and at the Winebow Portfolio Tasting on September 16th & 17th. 

First-Off was Vittorio Fiore, one of the Greatest Italian Winemakers of this time or anytime. Vittorio was Show his renowned Super Tuscan Wine "Il Carbonaione" Vittorio produces Il Carbonaione on his beautiful wine estate Podere Poggio Scalette high up in one of Greve's highest vineyards where you can see the whole Chianti Classico wine zone from this vantage point. It is a beautiful sight where I have been fortunate on two occasions to spend time tasting wine with Vittorio and his sons while nibbling on the wonderful homemade Salami and Prosciutto that son and Vineyard Manager Jyuri Fiore makes with the help from great old friend "Dante." Dante is a wonderful old village farmer who knows how to make fantastic Salumi, among other things. He's a absolute gem! 

 Il Carbonaione is made of 100% Sangiovese. The 2004 vintage that Vittorio was pouring at the tasting was absolute perfection, strong but not too concentrated, exhibiting nice Black Cherry and earthiness in ,the mouth. Vittorio says it is one of his best vintage ever, "I agree completely." Marilisa Allegrini (another Heavy Hitter) was on hand as well. Showing all the great Allegrini wines, including; La Grolla, La Poja, and their 2003 Amarone, which as usual is one of the regions top producers of famed Amarone. Giuseppe Tasca d' Almerita was present. Giuseppe and his family make one of Sicily's most famous and renowned wines "Rosso del Conte" Rosso del Conte is mad of 100% Nero d'Avola. This wine along with "Duca Enrico" is the greatest and most prestigious in all of Sicily. When tasted, I had a incredible explosion of Ripe Red Fruit flavors in my mouth. The wine was phenomenal, smooth, silky, and perfectly balance as Rosso del Conte usually is. This is one of Italy most consistently wonderful premium wines. "Always Great!" 

... reported by Daniel Bellino Zwicke




SASSICAIA 2009

WINE of THE YEAR
at 2013 TRE BICCHIERI

also BARUA 100% Carignano 





Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
And a Pretty Italian Girl





SEBASTIANO ROSA
Famed Winemaker of SASSICAIA and BURUA
with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke



The Big Guns of Italian Wine were out at the annual Tre Bicchieri Tasting held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street yesterday. M. Rallo of Fiarrato was on hand with 3 Glass Winner Rebecca 2010 as was famed wine-maker Sebastiano Rosa who makes a great Sardenian Wine based on 100% Carignan. It's called Barrua and a joint venture with Cantina Santadi and Mr. Rosa. Sebastiano just so happens to be the winemaker of Italy's most prestigious wine "SASSICAIA" which won Red Wine of The Year this year for the 2009 Vintage at the 2013 Tre Bicchieri. Wow, this is the "Best Vintage of Sassicaia" that I've had in the last 10 years. The wine is perfectly balanced, and when a wine is in perfect balance, there's nothing else to say except that "It's as Good as It Gets." Bravo Sebastiano! Sebastiano Rosa is a member of the Incisa Rochetta family who own the famed Tenuta San Guido Estate that makes Sassicaia in Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast. Sebastiano's cousin (Cujino) Piero Incisa Rochetta, who is usually on hand at the Tre Bicchieri Events was nowhere to be seen today. No matter, I had a nice little chat with the affable Sebastiano before I went on to taste more wine.

More wine yes. And if I was to pick out just two wines on the day that really blew me away, it was the Sassicaia 2009 and a great Barolo from my friend Giuseppe Vjra and his offering of Barolo Cerretta Luigi Baudana 2008. This wine was amazing and a perfect example of what a great and classical Barolo should taste like, with wonderful Earth, Mushroom, and fruit. The wine, if I must use the phrase again, was in perfect balance and a text-book Barolo. So if you know Barolo, you know what I'm talking about, it is a great wine. Basta!
So another Tre Bicchieri in the bag, my 17th, and as usual a great day to drink great italian Wine, but even more so, see and hang-out with a few Wine-Making friends from Italy and fellow New York Italian Wine Guys. A great day.





Giuseppe Vajra
with a Bottle of His
BAROLO CERRETTA LUIGI BUADANA 2008

"Bravo Giuseppe" !!!






Raffaele Cani of SANTADI
with
Antonio D'Ambrosio





MARCO De BARTOLI

Trapani, Sicily
Whose Family The De Bartoli's and Rallo's
Make The World's Greatest Marsala and Other Wines
Like Donnafugata Mille Una Notte (Cousin Antonio Rallo) 
and Ben Rye Passito D' Pantelleria
Marco Holds a Bottle of His Ribecca 






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