December 7, 2018 – Italian Wines and Local Spirits Tasting!

Tastings and News / Friday, December 7th, 2018
Join us for this holiday season weekend!!
Friday we will open 4 Italian wines:
3 reds, including an always elegant Nebbiolo grape from the Piedmont region, a Sangiovese Chianti Clasico and a Montepruciano d’Abruzzo.
For the white drinkers, we will offer a Saove, Garganega grape from Veneton!
On Saturday, we will have a visit from Forthave distillery from  Brooklyn!!
They will show their aperitif to enjoy before dinner or your Negroni cocktail and a Amaro for after dinner, or your fabulous cocktail!


Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full description:

Azelia, Langhe Nebbiolo (2015)

Grape: Nebbiolo
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Appellation: Langhe

Azelia is owned by the family of Luigi Scavino. It was founded by his great grandfather, Lorenzo, in 1920 who was the first to bottle wines from the family’s vineyards. The small family estate in Castiglione Faletto has acquired over four generations some of the region’s finest vineyards including the famed cru Bricco Fiasco. The family farms 16ha of vines in the communes of Castiglione and Serralunga on both Helvetian and Tortonian soils. While the wines of the ‘90s were considered part of Marc diGrazia’s ‘Barolo Boys’ modernist movement, today the focus is intensely on the work in the vineyard. Old vines and rigorous green harvesting in the vineyard along with organic farming techniques ensure that little intervention in the winery is necessary.


The true Nebbiolo, in purity. From it the brilliant and lively color. Violet and floral aromas, juicy, with refreshing touches of cherry, strawberry and currant.

The exclusive aging in steel, strongly wanted, permits, more than ever, the performance of the variety characters. Raspberry in primis. Zesty acidity, fully attractive. Extremely ripe tannins. An approach to Barolo with instantaneous drinkability.


Le Cinciole, Chianti Classico (2013)

Grape: Sangiovese
Geography: Tuscany, Italy
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Features: Organic
The estate has an extension of 30 hectares at an altitude of 400-450 mts on the sea level, it was bought by the present owners in 1991, who renovated the cellars, that had originally been built in order to sell the wine to “negociants”. Valeria Vigan and Luca Orsini also personally run Le Cinciole. The vineyard extension is presently thirteen hectares of vineyards, of which eleven are actually in production. The principal aim of Valeria and Luca has always been the search for quality which respects traditions and territory. What characterizes their philosophy is the choice of using mainly Sangiovese to make Chianti Classico, with a moderate use of wood in order to respect the nature of the grape. The estate started the conversion phase to organic viticulture in 2002 and official certification was obtained in 2005. 

“Le Cinciole’s 2013 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, delicate, mid-weight wine. Lifted and gracious in style, the 2013 will drink nicely for at least the next few years. Crushed flowers, sweet red fruit, cherry pit and spices add lovely shades of nuance throughout. This is a very pretty, understated Chianti Classico from Le Cinciole.”

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Torre Raone, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Lucanto (2016)

Grape: Montepulciano
Geography: Abruzzo, Italy
Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Features: Organic
All the most beautiful Abruzzo.
All the essence of Montepulciano.
With the “Lucanto”, which recalls the name of the two partners and owners of the company LUCiano and ANTOnio, Tenuta Torre Raone transports us directly to the lands of Loreto Aprutino, giving us a sip that wonderfully preserves the characteristics of fruit and territory.
Worked exclusively in steel and son of a slightly late harvest, it is a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Biologico that would be pleasant to define as reductive: try it and you will realize how fast the bottle will be able to empty.

Fresh and fruity wine, 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, comes from a late harvest of grapes into wine and then stored only in steel in order to preserve the original taste of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo that occurs in the mouth with flavors and soft fruit red berries such as blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and plum.

Long fermentation on the skins in steel containers. During the winter the malolactic fermentation takes place at controlled temperature, 18 ° C,

Deep ruby red, consistent.

Intense, persistent and fine, intense and enjoyable of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, plum, blueberry and violet.

Warm, soft, fruity, with intense sensations of ripe black cherry and blackberry; remarkably persistent with soft tannins, velvety, balanced and harmonious. It combines with red braised and roasted meat, hard cheese.


Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve, Soave Lepia (2016)

Grape: Garganega
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Soave

Immediately upon arriving at the Bertani Family estates, you sense the presence of a centuries-old wine making tradition, on lands uniquely blessed. The Family’s extensive properties span all the main denominations of the Verona wine region. Its two main estates, Villa Mosconi in Valpolicella Classica and Tenuta Santa Maria in Val d’Illasi, are steeped in generations of history as they have been passed down through the years.

History and tradition have shaped our unique philosophy, one which is applied both to the viticulture practiced on our estates and to the creation of our finely-crafted wines. The vineyards are maintained with meticulous care, planted according to proven high-density methods. Characterized by elegance and balance, all our wines have great potential for aging and maturing in the bottle.

a single-vineyard soave white obtained from a local Garganega varietal with low-yield vineyards and careful attention to vinification, conducted in stainless steel. A pleasant surprise to the palate, with both freshness and depth, giving it an interesting and balanced structure.

Light straw-yellow. A complex aroma with scents of summer fruits, pears, peaches, herbs, almonds, as well as minerality. The taste is rich and fresh, with a pleasant saltiness that actually intensifies the softness. Mild vanilla taste and good persistency.

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Forthave Spirits

As legend has it, while the plague ravaged Europe in the 15th Century, a botanist named Richard Forthave created a popular herbal tonic as protection. 

At Forthave Spirits, we believe in crafting spirits that are natural and delicious. They look towards history for inspiration for every one of their botanical spirits and approach every aspect of their production and supply chain with care. 




A bittersweet aperitivo infused with 13 botanicals including orange, chamomile and rose. Perfect mixed with soda water or grapefruit juice, on the rocks with lime, or in a Negroni.

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Based on the secret recipe of four medieval thieves. They were caught stealing from plague victims in Marseille. In exchange for clemency, they revealed their secret concoction. With notes of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and honey, this amaro can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails.

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