Panzano's Wine Journal
new and special wines
October 7th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
The majestic New England Fall has brought us cooler weather and beautifully transformed the foliage. With the green leaves replaced by an array of magnificent fall yellow, orange and red colors our “wine” mind set changes as well. We think of warming, comfort foods such as hearty soups and stews and with that, fuller-bodied and spicy red wines. This weekend we will dedicate our wine tasting to several big, robust and yummy reds that will warm the cockles of your hearth. Please join us for our wine tasting this Friday 4-6pm and Saturday 2-5pm. On the tasting table:
2011 LVW red, Portugal $10 –This is a smooth, well-structured red with flavors of blueberry, black cherry and wild flowers. This Portuguese red is a wonderful every day red with an excellent value. A perfect match to foods such as pasta in red sauce, hearty stews and soups, red meats and matured cheeses.
2009 Vina Robles RED 4 – Paso Robles, California $17– This delicious red is a blend of four powerful red grapes: the structure of Petite Sirah, the forward fruit of Grenache, the spice and cherry of Syrah and the rustic character of Mourvèdre. An intriguing, youthful wine; your perfect dinner companion.
2007 Optima Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Petite Sirah (was $40, now on sale $32) – With a dense, black-purple, full-flavored rendition of one of Sonoma County’s most scarce and special red wine grapes. Its blackberry, blueberry and licorice aromas are balanced by rich sweet oak and vanilla. The intense berry fruit is integrated into a lush background of youthful tannins, and the flavors blend together in a rich, broad, mouth filling finish.
2007 Optima Cabernet Sauvignon (was $45, now on sale $35) Bold, dark and complex. Plum blackberry, spiced blueberry and dried current. Beneath are black cherry, toasted oak, spice and espresso bean. A dark delicious wine that delivers a rich, concentrated and complex experience. The robust profile makes it ideal for big flavor meats. The wine will cellar for years to come, adding roundness and complexity.
September 22nd, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
This weekend is our Fall Grand WineTasting and we are starting to get exited here at Panzano Market. If you are serious wine lover or are just beginning to appreciate fine wines and are interested in learning more, we encourage you to join us for our Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 4th. You will have the chance to taste and learn about wines from some of the most prestigious areas of Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Chianti Classico, and Amarone just to name a few, and other fine wines from around the world: France, Argentina, and California.
This Friday and Saturday we will have our weekly wine tasting, where we will be pouring some unique and native and some classic wine styles of Italy. On the table this week:
NV Villa Crespia Franciacorta DOCG Novalia Brut $40, now $35 – Franciacorta is a sparkling wine from Lombardy with DOCG status produced from grapes grown within the boundaries of the territory of Franciacorta, an area with soil conditions described as mineral-rich, calcareous gravel and sandy soils that cover a limestone bedrock. Villa Crespia Novalia is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and aged for 24 months on the lees. The result is an elegant sparkling wine with soft, delicate flower and stone fruit flavors. The palate has a zesty freshness, with a nice balance of sweet and clean acidity.
2011 I Pastini Rampone Fiano Minutolo Valle D’Itria IGT $19, now $16 – With a lively bouquet of stone fruit and floral accents mingled with mint and some nutmeg, hints of orange blossoms, and spice. The palate is rich, with fruit of apricot, pleasantly bitter orange and the finish is warm, savory and fruity.
2011 Salcheto Chianti Colli Senesi $18 – An easy drinking, everyday wine made of 80% Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Mammolo from the Poggio Piglia Vineyard near Chuisi. Part of the wine is matured for 3-6 months in small 300-litre American oak barrels.
September 15th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
While we are preparing for our Fall Grand wine tasting in two weeks – choosing wines from some of the best producers of Barolo and Barbaresco from Piedmont, Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, quality producers of Montepulciano in Abruzzo, delicious Montalcinos and Chianti from Tuscany and over 30 more fine wines from Italy, France, California and Argentina – we are also setting up a fun tasting for this weekend. On the tasting table there will be the new vintage of our “customer favored” Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, two new great value reds from Piedmont and we will also offer a fun drink from Barcelona, served on ice with an olive and an orange twist. Tasting hours are Friday 4-6pm and Saturday 2-5pm. We hope that you can join us!
2012 Castel Sallegg Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige DOC $18- this Pinot Grigio displays a classic bright yellow color with greenish tones. The aroma is pleasant with flavors of fresh apricots, ripe Mirabelle plums and a fine mineralization in the background. Ripe, juicy and fresh on the palate, with a great balance between acid and fruit of lime peel. Ideal pairing for fine fish dishes, seafood, vegetable dishes, salads and antipasti. Read the rest of this entry »
September 9th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
With 200 years and eight generations of history, and two extraordinary locations in Sicily, the family owned winery has a reputation for its innovative approach to winemaking, outstanding quality and excellent attitude. Regaleali estate stretches over 500 hectares at the very center of Sicily and the estate Villa Tasca is located in Palermo, the heart and soul of the Sicilian capital’s social and cultural life.
Tomasso Trattoria is hosting the Tasca d’Almerita wine dinner this Friday at 7pm, and we will be pouring the wines of Tasca d’Almerita at Panzano Market from 5pm to 7pm. Please join us for these exciting tastings on Friday (5-7pm) and Saturday (2-5pm).
On the tasting table:
NV Almerita Brut $50 Made from 100% Chardonnay from the parcels with the best sun exposures, this is a vintage brut made every year with estate-grown grapes. Almerita Brut, like all “methode champenoise” sparkling wines, is produced by inducing a second fermentation. It is patiently matured on the yeast for 24 months and develops classic aromas of butter and brioche. This wine makes a great aperitif, but it also pairs beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine, foie gras, olive appetizers and aged hams. Read the rest of this entry »
September 1st, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, we welcome the beautiful transformation of the leaves, the colorful pots of mums and the pumpkins for sale in the front of every store. Soon we will shift from al fresco dining and grilling to the foods of the fall: comforting soups and casseroles, slow-cooked meals and seasonal sweets. Along with this heartier fare, we replace our refreshing and zesty summer wines with richer and bigger reds. Join us this Friday and Saturday as we welcome them back. On the tasting table:
2012 Domaine du Cros – Marcillac AOC, France $15 – This is the ultimate French country red, made from indigenous grape variety Fer (Fer servadou), It is a touch rustic, with crushed black fruits of currant, mild tannins and a hint of violets. Perfect with grilled pork, roasted chicken or duck breast.
2012 Feudi di San Marzano Primitivo – Puglia, Italy $11 – With deep ruby red color, fruity aromas of prunes, cherry and spicy notes of rosemary and vanilla. Full-bodied wine, well-balanced and with soft tannins. Great with hearty soups and casseroles.
2012 Mauro Molino Langhe Nebbiolo- Piedmont, Italy $20 – With light ruby red colour, and scents of rose and violet. Fresh and fruity palate with smooth and delicate tannins. Great pairing for grilled red meats, beef stew and briskets.
2008 Marina Cvetic Merlot DOC – Abruzzo, Italy $32 – With a deep ruby red color, intense nose and aromas of plum, black cherry, violet, tobacco, chocolate and leather. On the palate full-bodied and tannic, balanced by alcohol and acidity. The finish is persistent with flavors black currant, black cherry and pleasing roundness. This wine is a great pair for rich meals, such as beef bourguignon, filet mignon and all game dishes.
August 25th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
Since 1956, the Piedmont winemaker Michele Chiarlo has spearheaded the continuing quest for quality on the part of so many of Italy’s conscientious producers. From the beginning, the Chiarlo family winery has made superior Barberas and high quality Barolos that today are consistently among the most renowned expressions of these wines. Today, the Michele Chiarlo winemaking facilities consist of the home winery, cellars and bottling facility at Calamandrana, a second facility at Gavi, for the vinification and bottling of the DOCG Gavi wine and a third facility adjacent to the Cannubi vineyard to accommodate vinify and mature wines from the Barolo zone and its “crus.”
Please join us this Friday and Saturday to experience some of Chiarlo’s wines. On the tasting table:
2012 Michele Chiarlo Gavi Le Marne, 100% Cortese $20– A beautiful and elegant white with a delicate aromas of white blossoms, citrus and freshly baked bread. Excellent with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, salads, seafood, and shellfish.
2011 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Superiore Le Orme, 100% Barbera $16 – With elegant aromas and fine intensity of red berry fruit and cherries, well structured, great balance between acidity and tannins and very tasty. Great with pasta dishes in red sauces, white and red meats and risotti.
2012 Michelle Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole, 100% Moscato $15 – With an intense flavor of peaches, grapefruit and honey, clean and delicate on the palate, backed by an excellent, refreshing acidity. This delicious dessert wine is great accompaniment with cakes and petit fours, or perfect on its own as a refreshing digestivo.
Cin Cin e Ci Vediamo!
August 18th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
If some of your favored wines come from Tuscany, I encourage you to join us for our weekly tasting this Friday and Saturday. Familia Bacci is a family own winery renowned for the production of outstanding sangiovese. They own vineyard properties in some of the best areas in Tuscany: Montalcino, the Chianti Classico area, and the Maremma.
The Renieri estate is located in the southern part of the territory of Montalcino, facing Monte Amiata. The vineyards are at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level, and enjoy an almost 360 degree exposure, from east to northwest. The soils at Renieri estate are predominately volcanic, with calcareous soils and stone interfigured with red clay and tuffs.
Terre di Talamo is located south of Grosseto, in the Tuscan Maremma. The D.O.C.G. is Morellino di Scansano. The 52 hectares estate is on a hillside facing the sea, and offers a view from the Port of Talamone to the Argentario promontory. The vineyards extend over about 32 hectares.
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August 11th, 2014 - Weekend Wine Tasting
A lot of people associate sparkling wine with celebrations like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and New Year’s Eve, but I say enjoy sparklers anytime and make any day a special occasion. Beside Champagne, there are many delicious sparkling wines produced all over the world and enjoyed by the locals as a wine that pairs with many appetizers and light starters. For example: the Italian sparkling Prosecco is made from 100% Glera grapes and some of the very best examples come from the region of the Valdobbbiadene and Conegliano in Veneto. With its soft and zesty flavors of peaches and crisp acidity, Prosecco is a wonderful wine to be paired with cheese platters or salads. Another of the very best examples of sparkling wine that will not empty your pocket is the Spanish Cava. The Catalan word cava means “cave” or “cellar” where the wines would age for a period of time. Made traditionally from the indigenous grapes of Macabeu, Parellada and Xarello, the Spanish Cava is made in the champenoise traditional method, but unlike the French champagne you can find a really good quality cava between $15 and $25. If you happen to be walking in the streets of Milan or Bologna, you may find that the locals are enjoying a glass of deep purple wine with their appetizers. This lightly bubbly (frizzante) red wine made from Bonarda grapes has become quite popular in the local cafes and restaurants in northern Italy. It is a dry, tangy and slightly tannic sparkling red with flavors of violet and jammy fruits. This wine is a great match for pasta in meat-based sauces, risotto with mushrooms, pork and game meals. Another sparkling with deep raspberry color wine – Lambrusco is famous around the world, and comes in styles from bone-dry to lively and sweet (dolce). A classic combination is Lambrusco Reggiano Secco (dry) paired with a slice of Hot Soppressata Pizza.