Italian Holiday Party Wines
The holiday season is an inherently festive time, and with an abundance of parties, concerts, and special events sprinkled generously throughout the last several weeks of the year, there are plenty of opportunities to imbibe. And with so much of the holiday season centered on food, there are countless opportunities for wine and food pairing and personalization. Italian wines can be the perfect go for parties, due to the large quantity of Italian wines that pair with so many different types of food.
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Animante Franciacorta DOCG
Animante represents the soul of Barone Pizzini because it embodies the living nature of its vineyards. It’s the crowning achievement of a long process of pionering renewal that led Barone Pizzini to become the first organic grower and winemaker in Franciacorta.
Wine Spectator 92 Points: Made with organically grown grapes, this offers aromas of white flowers, bartlett pear, citrus and spice. The lively palate delivers lemon pastries, golden delicious apple and clove alongside bright acidity and a creamy, soft mousse.
2015 Ceretto Blangè
Blangè is the white side of Piedmontese wines; a product that defined an era, revolutionizing Langhe winemaking that was previously devoted exclusively to red grapes. It is the product of a highly distinctive region, the Roero, and a desire to improve varietal recognition, as well as drinking pleasure. Blangè combines sustainable practices in the vineyard with a modern take.
James Suckling 91 Points: This is a white with lovely lemon rind and hints of celery with minerals. It’s crisp and lively with lots of character and freshness. Drink this Arneis and enjoy. Always a top white from Piedmont.
2013 Argiolas Perdera
Monica di Sardegna
Located amid Sardinia’s natural beauty, just north of Cagliari, is the Argiolas estate, widely known for its crisp and refreshing white wines and complex and precocious reds. Antonio Argiolas and his twin sons, Franco and Giuseppe, have worked diligently to fulfill their commitment to become the leaders in Sardinian enology.
Over the years, the Argiolas family has strongly insisted on its native Sardinian vines, focusing on the indigenous white varietals Nuragus and Vermentino and the red varietals Cannonau, Monica, Carignano and Bovale Sardo. Giacomo Tachis, father of prestigious Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia, has been instrumental in placing Argiolas on the quality map. Like the Argiolas family, Tachis has a true passion for the island’s native varietals.
Winemakers Notes: Perdera is a blend of Monica, Carignano and Bovale Sardo aged in neutral barrels and cement vats to preserve Monica’s varietal characteristics. The wine shows red fruit aromas and flavors of cherries and plums with floral notes and spices. Perdera is juicy with bright acidity and low tannins.
Valpolicella Superiore DOC
Over time Zenato has explored another very important area of Italian wine production, Valpolicella, where they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. Zenato has entered into international markets and received the highest accolades from the wine industry’s leading experts. Today, Zenato continues to look forward and make investments to develop projects based both in the area of Valpolicella and the area of Lugana.
James Suckling 90 Points: Ruby red in color, this Valpolicella Superiore offers fleshy aromas of wild berries, black currants, black cherries, and spices, with hints of chocolate. On the palate, the wine is dry and robust with velvety texture.
2015 Casanova di Neri
Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes.
This wine is born from the grapes of the “Cetine” vineyards to the south of Montalcino where their Brunello Tenuta Nuova and Rosso di Montalcino come from. It is obtained from Sangiovese Grosso and Colorino grapes (the plants are reproductions of old varieties that they found in our oldest vineyards). Casanova tried to produce a wine typical of their land and closely linked to it but with the style and characteristics of Casanova di Neri wines. It can be drunk at once or kept for some years giving even greater satisfaction.
Winemakers Notes: Intense ruby red, hints of wild cherry, violets and red fruits ample and easy to drink with excellent persistence.