On: August 26, 2014
Our Tuscan winemaking friend Count Sebastiano Capponi, who has traveled to DLM many times along with his cousin Kate Arding, editor of the cheese magazine Culture, provided an amazing glimpse into Tuscan wine country life on a recent visit to Europe by some of our buyers. Sebastiano’s important Florentine family has noble roots dating to 1054 and in fact, Count Sebastiano is the 20th generation of the Capponi family to run the wine and olive oil estate Villa Calcinaia located in the town of Greve in Chianti. When not at the winery, this gregarious and generous champion of all things Tuscan lives with his family in a palace… yes, a palace called Palazzo Capponi delle Rovinate along the Arno River. Sebastiano’s wines will certainly be represented at our annual Food & Wine Show on November 6. Two of our many favorites are the Casarsa Rosso and the Chianti Classico.
Villa Calcinaia Casarsa Rosso
This is an internationally styled wine made with local grapes and a healthy dose of Merlot, otherwise known as a Supertuscan. Ripe and supple red fruits with a velvety tannic backbone that makes it the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, cheese plates, and charcuterie. $45
Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico
A very traditionally styled wine, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel and then partially aged in French oak barrels lending great structure to this wine that shows a lot of black cherry, plum, and herb nuances. Perfect paired with pasta with hearty sauces or a pork roast. $23
Some other Italian favorites in the wine shops right now…
Antano 2010 Montefalco Rosso
Montefalco (mawn-teh-FAHL-koh) is a small hilltop town located just southeast of Perugia in Italy’s Umbria region. A rather full-bodied and food-friendly blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Sagrantino, it is showing a lot of cherry and sweet tobacco in the nose, while the palate is full of red fruits and earthiness. Pairs well with a full-bodied dish such as our own Fagottini di Pollo, boneless chicken thighs seasoned with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and garlic. $13 save $6
Mauro Veglio 2012 Barbera D’Alba
A mid-weight wine from Piedmonte, this wine is chock full of red fruit and delicate spices, and is perfect with everything from chicken to fish. $18
Chiara Boschis Barolo 2009 Cannubi
We have met Chiara and so enjoy these treasured wines, but wine critic Robert Parker sums it up beautifully: “The balsam intensity is mind blowing; the wine leaves a memorable trail of lasting elegance thanks to its finely polished tannins and silky texture.” Oh, and he gave this difficult vintage a 96-point rating! $110
Galasso 2012 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
Another fine example of a great value in Italian table wines. Good fruit, good flavor, and a fairly dry finish. This wine goes great with your favorite Italian dish or on its own. $6 save $1
Vitiano 2010 Rosso
Always an amazing value from Italy, this wine from Umbria is a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon that is full of dark red fruits, roasted coffee, mocha and a finish that seems to go on and on.
$11 save $4
One of my favorite cheeses after our Parmigiano, this semi-soft cheese from the region around Bergamo gains flavor, and accompanying odor, as the cheese ages. The crust is pinkish-gray and the paste is white, supple, and fruity; awesome with some crusty bread and a glass of wine!
Piave Vecchio is an Italian cow’s milk cheese named after the Piave Rriver in Belluno, Italy. It has an intense, full-bodied flavor that develops with age. Enjoy Piave over a salad of bitter greens or with an Italian salami.
Locatelli Pecorino Romano
Aged sheep’s milk cheese from Sardinia, Italy. With its sharp, salty flavor and hard, dry texture, Locatelli is perfect grated over pasta or salad.
A wonderfully flavorful cheese made from cow’s milk made at the Rifugio Crucolo at the mouth of the Val Campelle in Trentino.