From Italy comes this beautiful Valdo Prosecco Superiore, created by a 90-year-old winery that was bought in the 1940’s by the Bolla Family. Today, winemaker Gino Cini makes this delicious Prosecco, sometimes connecting stems as long as one meter to horizontal wire to bring out the aromatic, fruity features of the original vines.
The 100% Glera grapes are soft pressed and fermented in mid-September at the peak of ripening and undergo aging that ends with three months in the bottle.
This Prosecco is 11.5% ABV. It offers a straw yellow color and a floral, fruity experience that is both savory and aromatic. It’s imported by Pasternak Wine Imports. The suggested retail price is $19.99. Celebrate the start of a new year with a sparkling Prosecco that sings!
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and we’re about to open some interesting bottles with which to celebrate. Despite the turmoil and upheaval of recent weeks, it’s a day to look back and give thanks for all that we have and all that lies ahead, and think about how we can honor the traditions that have made our country great throughout the years.
Pasternak Wine Imports offers a selection of excellent and exciting wines for this special meal and we’d like to share. Consider these options for your Thanksgiving meal:
From Thomas George Estates, a Russian River Valley producer of small lots, there is an Estate Chardonnay, $29.99 and an Estate Pinot Noir, $42.99
Marchesi Fumanelli, cultivating grapes in Valpolicello Classico since 1470 on an estate built in the 1700s and oak barrels stores in ancient cellars, offers Terso Bianco Veneto IGT, $39.99, and Valpolicella Classico, $29.99
Saget La Perriére near Vouvray in France, pays homage to the first owner’s wife of the water mill where the wines are aged, naming two wines for her – Marie De Beauregard Vouvray, $19.99 and Marie De Beauregard Chinon, $19.99
Cooler days will soon be upon us, bringing chilly, shivery days when we’ll be seeking wines that warm our bodies and our spirits.
We’ve picked four that have come our way in recent weeks and want to share them:
- Amancaya Gran Reserva 2013 – This blend of elegantly textured Cabernet Sauvignon and fruity Argentinian Malbec (50% each), fills the bill. It’s 14,5% alcohol/volume and is named for an Andean flower that the native Indian women of Mendoza used to decorate their hair. It’s from Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena of Mendoza, Argentina.
- Vivanco Reserva 2010 – This spicy, fruity wine is made by the fourth generation of a winemaking family, Rafael Vivanco Sáenz who studied agricultural engineering in Spain and later, spent time in Bordeaux. Returning, he saw the vineyards as a personal challenge and resolved to let the fruit take center stage.
This wine is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.
- Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2013 from Italy comes from an estate that’s been making wines since 1470. This wine displays great structure and elegance, balancing acidity and fruits with hints of vanilla, dried herbs and tea leaves. It’s a blend of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvinone, and 20% Rondinella.
- Légende Pauillac 2012 which embodies the tradition of Lafite and France’s prestigious Pauillac terroir. It’s 40% aged in barrels made at Lafite’s own cooperage for 6 to 9 months. Despite moderate pricing, it offers a nose with complexity and elegance – think tobacco, dried flowers and even mint. It’s a robust offering with elegance and structure and goes well with lamb and strong cheeses, the estate proclaims. The wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
All four wines are imported by Pasternak Wine Imports.
HARRISON, NY – Pasternak Wine Imports launches Chateau de la Mulonniere from Saget La Perriere, known as a highly dynamic and innovative family-owned company now in its third successive century of winemaking.
It’s Managing Director Arnaud Saget recalls that it became part of he Saget La Perrière family when his father, Jean-Louis Saget, literally fell in love with the historic estate in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley upon seeing the obvious quality potential of its terroirs, and subsequently decided to purchase the estate in 2003.
The winery is illustrative of the relaxed charm of the Anjou lifestyle, Pasternak points out. On one side is the Layon river and there are vineyards on the other.
The vineyard uses sustainable agriculture to offer a true portrayal of the estate’s terroirs. Cellar masters Benoit Dufour and Laurent Saget present a product range that includes Château de la Mulonnière Savennières “L’Effet Papillon”, Château de la Mulonnière “Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu” (375ml), M de Mulonnière Chenin Blanc and M de Mulonnière Rosé d’Anjou. Chenin Blanc, Château de la Mulonnière’s emblematic grape variety, fully displays its versatility through wine styles that range from dry to semi-dry and sweet delivering an extensive array of aromatics.
The family has a long history dedicated to vines and wine, Pasternak points out, placing it with a handful of estates enjoying their third century of winemaking. The importer’s President and CEO Stephen Brauer notes that the winery is always “at the forefront of innovation, continuously experimenting and propelling to greater levels of excellence.”
Stay turned to learn more about their Rosé and Chenin Blanc.
This La Petite Perriere from the Central Loire Valley of France offers a beautiful and refreshing start to Spring and Summer rosé drinking. Saget La Perriere, the winemakers, views this as one of its banner wines. It is nicely balanced with subtle scents of raspberry, Morello cherry and hints of rose petals and nice minerality. Lively and bright, it invites us to enjoy the season.
The Saget family has been making wines since 1790. A newer designation, Vins de France, led them to explore and find the balance between the fruitiness of Southern varieties and their acidity when produced in Northern regions. This rosé is 12 percent ABV with a suggested retail price of $13.99. Visit www.pasternakwine.com for more information.
This French winemaker, Chateau La Nerthe, produced some of the country’s finest wines in the 1700s, When Phylloxera struck, new owner, Joseph Dacuse, replanted the vines and taught others to graft onto American rootstock that was resistant to Phylloxera, and helped raise standards for higher quality. The 2013 vintage, in the $40 retail price range, is one expected to age beautifully. Light yellow with hints of green, it us rich, creamy,crisp and offers notes of white fruits such as grapefruit and lemon, and white flowers and us well balanced and toasty. The grapes are 38% Roussane, 31% Grenache blanc, 16% Clairette and 15% Bourboulenc, with13.5% ABV. For more information, go to http://pasternakwine.com/
Since 1470, Marchesi Fumananlli, in the heart of Valpolicella, Italy, has been making wines. This 2010 Squarano is an elegant, mature and complex wine with a deep ruby red color, made from 40% Corvina, 40% Corvinone and 20% Rondinella grapes. Well structured, with fine tannins, it offers ripe fruit – cherries and blackberries – with notes of cedar, spice and licorice. 30 to 40-year-old pergola and 8 to 10-year-old guyot vines are harvested on this 78 acre historic estate.
You won’t be disappointed when you experience the rich fullness of Squarano. 544 years of experience is represented here and the complexity and elegance of the wine will bring you a new appreciation of Italian offerings. Now available in the U.S. from Pasternak Wine Imports, it belongs on your list of outstanding wines.