Late summer is a delightful time for aromatic whites and we’ll be celebrating that fact today by sharing the Prá Otto Soave. A beautifully expressive Soave, the Prá offers clean and refreshing with hints of jasmine and stone fruits such as peach and apricot. It is medium bodied on the palate, with a clean minerality, and refreshing acidity. It finishes with notes of hazelnuts and lemon.
The wine is sustainably grown, Graziano Prá quoting Wendell Barry when asked for his winemaking philosohy:
“…the production of food is a gastronomic act. To be a source of food pleasure, the food must be good, but also pure and correct: it must be the result of sustainable agriculture that respects the environment and workers’ dignity. When we buy food, we choose also an agricultural model. This is a fundamental issue that determines the future of the planet: its survival or its destruction.”
We’ll be leaving the Veneto and traveling to Piedmont for the red pairing today. Another family owned and operated estate, Silvio Grasso was one the first of the new wave of winemakers who recognized the potential barbera had for depth, richness and aging. A far cry from the thin and pale style of Barberas from the 70’s and 80’s, this red from Grasso delivers the goods ! Barrel fermented, rich an structured, this lovely Barbera displays great extraction. Field berry scents enhanced by a touch of vanilla. Medium bodied with good length, it would be perfect with Italian sausage and grilled pepper pasta.
Sunday August 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Cellar at Grappa Fine Wines & Spirits.
This tasting is free and open to the Public, no one under the age of 21 admitted. Please have valid ID.