For Thursday’s Free tasting, we are featuring a diverse selection of unique wines from Italy and Germany. The one thing these producers have in common is fresh, innovative, forward thinking attitudes that set them above the rest, in much the same way that the altitude of their vineyards does the for their grapes. This combination of terroir and temerity serves their wines well.
Az. Agr. 499 Enigma Bianco ($12.99): The Enigma, is less of a riddle and more of a fresh, bright wine perhaps better suited for enjoyment than analysis. Azienda Agricola 499, named for the number of meters above sea level their vineyards are planted at, is gaining renown for wines that are as full of youthful energy and enthusiasm as their wine-makers.
Lothar Kettern Dry Riesling ($15.99): The land upon which the Ketterns grow grapes for their beautifully crystalline wines has been used for that purpose for nearly a millennium, but under the current direction of youthful Phillipp, we are seeing a combination of deep respect for tradition (switching back to hand-farming and organic practices) with insightful and modern wine-making. Attitude definitely meets altitude on the steep slopes of Piesport, along the Mosel.
Lini 910 Lambrusco Rosso ($16.99): This gorgeous sparkling red wine, made from Lambrusco Salamina playfully balances earthy heft with fizzy fun. The family has been making wine for over a century, but the winery is currently int he hands of the young bloods of the family and their stylish, unapologetic take on this traditional wine is quite fetching. This wine is ideal paired with charcuterie and sharp cheese.
Conti Sertoli Salis Baccalit ($19.99): Sustainably grown at over 600 meters in the breathtakingly beautiful valleys of Lombardy, this fantastic everyday wine uniquely blends Pinot Noir with Nebbiolo to attain a combination of stunning elegance and fresh ripeness that makes this wine a brilliant choice for a variety of occasions and foods.