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May 26, 2017
If you haven’t met our good friend Vince, you are missing out. Vince is as knowledgable as he is enthusiastic and friendly and boy does he know his Italian wines. Like Vince, these wines fairly bridle with energy and exhuberance. Come on down to Oak and Barrel this Friday from 5 to 8 PM to see for yourself.

Inimitable Italians can be quite special and always memorable: Sofia Lauren, Fellini, Versace. Names synonymous with style, beauty and substance. These wines are no exception and stand alone in a crowded field.

Vince will be bringing us a flight of four exceptional, unique and delicious Italian wines, among which we can certainly find one or two staff favorites. Check out this tantalizing line-up firsthand on Friday night with Vince and the gang at Oak and Barrel.

Contesa Pecorino ($18.99): Pale yellow with golden flecks and a stunning crystalline quality. Gifted with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn, a slight oxidative quality and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexityon the fresh, lengthy finish. Beautiful wine for a song.

Barberani Orvieto Castagnolo ($19.99): This crisp, classic Orvieto is alluring and unpretentious. It immediately discloses effusive aromas of bright green apple and marcona almond. The juicy round palate offers crisp white peach and ripe Bartlett pear accented by a nutty, spicy finish. Moderate acidity keeps it fresh and clean in spite of the inherent richness.

Azienda Agricola Brigaldara Valpolicella ($16.99): Looking for that next great mid-week pizza wine? Look no further. An ability to show beautifully when slightly chilled makes this medium bodied wine a red for all seasons. Mouth-watering aromas and flavours of tart cherries with a touch of toasty oak and mocha leap from the glass. Terrific food wine, especially with grilled, roasted or smoked meats. This wine is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, typical for the region, yet of atypical quality that exceeds both price-point and expectation..Fontodi Chianti Classico ($42.99): Sporting a not-too-shabby 93 point rating from Wine Spectator, this Chianti is definitely something to write home about. Aromas of ripe blackberry, crushed violet, freshly tilled earth and a hint of tobacco leaf, lead on the demonstrative nose of this generous, exceedingly lovely wine. The chewy palate offers juicy Morello cherry, ground white pepper, clove and anise alongside ripe, velvety tannins in a finish that just doesn’t quit.


May 26, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm