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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm – 8pm

August 5, 2016

TAMI’ is a joint negociant project between Arianna Occhipinti, a young, natural-wine maker (niece of the “O” in COS Wines”) and some friends and neighbors, including her boyfriend, the owner of Tami wine bar in Siracusa. TAMI utilizes high quality fruit from Vittoria; this project allows Ariana to bring more organic wines to market, at prices closer to every day than her other wines.

100% Grillo, a grape used in Marsala, this wine is gorgeously aromatic, with tropical fruit and citrus mingling with ripe stone-fruit. The finish is long, dry and mineral-driven. Have it as an aperitif, with light appetizers, with shellfish and seafood, or risotto.

TAMI’ Nero d’Avola IGT Sicilia Rosso 2014, Italy

This 100% Nero d’Avola is dark and spicy, with black pepper and a touch of earthiness. Grill and swill.

Domaine Olga Raffault Chinon “Les Barnabés” 2014

Olga Raffault took over all duties on this estate from her husband Pierre, after his sudden death in 1947. The mother of two young children at the time, she realized she needed help, and found it in Ernest Zenninger, a German prisoner-of war. Ernest could not fathom the meaning of the war, and soon formed a deep friendship with the Raffault family, whom he considered his protectors. Ernest devoted his life to the vines and making wine, and vowed to instill his knowledge and foster a love of winemaking in the younger Raffaults.

Olga’s son Jean took over from Ernest in the 80s; since Olga’s death half a decade ago, the estate has been run by her granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. Raffault wines are extremely age-worthy and some of the best examples of Cabernet Franc. They are longtime favorites of discerning restaurants and wineshops.

“Les Barnabés” is made from younger vines planted on sand and gravel, farmed without herbicides or pesticides. They are hand picked and fermented in whole clusters in stainless steel. This wine is fresh and fruity, with raspberry, brambles, blackcurrant and violets. Put a little chill on it and enjoy. It is delicious.

We’ll open up one more wine. TBD.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

All in-store tastings are free and open to the public.

Domaine Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc 2010

Started in 1880 by Simon Bize, the domaine has been headed since 1972 by great-grandson Patrick Bize, who was mentored by some of the best in the biz: Aubert de Villaine, Henry Jayer, Jacques Seysses, the Marquis d’Angerville and Hubert de Montille. His father Simon believed in marketing his own wines and in cultivating relationships between winemaker and consumer. Due to his efforts, their wines developed a great following amongst restaurants and private customers. Patrick Bize has added to the vineyard holdings, which now total 22 hectares (53 acres). He picks late to ensure ripeness, and keeps yields well below what is authorized by the appellation. The wines of Bize are a well-kept secret amongst Burgundy enthusiasts, delivering quality and character with each vintage. Sadly, Patrick Bize passed away after a car accident at the end of 2013. He leaves behind truly beautiful wines that are meant to be shared and savored.

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2008, Sicily

Azienda Agricola COS was founded by Giambattista (Titta) Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino (Rino) Strano, three friends who wanted to recreate the work of their ancestors. In 1980 they became the youngest winemakers in Italy when they purchased Joseph Cilia’s old family winery. COS went on to put Cerasuolo di Vittoria on the map, literally; the region was awarded Sicily’s only DOCG status in 2005. COS works with indigenous grapes, farms biodynamically & produces some wines made in the ancient tradition of fermenting on the skins, in amphora, which are then buried underground.

Cerasuolo di Vittoria is 60% Nero d’avola & 40% Frappato from densely planted, low-yielding, high elevation vineyards. The wine is fermented in concrete and then aged for a minimum of 18-24 months.

Cerasuolo is Italian for cherry. This wine hints at dried cherries, forest floor, anise, truffles and smoke.

Quinta do Infantado Ruby Port

Quinta do Infantado is based in Pinhão, specifically in the subdistrict of Gontelho where the best Port vineyards are found. The estate has been owned by the Roseira family since the end of the 19th century and is now managed by brother and sister, João Roseira, vineyard manager/winemaker, and Catherine Roseira, Chief Executive. The vineyards (terraced, very steep and hard-soiled) are worked in traditional methods: the grapes are picked by hand and are foot-trodden. The winery aims for a medium-dry style – that is, there is less grape brandy or “aguardente” and less grape sugars.

Their basic Ruby and Tawny Ports are outstanding examples of elegance and richness, usually from a blend of 2-3 vintages. Their Ruby is dark, rich and plummy with excellent balance of fruit, acid and tannins without an overwhelming sugary or jammy flavor.