Tours & Events

2017 Washington Wine & Food Getaway Tour

 

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Aglianico- red grape of the South

Reconnaissance with Enotria

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We’re heading south to “Enotria”, or Southern Italy, as it was known by the Greeks, to savor its wines at Dante Pizzeria Napoletana next Sunday afternoon.We’ll start with a white wine made from an ancient varietal called Falanghina. Cantina del Taburno, the producer, is situated north of Naples, in Campania. It is possible this grape was the basis for the Roman wine, Falernum.  Though the Cantina is a co-op, care is taken in making its broad range of wines including hand-harvesting and the minimum use of sulphur.

Next, we move on to a unique red sparkler, Grotta del Sole’s 2009 Gragnano, a DOC from Campania made from Aglianico and other indigenous grapes.  This has been a favorite with pizza lovers and a long tradition with the Napoletani.

Following the Gragnano, we will taste a traditional Puglian red, the Leone de Castris’ 2005 Salice Salentino Rosso. A blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia, it is an easy drinking red.

There will be a fifth wine,  a sweet surprise to conclude the event…….

All tickets are $30.00 (no refunds)

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See you there!

Cheers,

Agi

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Rediscovering Spanish Reds


Dear Friends,

Spain is reinventing itself a very different place from where it was 20 years ago.  Even in Rioja, which has held fast to its traditional winemaking methods, is producing wines a little fruitier with more balanced oak.  Winemakers all over the country are giving a fresh face to many hitherto relatively unknown regions a few years ago.  In that spirit, I have selected 4 wines embracing both traditional and modern styles for our next tasting.

From the Ribera del Duero we will taste Moro’s 2006 Tempranillo.  Close to the Mediterranean is the wine region of Priorat and the home of Melis 2005 Elix, a Garnacha blend.  Going east to Jumilla, the third red will be Bodegas Oliveras, 2008 Altos de la Hoja, a Monastrell.

Our fourth wine will be a surprise.  You will have to come to find out! Join us Wednesday, February 16, from 6-8 pm. at the Boiler Room in Omaha.

The cost of the tasting is $35 (no refunds),

Please reserve your spot through the Paypal button above.

See you there!  – Agi

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Barbera Wine Tasting at Dante

Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Omaha, NE

Italian wine enthusiasts have requested that I host a tasting of Barberas, and so it shall be! Barbera is a classic red grape variety originating in the hills of Monferrato, Piemonte, the third most planted variety in Italy.

Four wines have been chosen to represent the traditional regions of Asti and Alba. We’ll start with a basic Piemontese red from Vinchio Vaglio, the 2007 Kroara, a great everyday drinking wine fermented in stainless steel without cask aging. From the same producer, the 2006 Insynthesis, represents a more complex personality comprising a blend of grapes from six different vineyards, hence “synthesis”.

Moving to a winery in Alba established in the 30’s by the Farina family, Stefano Farina’s 2008 Barbera d’Alba is made in a modern facility with gravity-driven cap-collapsing fermentation tanks to preserve its bright fresh fruit flavors.  Finally, we’ll taste Vietti’s 2007 Barbera d’Alba, Tre Vigne. In addition to his noteworthy Barberas, Vietti is also known for his excellent Barolos and Dolcettos.  Vietti has been a trailblazer in his efforts to bring out the best in barberas and has made great strides in quality by lowering yields and maturing his wines in small casks.  This blend is composed of three vineyard sites: Monforte, Castiglione Falletto and Castiglione Tinella with 30-35 year-old vines.

Chef Nick will be pairing more of his fantastic appetizers with the wines.  So, bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of wine and food.

Barbera Wine Tasting at Dante

Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Omaha, NE


Ciaou, Agi

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Riesling Tasting at the Boiler Room

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CT) Omaha, NE

Happy New Year to everyone!  Please join me for my first tasting of the year when we sample four Rieslings from France, Germany and Austria. J.J. Christoffel Erben’s 2008 Ürziger Würzgarten, a Kabinett from Germany, represents the lightest style of quality wines from one of the Mosel’s top producers.  “Würzgarten” means “spiced garden”, a vineyard in the town of Ürziger.  Erben belongs to the Mönchof Estate originally a Cistercian abbey, one of the oldest wine estates in the Mosel. We will compare this with Dr. F. Wein-Prüm’s 2005 Riesling Spatlese Feinherb, a slightly rounder, fuller style made with grapes from mostly ungrafted vines.

Equally as interesting will be Bründlmayer’s 2008 Riesling Steinmasel from the Kamptal region in Austria.  This winery is found in Langelois lies along the Danube River in the Lower Austrian Kamp Valley 70km (40 mi) from Vienna. Rieslings are sometimes labelled as Rheinriesling or Weisser Riesling to distinguish it from the lesser quality Welschriesling.

Finally we’ll have a classic riesling from Alsace, France, from one of my all-time favorite producers, Zind-Humbrecht, his 2008 Riesling. Olivier Humbrecht was the first French winemaker to achieve the prestigious Master of Wine distinction and whose vineyard practices are dedicated to biodynamic farming.

Of course, Chef Paul will prepare some creative appetizers with our wines and we will be sitting down this time at a table!

The cost for this tasting is $35 (no refunds).  Please reserve your space as we have limited seats.  Just click on the button above which will take you directly to Paypal.

I look forward to seeing you all there. Cheers, Agi

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Riesling Tasting at the Boiler Room

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CT) Omaha, NE

Happy New Year to everyone!  Please join me for my first tasting of the year when we sample four Rieslings from France, Germany and Austria. J.J. Christoffel Erben’s 2008 Ürziger Würzgarten, a Kabinett from Germany, represents the lightest style of quality wines from one of the Mosel’s top producers.