Fireside Tasting at Undici

Undici's Lovely Fireplace

By our count, the average temperature in the first two weeks of 2010 falls somewhere around 24.4°F.  And while that is still above freezing, we know some of you have the wintertime blues, especially considering most of you haven’t seen Victor since the last Accademia del Vino tasting in December, and probably miss him greatly by now.  Victor and the Accademia del Vino Winter Session will be back in February, but until then, we have a special little event to melt away those wintertime blues.

This Monday, January 18th, we will be hosting a free, informal wine tasting of Di Lupo Chianti around our fireplace from 5 to 7pm.  And to keep you warm long after the tasting, we will be selling cases of the Di Lupo Chianti for the special one-time price of $90 a case.  We have only 25 cases, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  As always, Victor Rallo, Jr. and Anthony Verdoni aka “The Professor” will be there to share a glass with you, talk wine, and visit during this cold, wine lecture-less month.

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Anthony Verdoni “The Professor” on Di Lupo Chianti

Delicious Di Lupo Chianti

Chianti, like Bordeaux, is not one wine but 1,000 wines. Vintage varies from hillside to hillside. Quality, price, and style range from the moderate to the ultra. The DOCG zone for Chianti is vast, skirting the important Tuscan cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, and Prato, as well as the hillside hamlets of Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Montespertoli.

So where does Di Lupo Chianti fit in? It was born on the sunny hills of Pisa within sight of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The pleasant maritime effect, in the area where the Maremma and Chianti meet, softens and sweetens the fruit, yielding a dry yet round red wine. No international varietals are used — only 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Rosso. The oak is large Slavonian, not small French, and the wood aging is short term, fewer than 6 months. The result is a fruity, traditional Chianti, where you feel the varietal character of the Sangiovese minus its power and grandeur.

Di Lupo is a typical Chianti, true to its Tuscan code. You can drink it often with a great range of food, from pizza and pasta to steaks and chops. Enjoy it young and fresh. You may just choose to howl like the wolf on the label.