Notes from the Cellar
Buy now I assume most of you have received the Cynthia Hurley Newsletter. Cynthia Hurley had been traveling to France for over 30 years tasting wine and building relationships with small and big producers alike, but mostly small ones. She has since passed and her Daughter Margot has taken up the mantle of writing what is considered one of the best newsletter’s in the wine business. It is almost like a blog with a wealth of information about these great wines and because of this I have decided to participate in this. Every week (Thursday) Margot will issue an offer on one of there great wines, this is a case offer, priced at the lowest priceand if you have interest all you need to do is call with payment information and with 5-7 days the case will arrive for you to pick up. If you do not want to receive this informative offer just let us know and we will take you off the list, it’s that easy. Hopefully you will see the value in the story of the wines as well as the great value in investing by the case for your enjoyment.
We are still hosting on premise tastings for you every Saturday! This Saturday we will have Jake Duval here fromIdeal wine. Jake’s Book is fantastic, we have done someWine Dinners with this company because of the authentic quality of these wines and this weeks line-up is no exception. Join us from 2:30 to 5:30 on Saturday.
And thanks to M.S. Walker for the great Argentine tasting this past Saturday.
Speaking of Wine Dinners, March 21st.(Thursday) We will be hosting Caterina Sacchet whose family owns Carpineto Winery & she is the winemaker in Chianti, Tuscany. Good Friend Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wine for Horizon Beverage will also be on hand for this special evening and as I write this within the hour myself, John & Chris Keohane and Chef Peter Capalbo will be tasting through the wines and planning a great menu. I will have full details on this in next weeks Newsletter but if you want to reserve space nowbefore it sells out conatct the Wenham Tea House at 978-468-1398 to make a reservation.
And next week The “Blind” Wine Club will be released, and we will start to see some white wine in this group. I will also start putting a description of each wine in the individual bagso after you taste and reveal the wine you can learn about the wines as well. Sorry for taking so long to figure this one out.
grown primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. The name Verdicchioderives from verde (or “green”) and refers to the slight green/yellow hue that wines made from the grape can have. Verdicchio is the principal grape behind two
Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wines produced in the provinces of Ancona and Macerata, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. In addition to producing still wines, Verdicchio grapes are also used to make sparkling wine and straw wine.
While ampelographers believe that Verdicchio is probably indigenous to the Marche, there appears to be a genetic relation to Trebbiano and Greco grape varieties. In particular, the clones of Trebbiano grown in Lombardy and Soave show very close similarities to Verdicchio while genetic evidence has shown that Greco was probably an ancestor vine to nearly all of Italy’s native white grape varieties.