Downtown, Friday, 26 May 5-7:30 pm
With Dave Jones from
Michael R. Downey Selections
Canneta, Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2015 – $15.99, Tasting Price $13.59
(100% Vernaccia; Tuscany, Italy)
Southwest of Florence lies San Gimignano, the “town of towers,” home of Tuscany’s best white wine Vernaccia—from the grape of the same name. When Michelangelo lived in Florence, this was his favorite white wine. Referring to its vibrant nature he said, “it kisses, licks, bites, tingles, and stings.” This fresh white shines on a hot summer day as its crispness enlivens the palate & invigorates the spirit.
Domaine des Blais, Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 – $13.99, Tasting Price $12.59
(Cinsault 43%, Grenache 33%, Syrah 20%, Rolle 4%; Provence, France)
The Domaine des Blaïs is an ancient estate in the Var, once a Roman villa, and possesses an extra dimension of character and complexity due to this provenance. Inviting aromas and soft, fully rounded texture caresses the palate. Pure fruit flavors from start to finish. Refreshing acidity in the finish adds to the lively, charming character of this wine.
Tournon, Viognier-Marsanne “Mathilda” 2014 – $14.99, Wine-of-the-Week on sale $9.96
“Tune In, Tournon, Drop Out”
(85% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne; Victoria, Australia)
Michel Chapoutier is one of the most renowned winemakers in the Rhone Valley, if not all of France. Domaine Tournon is a relatively new project for Chapoutier based in Victoria, Australia. Focusing on the unique terroir of the Victoria Pyrenees, these wines reflect the cooler climate of Victoria and exhibit restraint and nuance in a way not often associated with Aussie wine. The Mathilda white blend from Tournon is mostly Viognier with a touch of Marsanne for added depth and richness. Textured and aromatic, it is quite floral, showing lots of honeysuckle, orange blossom with notes of ripe tangerine and pineapple.
Otto Uve, Gragnano della Peninsola Sorrentina 2016 – $15.99, Tasting Price $13.59
(Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sciascinoso, Olivella, Supprezza, Castagnara, Sauca, Surbegna; Campagna, Italy)
There is something about a slightly sweet, sparkling red wine that seems so European. If you’re a fan of Lambrusco, try this step up from the Grotta del Sole winery in Campania, Italy. Long a wineshop favorite, the Martusciello family recently decided to give it a new look and name, as well as a new, fuller bodied flavor. There is no better wine for pizza, as the pure fruit and slight fizz cuts right through the oil of the cheese. (Note: this is a Lampo favorite.) Serve slightly chilled. Also pairs well with a Vespa and a bespoke Brioni suit.
Buondonno, Chianti Classico 2015 – $22.99, Tasting Price $19.96
(100% Sangiovese; Tuscany, Italy)
“It ages in small and medium sized oak casks, and in second and third passage barriques, for about a year, during which time it becomes richer and more rounded. The color is an intense ruby red, the fragrance has aromas of ripe red fruits with hints of spices and vanilla. The tannins are sweet and persistent. Made from organically grown, hand-harvested grapes.” –winery
Avancia, Mencia Valdeorras “Cuvee de O” 2014 – $17.99, Wine-of-the-Week $11.96
(100% Mencia, Valdeorras, Galacia, Spain)
The grapes for Avancia Mencia come from the winery’s oldest vineyards planted in 1904 and 1910 on terraced mountain slopes at 450 m (1,476 ft.) above sea level. “Inky purple. Dark fruit preserve and floral pastille scents are complicated by smoky mineral, licorice and spicecake qualities. Juicy, broad and spicy in the mouth, offering sappy boysenberry and mocha flavors that become spicier and livelier with aeration. Suavely combines richness and vivacity and finishes spicy and very long, with slow-building tannins and repeating floral and blue fruit notes.” —Vinous