I had the absolute pleasure of attending another amazing virtual tasting with some amazing tastemakers, winemakers, and wonderful people in Italian wine! Virtual tastings for someone like myself have been enjoyable but I must say, I do miss traveling to Italy and being with these amazing industry professionals in person. Theres nothing like sipping wine with the winemaker at his winery, or even at a NYC lunch (I do enjoy when they visit too).
Until we can go on trips again, it’s nice to visit with them virtually! We were joined by Fabrizio Morinconz, Winemaker for Infiné 1939; Andrea Lonardi, Technical Director for Bertani; and Piero Mastroberardino, Owner of the Eponymous winery. They shared amazing insight into their well known and iconic wineries that continue to lead the way for their regions when it comes to winemaking. They take rich history and tradition and help lead the way to new and innovative wines, that remain true to the terroir, area, and values.
We deep dove into discussion which is always interesting to hear, their attention to terroir, and vineyard care. I absolutely love the passion that comes out when people talk about their wines, vines, and the pride they show in their product. Every winery has unique terroir, and it shows in each and every wine, which I find is so special. You can transport yourself to so many wine regions just through a glass of wine!
One of the bottles I really enjoyed from this lineup was the Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo 2019. I always love a Greco but at the same time always forget how much I enjoy them until they’re in my glass again. It’s one of those wines I should probably always have in my fridge ready to go, because they’re so damn delicious, especially with the summer heat! This wine is complex yet elegant, with nice structure and lovely minerality. Notes of peach, apricot, and citrus are so very pleasant in this wine, making it ideal for seafood, baked cheeses, chicken, and grilled vegetables! $23.99
I also really enjoyed another white, but a Pinot Grigio. Honestly I don’t drink pinot grigio often, but this one made me change my mind! Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio DOC 2017 is a beautiful wine from Trentino Alto-Adige one of my favorite wine regions, and also one of my favorite areas for Grappa too! This wine is intense with apple and pear, notes of minerality, and nice bright acidity. It’s full bodied, and delicious and one I would love to sip outside by the pool. $29.99 Alongside was another wine Infine 1939 At Last 2017 which was also amazing! A blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling Renano grown at Maso Toresella. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc make up most of the blend in this wine with the others a smaller amount, but wow is this a fun and layered white wine! Lots of fresh fruit, apple, some tropical pineapple, and some spice aromas too. On the palate its fresh with all those aromas following through to the taste. It also has a nice lingering finish that would be ideal with grilled fish, burrata, or maybe even some polenta! $50.99
When it was time for reds, I was so ready. I really enjoyed the Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG 2016 as its deep ruby red, complex and intense, full of wild berries and nice spice. A great wine for cheeses and even truffle dishes, so maybe that’s why I liked it so much, I just wanted it with some Trader Joe’s Porcini Mushroom and Truffle Ravioli! Once I was past my craving, I did enjoy the wine even more, and really loved the strawberry, black cherry, and plum that came through. It’s a really lovely wine that is easy to drink and one that many palate’s will love. $59.99
Now, another favorite winery of mine in Italy, that’s iconic is Bertani. I have loved their wines for so long, as so many people do. I was excited to coravin these wines because I can’t wait to see how they also age a bit. The Bertani Secco Original Vintage Edition, Appellation Veneto 2015 is ruby in color and full of pepper, nutmeg, cherries, clove, blackberries, and red currants. It’s layered and rich, but absolutely gorgeous. Made from Corvina and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is complex with some maturity, and fine tannins. Overall this wine can stand up to many dishes, but I think something simple like grilled ribeye steak would work so well with this. $30.99.
Now for the finale, a wine that I always enjoy; Amarone! But not just any Amarone, a Bertani Amarone from 2009. The Bertani Amarone Classico DOC 2009 is intense garnet with plum, cherry, nuts, anise, and spice. The tannins are incredibly smooth, and the acidity just perfectly balances this wine. It’s absolutely drink-able now, but I like my Amarone’s more in the fall and winter with heartier seasonal dishes. Honestly nothing is more comforting than coming home on a cooler evening after work, having a comfort meal such as Short Ribs, or a Stew, and pairing it with a beautiful Amarone! But in spring or summer, I would totally pair this with duck, or very aged cheeses because that would also be an ideal pairing! This wine makes a great collectors item as well as a gift. $137.49
As you can see this was one incredible tasting and that’s all thanks to the amazing wineries and tastemakers! If you’re looking for perfect Italian wines to gift, sip, and enjoy anytime of year, these are the wines to go-to!
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!