Above: British mapmaker and illustrator David Atkinson’s label for Mustilli’s “Bill de Blasio” Falanghina.
The tiny, picturesque medieval hamlet of Sant’Agata dei Goti, in the heart of Campania’s wine country in Benevento province, has gone a little Bill-de-Blasio crazy since he was elected mayor of New York in November of last year. (See this piece in the New York Times; the slideshow is priceless.)
De Blasio’s grandparents lived in Sant’Agata before they immigrated to the U.S. in the early twentieth century.
Across Italy, De Blasio’s election has been a source of great pride and Forkgate has been closely followed by Italians and Italian food and wine writers (although the Italians were a bit baffled by the episode that launched the scandal).
Honestly, I can’t remember the Italians getting so excited about Rudy Giuliani (whose grandparents came from Montecatini, Tuscany). But then again, Giuliani was a republican.
A few days ago, I received the following note and a few images from Paola Mustilli, whose family makes some of my favorite expressions of native Campania grapes. She’s dedicated two labels to the new mayor.
The idea for a wine dedicated to Bill de Blasio came about when he was elected mayor [of New York] and we decided to commission a label that represented the connection between Little Italy and Sant’Agata [dei Goti], the town where his grandparents lived before they immigrated to America in the 1920s.
We produced a limited edition of these labels, 50 each for two of our wines that we bottle in magnum, Falanghina and Aglianico. We sent him a wooden case with 4 magnums.
The artist who designed the label is Londoner David Atkinson, who has worked and continues to work with Château Latour, Decanter, Grants of St. James’s, the Wine Society, etc.