Do Bianchi Christmas Six-Pack 2014: happy holidays yall!

Taste Bele Casel Prosecco Colfòndo with me on Weds. Dec. 17 in San Francisco at Biondivino, one of my favorite wine shops in the U.S. Please click here for details.

best rosato italyAbove: sometimes we forget that one of the coolest things about wine is how beautiful it is. That gorgeous hue is just one of the reasons why I love to serve my friend Paolo Cantele’s Negroamaro rosé at Christmas.

Do Bianchi Christmas Six-Pack 2014

Belisario 2012 Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneti
Laimburg 2013 Riesling
Cantele 2013 Negroamaro Rosato
Il Falchetto 2011 Barbera d’Asti Scorrone
Produttori del Barbaresco 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo
Marenco 2013 Moscato d Asti Strev

$116 plus tax, shipping & handling
($19 average bottle price)


Wines will ship via FedEx on Monday of next week
in plenty of time for delivery before the holiday.

California residents only.

I regret that I no longer accept AMEX.
But you can pay by Visa, MC, check or Chase QuickPay.

One of the things that people don’t realize about my wine club is that I hope I don’t sell out the wines: I want to drink some, too!

Seriously, the wines that I include in my six-packs are wines that Tracie P and I drink at home. We prize wholesomeness and food-friendliness in our wines and especially with Tracie still nursing, it’s so important to us that the wines we drink at home are not just good but also good for us.

As with previous offers, the wines are ordered in the way I will serve them at Christmas (and believe me: this is what we will be drinking in Orange, Texas, on the Louisiana border, at my in-laws Rev. and Mrs. B’s house — unless of course the wine sells out!).

Belisario 2012 Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneti

Verdicchio is one of the sexiest categories of Italian wine right now. In the last six-pack, we did an older Verdicchio from Jesi, near the Adriatic coast. This one is from Matelica, a valley that lies inland in the mountains. With higher elevation and cooler summer evenings, Matelica delivers wines with more nuanced floral notes than Jesi, where fruit tends to dominate. Belisario is an organic grower and this wine is as wholesome as it is delicious.

Laimburg 2013 Riesling

I’ve included the Laimburg Riesling (from northern German-speaking Italy) in previous six-packs and it’s always been a hit. We poured it the other night at Sotto in LA, where I co-author the wine list, and it showed beautifully, with its zinging acidity and focused, precise fruit flavors. Don’t serve this too cold: cellar temperature (or about 30 minutes out of the fridge) is ideal to bring out the aroma and flavor of this stunning wine.

Cantele 2013 Negroamaro Rosato

In my view of the world, Negroamaro is one of the best grapes for rosé wine and rosé wine is ideal around the holidays when you need acidity, gentle tannin and rich flavor to pair with classic holiday dishes. Paolo Cantele is my client and one of my best friends in Italy. The fact that we bonded over our interest in Pasolini only makes the wine more delicious. But don’t take my word for it: this is one of our favorite wines to pour around the holidays and it’s been on the list, by the glass, at Sotto since the restaurant first opened nearly four years ago.

Il Falchetto 2011 Barbera d’Asti Scorrone

I was so stoked when I saw that this wine was available in California. Il Falchetto makes some of the greatest Barbera that I’ve ever tasted. And no, this isn’t the “oaked” expression of their superb fruit: it’s their traditional-style Barbera, with bright acidity and bright fruit and the lightness and versatility that I crave around the holidays. We poured this at Sotto the other night, paired with tortellini in brodo and people went crazy for it. The ultimate food-friendly wine…

Produttori del Barbaresco 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo

At our house, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Nebbiolo. If you follow my blog, you know that the wines of Produttori del Barbaresco are the heart and soul of my wine cellar and they are the wines that we serve to people whom we love. The Langhe Nebbiolo is the younger-vine expression of the winery. And the maceration times are shorter: this wine is fresh and light on its feet and has just a kiss of Nebbiolo’s signature earthiness and tannin. I also have some classic Barbaresco (not cru) from the 2010 vintage available. If you need some of that as well, just let me know.

Marenco 2013 Moscato d Asti Strev

Moscato d’Asti has got to be the all-time greatest wine for the Christmas celebration: gently sparkling, sweet and low in alcohol (around 7 percent), everyone — from the wine snob to Aunt Gladys — likes a good Moscato d’Asti. Seriously, this is just such a wonderful wine to have in the fridge around the holidays. And it’s the ideal brunch wine, one of the few wines that Italians will pair with fresh fruit. Personally, I like to serve it with huevos rancheros.

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