LA Update: Tomorrow’s tasting at Sotto sold-out. Taste Franciacorta with me in Chicago June 6.

franciacorta new yorkPosting from the plane on my way to Los Angeles where we will be launching my new wine list at Sotto this week. I’m happy/sad to report that tomorrow night’s preview tasting at the restaurant is sold out.

But I will be at the restaurant all evening on Wednesday: please stop by and let’s drink some Schioppettino and Vitovska and munch on Chef Steve’s awesome Neapolitan-style pizza! Seriously, I’ll be hanging out all evening.

And I have just a few spots left for the guided Franciacorta tasting I’ll be leading in Chicago week after next. It’s free and we already have a great group of wine professionals who will be attending. I literally have 4 seats left so please email at your earliest convenience to ensure availability. Thanks for your support and looking forward to tasting with you!

Franciacorta Real Story Tasting
Monday, June 6, 2016

Perman Wine Selections
802 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-4417

Monday, June 6, 6:00 p.m.
seated/guided tasting
11 Franciacorta wines
please RSVP by emailing Jeremy:
limited availability

Taste 11 Franciacorta wines with Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. author of

Franciacorta is a classic-method sparkling wine produced using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc in the foothills of the Alps in Brescia province, Italy (about an hour east of Milan by car). Since the 1960s, winemakers there have made some of Italy’s (and the world’s) most coveted sparkling wines thanks to the area’s unique growing conditions, including: The wide variety of morainic, limestone, and clay subsoils of the Franciacorta amphitheater; the maritime influence of Lake Iseo to the north (part of Italy’s beautiful Lake District); and the Alpine climate of their high-lying vineyards. Because Franciacorta growers are able to achieve greater ripeness than their counterparts in other sparkling wine regions and because they have a wider diversity of soil types, their wines stand apart from their transalpine cousins for their remarkable freshness, rich fruit character, and signature minerality (some would call it salinity).

On Monday, June 6, wine writer and food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. (author of the popular Italian wine blog will lead a tasting of 11 Franciacorta wines. The tasting is part of a series of events he has led across the country this year and last as the trade ambassador and official blogger of the Franciacorta Consortium.

About Jeremy:

Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. is a wine industry marketing consultant, a widely published wine and food historian, and author of, a blog devoted (mostly) to Italian wine. He is proud to live in Houston, where he and his wife Tracie are raising two microtexans. He writes regularly about wine for the Houston Press and Houstonia magazine. And he is also the author of a (mostly) Southern Italian wine list at the popular Italian restaurant Sotto in Los Angeles, called “one of the most interesting lists in Los Angeles” by the LA Times and recently cited by LA Magazine as one of the “best places to drink Italian wine in LA.” A former rock musician, he continues to compose and record original music in his spare time.

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