‘Slow Wine’ recommendations

December 24, 2012

Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

The “Slow Wine” guide is at its best when introducing readers to Italy’s diversity of grapes. Here a few producers from the book’s pages that are available locally.

Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti 2010

Piedmont, Italy, $18

Vietti is well known for its pricier, nebbiolo-based wines. But this more budget-minded offering is great with pizza and pasta. Big, bold and dark, but with the oak in check.

Dalla Terra: Available in the District at Bell Wine & Spirits, Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages; on the list at Dino, Cork Wine Bar. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean.

Foradori Teroldego 2009

Trentino, Italy, $22

Is the red teroldego grape obscure? Yup. Complex? Earthy on the nose; frisky and fresh with smoke and minerality in the mouth, with a long finish that’s great with so many dishes. Excellent value? For sure.

Louis Dressner: Available in the District at MacArthur Beverages. Available in Virginia at Frenchman’s Cellar in Culpeper.

Antonelli San Marco Grechetto 2011

Umbria, Italy, $15

Grechetto is a relatively obscure white grape with floral aromas and rich notes of melon, peach and almond.

Omni: Available in the District at MacArthur Beverages. Available in Maryland at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Frenchman’s Cellar in Culpeper.

Pieropan Soave Classico 2010

Veneto, Italy, $17

Forget about the soave they drank in the 1970s. This one is tart and juicy, balanced by almond notes, a mineral quality and a crisp, clean finish.

Trembath and Taylor: Available in the District at Bell Wine & Spirits, Calvert Woodley, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, Sherry’s Fine Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis, Wegmans in Lanham. Available in Virginia at Wegmans in Fairfax, Total Wine & More in McLean.

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2010

Alto Adige, Italy, $17

Kerner is a hybrid of Riesling and schiava, grown in Italy’s northernmost, German-speaking region. It is full-bodied and creamy, with just enough acidity to make a perfect match with rich winter food.

Vintage Epicure: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; on the list at Dino, Proof. Available in Maryland at Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore, Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis. Available in Virginia at Frenchman’s Cellar in Culpeper.

Damilano Barbera d’Alba 2010

Piedmont, Italy, $20

Fresh and easy drinking despite 16 months in the barrel. Cherry and balsamic aromas with dark-plum flavors.

Vias Imports: Available in the District at Pearson’s. Available in Maryland at Wegmans in Lanham. Available in Virginia at Wegmans in Fairfax, Frenchman’s Cellar in Culpeper.

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