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Weekly Pairing 7/30/2012

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Sergio Mottura
Poggio Della Costa
Grechetto
I.G.T.
2010
$20

This week's wine, made by Cantine Sergio Mottura, is wonderful country wine produced in Viterbo, a commune of Lazio, about 80km north of Rome. It is made from the Grechetto grape variety that is a native of Greece but is now more widely planted throughout central Italy. It is most famously used as a blending grape in the wines of Orvieto.

This wine is from a single vineyard called Poggio Della Costa. It is a small vineyard only 7 hectares in size. As well as the vineyard being small, Grechetto is not a prolific grower, so this wine has a very small production. It is completely hand made with the help of enologist Giandomenico Negro. The wine goes through a slow fermentation between 18-20 degrees Celsius allowing for full and natural maturation of its flavors. It is then aged on its lees till bottling in March. It can be aged for a few years but it is best fresh. The 2010 we are offering is drinking at its peak and goes well with Roman dishes like Pasta Cacio e Pepe, Pasta All'Amatriciana, or Carciofi alla Judea (fried roman artichokes.) As always, a little cheese couldn't hurt!

Lou Bergier Pichin
Cow
Piemonte, Italy
$40/lb

Made of raw cows milk aged at least 60 days, this cheese is a wonderful find. Creamy and delicious, is it made from a vegetarian rennet that comes from alpine flowers. The cheese's name literally translates to "man of the hunt" who is Nonno Magno, a local hero and grandfather of Mario Fiandino, the cheese maker's family.

Sqirl
Rare Snow Queen Nectarines
7.75oz
$14

Expensive and rare, these little gems are hard to come by. Jessica Koslow, the girl behind Sqirl, does a great job in locating organic produce to produce this excellent truly artisan preserve.

Some of the items below require overnight shipping (marked with *)

  Sergio Mottura Poggio Della Costa 2010 $20.00 (currently out of stock)

 
  1 lb Lou Bergier Pichin $40.00*

 

  1/2 lb Lou Bergier Pichin $20.00*

 

  1/4 lb Lou Bergier Pichin $10.00*

 

  Sqirl Rare Snow Queen Nectarines 7.75oz $14.00 (currently out of stock)

 

 

 

 
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