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Alfred Gratien's Affordable Luxury, Ferrari's Fairytale Wines, and Under $40 Col d'Orcia Brunello!
 
July 6, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

In the grand pantheon of bubbly wines, Champagne is singular. Its ability to conjure elegance, magic and sophistication make it special. Its beauty, its individuality, its ability to transmit terroir and vintage, and its ways with food--especially difficult dishes--make it unique. You can never go wrong with good Champagne, and today, I'm delighted to present one of IWM's signature Champagne bottlings, Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV.

I talk a lot about peak moments, those special times when everything--the conversation, the food, the lighting, the music, and, of course, the wine--work in concert to make magic. Any wine that fits the occasion perfectly can create a peak moment, but few do it as effortlessly as Champagne. For this reason, I like to keep a few bottles of beloved Champagnes on hand, and Alfred Gratien's is an easy one to stock, to love, and to pop whenever you want to turn an ordinary moment into an extraordinary time.

Along with this signature Champagne, I'm delighted to offer a new allocation of Col d'Orcia's outstanding 2010 Brunello. You can't go wrong with this under $40 bottle. Finally, if you've never had any of Antionio Ferrari's fairytale wines, now's the time. I've rounded up all four, and we're presenting these indescribable Puglian vintage bottles at very delicious pricing.

Enjoy!

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM Signature Champagne, Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV
2. Only At IWM: 
Antonio Ferrari's Fairytale Wines
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Under $40 Benchmark 2010 Brunello? Yes! It's Col d'Orcia!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Everyday Aldo Conterno!
5. Wine Events: Upcoming New York & Aspen Wine Tastings: July 2015
  

My Best, 

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder


SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE


Sparkling wines make celebrations glisten; from New Year's Eve to anniversaries, bubblies are the go-to symbol for special occasions, and one of IWM's signature sparklers is a beautiful non-vintage brut rosé from Alfred Gratien. A consistent palate pleaser, Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé delivers nuances of lively red berries, brioche and spice, all conveyed with balance and harmony. Today, we're delighted to present the Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV at time-sensitive special pricing, just in time for all your summer celebrations!

Champagne Alfred Gratien, founded in 1864, operates not only at the scale of these traditionally small houses, producing fewer than 20,000 cases of wine per year, but it also maintains all of the handcrafted traditions that some of the larger houses have had to abandon over the years (Gratien was sold to a holding company in 2000, but has changed none of its practices or production levels as a result). Cellar-master Nicolas Jaeger, the fourth generation of the Jaeger family to hold this title at Alfred Gratien, oversees the production, and under his guidance, the estate produces five non-vintage and one vintage wine from the traditional blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes, most of which are organically farmed.

Showing a beautiful pink salmon color, this food-friendly rosé bursts with tiny bubbles that stream endlessly. It has all the exciting aromas that one would expect in a rosé Champagne: rose petals, strawberries, raspberries, Bing cherries, warm bread dough and subtle baking spices. On the fruity yet elegant palate, this non-vintage Champagne shows great structure, and its effervescence tingles the senses all the way to its very long finish.

Alfred Gratien crafts this wine from 45% Chardonnay from Côtes des Blancs, 15% Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims and 40% Pinot Meunier from the Marne Valley, and it uses traditional methods to make it, including a first fermentation in small oak casks, no malolactic fermentation, and aging in oak for six months before release. It's a well-wrought bottle of elegant Champagne that belies its modest price point, and it's a wine that you can pour to make any occasion special--and special occasions outstanding!

 

 

Alfred Gratien NV Rosé Brut

(France, Champagne - Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir)

$59.00 Regular Price

$54.28 Case Price/btl



ONLY AT IWM
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Antonio Ferrari didn't intend to be a winemaker, but when this Piemonte native visited Puglia, he fell in love with the land and its grapes. Beginning in 1938, Ferrari was making wine, choosing not to grow but rather to buy the very best Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes from local farmers. Ferrari became entirely devoted to winemaking. He trucked the grapes up to his Piemonte hills, set them in Slovenian casks for a decade, moved the juice to cement tanks, and let it sit. And there the various bottlings rested for decades, sold years after their maker and namesake had died. Ferrari didn't just want to make passable wine; he wanted to make amazing wine. He succeeded, even if he didn't know it. His wine sat in those cement tanks, only bottled in 2004. Today, IWM is proud to offer four of Ferrari's fairytale wines, all at the best price in the States.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Undiscovered, nearly untasted, entirely unsung, and virtually unknown, Antonio Ferrari's wines are heady, complex, insanely delicious wines that defy description or definition.

- More than a dessert wine, the rare, hedonistic gems of Antonio Ferrari are ageless, fresh, bewitching, thoroughly indescribable and able to complement a wide range of dishes from cheese to dessert.

- It's rare to drink a wine from 1949, the year when the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers met in the World Series, All the Kings Men took home the Oscar and President Truman was in office, but the '49 Il Barone, and its '54 complement, illustrate how thrilling drinking an old wine can be.

- Ferrari lived a life that made him essentially eat, sleep and drink wine--for example, in 1959, the hottest summer on record in Puglia, he kept watch in the vineyards, swaddling his overheated vines in wet towels to protect the grapes that would become his legendary Solaria Jonica.

- The young one of the astounding Ferrari bunch at just 38 years old, the intensely fresh La Canestra, made from mostly Negroamaro touched with Malvasia, has a sherry-like nose and palate.

- Remarkably food-friendly and absolutely delicious, this IWM exclusive comes with impeccable provenance and perfect maturity--and the BEST PRICE in the nation.

 

 

Antonio Ferrari 1949 Il Barone

(Italy, Puglia - Primitivo)
$119.00 Regular Price
$109.48 3-Pack Price/btl
$107.10 6-Pack Price/btl
$104.72 Case Price/btl


Antonio Ferrari 1978 La Canestra

(Italy, Puglia - Negroamaro, Malvasia)
$119.00 Regular Price
$109.48 3-Pack Price/btl
$107.10 6-Pack Price/btl
$104.72 Case Price/btl


Antonio Ferrari 1954 Il Barone

(Italy, Puglia - Primitivo)
$129.00 Regular Price
$118.68 3-Pack Price/btl
$116.10 6-Pack Price/btl
$113.52 Case Price/btl


Antonio Ferrari 1959 Solaria Jonica

(Italy, Puglia - Primitivo)
$149.00 Regular Price
$137.08 3-Pack Price/btl
$134.10 6-Pack Price/btl
$131.12 Case Price/btl


TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
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Is it possible to find an under $40 Brunello di Montalcino that's authentic, intense, and emblematic of the standout 2010 vintage? Yes, if you look to Col d'Orcia, one of IWM's favorite value Brunello makers. One of Montalcino's most historic estates with winemaking dating back to the 1890s, Col d'Orcia's modern era began when the Cinzano family from Piemonte acquired the estate in the '70s. This estate's vinification techniques embrace both traditional and modern and employ both botti and barriques for aging; this combination offers a compelling integration of power and finesse. Today, we're proud to present the benchmark '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino; concentrated yet elegant, it's a wine that's sure to please Brunello enthusiasts. Best of all, priced at under $40--the BEST PRICE in the States--this wine allows wine-lovers to experience the greatness of the 2010 vintage without straining their wallets. It's a Brunello that's a definite affordable luxury!

Why Buy This Wine:

- A favorite of IWM staff and clients, Col d'Orcia has the reputation for crafting traditional, authentic yet approachable Brunellos that privilege terroir; this 2010 bottling illustrates how right that reputation is.

- Classic, intense, layered and focused, the '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino strikes a balance between its juicy red fruits and its savory notes of Montalcino terroir.

- Col d'Orcia Brunello derives from vineyards that boast albarese soil, but its slopes also hold a high percentage of calcium, which makes the vineyard exceptionally acidic and therefore prime for growing piquant grapes.

- Like the benchmark 2006 vintage, 2010 saw a return to classic Montalcino growing season; warm but not hot, dry but not sere, and this '10 Col d'Orcia Brunello bursts with notes of dried red fruit, tobacco, underbrush, leather, and mint, all laid upon a framework of silky tannins, balsamic undertones, tar and spice.

- IWM is delighted to offer this benchmark Brunello for less than $40 a bottle; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Col d'Orcia 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$39.99 Regular Price
$36.79 Case Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 8th at 5:00 pm EST.


OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST
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Growing up in a family in the wine business, David Gwo had experience with the wine industry in both retail and hospitality before becoming an IWM portfolio manager. After gaining his sommelier certification through the Sommelier Society of America and the Court of Master Sommeliers, David decided to pursue wine as a career.

 

Drinking Today: Poderi Aldo Conterno 2011 Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$38.99 Regular Price
$35.87 Case Price/btl
 
For the Cellar: Poderi Aldo Conterno 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.79 Case Price/btl

For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why David selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.



WINE EVENTS
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A Taste of Sake

Saturday, July 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $85.00

 

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar

You might know of sake from enjoying Japanese restaurants and drinking it with your sushi or sashimi. You might know about sake because you've spent time in Japan, and you reveled in the local fare. Or you might know about Sake because it's one of the hippest wines, and it's exploding in American wine culture. But how much about sake do you really know? Join IWM at this very special sake tasting, and learn about sake's double fermentation, its two basic designations and its many permutations, and how protocol influences sake as much, or possibly more, than other wines. IWM's wine educators will pour nine different sakes, with bottles that are sparkling, textured, dry, aromatic, complex, or elegant--all complemented by regional snacks. This sake tasting is an IWM first, and it's going to be thrilling.

 

Featured Wine List & Tasting Menu:

   

Umenoyado, Bunny Natural Sparkling Sake

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Gingo

Midorikawa Shuzo, Junmai (NV)

Kirinzan Shuzo, Junmai Gingo (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Daiginjo

Kiminoi Shuzo, Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo Emperor's Well (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Nigori

Umenoyado, Aragoshi Umeshu

 

Antipasti (Otsumami) 

Karrage(Japanese Fried Chicken, Ginger and Mirin)

Tsukemono (Pickled Vegetables)

Gyoza (Pork Dumpling, Scallion and Shiitake)

Edamame (Steamed Soybeans, Matcha Sea Salt)

Kumomoto (West Coast Oysters & Uni)

Kushiyaki (Assorted Grilled Skewers, Black Sesame)

 

*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 

The Super Tuscan Revolution & Beyond

Saturday, July 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

The Hunt for Red August

Saturday, August 1 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


We love rosés, whites and sparkling wines, but IWM's true passion is for red wines. Whether a Big Red, a collector red, a lithe and nimble red, or a delicious red, we can't get enough red, red wine. Join us as we celebrate the dog days of summer with a tasting dedicated to red wines. From French Pinot Noir to Super Tuscans, this tasting will feature red wines that are ideal for August enjoyment, those hot days and cool nights that lead us to fall's harvest bounty. Guided by knowledgeable IWM sommeliers, this glorious tasting, complemented by meats and cheeses, is devoted to exploring the lushness, the power, and the unexpected finesse of red wines from some of our favorite producers. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Ferragosto Wine & Cheese Pairing

Saturday, August 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $89.00


IWM Guest Host: Fromager Bob Marcelli

When Italians celebrate Ferragosto on August 15, just about the whole country shuts down as families enjoy a day at the beach or in the mountains. Join us as we celebrate this quintessential Italian summer holiday with one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world: delicious Italian wines and beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from some of our favorite producers, all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Bob Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind cheeses like Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event. It's like a holiday Italy--but without the jet lag.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Back To School: ABC's of Italian Wine

Saturday, August 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 10 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


France does it. Italy loves it. Spain has a passion for it. Rosé and sparkling wines are a universal joy, and there's no time like the springtime to pop open bottles of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, rosé and rosatos. Join us for this special tasting and sample some of our very favorite Bandol rosés, Italian Rosato, and many others, all presented with complementary regional meats and cheeses. It's an event tailor made for those who love the finer things in life--and want to celebrate them with gusto.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 17 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


Most people think white wine when they think of summertime, and while it's true that the classic pairing of a cool glass of white wine and summer heat feels natural, warm weather is no time to put away your reds! This tasting explores the beauty of red wines in warm weather, the wines that complement a sizzling steak hot from the grill, barbecued pork or chicken, or cheeseburgers just the way you like them. IWM Aspen's wine expert will pour wines from some of our favorite red wine producers--Raffaele Palma on the Amalfi Coast, Bodegra Chacra in Patagonia, Biondi-Santi in Toscana, and Quinto Chionetti in Piemonte--to convince you that summertime is right for red, and so are you!

Featured Wine List:

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Rosso di Montalcino 2010 
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 


Friday, July 24 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $210.00


There's no better way to spend a Friday night in July than enjoying a distinguished lineup of delicious white Burgundy. Let a knowledgeable IWM Aspen expert pour wines from William Fevre, Château de Maltroy, Jean-Philippe Fichet, and Latour-Giraud--all while imparting insider information that will educate you in the nuances of the grape and the region. Enjoying a selection of top domaines and appellations, you'll experience major white Burgundy-producing villages in the Cote d'Or as well as Chablis, and you'll explore the unique characteristics of terroir, vintage, appellation, and winemaker style. Join us for a celebration of what makes white Burgundy so special, and get ready for delicious drinking all summer long!

Featured Wine List:

William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc W 2012
Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Tesson 2012
Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2012
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 
For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.