Four Affordable Nebbiolo Wines! Two Great Whites! And the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

December 8, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Nebbiolo is the grape of the Langhe. Entrancing and almost mystical, it's the grape that makes Barbaresco and Barolo the "queen" and the "king" of wines. The beauty of Nebbiolo is its extreme terroir-driven and expressive nature; it changes drastically depending on where it is grown and what winemaking techniques the producer uses. However flexible, wine made from Nebbiolo is so distinctive that you know it the moment your nose smells it. Nebbiolo wines waft with tar and flowers; it's got this slight medicinal note and a translucent red color; all these attributes plus its deep fruit and tobacco finish set it apart. Still, the grape's astounding flexibility makes Piemonte's swirling hills with its infinite microclimates a perfect home. No two Nebbiolo wines are the same; we have much to love.

Nebbiolo has an uncanny ability to age because of its tannins and acidity, and thus we have Barolos and Barbarescos that can live decades. But these age-worthy wines aren't Nebbiolo's only achievements--and this is a good thing! You can't have Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia or a Giacosa Barbaresco Asili every night. This is where the wines I'm offering today come in. Below you'll find four beautiful Nebbiolo bottles that invite you to drink them anytime. There's a beautiful $27 Nebbiolo d'Alba from Prunotto, Antinori's premier Piemonte estate, a gorgeous Renzo Seghesio everyday Nebbiolo, a traditional one from Bruno Giacosa, and a terrific Nebbiolo from from Aldo Conterno. Four great Langhe wines, and you don't need to wait to drink any of them (although you certainly could).

Below you'll also find a pair of terrific white wines--and one important holiday announcement. First, there's Batàr, from our biodynamic friends in Toscana, Querciabella. 2013 is an outstanding vintage for Italy, and this Batàr floats like a silk scarf on a breeze; it's just beautiful. Next, there are magnums of 2009 William Fèvre Chablis Valmur that you white Burgundy lovers want to snag for your next dinner party. Finally, our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is here, ready to help you find gifts for all the wine-lovers on your list. I love the holiday season, and this year's gift guide might be the best one yet.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Nebbiolo Quartet from Outstanding Winemakers
2. Only At IWM:
Querciabella's Luscious 2013 Batàr
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Big, Beautiful William Fèvre
4. Holiday Guide: Give the Gift of Perfect Wine with Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
5. Wine Events:
Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Piemonte's best-known grape and the basis for its best-known wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is a beautiful, black-skinned grape. It's indigenous to the hills surrounding Alba situated southeast of Turin, and its name is likely derivative of the Italian word for fog, nebbia, although whether that fog refers to the white tinge that covers the varietal's black grapes as they ripen or to the mist surrounding the Langhe hills in October or November during harvest, no one is entirely sure. One thing is certain: not only is Nebbiolo a very old grape, but it is also one that has been recognized for centuries for its greatness. To rip out a Nebbiolo vine was a crime punishable by lopping off a hand in Medieval times; repeat offenders were hung. Today's Nebbiolo fans are no less ardent.

Called alternately Spanno, Chiavennasca, Picotener (as well as other names), Nebbiolo has the reputation of being an exceptionally finicky grape. It grows best in hilly lands with sandy marl, requires a very long summer to ripen, and tends to be exceptionally particular as to its terroir and its microclimate. Though Nebbiolo is cultivated in other areas of Italy, such as Lombardia and Valle d'Aosta, it does best close to home in Piemonte's Langhe hills. Nebbiolo makes a wine that bears tremendously high tannins that requires a knowing winemaker to coax the best from it. When one does, however, the wine drinker is rewarded with a supple wine, a complex palate, and a balanced structure.

While Barolo and Barbaresco are the most collectable and famous Nebbiolo expressions, they require patience and they can be expensive. But fortunately for Nebbiolo lovers, some Langhe producers are committed to crafting early-drinking, affordable wines that let fans of the grape indulge their passions any night of the week. Today, we're delighted to present a quartet of these affordable, expressive and delicious Nebbiolo wines--most priced under $40 with none breaking $65 a bottle! Coming from makers like Antinori's Prunotto estate, Barolo aficionado Renzo Seghesio, staunch traditionalist Bruno Giacosa, and the "King of Barolo, Aldo Conterno, these four selections are sure to please palates while rewarding wallets.

Prunotto's approachable, finessed '12 Occhetti Nebbiolo will delight Barolo enthusiasts who crave a lighter Nebbiolo wine that retains Barolo's sophistication. A beautiful wine that can be drunk young (as opposed to most Barolos), Seghesio's Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo offers classic aromatics, grippy tannins, and juicy fruit. Giacosa sources its Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore from old-vine Nebbiolo grown in prestigious vineyards; it snuggles the palate with chewy tannins, making for an elegant, enjoyable drinking experience. Finally, Aldo Conterno's calling card wine from looks, smells, feels and tastes more like a "Baby Barolo" than like a Nebbiolo d'Alba; it's a perfect wine to experience the estate's magic without breaking bank. Don't hesitate to call your portfolio manager to secure your Nebbiolo bottles today--winter's coming, and these wines will celebrate it with pure Piemonte style!

Prunotto 2012 Occhetti Nebbiolo d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$26.99 Regular Price
$24.83 Case Price/btl

Renzo Seghesio 2012 Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$36.99 Regular Price
$34.03 Case Price/btl

Bruno Giacosa 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$37.99 Regular Price
$34.95 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.79 Case Price/btl

Querciabella began as the beloved project of the late Giuseppe Castiglioni, who initially planted vines as a hobby and ended up authoring a Super-Tuscan success story. In 1972, Castiglioni restored an ancient winery, outfitted it with state-of-the-art equipment and, over time, established an elite estate. Giuseppe raised his son Sebastiano to assume control of the winery, and Querciabella became certified organic in 1988 and biodynamic in 2000. This commitment to non-interventionist, sustainable, all natural agriculture puts Sebastiano's philosophy into practice. A committed vegetarian and animal rights activist, Sebastiano, working with consulting enologist Guido De Santi and technical advisor Luca Vietti, creates Querciabella's wines as a reflection and a celebration of nature. Plus, it makes for absolutely breathtaking wines. Today, IWM is delighted to present the effortlessly elegant Querciabella 2013 Batàr at the BEST PRICE in the States.

Why Buy This Wine:

- First made in 1988, Batàr is a Tuscan homage to white Burgundy (specifically, the grand cru of Bâtard-Montrachet) and a strong contender for Toscana's best white.

- Sophisticated, seamless and balanced, the '13 Batàr knits its succulent orchard and citrus fruits together with almonds, toasty oak, baking spices, crushed white flowers and a kiss of wet river rocks.

- Luscious yet fresh, this Batàr bottling dances across the palate with a vibrant mouth-feel and stylish acidity; it's a fantastic evocation of the stellar 2013 vintage.

- Thick in texture and rich in glycerin, this fifty-fifty Chardonnay and Pinot Blanco blend possesses enough acidity to stay very lively.

- Wholly organic, entirely vegan, and utterly delicious, Batàr embodies the best of white Super-Tuscan wines; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the US.

(Italy, Toscana - Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco)
$79.99 Regular Price
$73.59 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Early 2017

Domaine William Fèvre is just over 116 acres, a fairly good-sized estate in Burgundy's Chablis. Especially remarkable is the fact that over half of these acres are premier cru (almost 30 acres) and grand cru (37.5 acres) vineyards. Moreover, the estate's grand cru holdings represent more vineyard variety than those of any other Chablis domaine. What this exercise in geographical statistics tells us is that the estate has a thoughtful commitment to quality, to terroir, and to its wines. Owned by Champagne's Henriot family (whose bubbly is fairly under the radar and quite delicious), Domaine William Fèvre continues as it always has with hand-harvesting, careful grape selection, and a great mindfulness about creating wines that speak of Chablis' terroir. Today, we're delighted to present magnums of William Fèvre 2009 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur at special time-sensitive pricing that is extremely competitive! Ready to enjoy now, but also able to cellar for medium-term enjoyment, these Valmur magnums are ideal for serious lovers of white Burgundy.

Why Buy This Wine:

- William Fèvre's top vineyard sites sit on soils that are mixed with marl and clay-rich lime with the famous Kimmeridgian subsoil of oyster fossils that is rich in minerals.

- The rich, opulent 2009 vintage has entered its drinking window, but this offer of large format bottles provides perfect, slowly evolving maturity, meaning you'll be able to enjoy this Chablis Valmur for years.

- Neighbor to Fèvre's Vaudésir holdings, this wine derives from parcels that sit at the top of the Valmur slope; it's a wine that shows its flinty typicity, yet it highlights the open-knit nature of the '09 vintage.

- A bottling that balances its opulence with freshness and minerality, this silky '09 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur glides -across the palate with considerable texture, power and elegance.

- Bright citrus, rain-spattered wildflowers, granny smith apples, and minerals appear on the nose, while the palate puts this wine's Kimmeridgian soils front and center with its intense, concentrated minerality and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute.

- Contact your portfolio manager to secure your large format bottles of William Fèvre 2009 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur at special time-sensitive pricing that is extremely competitive.

William Fèvre 2009 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur (1.5L)
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$195.00 Regular Price
$155.00 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours December 10th at 5:00 pm EST.

Order Your Holiday Gifts Today
It's the most wonderful time of the year, holiday season! We want to help you celebrate the holidays in delicious style, and we're delighted to present the IWM 2016 Holiday Gift Guide! Whether you're looking to give your favorite wine-lovers treasured single bottles, thrilling bottle pairs, tasty triples, sumptuous half cases or expansive full collections, this Gift Guide will help you make this 2016 holiday season memorable. In this Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, you'll find a wine for every feast, party, and quiet meal, as well as for all wine-lovers, from newbie to connoisseur. But don't hesitate to ask one of our portfolio managers for help if you need it--or select a gift card and let your wine-lovers choose their favorite wines! IWM wants to make your gift giving a delight, and we promise not to tell if you can't help but choose something for your cellar too!

What You'll Find:

- All the wines appearing on the pages of IWM's Holiday Gift Guide were handpicked by IWM's founder, Sergio Esposito; these are the wines he loves, and it's our honor to share them with you.

- IWM experiences are at the forefront of our guide because we believe drinking wine brings people together--from wine clubs to tasting events, IWM experiences last a lifetime.

- Our Gift Guide highlights bottles we love, including single and paired bottles of sparkling wines, international wines, and Italian wines, all nestled in rustic wooden presentation boxes.

- If you're feeling more expansive, our gift baskets of three or six wines exude magnanimity and show the largeness of your heart; gifts of multiple bottles keep the holidays spirit alive into 2017.

- Our wine cases are the gifts you'd like to give yourself; these gorgeous sampler collections are the quintessential present for real aficionados, offering myriad peak experiences and memories to match!

- Let our portfolio managers help you customize holiday gifts for everyone on your list; from colleagues to family members, wine-lovers abound and IWM offers wines to fit every palate!


Saturday, December 10 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting
Ticket Price: $95.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

Let the holidays ring on with this tasting event featuring Champagne, sparkling wines from France and Spain, and a few beloved still wines that are IWM favorites. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM sommeliers, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present--and share this event with someone you love!

Featured Wines:

Movia Puro Rosé 2002
De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV
Col Vetoraz Prosecco di Valdobbiadene 2014
Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 2007
Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommée 1er Cru NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV
André Clouet Cuvée 1911 NV

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, December 17 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Like gingerbread men and holiday songs, some things just go together perfectly. Wine and cheese is one of those ineffable couples Join us as we celebrate one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world with eight wonderful global wines and eight beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from around the globe--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 such great cheeses as Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event, available only at the world's leading authority in Italian wines, IWM.

*Wine list to be announced.

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