New "Baby Amarone" from Dal Forno! And IWM's Biggest Flash Sale!

June 29, 2016
A Note from Sergio

It's easy for us to read a vintage report or descriptors like "ripe and warm," and feel safe in our armchair understanding. Likewise, it's easy for us to walk around on a day like today, enjoy the sunshine, worry about the rain, but not think too much about it. Producers stay up all night worrying about the heat in the summer, and they measure each centimeter of snowfall to gauge how much water their vines will have once springtime comes. Every weather report is an auger to winemakers, and the issue isn't the weather per se; it's making the best of what comes your way.

Today, I'm proud to debut the Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore from 2009. Romano Dal Forno is a producer who makes amazing wines in every vintage--his fanatical low yields and meticulous protocol allow him to finesse tough vintages and exploit good ones. No question that the growing season of 2009 offered Romano and his team great material from its beginning, but this wine shows what exceptional producers can do to make ordinary greatness into something truly stellar. This is a big, dense, massive wine, and it could use some time in the cellar, but in a few years, it's going to be outrageous.

If you're anything like me, you like to pull out all the stops at a party. I love putting on a big spread with great wine, making terrific dishes and pairing them with the perfect bottles, and using generosity and delight as my guides for parties, whether dinner parties or otherwise. Nothing looks, tastes or feels as generous as large format bottles. Wines aged in magnums--or bigger--simply age better, and big bottles mean my guests' glasses don't run dry. Below you'll find a flash sale of all our in-stock large format bottles, almost 200 of them. Summertime is party time, and these large format bottles make you the host with the most.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Release of the Intense, Luscious Dal Forno 2009 Valpolicella
2. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM Flash Sale of All Large Format Wines!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Romano Dal Forno is called the "Grape King of the Veneto," and it's easy to see why. This winemaker was born in a house that sits just a few kilometers away from his future estate, and he apprenticed at the side of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli. Working alongside Quintarelli, Dal Forno learned to privilege quality over quantity, to use a philosophy of honoring the land as a foundation, and to work tirelessly to create excellence. This dedication has driven Romano to designing and constructing the mobile, computer-controlled ventilation system in his cellar, just one change among many that have kept the estate at the pinnacle of Amarone production since its founding in 1983. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Dal Forno Romano 2009 Valpolicella Superiore, a delicious brooding wine that drinks like a baby Amarone.

A cru Valpolicella deriving from the Monte Lodoletta vineyard, the Valpolicella Superiore from Dal Forno is an extraordinary wine. In fact, a Dal Forno Valpolicella is much like buying an Amarone--at a fraction of the price! Dal Forno produces the wine according to the same exacting standards as the Amarone, but the estate uses grapes from younger vines, and while the estate uses the appassimento technique usually reserved for Amarone, the grapes' drying time is shorter (one month for the Valpolicella versus three months for the Amarone). The result is simply spectacular--a full-bodied wine with kaleidoscopic flavors and a dense, opulent texture.

Massive, dense, and concentrated, the '09 Valpolicella from Dal Forno remains delineated, complex and delicately layered. Brambly berries, dried black fruit, a deep dip in the spice box, umami, scorched earth and mocha unfold in kaleidoscopic precision in this velvety, luscious wine. Ripe, chewy tannins, perfect acidity, and breathtaking balance make this '09 Valpolicella a special vintage. It's an ideal wine to enjoy if you're new to Dal Forno's style of hedonistic wines, if you're looking for a bottle to drink as your Amarone ages, or if you just hanker for an unabashed, sexy "big red."

While Quintarelli remade Valpolicella, taking it from a racy, light quaffer to a wine of integrity, complexity and age-worthiness, Romano has further revised Valpolicella. As you'd expect from this maker of layered, decadant Amarone, Dal Forno's Valpolicella has a reputation for being as much a work of art as its thrilling, heady Amarone. We sold through our initial allocations of Dal Forno Romano 2009 Valpolicella Superiore and expect this new allotment to go just as quickly; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours. A Dal Forno Valpolicella is a real treat--at about a third of the price of the estate's Amarone--secure a bottle of this '09 to enjoy now, and one to enjoy years down the road.

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Corvinone, Croatina, Oseleta, Rondinella, Molinara)
$109.99 Regular Price
$99.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn 2016


IWM's Flash Sales are the stuff of wine-lover legend, and today, we're presenting one of our biggest sales to date--it's a list of beautiful wines, both red and white, all in magnum, double magnum or larger. Comprising almost 200 large-format wines, this offer will make sure your guests will always have a full glass of delicious wine! You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers like Aldo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Tua Rita, and Tenuta San Guido. You'll also special sale pricing on French wines from producers like Bonneau du Martray, Domaine Ponsot, Hubert Lignier, William Fèvre, and Louis Jadot! The summer is just heating up, and there's no better time to stock your cellar with fine large format wines from iconic producers, all presented with IWM's assurance of care and provenance. But don't wait, this sale lasts only until 5:00 EST Friday, July 1, 2015--and then, like the 4th of July weekend, it's over.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The lower air-to-wine ratio in large format bottles means that the wine ages more slowly than wine in a standard 750ml bottle, taking its time to integrate, mellow, and become a symphony of nuanced flavors.

- The simple economics means that large format bottles tend to appreciate faster and more steeply than regular bottles so that fine wines in large formats is good sense, better taste, and a more generous experience for all.

- Ranging in vintages from 1973 to 2012 and in pricing from just under $70 to almost $6,000, this list indulges the palates of a wide range of wine-lovers; in stock and ready-to-ship, these magnums are perfect to pour for your summertime gatherings!

- This list includes some of IWM's most beloved producers and most iconic wines--including Super Tuscans from Antinori, Fontodi, and Ornellaia; Brunellos from Livio Sassetti, Cupano and Angelo Gaja; and Barolo bottlings from Giacomo Conterno, Sandrone, Ceretto--and more.

- French wines are represented by iconic winemakers like Château Lafite-Rothschild, Domaine Faiveley, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, Domaine Ponsot, Louis Jadot, Pavelot, and so many more.

- Allocations are tight, and these big, beautiful wines are available on a first-come, first-served basis; contact your portfolio manager to help you choose the large format bottles that best fit your cellar, palate and lifestyle.

- The more you buy, the more you save--take 10% off a half-case and 20% off one or more cases, but do it soon; this sale ends at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Wine Vintage Size Price 3pk Price 6pk Price
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay
2011 3 $259.00 $233.10 $207.20
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto
2009 1.5 $379.00 $341.10 $303.20
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala
2008 1.5 $175.00 $157.50 $140.00
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2011 1.5 $1,799.00 $1,619.10 $1,439.20
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello Sugarille
2008 1.5 $379.00 $341.10 $303.20
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora
2006 1.5 $225.00 $202.50 $180.00
William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
2009 1.5 $195.00 $175.50 $156.00

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 1st at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, July 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $69.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

Summer is here, and it's time to stock your cellar with the wines you'll want to enjoy all summer long. From energetic sparklers to crisp whites to grill-worthy reds, the wines of summer are special, easy-going affairs. They complement difficult foods like lobster rolls and Tuna Nicoise, and they make steaks, hamburgers and BBQ sing. Most of all, they're wines that please the palate while being easy on the wallet. Join us to get to know your wines of summer 2016; our knowledgeable IWM sommelier will guide you through some of our very favorite warm weather wines, help you learn what pairs with summertime's trickier dishes, and show you how off-the-beaten path wines make your summertime even more delicious. Pouring from a selection of red, white and sparkling wines, this tasting event, complemented with regional meats and cheeses, will set you up in style to enjoy summer's heat--while keeping your cool.

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, July 12 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price: $189.00
Expires: Tue, July 5 at 5pm EST

IWM Hosts: Will Di Nunzio & Garrett Kowalsky

It's hard to find a better, more long-lasting, and finer marriage than pasta and wine. Join IWM as we put our passions together in one perfect dinner celebrating Italian pasta and wine, both Italian and French. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five beautiful pasta dishes that invoke individual Italian regions, while our knowledgeable sommeliers pour wines that perfectly complement the meals. From the earthy creations of Abruzzo, to the fresh and vibrant pastas of Sardinia, to the savory delicacies of Basilicata, to the airy gnocchi of Piedmont, this dinner brings together exceptional food, extraordinary wines, and impassioned people--like you! This Wine Lovers' Pasta Dinner is certain to be a memorable evening and it could only come from the world's leading authority in Italian wine, IWM.

Featured Menu and Wines:

Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Homme 1er Cru NV

Ravioli di Potenza (Basilicata)
Fresh Pasta filled with Sheep Milk Ricotta, Black Label Prosciutto di Parma & Parsley
Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon 1er Cru 2014

Crespelle Abruzzesi (Abruzzo)
Warm Crêpes filled with Pecorino di Parco, in a Capon & Nutmeg Brodo
Antinori Cervaro della Sala (3L) 2011

Cabiette Piemontesi (Piedmont)
Fresh Whole Wheat & Nettle Gnocchi with Toma & Pane Molica
Domaine René Leclerc Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013
Domaine Gallois Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013

Pasta alla Mubnaia (Abruzzo)
Fresh Single-strand Pasta with a Lamb & Pork Ragu, Served family-style
Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Pasta Frattau (Sardinia)
Carta da Musica soaked in Fresh Tomato & Lamb Ragu, finished with a Soft Egg
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2013
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia 2013

Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, July 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00

IWM Host: Stephane Menard

July 14th is Bastille Day, or La fête nationale, as it's called in France. This holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the start of the French Revolution, and the creation of the French constitutional monarchy. What better way to honor this historic day than with a tasting dedicated to the tradition of French wines? Join IWM as our knowledgeable sommelier takes you through a journey of wines from France--as well as wines inspired by French winemakers. We'll be pouring a range of French whites and reds hailing from Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as Italian wines that show the long hand of French wine history in their grape composition, vinification protocol and flavor profiles. This tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, is perfect way to toast to all that France has given us. Liberté, égalité, fraternité--et vins, at IWM!

*Wine list to be announced.

Tuesday, July 19 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $219.00
Early Bird Price: $199.00
Expires: Tue, July 12 at 5pm EST

IWM Hosts: Will Di Nunzio & Crystal Edgar

Seafood, fish, and all that the oceans, rivers and lakes give us are perfect summertime fare. IWM invites you to join us for a special Wine Lovers' Seafood Dinner, celebrating the special union of seafood and wine with courses invoking Italy's coastal regions, from its North (Friuli, Liguria and the Veneto) to its South (Campania and Abruzzo). IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft a special five-course dinner, and our knowledgeable sommeliers will show you that there's more to finding the perfect pairing than merely pouring white wines. Explore your passion for aquatic food and wine while learning how to make mindful wine pairings at your own table. It's a win-win-wine dinner at IWM, and the only thing that can make it better is you!

Featured Menu and Wines:

Welcome Reception
Alfred Gratien Rosé Brut NV

Bisat nel stec (Friuli)
Grilled live Eel with Olio Fresco & Bay Leaf
Sardele in soar (Venice)
Fresh Sardines marinated in Champagne Vinegar, Currant, & Pinoli
Impepata di cozze (Campania)
Prince Edward Island Mussels steamed with Lemon, Parsley & Black Pepper Crudo di Pesce
Movia Ribolla 2012
Movia Veliko Bianco 2009

Spigola alla Carlina (Veneto)
Roasted Black Sea Bass with Sungold Tomato & Caper
William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2009
Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Cuvée Guy Moreau 1er 2014

Rospo alla Cacciatora (Abruzzo)
Monkfish with Garlic, Rosemary & Chili
Fiorano No. 47 Sémillon 1994
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1992

Ciuppin (Liguria)
Stew of Octopus, Skate Wing, Mussel, Scallop, Tomato, White Wine & Grilled Filone
Domaine Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012
François Gay Corton-Renardes 2013

Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2005

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, July 30 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Hosts: Crystal Edgar & John Camacho Vidal

That noise you've been hearing is the recent buzz about natural wines. They're the wines that get described as "non-interventionist," "organic," or "biodynamic." But what exactly makes a wine "natural"? Join us for this special wine lunch and learn the natural skinny on wines made from grapes grown without pesticides, made without additives, or made with on the ebbs, the flows and the lunar pull of biodynamic protocol. Accompanied by dishes specially prepared by IWM's Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen, this seated tasting, led by knowledgeable IWM wine experts, will give you the opportunity to enjoy natural, organic and biodynamic wines. Prepare to become a convert to their lively, intense, celestial styles; these wines are more than exciting--they're naturally alive!

*Wine list to be announced.

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