Today, 22 April 2014, all the peoples of the world come together to celebrate Earth Day, a day to appreciate our natural environment and to raise awareness of how our choices impact the Earth. The three winemakers we feature today all grow their grapes naturally, without pesticides, with minimal intervention, and with a mindfulness of the planet that sustains us all. It's easy to forget that wine is a living, breathing thing, but producers like Palari, Joseph Drouin and Edoardo Valentini make bottles that remind you with every vibrant sip.
The past couple of weeks have been all about Sicilian wines, and I felt fortunate to be able to get ahold of another allocation of Palari Faro 2007. Native Sicilian Salvatore Geraci had a vision to restore the ancient wine Faro to its former glory, and he has succeeded. This '07 fills your mouth like a bite of Siclian caponata, even as it caresses your cheeks with tenderness, and it's one of my favorite Sicilian bottlings. It's a wild, unusual, umami-filled, mineral-laden wine that confuses the senses, and it will knock you out.
Along with this ancient wine, I'm very proud to feature the best selection of Valentini Montepulciano d'Abbruzo in the States. These bottles go back almost three decades, and they are a treasure trove to collectors who know and love the wines of Valentini. They are indescribable, and they belong in the cellars of serious Italian wine aficionados. Lucky are the wine-lovers who get to drink a twenty-five-year-old Valentini bottle; I can't wait to hear about how you enjoy yours.
Finally, I'm delighted to offer a great value Burgundy from Joseph Drouhin. This under $40 Cote de Beaune beauty can drink right now--or you can cellar it for a few years. It's a wine to buy by the case and enjoy with abandon.
When you open your bottle tonight, toast to the planet that nourishes you and yours, reflect on how you can serve it better, and say thank you to the men and women who make wine thoughtfully, sustainably, and beautifully!