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Sparkling Wines for Valentines! Begali’s Luscious Dessert Wine, and Debuting Paolo Bea Piparello!
February 10, 2014
A Note from Sergio

One afternoon in my teens, I came home to find Rachel, my girlfriend at the time, sitting in the living room talking to my mom. I snuck up behind them, imagining the worst, and heard my girlfriend crying about my frivolous behavior while my mother tried to console her.  My mom looked at my girlfriend and said in her heavily accented English, "Rachel, you have to a-understand Sergio adore you."

"He does?" Rachel perked her head up and asked in a tiny, hopeful voice.

"Yes. He think about you all-a the time."

"He, he does?" Rachel asked, her tears clearing slightly.

"Yes," my mother said. "He think about you all-a the time every day."

"He does?" Rachel asked, sounding more confident.

"Oh, yes. He's a-love you all-a the time." My mother replied.

"He does?" Rachel asked, almost smiling.

"He's a-love you with all-a his heart," her arms flowing in the air to show her just how much.  "Ma, he's a-love ALL girls!" She naively but proudly exclaimed.

My girlfriend broke down again, letting out a loud hysterical screech while crying and sobbing. I did too!

Today, I reserve my love for only my wife, yet that wanderlust hasn't left me. I have it for the wines I adore, the wines I choose. One good thing about wine is that you can love many at once, and none will go crying to your mother. You can love many without shame, guilt or pain. In fact, the more you love, the better you are at understanding them, their individual idiosyncratic beauty, their quirks, their compatriots, their limitations and their strengths. Your heart grows by loving many wines, though most wine aficionados would say it's your palate. 

I don't love all wines; I love the ones that touch me in my mouth, my gut and my imagination. Today, I bring you wines that celebrate this love--and maybe your love too! I begin with the entire inventory of IWM's sparkling wines-Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas, and those that defy easy designation. It's a great list of great wines that spans a breathtaking range of price points, but every wine is quality. I'm fleshing out this list of bubblies with another debut from Paolo Bea, the estate's 2007 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello, a really nice red that drinks well now or down the road. And finally, I'm delighted to offer a pair of Reciotos from Begali. If you don't know Amarone's answer to dessert wine, now is your chance. Few wines will complement those Valentine's Day chocolate truffles, but this one will.

This Valentine's Day, I urge you to raise a glass of whatever you love and toast to those whom you love, and to do it with all-a your heart.

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Valentine's Day Sparkling Wines--at Special Pricing!             

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Recioto, the Luxurious, Luscious, Sweet Answer to Amarone

3. Our Experts Suggest: Quintarelli and CVNE, Two Great Wines  

4. Only At IWM: Debuting Delicious Paolo Bea 2007 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 
5. Wine Events: White Burgundy: Meursault, Chassagne, and Pulginy Montrachet

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito