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Fantinel’s Sparkler Family, Classic ‘10 Gevrey-Chambertin, and Stellar Super-Tuscan Camartina
July 21, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Americans tend to imagine that Italians live lives from the pages of Vogue, stills of Antonioni films, or the glossy pages of travel magazines--that we sit in cafés and drink endless cups of espresso before leaping onto our Vespas to ride to a multi-course dinner in the country. While it's true that Italians do love their laid-back café culture, their scooters, their football, their wines, and their food, the impression that Italians are not hardworking is false. Spend any time with Marco Fantinel, head of the Fantinel family of businesses, which encompass making wine, owning and operating a chain of osterias, and the creation of fine prosciutto, and you'll see that impression melt away.


In many ways, the Fantinel family works to provide the ideal of Italian leisure that gives the world those false impressions. Fantinel has long proven its commitment to Friuli--this family of estates has long been on the forefront of cultivating indigenous Friulian grapes like the tender Picolit, the unusual Rofosco, and the controversial Tocai Friuliano. Fantinel also makes the most ubiquitous and celebratory of Italian wines, and the one that brought fame to Friuli: Prosecco. Hardly any Italian meal starts without Prosecco, so it feels right to spotlight Fantinel's Prosecco, and the estate's Brut Rosé sparkler. They're perfect wines to pop when you want to bring a bit of la dolce vita to your aperitivi--especially at the end of a long week at work. It's what we do in Italy, and it's a beautiful thing.




Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Fantinel's Under $20 Prosecco and Brut Rosé
2. Only At IWM:
Old-Vine Alain Burguet '10 Gevrey-Chambertin
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Biodynamic Beauty Querciabella '10 Camartina
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Sangiovese, the Grape with the Heart of Chianti Classico
5. Wine Events: Upcoming New York & Aspen Wine Tastings: August 2015

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito