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Bea's Montefalco Beauty, Canalicchio's Under $26 Baby Brunello, and Vega Sicilia!
June 4, 2014
A Note from Sergio


If you know and love Barolo or Brunello, you probably don't worry about trying one from an unfamiliar producer. You've got a frame of reference for what the wine tastes like; you know what to expect; and you've got a handle on how to understand it. It's even easier if you've been to Piemonte or Montalcino, smelled the air, tasted the food, and kicked the dirt around on your shoes. Those smells, tastes and sense memories are forever wedded to your experience of the wines. It's a lot more challenging, however, if it's a wine you don't know from a place you've never visited, and a grape you can't really pronounce.


Believe it or not, when I opened IWM over a decade ago, I had to teach people to love Barolo, Brunello--even Super Tuscans! But once I educated them and got them to trust me, all I had to say was, "You've got to try this wine to believe it." Such was the case with the wines from the producer we feature today, Paolo Bea. Umbrian wine--and profoundly natural wine like Bea makes--can pose a challenge to unfamiliar palates; there's no sense vocabulary for appreciation. But once that initial hurdle is cleared, it's a beautiful journey.


Today, I'm delighted to present one amazing "you've just got to try this" wine: Paolo Bea Montefalco Riserva Pipparello 2007. Since opening our doors, IWM clients have made Bea one of their favorite cult producers, and this dark, brooding, and delicious wine explains why. Drink it now with your grilled steak; drink in January when the flurries fall with your stew. It's just gorgeous, and it's only going to get better.

Along with this great wine, I'm delighted to offer a value wine, Canalicchio di Sopra 2011 Rosso di Montalcino, and a collector gem, Vega Sicilia "Unico" Reserva Especial 2014. The former comes from a longtime IWM favorite, and it's a wine that will make you smile from the inside. The latter is Spain's premier wine once reserved for royalty; we sold out of our first allocation and I'm very happy to announce I secured a second, very limited allocation.



Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Try Bea Montefalco Riserva 2007
2. Time Sensitive Offer: 
Under $26 "Baby Brunello," Canalicchio di Sopra 2011 Rosso di Montalcino
3. Our Experts Suggest: Affordable Wines to Have on Hand for Summer Enjoyment
4. Only At IWM: The Rare, Collectable Vega Sicilia "Unico" Reserva Especial 2014 Returns
5. Wine Events: 
White Burgundy and a Special Winemaker Dinner with 
Pepe Raventós

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito