March 10, 2014
A Note from Sergio
past Saturday, March 8, was International Women's Day, a day to
recognize the importance that women hold in all the cultures around the
globe and a day to remember how far women have to go to gain equality in
every part of the world. As the father to two daughters, I feel a
personal stake in International Woman's Day. I want my daughters to
excel, to be free to achieve their dreams, and to have the same
opportunity for success as my son does.
Given that I'm raising
my family in Italy, some might say that this dream is just tilting at
windmills. There's a common belief that Italian culture has long held
its sexism tight in both fists, and from some perspectives, I can see
how that idea might seem true. And yet, Italian culture has always
revered strong women at the center of their homes. But now, it also
looks like Italy values strong women in public life. I don't have to
look any further than the world of wine to see how.
wine used to be entirely an old boys network. Men owned vineyards,
raised sons, and handed their winemaking traditions and their vineyards
to the men in their family. It was just the way it was done. Not
anymore. Just in Piemonte, I can count six world-class estates that are
now or will soon be helmed by women: Bartolo Mascarello, Gaja, Rinaldi,
Bruno Giacosa, Sandrone, and Scavino. Maria Teresa Mascarello took
control of her father's traditional Barolo estate when her father passed
away, and all the rest--Gaia Gaja, Marta Rinaldi, Bruna Giacosa,
Luciana Sandrone, and Enrica Scavino--are at different stages of taking
the helm of their fathers' estates. Soon, much of Barolo will no longer
belong to the boys, and I'm thrilled to see these women gain control.
I'm proud to present a wine that comes from Giuseppe Rinaldi, an estate
that prides itself on traditional winemaking. Beppe Rinaldi grows his
grapes organically and makes his wine in ways that his ancestors would
recognize, and he's lucky to have a daughter as talented and smart as
Marta to take the reins from him. Today's 2004 Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le
Coste embodies Beppe's skill, traditional stance and his foresight. A
great Barolo is a wine that should live for decades; in this respect, a
Barolomaker's wine is like his children: destined to live on as a
legacy. This '04, a living symbol of Beppe's passing the torch to his
daughter, is just that.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
Along with this great Barolo, I'm
delighted to offer two white Burgundy tasting cases that complement the
red cases we offered last week--from Burgundy newbie to collector, these
wines will impress and delight. Finally, it's not often I come across a
value Brunello, but the $50 San Filippo restores my faith; it's the
perfect wine for Brunello exploration.
Raise a glass to the women in your life, and if you are a woman, raise a glass to yourself. You deserve it.