A Note from Sergio
you've ever spent any time in Italy, you know how essential Prosecco is
to Italians. Any moment is an excuse to open a bottle of Prosecco, and
it's almost anathema to enjoy apperitivi without it. Italians believe
that Prosecco livens the senses, readies the palate for the dishes to
come and celebrates the beauty of eating. For these reasons, it's rare
to have any kind of gathering that doesn't begin with that prototypical
It seems as if the rest of the world is catching on to
Italy's Prosecco habits; it's the Italian wine with the swiftest sales
trajectory. Less expensive and less demanding than Champagne, Prosecco
is delicious, fun and festive. Really, it's hard to go wrong with a good
bottle of Prosecco. Today, I'm very happy to offer exactly that: Cima
da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry. This is a fine bottle of $22 Veneto
wine, delicate and light, refreshing and dry, it's a celebration waiting
to happen--even if all you're celebrating is lunch.
I'm happy to
pair this wine with Valdicava's 2011 Rosso di Montalcino, an
exceptional bottle of $39 wine. Vincenzo Abbruzzese, one of the most
demanding producers in very competitive Montalcino, decided not to make a
Brunello in 2011 and put all his grapes into his Rosso. If you've never
had Valdicava, this bottle is the best introduction, and if you know
and love the estate, this bottle gives you a chance to enjoy its wines
early and often.
Finally, I'm delighted to present more
Saint-Émilion wines, all handpicked by Robin Kelley O'Connor (Click here to download the full PDF).
mature and carefully sourced, these wines let you drink in the rare
beauty of this Bordeaux region with perfection.