November 16, 2012
A Note from Sergio
week is Thanksgiving, one holiday I miss living in Italy. I didn't
exactly grow up with the traditional turkey dinner--my mother's cooking
never strayed far from her Italian roots--but I enjoyed the big meal
that unfolded for hours, all of us crammed around a heaving table. The
dishes might've been different from what many of you enjoy, but the
sentiment was the same. We gathered together to eat and give thanks for
all that we enjoyed, including the food and one another.
There's no Thanksgiving in Italy. In fact, you have to special order a turkey from your macelleria,
your butcher shop, to get one; Italians don't traditionally cook whole
turkeys. But we do have feasts of thanksgiving, if not of Thanksgiving,
and we do understand the emotional resonance of cooking for days, and
sitting together for hours, eating and drinking. We understand the
significance of food you eat only once a year, the anticipation that
builds as you think about it, the ecstasy of enjoying it, and the
bittersweet moment when your fork scrapes the last morsel off your
plate. We Italians and we Americans are not alone; this ritual is a
human thing. It's beautiful, and it should be savored.
I'm turning the floor over to four of IWM's experts for their
selections of wine for this Thanksgiving. I like to think of a big meal
as a story, a narrative of different chapters, and each chapter
requires a different wine. Something sparkly to begin, something light
and acidic with greens and vegetables, something hearty and full to
accompany meat, something delicious and decadent to usher you toward the
end. My experts--Will, Robin, Francesco and Garrett--understand this
too, so you'll find in their selections a range of wines from Champagnes
to Amarone, from Italian Whites to Patagonian Reds, from Barolo to
Burgundy. Each is delicious and each celebrates food in its own way.
my family to your, a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy yours from
its exciting beginning to its delirious, lingering end.
Come join us for our special tasting that celebrates the Antinori
family this Saturday. Bring your favorite wine-loving family member and
see how a dynasty does delicious wine.
Today's Featured Selections Include:
1. Time Sensitive Offer: SpecialThanksgiving Packs-To-Go
2. Will Selects: Magic of Dried Grapes; Old Vine Pinot with A Twist
3. Robin Selects: Mediterranean Zest; Value in Rose Champagne
4. Francesco Selects: Rare Rosso di Montalcino; Old Vine Chambolle 5. Garret Selects: Quintessential Chassagne; Aged Cru Barolo
6. Wine Events: Super Tuscan Event Under $50, Rioja Meets Barolo and More
7. 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: IWM Holiday Gift Guide (PDF download)