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Special Thanksgiving Packs-To-Go, Magic of the Dried Grape and More
November 16, 2012

A Note from Sergio

Next 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.


Today, 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.


From my family to your, a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy yours from its exciting beginning to its delirious, lingering end.


PS. 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)   

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Price: $59.99

The ‘10 Cincuenta y Cinco flows with a sinuous, delicate grace that builds power almost imperceptibly as it glides across your palate. Precise lines provide an exquisite skeleton for its crisp red fruits, underbrush, sweet baking spices, crushed rocks, and touches of pepper, blood orange and wildflowers. Dusty tannins meld seamlessly with kinetic acidity as elegant minerals power this wine’s extended finish--and with less than 12% alcohol, the wine allows you to enjoy it at length. Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for 14 months in barriques, and it’s bottled without fining or filtration. About 700 cases made in 2010. more info