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Vintage Campania: Garage Wines to Historic Names
A Rare Collection of Galardi, Montevetrano, Mastroberardino and De Conciliis

A Note from Sergio

It's one of the most famous stretches of coastline in the world. Running just 28 miles along the Sorrentine Peninsula between Maiori and Positano, the Amalfi Coast has only one road, the Strada Statale 163, and its tortuous curves get so tight with cars during the summer that by law the locals can drive only every other day. The traffic isn't only owing to the fact that this is the only land route. It's also that the drive is insanely beautiful. Cliffs plummet like high divers down to the turquoise sea below, and candy-colored houses cling to their faces, improbably. The road switchbacks on itself like a Swiss Army knife, cutting corner after hairpin corner. The breeze flows with the scent of jasmine and marine air. It's stunning.


It's a place I know well. I was born and raised in Naples, and the Amalfi Coast was a treat, a day trip we took. Naples, the launching pad for most Americans who visit the Amalfi Coast, may be a city with its fair share of hardships, but it's vibrant and beautiful and stuffed with great food. Go to Naples and eat lamb that grew sweet and tender grazing nearby; spicy olive oil; spaghetti with tomato, basil, garlic; fish caught in the bay; local herbs; eggplant, lemons, mozzarella di bufala, still sopping with milk and salt, sliced thick--the flavors of my childhood, the produce that grows on the hills. The closer you get to the coast, you'll find more seafood--octopus in delicate broth; frittura, mounds of fried vegetables, meats, and fishes--oily, salty, and coated in a delicate batter; salty-sweet shrimp with heads to suck. It's food you can find only here, on this spot on earth because it could grow only here, on these crazy hills, in that pristine sea, in those fields.


And all of this food, and all of these spectacular views, are made complete by drinking wines that come from nearby. If you really want to understand a wine and, by extension, its culture and its people, drink it where it was made. You smell the air that makes the wines' profumo, its scent, and everything makes sense. The Amalfi Coast is an undeniably special place--it's recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, a place to preserve and to keep magical--everyone should see it and fall in love. How many places in the world can boast Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri, Amalfi, the Grotta Azzurra and Positano? Only one, and if you can't visit them now, or if you're preparing to visit soon, you can still drink the wine today and feel like one foot is already there.


Today, I'm delighted to offer the newest releases from three of my favorite producers, the cult estates of Galardi, Silvia Imparato and Mastroberardino, as well as the affordable De Conciliis. Campanian producers all, these estates are also deeply individual. They kind of have to be; the volcanic soil they grow their grapes in, the indigenous grapes they work with, the unusual microclimates of their estates, and the fierce individualism of Campanians work their way into these wines. They're intense, powerful wines that embody the sheer cliffs, the crazy rose-yellow light, the heritage and the indomitable spirit of the people who have lived here. The ancient Romans called the southern soil surrounding Naples campania felix, "joyous lands"; taste any of these wines and understand why. You're only one sip away from being there, in spirit.




My Best,  


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