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January 17, 2020
The Lighter Side of Quintarelli, Seductive 2018 Bianco Secco
January 16, 2020
Debuting Canalicchio di Sopra’s Silky, Stylish 2015 Brunello!
The late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli rightly earned the respect, fervor and gratitude of wine-lovers for his rich, mind-blowing Amarone, Alzero and Valpolicella wines. While there's no questioning the extraordinary high quality of Quintarelli's red wines, they're tough to enjoy on a regular basis--they're expensive, powerful, and intense bottlings that demand your full attention. more info
Founded in 1962 by former sharecropper Primo Pacenti and now run by his grandson Francesco, Canalicchio di Sopra adheres to an authentic model of Brunello to make a wine of longevity, thoughtfulness, and terroir. Canalicchio's 37 acres lie at some of the highest altitude in Montalcino. more info
January 15, 2020
Must-Have 2016 Charmes-Chambertin from Cult Gallois
January 14, 2020
Valdicava’s Riveting, Ripe 2018 Rosso di Montalcino!
The Gallois family has been crafting inspiring reds from its ten-acre Burgundy estate since 1901, so it's not surprising that Gallois makes wines that our Burghead clients love. While Domaine Dominique Gallois' motto is "Respect and Modesty," the fervor that the estate's wines inspire in Burgundy-lovers is anything but small. more info
Brunello takes years to make, an issue both for the wine's producers and its fans. Recognizing this, Montalcino winemakers realized they needed a "bridge" wine, a bottle that would serve as an affordable, approachable, early release to sell while their Brunello bottles aged, and Brunello enthusiasts wanted an approachable, immediate bottle to enjoy. more info
January 13, 2020
Magnums of Quintarelli's Outstanding "Baby Amarone"
January 10, 2020
Querciabella’s Radiant 2010 Camartina Returns!
You can't overestimate Giuseppe Quintarelli's impact on Valpolicella, the red wine zone located in the northeast corridor of the Veneto--almost singlehandedly, Quintarelli forever changed the game. Before Quintarelli, Valpolicella was a light and quaffable wine, but a trip to Burgundy in the 1980s convinced Quintarelli that Valpolicella could be a wine of serious interest. more info
Querciabella got its start as a hobby. The late Giuseppe Castiglioni initially planted vines as a pleasurable pastime, but he ended up authoring a Super-Tuscan success story. In 1972, Castiglioni restored an ancient winery, outfitted it with state-of-the-art equipment and slowly and methodically built an elite estate. more info
January 9, 2020
Meet Your New $20 House Red, Trecciano’s Terra Rosso Chianti Riserva!
January 8, 2020
Debuting La Spinetta’s Radiant, Superb 2016 Barbaresco Trio!
Chianti Classico gets all the attention, but its parent region, Chianti, is also home to well-made, riveting wines. One of our new favorite Chiantis comes from Montagnola Senese, a subregion located about ten miles west of Siena that's host to unique soils--a red, chalky clay that's high in iron and much prized by vine-growers. more info
Even before the 2016 Barbarasco wines began to hit the shelves, the vintage was gaining a reputation for being one of the best in recent memory and showing hints of potential legendary status. Now that we've been able to taste some 2016 Barbaresco for ourselves, we have to agree--the vintage is outrageous. more info
January 7, 2020
Under $50 Nebbiolo from Boutique Hilberg-Pasquero!
January 6, 2020
Return of De Conciliis Gems, and Fiorano Flash Sale!
Annette Hilberg and Michelangelo Pasquero teamed up in marriage and in the vineyard to found Hilberg Pasquero, the current iteration of their Piemonte winery, whose roots stretch back for generations. more info
Founded in 1996 by three siblings, the De Conciliis estate sits in the heart of the Cilento zone of Campania, where it capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in this ripe climate to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are approachable, collectible, or affordable--or all three. A lifelong music lover, Bruno De Conciliis plays jazz in the cellars to keep his wines happy, a choice that's in keeping with the estate's holistic philosophy. more info
January 3, 2020
Drink-Me-Now Talenti Brunello! Under $52 With Special Pricing!
January 2, 2020
Happy New Year! It's IWM's Fiorano Flash Sale!
Brunello collectors are on familiar terms with the name Talenti--estate founder Pierluigi Talenti was one of the original creators of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. As a Brunello maker, Pierluigi defied market trends, crafting wines that hew pretty closely to traditional Brunello, while still allowing for earlier approachability. more info
A visionary winemaker, the late, great Ludovisi used avant-garde methods such as organic agriculture, a reliance on naturally occurring yeasts and ambient cellar temperatures, and extended aging on the lees--all in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, when additives, roto-fermenters, and other modern protocol were in fashion. more info
December 30, 2019
Six Stupendous De Conciliis Wines to Drink in 2020!
December 27, 2019
Chavy-Chouet’s “Insider” White Burgundies! And the Antinori Family's Drink-Me-Now Rosso di Montalcino!
Founded in 1996 by three siblings, the De Conciliis estate sits in the heart of the Cilento zone of Campania, where it capitalizes on southern exposure and ancient soils in this ripe climate to produce full-bodied, fruit-driven wines that are approachable, collectible, or affordable--or all three. more info
Comprising 70 parcels that span 15 appellations, Chavy-Chouet dedicates itself to crafting dynamic, detailed wines, and it's especially true in 2018. A rainy spring slid into a hot and dry summer (rainfall was down 55% in 2018, the hottest year since 2003), but overall, the growing conditions were good, and Burgundy's vine-growers saw a big harvest of ripe, healthy grapes. more info
December 23, 2019
IWM's Sparkling Flash Sale! Special Pricing on Champagne, Prosecco and More!
December 20, 2019
Josko Gravner’s Triumphant, Terrific 2010 Duo Returns!
Mark Twain said, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right"; we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Sparkling wines make the holidays glisten! No other wine inspires the kind of reaction that sparkling wines do, and no other wine embodies festive merrymaking like sparkling wines. more info
Humans have been enjoying wine for millennia, long before there was stainless steel, electricity to control temperature, wine critics to give scores, or even a science of winemaking. Anthropologists and historians believe that the ancient method of using anfora, giant clay pots that were lined with beeswax and buried in the ground, date back at least 4,000 years. more info
December 19, 2019
Must-Have, Under $70 Il Poggione 2013 Brunello
December 18, 2019
Gianfranco Soldera’s 2014 Rosso Debuts, and His 2013 Rosso Returns!
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can, and today we're delighted to present a new allocation of Il Poggione's luminous, thrilling 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Founded at the close of the nineteenth century by the Franceschi family, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958. more info
Case Basse, which Soldera founded in 1972, stands as an edenic, organic wonderland bursting with more than 1,500 kinds of roses; many kinds of trees including olive, juniper, holly oak and dogwood; running streams; and a wooded berm to keep the winds from buffeting the vineyards. more info
December 17, 2019
Rare Bartolo Mascarello Flash Sale!
December 16, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Roger Coulon Champagne!
Bartolo Mascarello holds the proud distinction of being one of the most traditional Barolo houses (the other is Giuseppe Rinaldi, Bartolo's cousin). Maria Teresa Mascarello, Bartolo's daughter, owns and operates Bartolo Mascarello as Bartolo had done before her, and his father, Giulio, had done before him. The estate's approach is simple: low yields and ripe fruit from some of Barolo's best vines, blended for consistent quality and style. more info
Founded in 1806, Roger Coulon is one of IWM's favorite artisanal Champagne producers. This family-owned-and-operated Champagne house owns about 25 acres of vines spread across Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny in the northwest corner of Reims, and it has earned a strong reputation for crafting pure, traditional Champagnes that offer both high quality and affordability. more info
December 13, 2019
Four Beautiful Barbera Wines to Drink This Holiday Season!
December 12, 2019
$22 Valpolicella Duo from Artisanal Begali! And Ponsot Flash Sale!
Barbera, known as the "people's wine," is possibly the ultimate food-friendly Italian red. With its electric acidity, high alcohol, low tannins, and lush fruit, Barbera is an ideal food wine that will complement any tomato-based pasta dish, most white meats, many vegetable stews, and even your basic grilled cheese sandwich. more info
The Veneto's Begali is the story of a small family pursuing their passion--and creating a cult sensation. Begali was born at the end of WWII when Giordano Begali began pursuing his passion for grapes, though the estate didn't start marketing its wines until 1986. Begali remains in the family, currently helmed by Giordano's son Lorenzo and his wife, Adriana, and their children, Giordano and Tiliana. more info
December 11, 2019
Superb Under $70 Barolo Duo from Artisanal Cucco
December 10, 2019
François Gay’s 2017 Triumphant Trio Returns!
Today, IWM is proud to present a pair of Tenuta Cucco Barolo wines that fit this improbable paradigm: Cucco's lithe and lovely 2015 Barolo del Commune de Serralunga d'Alba and the winery's powerful and brooding 2012 Barolo Cerrati. These two Barolos come from a small family-owned-and-operated estate, and approachable now with decanting, they are exactly what your palate is calling for on these chilly winter nights. more info
A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Gay's reputation is made not on critics' scores or extensive press; it's made on the estate's superbly crafted classic Burgundies. Gay's 17-acre Côte de Beaune estate produces fewer than 3,400 cases a year, and the domaine sells the majority of its wine to friends, family and restaurants, so only about 200 cases of Gay's terroir-driven Burgundies make it outside of France. more info
December 9, 2019
Three Affordable, Approachable Sandrone Recent Releases
December 6, 2019
Debuting New Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco, Vigna d’Alceo, and Chianti Classico!
Luciano Sandrone always wanted to be a winemaker. After working as cellar-man in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, Sandrone was one of the original garagiste producers, making wine in his parents' garage. Decades later, Sandrone boasts holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world. more info
Castello dei Rampolla seems to hide from visitors. A tangle of confusing signs sits at the top of a one-lane dirt road, and each sign points to a different estate, yet none of them say "Castello dei Rampolla." At the bottom of this narrow dirt road, though, sits a cluster of stone buildings on a small stone piazza canopied by tall trees and surrounded by spectacular Tuscan vines that ring around the bottom of the bowl that is Chianti Classico's Conca d'Oro. more info
December 5, 2019
24 Wines Under $25! Twelve Whites and Twelve Reds That Please Wallet and Palate!
December 4, 2019
Big Thing in a Small Package, Lush 2011 Collemattoni Brunello Splits!
Here's an offer to excite your palate and thrill your wallet: twenty-four wines, each less than $25, and all stamped with the IWM seal of approval. Perfect for the holiday season, these 24 food-friendly wines are also ideal for the entire year--you may even discover your new "house" red or white! Today's list of value wines comprises twelve sprightly whites and twelve delicious reds. more info
Collemattoni has only been making wine since 1982, but the estate's polished, complex wines would make you think that it has been producing for a lot longer. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a wine we're loving right now: Collemattoni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. It's bold, it's beautiful, and we can't keep it to ourselves. more info
December 3, 2019
IWM's Glorious 2019 Gift Guide! Beautiful Wines to Give This Holiday Season!
December 2, 2019
IWM's Cyber Monday Sale--Up to 50% Off In-Stock Wines
Whether you're looking to give your favorite wine-lovers treasured single bottles, thrilling wine duos, tasty triples, sumptuous half-cases, or expansive full collections, this Gift Guide will help you make the 2019 holiday season both memorable and easy. This Gift Guide, available both online and as a PDF to download, sports 36 pages of wine gifts more info
Cyber Monday is here, and IWM has thrown open our cellar doors to offer more than 350 in-stock wines at special pricing that's up to 50% off! We're continuing our Black Friday sale today, with single bottles priced at 21% to 50% off, and cases of in-stock wines priced at 20% or 30% off regular pricing. It's the perfect time to stock your cellars with the wines you want to give, the wines you want to pour, and the wines you want to enjoy down the road. The holidays are made better with bounteous beautiful wine, and IWM's Cyber Monday sale lets you enjoy your holiday season with fine wines at great pricing! more info
November 29, 2019
Black Friday Special Pricing on Almost 500 Wines!
November 27, 2019
Magnificent Magnums, Marvelous Meals! IWM’s Large Format Flash Sale!
For a limited time, these in-stock IWM wines come with special pricing that's up to 55% off! These wines ship directly from our temperature-controlled cellar to yours, ready to drink, cellar, or share during this holiday season. It's a rare opportunity to indulge in Barolo, Barbaresco, Super-Tuscans, Amarone, Brunello--and so many more exciting wines! But don't wait to make your selections; this special, time-sensitive pricing is available for only until 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 2, and then, like the Thanksgiving holiday, it's over! more info
Tomorrow, Americans are sitting down to the biggest meal of the year, Thanksgiving. Today, IWM is delighted to present time-sensitive special pricing on a list of big, beautiful wines--red, white, and sparkling--all in magnum, double mags, jeroboams, and more! Comprising more than 60 large-format wines, this offer includes IWM's signature Italian producers and select French winemakers. more info
November 26, 2019
Affordable, Approachable Barbera and Barbaresco from Artisanal San Giuliano!
November 25, 2019
Silky, “Special” 2017 Guidalberto and Le Difese, Sassicaia’s Affordable Siblings!
The family-owned-and-operated San Giuliano estate has been flying under the radar for years, and IWM considers it a true insider Piemonte estate. Owner-enologist Giulio Pastura and his wife, Mariella Stupino, tend to keep their wines close to their Piemonte home, selling much of them to local restaurants. more info
While Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine with the creation of its Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia in 1968, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing flagship wine. It created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine. more info
November 22, 2019
Introducing A.R. Lenoble with Two Affordable, Gorgeous Grower Champagnes!
November 21, 2019
Rocche dei Manzoni Retrospective! 18 Superb Wines from Eight Terrific Vintages!
A.R. Lenoble is a unique Champagne house--indeed, it's one of the great "insider" producers in Champagne, a region dominated by large, sprawling, corporate estates. Founded almost 100 years ago by Armand-Raphaël Graser, A.R. Lenoble remains independent and family owned, helmed by sister-and-brother team Anne and Antoine Malassagne, who are great-grandchildren of the winery's founder. more info
Renowned for its modernist bent, Rocche dei Manzoni has shockingly long roots in the Manzoni Soprani area of Monforte d'Alba--the estate began in the eighteenth century, which makes it one of the region's oldest. However venerable, Rocche dei Manzoni's modern era began in 1974 when Valentino Migliorini and his wife, Jolanda, purchased the estate. more info
November 20, 2019
Introducing Luigi Giordano’s Excellent, Affordable Barbaresco!
November 19, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Querciabella Camartina and Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve!
Four generations of Giordano winemakers ago, Giovanni Giordano founded his small vine-growing estate near the center of the Barbaresco township. While its beginnings came in the 1930s, the Luigi Giordano winery saw the start of its modern era in the 1960s when its namesake (and Giovanni's son) made the bold choice to estate-bottle his own wines. more info
Querciabella began as the beloved project of the late Giuseppe Castiglioni, who initially planted vines as a hobby and ended up authoring a Super-Tuscan success story. In 1972, Castiglioni restored an ancient winery, outfitted it with state-of-the-art equipment and, over time, established an elite estate. more info
November 18, 2019
Debuting Josko Gravner’s Superb 2010 Releases
November 15, 2019
Introducing Schiena Vini’s Artisanal Puglian Gems!
Rainy weather is challenging to most vine-growers and winemakers. Rain can saturate the vines and the grapes with water, diluting the dry extract that gives wine its flavor. Rainy weather means clouds, and clouds mean less sun, which means that grapes can have a hard time ripening from their skins through to their pips. Mold and mildew proliferate in rainy weather, and this is not always a condition that winemakers want. more info
Located in the sun-drenched countryside of Francavilla Fontana, or the "Land of the Imperials," the Schiena Vini estate is something of a wonderland, and we're delighted to introduce this Puglia estate to IWM's clients. In 1993, Giuseppe Schiena purchased almost 75 acres in Trulli, Puglia, with the purpose of founding his own estate. more info
November 14, 2019
Stellar Burgundies from Nicolas Potel and Dugat-Py!
November 13, 2019
Debuting a 2017 Trio of Classic, Delectable Wines from François Gay!
Just as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are deceptively simple, so too is Burgundy--but it's also remarkably confusing. The history of Maison Nicolas Potel doesn't make Burgundy any easier. Nicolas Potel, son of the late, great Gérard Potel, who was director of the famed Pousse d'Or, founded his négoçiant house Maison Nicolas Potel in 1996. more info
A favorite of Burgheads in the know, Gay's reputation is made not on critic's scores or extensive press; it's made on the estate's superbly crafted classic Burgundies. Gay's 17-acre Côte de Beaune estate produces fewer than 3,400 cases a year, and the domaine sells the majority of its wine to friends, family and restaurants, so only about 200 cases of Gay's terroir-driven Burgundies make it outside of France. more info
November 12, 2019
Meet Your New Go-To Red, Trecciano's 2015 Terra Rosso Chianti Riserva
November 11, 2019
Happy Singles Day! It’s Our Super Singles Flash Sale!
The vineyards of Tenuta Trecciano spread across fifty acres of this coveted ground; here, the Trecciano estate grows Sangiovese, as well as Bordeaux grape varietals, taking advantage of the mineral-laden soils in its terroir-driven Chianti and Super-Tuscan bottlings. more info
We've searched our temperature-controlled cellars to find our favorite single bottles, and for the next 48 hours, these delicious solo bottles are available with very special pricing when you purchase a half-case or more. You'll find sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux, Champagne--and more. more info
November 8, 2019
Affordable, Biodynamic Piemonte Gems from Hilberg Pasquero!
November 7, 2019
Valdicava’s 2015 Brunello Returns in Big Bottles! And We Debut the 2018 Rosso!
Annette Hilberg and Michelangelo Pasquero teamed up in marriage and in the vineyard to found Hilberg Pasquero, the current iteration of their Piemonte winery, whose roots stretch back for generations. Michelangelo, or Mikio to people who know him, was looking for education in biodynamic growing methods, and his path led him first to Sweden and then to Germany, where he met Annette, a former nurse. more info
The wines of the Valdicava Valley balance their body and their perfume, offering great structure combined with intoxicating aromatics--and for these reasons, IWM can't keep Valdicava in stock for long. more info
November 6, 2019
Debuting the Splendid 2018 Vintage of Chavy-Chouet’s “Insider” Burgundies!
November 5, 2019
Debuting Livio Sassetti Pertimali’s Superb 2015 Brunello--Under $70!
After selling his grapes for decades, seventh-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet decided he could do better, and in the 1990s, he started to bottle his own exceptionally pure, unadulterated wines from his 37-acre estate. Hubert, who passed away in 2014, turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2006. more info
The Sassetti family has been farming for many generations, and winemaking has long been their livelihood--and their passion. While Livio Sassetti inherited this passion, he wanted to make his own mark in the wine world, so in the early 1970's he followed his ambition to Montalcino, where he purchased land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. more info
November 4, 2019
Scott Conant's New Trio of Wines Debut! Three Inaugural Bottles, Only $17 to $45!
November 1, 2019
Gaja Barbaresco 2016
Already a celebrity chef, acclaimed cookbook author, Chopped judge, and James Beard-award winner, Chef Scott Conant has added something new to his resume: he's a winemaker. Conant comes to making wine with a familial eye, noting that his grandfather would "make wine and bring his own bottle to family gatherings." SC Wines' first release sees a trio of iconic Italian bottlings. more info
Angelo Gaja was a trendsetter. He began with the 1961 vintage with the choices to bottle only estate-grown wines, to reduce crop size, and to decrease fermentation periods. 1967 saw Gaja's bottling of single-vineyard Barbarescos with his debut of Sorì San Lorenzo; and the 1975 vintage saw Gaja's first use of barriques. more info
October 31, 2019
Radiant Under $70 2013 Brunello from Il Poggione
October 30, 2019
Return of Antinori's Epic 2015 Tignanello
Founded at the close of the nineteenth century by the Franceschi family, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker, and once Talenti began making Il Poggione's wines, it didn't take long for them to seize the attention of the wine world. more info
Influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero Antinori didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; he wanted to show Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. Antinori achieved his goals in Tignanello, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and, with this wine, he changed the Super-Tuscan game. more info
October 29, 2019
Valentini’s Superb 2015 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Debuts!
October 28, 2019
Debuting Vega Sicilia’s Outstanding 2014 Valbuena 5º
Valentini makes only three wines--Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Cerasuolo Rosato d'Abruzzo--and all are standard bearers of artisanal quality not just for Abruzzo or for Italian wines, but for the world. Part of the Valentini cult status stems from the fact that the estate makes only 40,000 bottles a year. more info
Like Único, Vega Sicilia's Valbuena 5º reflects Vega Sicilia's painstaking winemaking precision and attention to detail, and, like the estate's flagship, Valbuena 5º puts its Tinto Fino in the context of a small percentage of an international grape, creating a visionary wine that commands attention and compels adoration. more info
October 25, 2019
Twenty Gorgeous Gaja Wines, All 20% Off! Barbaresco, Barolo, Darmagi and More!
October 24, 2019
Three Approachable, Affordable 2016 Aldo Conterno Reds
Today, we're delighted to present an offer that matches the scope of Angelo Gaja's larger-than-life achievements: twenty Gaja wines, ranging from vintage 1966 beauties to recent 2016 releases, all at 20% off for a limited time! Whether you pick a single bottle or select wines for a mixed case, this offer has something for every Gaja fan. more info
A visionary winemaker best known for his Barolo bottlings, the late, great Aldo Conterno was committed to crafting wines that would express his unique perspective on his lands' terroir and the Langhe's traditions. Although Aldo passed away, the estate that bears his name continues in his footsteps. Aldo's sons learned at their father's side, and they are dedicated to making wines that their father would love. more info
October 23, 2019
Monfortino Barolo Riserva Retrospective, 1937 to 2013 with Special Pricing!
October 22, 2019
Guiseppe Quintarelli’s “Baby Amarone” Debuts! The New 2010 Rosso del Bepi!
Giovanni Conterno founded Cantina Conterno around 1908 (exact history is a little hard to determine), and while not labeled Barolo Monfortino at the time of its first bottling, the legendary Barolo Monfortino Riserva was born in 1912. more info
Although he passed away in 2012, Giuseppe Quintarelli still stands as the Veneto's most significant producer, renowned for his legendary, cellar-worthy Amarone, Recioto, and Alzero--but Quintarelli also quietly released wines that gathered less fanfare, like his Rosso del Bepi. Imagine being able to buy a Picasso for a couple hundred dollars because Pablo called it a "doodle" rather than a "line drawing." more info
October 21, 2019
Debuting Valdicava’s Showstopping 2015 Brunello!
October 18, 2019
Debuting Mastroberardino’s Superb ’12 Taurasi Radici Riserva--Under $65!
"When I speak of Valdicava, I speak about enjoyment," said Vincenzo Abbruzzese during a visit to Italian Wine Merchants. "I produce wine for the place, the land." Clearly, he's doing something right. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino stands as one of the great IWM client favorites--we can't keep them in stock. more info
Very few wine regions can credit their global renown to one producer, but in the case of Campania, the credit goes to the Mastroberardino estate. After the one-two hits of the phylloxera outbreak in the late nineteenth century and the destruction of WW II, Campania's vineyards were decimated, and many grape varietals sat on the precipice of extinction. more info
October 17, 2019
Giacomo Conterno 2015 Trio Debuts! Barolo Arione, Barolo Cerretta, and Barolo Francia!
October 16, 2019
Magical, Marvelous Quintarelli Amarone, 1971 to 2011
Today's offer presents three very different sides of the 2015 Barolo vintage with Giacomo Conterno's multifaceted, nuanced '15 Barolo Francia, the estate's plush yet electric '15 Barolo Cerretta, and its powerful, earthy '15 Barolo Arione, the latest addition to the estate's lineup. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli, who passed away in 2012, was one of the world's greatest winemakers. He was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivals the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their maturation, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time. more info
October 15, 2019
Tempting Talenti Brunello Pair, Under $50 a Bottle with Special Pricing!
October 14, 2019
Happy Anniversary to IWM, Enjoy Our Wine Clubs and a Gift!
Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on a pair of Talenti Brunello wines, one from the lush 2011 vintage and one from the Cinderella 2012 vintage. Today's Talenti Brunello duo is sure to please the palates of everyone from Italian wine newbies to longtime aficionados. With special pricing that's under $50 a bottle, these wines are affordable ways to experience the artisanal beauty of one of IWM's favorite Brunello producers. more info
While our wine clubs fit different types of wine-lovers, each offers three beautiful bottles of carefully selected wine, and right now your twelve-month subscription comes with a free extra month, shipping included, as our gift to you! Whether you buy a membership to one of IWM's wine clubs for a dear friend or for yourself, you're giving the gift of great taste, both now and for the next thirteen months to come! more info
October 11, 2019
Giacosa's Superb 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva--in Double Mags!
October 10, 2019
Italy’s Spin on Champagne from Castello Bonomi! And Giacomo Conterno Barolo!
For more than six decades, Bruno Giacosa worked to set the standards for traditional Barolo and Barbaresco with his age-worthy, nuanced wines. A deeply iconoclastic producer, Bruno adhered to his own rules, choosing when--or whether--he would release his wines according to his own standards. more info
Today, we're delighted to present a beautiful blush Franciacorta from Castello Bonomi, one of the region's rising stars. Part of the Casa Paladin family of estates, Castello Bonomi's scant 60 acres snuggle into a natural amphitheater situated in the foothills at the base of Mount Orfano, located in the south of Franciacorta. more info
October 9, 2019
Five of Maculan’s Delicious, Affordable Under-the-Radar Gems
October 8, 2019
Tremendous Value, La Rasina’s 2014 Rosso di Montalcino Speciale “Ines”
Founded in 1947, Maculan is one of Breganze's foremost winemakers, and the estate's wines revel in the mixture of cultures that create the fascinating mélange that defines this winemaking region. Aided by their father, Fausto Maculan, Angela and Maria Vittoria helm the Maculan estate, and together they work in their cantina to craft wines of great purity, terroir, and tradition from their limestone-rich, volcanic soil vineyards. more info
founded in the mid-1970s by grandfather Santi Mantengoli, the family-run La Rasina estate entered its modern era when son Vasco assumed control in 1988. Vasco's son Marco has helmed the organically tended 111-acre (27 acres under vine) estate since 1997, overseeing La Rasina's production that includes Brunello, cru Brunello Riserva, Rosso di Montalcino, a Super-Tuscan wine, grappa and olive oil. more info
October 7, 2019
2015 Sandrone Barolo Debut Duo, Plus Three More Sandrone Debuts!
October 4, 2019
A Specially Priced Case of Fiorano’s Rare White Diamonds!
Luciano Sandrone began his winemaking career as a cellar-man working in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, saving his money until he could afford to buy his first parcel of land in Cannubi Boschis in 1977. Because he cleaned out his savings to buy this land, Sandrone made his wines at home in his parents' garage, quietly working and revising his techniques until he caught the wine world's notice with his 1989 and 1990 vintages--and the estate has seen an upward trajectory ever since. more info
Hidden within the city walls of Rome, Fiorano was the fabled wine estate of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. In his visionary winemaking, Ludovisi used avant-garde methods that included organic agriculture, a hands-off approach, and extended aging on the lees--and he did this in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when additives, roto-fermenters, and other modern protocol were all the rage. more info
October 3, 2019
Marvelous, Muscular $75 Amarone! And Legendary 1961 Giacomo Conterno Barolo!
October 2, 2019
La Ca'Növa's Captivating Cru Barbera! And Benchmark Pelissero Barbaresco!
It's officially Amarone season, and Brigaldara makes one of our favorite Amarone wines. Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom. more info
Perched on a hill near the town of Barbaresco, ensconced between the legendary plots of Montevico and Montestefano, sit the scant thirty acres of La Ca'Növa, an under-the-radar maker of fine, traditional Piemonte wines. The Rocca family began farming these acres as sharecroppers in the 1920s, founding their own estate in the 1970s. more info
October 1, 2019
Aldo Conterno’s 2015 Barolo Quartet--and Four More Superb 2016 Wines!
September 30, 2019
Antinori’s Succulent, Savory 2014 Brunello, and Quintarelli’s 1995 Masterpiece!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation, and he was an innovator who grew more traditional as he matured. Although Aldo has passed away, his iconic estate carries on, led by Aldo's sons, Franco, Stefano and Giacomo, who craft outstanding wines that earn the Poderi Aldo Conterno name. more info
It's hard to find a beautifully made, thoroughly authentic, and entirely delicious Brunello for less than $70, but we've done it--and this wine comes from Antinori, the aristocratic family that boasts more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. more info
September 27, 2019
Under $30 Benchmark “Super Tuscan” from Antinori! And Collector Ponsot!
September 26, 2019
Produttori Del Barbaresco’s Superb 2014 Barbaresco Ovello Riserva--Under $70!
It's hard to find tasty, high quality Super-Tuscan style wines for less than $30, but today's offer has one of our favorites, Le Mortelle 2016 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana. The Antinori family's Le Mortelle estate is located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Guado al Tasso estate in Bolgheri, and it was once part of a larger estate called La Badiola, which was created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. more info
Finding quality Barbaresco Riserva that costs less than $70 a bottle is an elusive task--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers, and this collective is a true hero of Italian wine. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, Produttori del Barbaresco began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. more info
September 25, 2019
Scrumptious 2017 Barbera from the Antinori Family! And Your New Go-To White!
September 24, 2019
Knockout 2015 Barolo Conteisa, Gaja’s Superb Return to Traditionalism
One of Piemonte's longest-lived and most historic estates, Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, so Alfred founded his own winery in its place. As Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother, Tino, until their retirement in the 1990s. more info
Angelo Gaja was always a restless innovator. An early adopter of barrique aging of his cru wines, Angelo broke with tradition by adding a small Barbera component to his single-vineyard Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings. However, 2013 saw the Gaja estate return to a kind of traditionalism. Gaja first stunned its fans by releasing its Barbaresco trio as mono-varietal Nebbiolo wines that conformed to DOCG status. more info
September 23, 2019
Aromatic, Architectural Bruno Giacosa 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva
September 20, 2019
Luscious, Drink-Me-Now Il Poggione Brunello, and Collector Dugat-Py!
The late, great Bruno Giacosa stands as one of the greatest producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco. As a child working alongside his father, Bruno learned traditional Piemonte grapes and traditional Piemonte winemaking practices, and this training in the "old ways" formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy. more info
A beautiful Brunello gets under your skin in a way that few other wines can, and today we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on magnums of Il Poggione's silky, sexy 2012 Brunello di Montalcino. Founded at the close of the nineteenth century, Montalcino's Il Poggione began its modern era in 1958 when renowned enologist Pierluigi Talenti accepted the post of winemaker at the Franceschi family's estate. more info
September 19, 2019
Return of the Spellbinding 2015 Le Pergole Torte! And Lignier-Michelot Clos St Denis Duo!
September 18, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Paolo Bea's Flagship Big Red!
Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte is a darling among Super-Tuscan connoisseurs, Sangiovese fans, industry people, and even discriminating Burgheads. Montevertine's flagship wine's wide appeal stems from the estate's thoughtful viticulture and viniculture of the Sangiovese grape, which finds its pinnacle in Le Pergole Torte. more info
Sagrantino and Paolo Bea are a match made in wine-lover heaven. Sagrantino, Umbria's emblematic grape, has the distinction of being one of the most tannic grapes in the world, and it sports one of the highest quantities of phenolic compounds, the chemical compounds that occur in grapes that give wine its taste, color, and even its texture. more info
September 17, 2019
Aldo Conterno 1958 Barolo Monforte e Perno, a Superb Piece of Italian Winemaking History
September 16, 2019
Silky Sleeper Vintage Valdicava Brunello! And Tremendous Louis Jadot!
Known as the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno, who passed away in 2012, forever changed Piemonte's wine game at his world-famous estate, Poderi Aldo Conterno. Like his brother Giovanni Conterno, Aldo grew up as winemaking royalty, raised with the certain knowledge that he would do one thing with his life: make life-changing wine beloved the world around. more info
Valdicava makes wines that are intense, finessed, and fruit-laden, and that's why IWM and our clients love this estate. Whether you're talking about Valdicava's Brunello, Brunello Riserva or Rosso di Montalcino, Valdicava's wines balance their captivating acidity with their age-worthy structure, and they meld their remarkable elegance with their palpable intensity. more info
September 13, 2019
Special Pricing on Ornellaia’s “Essential” 2014 Flagship!
September 12, 2019
Debuting Nino Barraco’s 2016 Nero d’Avola, a Delicious, Organic Big Red!
A signature IWM producer, Ornellaia is a remarkable estate, capable of crafting collector wines, everyday wines, and wines that appeal to a broad range of palates. Getting its name from the grove of flowering ash trees surrounding the winery, Ornellaia came to Bolgheri in 1981, and while the estate was founded by Lodovico Antinori (nephew of Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rochetta, Sassicaia's maker, and brother to Piero Antinori), Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi group for about two decades. more info
Sicilia's Marsala region is best known for its sweet wines, but rock-star winemaker Nino Barraco is devoted to crafting terroir-driven, intense, and dry wines that evoke their wild western Sicilian climate. Nino took the helm of his family estate in 2004, and he immediately converted the estate's 17 acres to organic agriculture, with his viniculture following shortly thereafter sit. more info
September 11, 2019
Debuting the Superb 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione from the Antinori Family!
September 10, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Maltroye's Delectable '16 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
The ancient stone walls of Badia a Passignano rise out of a thicket of cypress trees, like a fairytale fortress in the heart of Chianti Classico. Originally built in 395 for the order of the archbishop of Florence, this former abbey has played home to Vallombrosian order, an arm of the Benedictine monks, for centuries--in fact, the abbey is still home to the Vallombrosian monks, who specialize in viniculture and forestry. more info
An IWM signature producer, Château de la Maltroye sprawls across 40 acres, and while the estate dates back only to the eighteenth century, its current owners, the Cornut family, have owned it since the mid-1950s. But Maltroye's modern era began in the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cornut took the estate's helm. more info
September 9, 2019
Lush, Luminous Graci 2018 Etna Bianco Debuts!
September 6, 2019
Debuting Quintarelli’s Sublime 2011 Amarone! And Bouchard Père & Fils Flash Sale!
Estate owner Alberto Graci comes from a long line of Sicilian winemakers, but he turned his back on the family history, choosing to become an investment banker in Milan. In 2004, his grandfather died, and Alberto returned to Sicilia. He sold his family's lands located in the center of the island, and he bought property in Passopisciaro, on the slopes of Etna, an ancient winemaking site, later purchasing Solicchiata, a small vineyard of century-old, pre-phylloxera Nerello Mascalese. more info
The "Master of the Veneto," Giuseppe Quintarelli was one of the world's greatest winemakers. He was a man whose concept of vintage approval and strict grape selection rivals the great chateaux of Sauternes, and he patiently let his wines rest in large Slovenian oak casks until they finished their maturation, only releasing his wines when he decided that it was time. more info
September 5, 2019
The Enigmatic, Compelling 2016 La Grande Rue Grand Cru!
September 4, 2019
Antinori's Lush, Lively, Long-Lived Aglianico, Tormaresca 2015 Bocca di Lupo
Domaine François Lamarche sets high standards by crafting Burgundy wines that express themselves through their subtlety rather than their power, and showcase their ripe, high-toned fruit in the context of their terroir. Winemaking in the Lamarche family dates back to the mid-eighteenth century; Henri Lamarche, a cooper, founded the family's estate in the village of Vosne-Romanée. more info
The ancient Aglianico grape likely gets its name from Ellenico or Hellenico, so christened by the Romans, and while ampelographers once thought that Greeks introduced the grape to the Italic peninsula, recent research suggests it may be indigenous to Italy. Aglianico has proved the most successful of Campania's red grapes, and this region's climate, volcanic soils, and high elevation work in concert to produce a late-ripening grape that bursts with black fruit, spice, and minerals. more info
September 3, 2019
Pontet-Canet’s “Flawless” 2016 Pauillac, and Jean Grivot Trio!
September 2, 2019
Happy Labor Day from IWM! Enjoy New Wine All Year Long!
Ask Bordeaux connoisseurs about their favorite Pauillac wines, and they will likely name Mouton, Latour, and Lafite. These three first-growth Bordeaux châteaux have earned their status, but today we'd like to shine a spotlight on a strong contender, Château Pontet-Canet, a Cinquièmes Cru (Fifth Growth) château that is poised to give those bigger names a run for their money. more info
It's Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer--and the unofficial start to IWM's favorite time of the year, fall's wine-drinking season! While we love drinking wine throughout spring and summer, we love drinking wine in fall and winter even more. There's something about the crisp air and hearty cold weather dishes that calls for a full-throttle Super Tuscan, an ethereal Barolo, an earthy Brunello, or a marvelous Aglianico (although we still love the way that electric whites keep us on our toes). more info
August 30, 2019
Giacosa’s Superb 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva
August 29, 2019
Juicy $25 Chianti Classico from Castelvecchi! And Antinori’s Sublime Matarocchio!
It's hard to overstate the importance of the late, great Bruno Giacosa, who continues to stand as one of the most respected producers of traditionally styled Barolo and Barbaresco. As a kid working alongside his father, Bruno was fascinated by traditional Piemonte grapes and traditional Piemonte winemaking practices, and this obsession with the "old ways" formed the basis of the Giacosa philosophy. more info
Castelvecchi's lands have been making wine in Chianti Classico's Radda hills since 1043, making it a very old, very historic estate. Now part of the Casa Paladin family (which includes Castello Bonomi and Bosco del Merlo), Castelvecchi spreads across almost 60 acres, and it makes wines from eleven vineyards, all located in the heart of Chianti Classico. more info
August 28, 2019
Two Superb Brunello Debuts from Antinori’s Pian delle Vigne!
August 27, 2019
Surprising “Cinderella” Vintage Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia!
An IWM signature producer, Antinori can boast more than 600 years of winemaking, the creation of Super-Tuscan greats Tignanello and Solaia, and more than twenty wineries located in six countries. Pian delle Vigne, purchased by the Antinori family in 1995, illustrates how the Antinori excellence in Toscana extends beyond the borders of Chianti Classico and Bolgheri and into the center of Montalcino. more info
Winemakers who craft life-changing wines become large-than-life figures to their fans, and that's especially true for Aldo Conterno. More than merely a wine producer, Aldo was the "King of Barolo," a legacy that looms large in the Langhe's landscape. Aldo, who passed away in 2012, took care to teach his sons, Franco, Stefano and Giacomo, and his sons work to maintain the unmistakable identity of Aldo's Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. more info
August 26, 2019
Benchmark Pinot Nero from Antinori, and Majestic Louis Jadot Duo!
August 23, 2019
Delicious, Vivacious Antinori Under $30 Tuscan Duo, and Karthäuserhofberg’s Riesling Gem!
Whether you consider Pinot Nero to be the Italian clone of or Italian term for Burgundy's famed Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero is Italy's version of the beloved red-skinned grape. Today we're delighted to debut one of our favorite Pinot Nero bottlings--and, delicious as it is, it's unlikely to conform to your expectations. more info
The Antinori family may have centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it may be responsible for iconic wines like Tignanello and Solaia, but it also has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! It's hard to believe that anything Antinori does can be under the radar, but its Le Mortelle estate remains a relatively undiscovered gem, at least in the United States. more info
August 22, 2019
Antinori’s Dreamy Dessert Wine, 2014 Muffato della Sala! And Poggio di Sotto!
August 21, 2019
Luminous, Luscious 2016 Tignanello Chianti Classico Riserva Debuts!
While the world-famous Antinori estate is headquartered in the heart of Toscana in Chianti Classico, the ancient winemaking family has long had roots in Umbria, the landlocked region that neighbors Toscana. The Antinori family first bought the land in the 1940s, but the family waited until 1985 to formally found its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala, which is located in the northwest corner of Orvieto, just where Umbria abuts Toscana. more info
A family with more than 600 years of winemaking history, Antinori has estates all over Toscana, but the family began in the area now known as Chianti Classico, the heart of the Chianti making regions. However, in 1975, Piero Antinori decided that his Tignanello estate would leave the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the wine's governing body, because he felt unhappy with the consortium's standards and lack of clarity. more info
August 20, 2019
Two New Lush, Lively Barolo Wines from Antinori’s Prunotto Estate!
August 19, 2019
Perfect, Pristine 1995 Super Tuscan from Michele Satta! And Louis Jadot Flash Sale!
IWM has long championed the Antinori family, and one of our favorite Antinori ventures is the family's Prunotto estate, located in Piemonte. Venerable and respected, Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a Serralunga wine collective; after the collective disbanded in 1922, Alfred founded his own winery in its place. more info
Michele Satta is one of Bolgheri's original mavericks. A college intern at a vineyard, Satta arrived in Bolgheri in 1974 when he was just 19. Within a decade, Satta had learned enough about growing grapes and making wine that he founded his own estate in 1982, making his inaugural vintage in 1983, a year before Bolgheri was awarded its first DOCG denomination. more info
August 16, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Benchmark Fontodi Chianti Classico! Faiveley Burgundy Sale!
August 15, 2019
Jadot’s Delectable Old-Vine 2017 Bourgogne Le Chapitre, and Antinori’s Cru Barbera!
Winemaking in Chianti Classico dates back to the eighth century, and wine called "Chianti" dates back to 1398; Tenuta Fontodi is one of the region's estates that can trace its lineage back to these historic times. A winemaker that uses organic growing methods, Fontodi is an all-time favorite of IWM clients and staff; the estate makes beautiful, evocative wines that populate the cellars of true Tuscan wine enthusiasts. more info
Louis Jadot is one of IWM's rare exceptions: a big Burgundy estate that we champion with the same enthusiasm we hold for family-owned domaines. Since its inception in 1856, Louis Jadot has crafted wines that speak volumes about their terroir. Jacques Lardière, Jadot's head winemaker for three decades, understood the primacy of Jadot's terroir and based his philosophy on putting terroir first. more info
August 14, 2019
Meet Your New Go-To Sicilian Red! And Bryant Family Sale!
August 13, 2019
Giuseppe Mascarello’s Indescribable 1958 Barolo, and Must-Have Burgundy from Daniel Rion!
Sicilia is a wine wonderland. Sicilia's hot, dry climate enables vines to grow healthy grapes without pesticides or chemical intervention, and Sicilia's stable climate means that vintage variation is lessened. Moreover, the volcanic and sandy soils stress out the vines, causing them to produce flavorful, intense grapes imbued with minerality and personality. more info
Founded in 1881, the modern era of the Giuseppe Mascarello estate in Monforte d'Alba began in 1904 when Giuseppe's son Maurizio bought land in nearby Castiglione Falletto. This purchase included a parcel of the Monprivato vineyard, which Maurizio planted to a special clone of the Nebbiolo grape, Michét, a refined clone of Piemonte's emblematic grape. more info
August 12, 2019
“Very Special” 2017 Le Difese, Sassicaia's Under $30 Sibling
August 9, 2019
Fontodi’s Luminous White Super-Tuscan, Meriggio! And Big, Beautiful Ornellaia!
In 1968, Bolgheri's Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine with the first commercial vintage of its Super-Tuscan giant, Sassicaia. However, this iconic estate didn't rest on its game-changing laurels; Tenuta San Guido went on to create two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, in 2000; and Le Difese, the estate's exceptional entry-level wine, in 2002. more info
Probably a descendent of the Savagnin grape, Sauvignon Blanc may be indigenous to Bordeaux, and it may be central to many of France's finest appellations, but it's also cultivated across Italy, especially in Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige--though one of our favorites comes from Fontodi in Toscana. Winemakers around the globe choose Sauvignon Blanc for its ability to produce fresh, crisp, herbaceous wines laced with a pleasant citrus quality. more info
August 8, 2019
Vestini Campagnano's Beautiful Big Red, and Must-Have 2017 Guidalberto!
August 7, 2019
Debuting Eight Glorious Benchmark Wines from Aldo Conterno!
Vestini Campagnano, a Campanian estate located in the northern province of Caserta, is dedicated to bringing new life to ancient, forgotten grapes. For decades, people thought that the renowned Pallagrello grape had succumbed to the ravages of phylloxera in the early 20th century. That theory was scrapped in the 1980s when lawyer Peppe Mancini chanced upon some pre-phylloxera Pallagrello vines quietly being tended by a few low-profile owners. more info
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Although Aldo has passed away, his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, Franco, Stefano and Giacomo, continues to craft outstanding wines each vintage. more info
August 6, 2019
Sassicaia in Patagonia, Bodega Chacra’s Superb Old-Vine Pinot Noirs
August 5, 2019
Bartolo Mascarello’s Artist Label Magnums! And 15 Specially Priced Domaine Ponsot Wines!
In 2010, Sassicaia scion Piero Incisa della Rocchetta learned a lesson from nature when hail hit Bodega Chacra, his Patagonia, Argentina estate, just before harvest. Fortunately, the hail bounced off the healthy canopy of leaves, but Piero and his team still decided to harvest early, even if the grapes looked undamaged. Nature led, and Piero took a chance and followed. more info
Bartolo Mascarello was a deeply iconoclastic, profoundly devoted winemaker, and he didn't hold back in expressing his artistry, his views, or his philosophy. As deeply political in his beliefs as he was fiercely traditional in his winemaking, Bartolo put both his politics and his traditionalism out where everyone could see--on the labels of his beautiful bottles of Barolo. more info
August 2, 2019
Unique Gems from Antinori and Antonio Ferrari
August 1, 2019
Superb Maison Vincent Girardin 2016 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru!
One of our favorite new Italian white wine discoveries is Le Mortelle 2017 Vivia Maremma Toscana. Priced at less than $25, this vivid, mineral-laced white comes from the world-famous Antinori family's Le Mortelle estate, located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso. more info
The past few years have seen the Vincent Girardin estate produce its greatest wines ever--wines of precision, detail, and, most importantly, wines that speak of their terroir and appellations. Vincent Girardin not only makes wine from its own highly esteemed vineyards, but when choosing to purchase vineyards, the domaine chooses grapes from the finest sub-plots; this care continues with the estate's viticulture, which is as natural as possible. more info
July 31, 2019
Italy’s $37 Alternative to Champagne!
July 30, 2019
French Wine Flash Sale! Special Pricing on More Than 200 Wines!
Lombardia's Franciacorta has become synonymous with Italy's méthode champenoise sparklers, but winemakers in Franciacorta don't replicate Champagne as much as they craft an homage to it. Situated in a natural bowl that looks across Lake Iseo to the Alps, Franciacorta has lower temperatures than the rest of Lombardia, and its gravelly, glacial moraine soil forestalls ripening and imparts a piquant acidity to the wines. more info
French wine lovers, it's your lucky day! IWM needs to free up space in our temperature-controlled cellar for new allocations, so we're giving you an opportunity to fill their racks and their glasses with our French Wine Flash Sale. Today, we're presenting more than 200 Burgundies, Bordeaux, Rhône wines, Rosé wines, and Champagnes--and more--all in stock, ready to ship, and offered with special pricing when you buy a case or more! more info
July 29, 2019
Produttori del Barbaresco 2014 Round-Up, Seven Under $70 Barbaresco Riservas!
July 26, 2019
Burgundy Lovers Will Love Latour-Giraud’s 2017 Meursaults!
To find quality Barbaresco for under $70 a bottle is almost unheard of--until you hear of Produttori del Barbaresco. Today, we're delighted to bring you seven cru Barbaresco Riserva wines made by the Produttori del Barbaresco collective from the 2014 vintage, and each packs a punch at its price point! These crus provide very different Barbaresco profiles, yet each is marked by the excellence of the 2014 Barbaresco vintage. more info
Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, yet it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar--until recently. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. more info
July 25, 2019
Rare Voerzio Barolo Sale, Featuring Benchmark Vintages!
July 24, 2019
1943 Barolo Monfortino, a Collector Gem, and Exceptional Antinori Family Super Tuscan
Roberto Voerzio, the mad scientist of Piemonte, is exacting, meticulous, and dedicated, almost to the point of lunacy. A believer in the value of cru wines, Voerzio produces Barolos and one Barbera Riserva from the most highly esteemed sites of the La Morra commune: Brunate, La Serra, Cerequio, Rocche dell'Annunziata, Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e dell Brunate, and Sarmassa. more info
Giovanni Conterno founded Cantina Conterno in 1908, and the estate's legendary Barolo Monfortino Riserva was born shortly thereafter in 1912. While not labeled Monfortino at the time--the name constituted Giovanni's homage to his home village of Monforte d'Alba--Barolo Monfortino Riserva was the product of Giovanni's emphasis on premium quality wine. more info
July 23, 2019
Cerbaiona’s Radiant “Baby Brunello,” and Meet the Loire’s Rock-Star Winemaker!
July 22, 2019
Benchmark Vintage Giacosa Barolo Falletto, and Meet Your New Go-To Red!
Like Soldera, Poggio di Sotto, and Salvioni, Cerbaiona makes traditionally styled Brunello wines that are consistently excellent. A former Alitalia pilot, Diego Molinari, Cerbaiona's founder, chose neighbor Franco Biondi-Santi as his role model when he founded his seven-acre estate in the '70s, using vine clippings from Biondi-Santi's vineyards and adopting the master's traditional methods to craft a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. more info
One of the great winemakers of our time, Bruno Giacosa bought his 26-acre Falletto property in 1980, and in so doing, Giacosa made a match that would cement his legacy. Giacosa, who passed away in January 2018, crafted pure Piemontese wines with the passion and the protocol that his father and grandfather instilled in him. Driven by a respect for nature and for history, Giacosa's winemaking philosophy guided him towards a noninterventionist approach, traditional protocol, and the creation of authentic wines. more info
July 19, 2019
Brooding, Lush Aglianico from De Conciliis
July 18, 2019
Les Demoiselles Grand Cru Two-Pack from Louis Jadot
It's often been said that music tames the savage beast, and winemaker-owner Bruno De Conciliis plays jazz to his wines as they age. If you consider how much wine, a living thing, responds to vibrations, you can't dismiss the effect of the music on the maturing wines. They've got to feel it, and they've got to respond to the wild, strange, beautiful strains. Today's Aglianico is a sexy, full-throttle red that swaddles the palate with wild, unrestrained flavors--but for all its abandon, this wine feels refined and polished. It's a lot like jazz, and it'll complement so many wonderful dishes this summer, next fall, and long into the wintertime.
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A few years ago, Lardière turned the estate over to his assistant, Frédéric Barnier, and he is a worthy successor, but there's nothing like the Burgundies made by Lardière himself. Today, I'm very excited to present a pair of Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand wines that date from Lardière's time, the succulent 2007 and the stately 2005. The terroir of Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles is very, very special. It's a tiny appellation, but its stony, minerally soils and its location on the Montrachet slope make it distinctive--the wines from this grand cru are almost ageless! Today's Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles duo is extraordinary, and I know you committed Burgundy lovers are going to love these wines! more info
July 17, 2019
Once-In-A-Lifetime Wine, 1971 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
July 16, 2019
Affordable, Delicious Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello
Today, I'm very proud to announce that I've secured a very few bottles of Quintarelli's celestial 1971 Amarone Riserva. I imagine the late, great Bepi Quintarelli as he was when he made this wine: standing tall, with dark hair and bright eyes. Just 44, Bepi was in the prime of his life, and this wine bursts with energy, even as it flows like flocked velvet. Quintarelli's 1971 Amarone Riserva is a once-in-a-lifetime wine, but oh, what a lifetime it is! more info
These traits are embodied in the Brunello wines of Livio Sassetti Pertimali, which combine serious aromas and elegance with power and fruit in a wine that grabs you by the lapels and grips you close. 2013, as you likely know, was something of a Cinderella vintage--everyone in Montalcino expected its wines to be tight, flat, and forbidding, the products of a chilly, wet spring and summer. Then late July and August came with bright shiny days, and we ended up with a classic Brunello vintage that radiates a fine, luminous beauty. Located in northern Montalcino, Livio Sassetti Pertimali was blessed with ideal weather in 2013, and the estate's Brunello just about vibrates with life.
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July 15, 2019
Meet Your New Summertime Red, Alberto Loi 2017 Nibaru Monica
July 12, 2019
Artisanal, Organic 2015 Barolo for $45 a Bottle!
Today, I'm very proud to debut the Alberto Loi estate with one of its wild Sardinian wines, its 2017 Nibaru Monica di Sardegna. This is a succulent, savory, and seriously minerally red that screams its Sardinian roots. Run by his sons and their family, the Alberto Loi estate is a reminder that behind every tranquil island beach, there's a lot of insane, challenging weather. This mono-varietal Monica bottling makes the most of its rocky, windy, sandy, sunny and arid lands, and it very well could be your new go-to summer red.
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An artisanal estate headquartered in Grinzane Cavour, Azienda Bruna Grimaldi is not an old estate. 1957 saw the estate's humble beginnings, when Giacomo Grimaldi began growing grapes to sell to winemakers. The modern age of this family-run estate began in 1990, when Giovanni's daughter, Bruna Grimaldi and her husband, Franco Fiorino, started buying land with an eye to crafting authentic, traditional Barolo wine. more info
July 11, 2019
Is Domaine Ponsot's 2011 Clos de la Roche VV the Wine of the Vintage?
July 10, 2019
Silky “Cinderella” Vintage Barolo Bussia From Aldo Conterno
Domaine Ponsot's wines both embody Burgundy's essential timeless elegance and translate their unique terroir with typicity and transparency--for these reasons, IWM's Burghead clients are devoted to the Ponsot wines. Laurent Ponsot, the owner-winemaker of the family-run estate, bases his practices on this simple, if impassioned, philosophy; he strictly makes his decisions with an eye to crafting wine that expresses his terroir. more info
Earning the nickname of the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno was a traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Aldo passed away about seven years ago, but his meticulous winemaking skills carry on at Poderi Aldo Conterno, and the estate's team, led by Aldo's sons, Franco, Stefano and Giacomo, maintains the unmistakable, approachable, and age-worthy identity of an Aldo Conterno Barolo, vintage after superb vintage. more info
July 9, 2019
Three Glorious Tuscan Reds from Castelvecchi!
July 8, 2019
$26 Alpine Pinot Noir from Cult Nals Margreid
Since 1043, the lands of Castelvecchi have been growing vines and making wines in Chianti Classico's Radda hills, though the estate didn't get its current name until the seventeenth century. Now part of the Casa Paladin family of estates (which also includes Castello Bonomi and Bosco del Merlo), Castelvecchi spreads across almost 60 acres, and it makes wines from its eleven vineyards, all located in the heart of Chianti Classico. more info
Pinot Noir inspires devotion. One of the great grapes of the world, Pinot Noir is also one of the most difficult to grow well, but when it is carefully cultivated, Pinot Noir captivates the hearts and minds of wine-lovers. Cultivated most famously in Burgundy, Pinot Noir has made a home in certain pockets of Italy, including Alto Adige in Italy's mountainous North. more info
July 4, 2019
Happy July 4th from the IWM Family to Yours!
July 3, 2019
Must-Have Riesling from Rock Star Karthäuserhof
Happy July 4th! It's America's birthday, and our national celebration of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and today, we're excited to present special pricing on IWM's wine clubs! The perfect way to explore your love of wine, IWM's three wine clubs are tailor-made to please individual palates; we offer the Exploration Club for novices, the Big Wine Club for connoisseurs, and Sergio's Cellar for ardent collectors. more info
Founded in 1335, Karthäuserhof holds the respected position of being Rhineland-Palatinate's oldest winery, meaning that this German estate has been making fine Riesling wines for more than 800 years. Karthäuserhof gets its name from the Carthusian order of monks, who were the land's first owners, and the estate's modern era began in 1811, when the Leonardy family purchased the estate at auction. more info
July 2, 2019
Sale on Summertime’s Perfect Wine, Michelot 2015 Meursault
July 1, 2019
Sweet, Succulent Fontodi Vin Santo!
For more than six generations, Domaine Michelot has been crafting terroir-driven wine in the heart of Meursault, the Burgundy appellation that's responsible for summertime's most ideal white wine. The beloved Michelot estate rose to prominence in the 1960s, when it was helmed by Bernard Michelot, and his magnetic, energetic spirit continues to guide the viticulture and the winemaking at the estate. more info
A true Vin Santo acts like a juggler, spinning sweetness, acidity, nuttiness, fruitiness, and spiciness with remarkable ease. Fontodi crafts its Vin Santo with the same dedication to tradition, quality and typicity that it does in its Chianti Classico and its Super Tuscans, so it's no surprise that this rare wine is one of our favorites. more info
June 28, 2019
IWM's Sweet and Luscious Port Wine Sale!
June 27, 2019
Under $30 Barbera from Antinori’s Historic Prunotto Estate!
Say the words "Port wine" and you'll likely conjure the image of a dark, well-appointed study, the scent of fine cigars, and an attitude of luxury. In many ways, Port has earned these associations. Port is the most famous, most esteemed, and most hedonistic fortified wine in the world, and Port owes its place in the pantheon of wine to the British upper crust, who more or less put it on the map. more info
One of Piemonte's longest-lived and most historic estates, Prunotto got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, so Alfred founded his own winery in its place. As Alfred looked to retire, he turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it with his brother, Tino, until their retirement in the 1990s. more info
June 26, 2019
Red Burgundy Flash Sale! Take 20% Off a Half-Case or More!
June 25, 2019
Rare Alpine White from Les Crêtes
Today, we're delighted to announce our Red Burgundy Flash Sale, and that means it's a special day for Burgundy lovers. You'll find more than 170 red Burgundy wines from 1978 to 2014, all offered with a cool 20% off when you buy a half-case or more! It's time to indulge in the wines that you love, explore the wines that have intrigued you, and stock your cellar with wines that'll keep your dinner parties drinking for decades. more info
Located in the small northern region of the Valle d'Aosta, Les Crêtes was founded in 1989 and focuses on making wines at high altitudes. This tiny winemaking region has many challenges--mountainous lands, a super dry climate, lots of wind, and cool temperatures--but it also has a longstanding tradition of making wine that shows its French, Italian and Swiss influences. more info
June 24, 2019
Valdicava’s Radiant 2010 Brunello Riserva Madonna del Piano Returns!
June 21, 2019
Back By Client Demand: 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
Much been made of the five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino--and for good reason. The Brunello Consorzio likened 2010 to the classic benchmark 2006, saying they were "two of the best vintages ever," and time is beginning to show the greatness of these two classic Brunello years. Although producers in other parts of Toscana struggled with challenging weather, Montalcino's 2010 vintage saw a textbook perfect growing year: a cold, snowy winter led to a cool, nicely damp spring, and warm summer months ended in an ideal harvest. more info
Aldo Conterno's entry-level Barolo Bussia is anything but ordinary--it's a beautifully complex wine that tells a detailed story about its terroir and this estate's trademark accessible yet complex style. Coming from the estate's 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano, Barolo Bussia was once called Aldo Conterno Barolo, but no matter its name, this Aldo Conterno wine has earned a reputation for being a generous, open, textured wine. more info
June 20, 2019
Luscious, Nimble “Sleeper” Vintage Poggio di Sotto Brunello!
June 19, 2019
Two Must-Have Pinot Wines from Italy’s North!
IWM's clients have long loved Poggio di Sotto's thoughtful, evocative Brunello wines. Perfumed and pure, these wines capture a Burgundian side to Brunello, showcase the finesse of Sangiovese Grosso, and convey the grape's underlying power. The past few years have seen two major changes at Poggio di Sotto--founder Piero Palmucci decided to sell the estate to ColleMassari, and Giulio Gambelli, the estate's great consulting enologist, passed away. more info
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates that IWM champions. A cooperative of small growers, Nals Margreid was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles, established in 1932, and Magre-Niclara, established in 1954, two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in Alto Adige, where small vineyard parcels sit at high altitudes in mountainous terrain, Nals Margreid united some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino of Alto Adige into something of a "dream team." more info
June 18, 2019
Must-Have $50 Barbaresco from San Giuliano
June 17, 2019
Ancient Grapes, New Favorite Wines, Meet Vestini Campagnano!
If you're unfamiliar with San Giuliano's artisanal, umano Barbaresco, you're in good company. The family-owned-and-operated San Giuliano estate has been flying under the radar for years, and IWM considers it a true insider's Piemonte estate. Owner-enologist Giulio Pastura and his wife, Mariella Stupino, tend to keep their wines close to their Piemonte home, selling much of them to local restaurants, which means that not much reaches America. more info
For decades, people thought that the ancient, renowned Pallagrello grape had succumbed to the ravages of phylloxera in the early 20th century. That theory was scrapped in the 1980s when lawyer Peppe Mancini chanced upon some pre-phylloxera Pallagrello vines quietly being tended by a few low-profile owners. Mancini put his discovery into motion, founding the Vestini Campagnano estate in 1990 and becoming a full-time practitioner of the Pallagrellos, both Bianco and Nero, and their fellow Campanian, Casavecchia. more info
June 14, 2019
Trio of Terrific Sleeper Vintage Burgundies from Nicolas Potel
June 13, 2019
Cantina Terlan’s Serious, Long-Aging Cult Collector White
Just as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are deceptively simple, so too is Burgundy--but it's also remarkably confusing. The history of Maison Nicolas Potel doesn't make Burgundy any easier. Nicolas Potel, son of the late, great Gérard Potel, who was director of the famed Pousse d'Or, founded his négoçiant house Maison Nicolas Potel in 1996. By 2009, Potel had found himself in a financial crunch and was forced to sell the estate; the new owners fired him shortly thereafter, and while the wines released since 2009 carry Potel's name, the estate is divorced from him (Potel founded his own estate, Domaine de Bellène in 2008, and it quickly gained a cult position with serious Burgheads). more info
A legendary cooperative of more than 100 wine growers located in Alto Adige's Dolomite Mountains, Cantina Terlan may get its name from the nearest town, but this wine producer contains multitudes. This cooperative has more than 2,000 years of winemaking history on its side, as well as some extraordinary terroir, a combination that helps to explain the intensity, purity, and age-worthiness of Cantina Terlan's wines. Sheltered in a hollow of the Alps, Terlan's 300 acres boast south-facing vineyards that rise from 820-3,000 feet above sea level. more info
June 12, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Powerful, Finessed Ponsot 2011 Clos de la Roche VV Grand Cru!
June 11, 2019
A Pair of Perfect Italian Whites from Fontodi and Bruno Giacosa!
"My crusade," vigneron Laurent Ponsot has said, "is to produce the most authentic wines." It's fair to say that he succeeds. Ponsot, the owner and winemaker of the family-run Domaine Ponsot, bases his practices on one simple, impassioned philosophy: to make all of his decisions in the field and in the cellar with an eye to crafting wine that expresses his Burgundian terroir, no matter how disruptive and non-traditional those decisions may be. As a result, Ponsot grows its grapes in as non-interventionist a manner as possible and uses only old oak for aging. more info
IWM loves our Italian whites. They may not be as famous as their robust red siblings, but Italian white wines have the same magical ability to speak their terroir that Italian reds do. Coastal Italian whites abound in fresh, savory salinity; mountain Italian whites burst with meadow-like freshness; volcanic Italian whites thrum with minerality; and every Italian wine region crafts wines that reflect their own traditions, dishes, and climates. These Italian whites, like their red counterparts, could come from no other place on earth--they're Italian through and through. more info
June 10, 2019
Perfect Summertime Red from Sassicaia’s Sardinian Outpost!
June 7, 2019
A New Super Tuscan from Ornellaia’s Creator!
Sardegna has deep winemaking traditions and unusual indigenous varietals, and the wines of Agricola Punica show their land's untamed island spirit, imbued as they are with Sardegna's buffeting winds, rocky lands and almost arid dryness. These wines come from some serious winemakers because for years Agricola Punica was guided by the hand of master enologist Giacomo Tachis, the guiding force behind Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello, and Solaia. more info
Marchese Lodovico Antinori has a storied winemaking history. A member of the 600-year-old Antinori winemaking dynasty, Lodovico was the founder of the iconic Super-Tuscan estate Ornellaia and he's responsible for the creation of the world-class Italian Merlot Masseto. Just these accomplishments would be enough to distinguish Lodovico, but after selling the Ornellaia estate, he took on a new project, Tenuta di Biserno, founded in 2002. Lodovico originally had considered purchasing new lands in 1995, when he was looking to expand Ornellaia, but he chose a different path. more info
June 6, 2019
Is the 2016 Flaccianello the Best Yet?
June 5, 2019
IWM’s Big, Beautiful Magnum Flash Sale!
Fontodi practices organic agriculture and non-interventionist protocol and relies on the estate's exceptional southern position, marl soil, and exceptional microclimates, which allow Fontodi's grapes to ripen perfectly. With its combination of geographical luck and its team's winemaking skills, Fontodi consistently creates wines of great character and structure--and this is especially true in an outstanding year like 2016, a vintage that ups the richness of 2015 by adding terrific freshness. Today, we're very excited to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Fontodi's breathtaking 2016 Flccianello. more info
IWM's clients love being surprised by our flash sales, and today, we're dropping one of our best sales to date-- a list of beautiful wines--red, white, and sparkling--all in magnum and most at the BEST PRICE in the country! This list of almost 60 large-format wines includes IWM signature Italian producers, select French winemakers, and a special Spanish wine, but most importantly, all of these big, beautiful bottles come with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of straight-line provenance and perfect temperature-controlled care. You'll find special sale pricing on wines from Italian producers such as Angelo Gaja, Tua Rita, Montevertine, and Tenuta San Guido. more info
June 4, 2019
Tenuta San Guido’s Silky, Sexy 2017 Guidalberto and Le Difese
June 3, 2019
Paolo Bea’s 2012 Arboreus Umbria Bianco, a Captivating Orange Wine
Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine--and shifted the landscape of international wine--when it released Sassicaia's inaugural 1968 vintage. However, the estate didn't rest with its game-changing flagship wine. Rather, Tenuta San Guido created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's high-performing "second" wine, and Le Difese, the estate's exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're very excited to announce a new allocation of the 2017 bottlings of Tenuta San Guido's Guidalberto and Le Difese, the most recent releases of these powerhouse wines. more info
Here in the States, we call them "orange wines," but Europeans refer to them as "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, these amber-hued white wines are all the rage. The sudden rise of orange wines is somewhat ironic when you consider that these wines date back thousands of years. Originating in Armenia and Georgia, orange wines appear in a range of colors from a pale caramel to a deep amber, a coloring achieved from macerating the white wine grapes on the skins for an extended period of time. This protocol does more than change the color of the wine; it also imbues the wine with characteristics usually found in reds: fuller bodies, deeper colors, more pronounced tannins, and unexpected complexity. more info
May 31, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Gaja's Triumphant 2013 Barbaresco Trio
May 30, 2019
Four Great Gallois Wines from the Sleeper 2016 Vintage
Today, I'm proud to bring you a new allocation of the 2013 Gaja Barbaresco: the cru trio of Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi. 2013 gave Gaja and his estate the raw materials for excellent wine, and these wines surpass expectations. They very well could be legendary--only time and your palate will tell. more info
If you've read about the 2016 Burgundy vintage, you might feel reluctant to stock up with wines from this very challenging year. But these Gallois releases have a few things in their favor. First, Gallois was fortunate to have its growing year end in sunny, warm harvest weather, and these wines glimmer with the beauty of that weather. Second, for all his modesty, Dominique himself is wildly talented, and these wines reflect it. Finally, IWM chooses our wines with care, and we won't sell anything we don't love. In short, these 2016 Gallois Burgundies are gorgeous--so gorgeous, in fact, that this is our second allotment! more info
May 29, 2019
Beautiful, Affordable Big Red Duo from Clos Bellane!
May 28, 2019
Fiorano Flash Sale: 20% Off the Prince’s Rare Gems
Stéphane Vedeau bought Clos Bellane almost a decade ago, and he chose the estate because of its super-rare terroir. Surrounded by woods and fields, Clos Bellane sports the highest vineyards in all of the southern Rhône, and, even more, its steep, terraced vineyards all face east, so it naturally has a cool, classic climate that's made for finessed, fine-boned wines. I think you'll love the two Clos Bellane bottles offered today--they're gorgeous, they're unique, and they're under $55 a bottle, so you'll be able to enjoy these big reds early and often. more info
Today, I'm excited to present eighteen different bottlings of Fiorano's rare, mature whites, both the mystical Bianco, a Malvasia, and the magical Sémillon. Each of these wines is its own entity, labeled with its aging barrel, and each is an unforgettable journey to a long ago time and a faraway land, ruled by a prince. Those who know and love these wines will be excited to learn that IWM is hosting Alessia Antinori for a dinner on Monday, June 10, when she will be pouring Fiorano's wines, along with the wines she's making from her portions of her legendary grandfather's estate. It'll be an enchanting night, and I hope you can make it! more info
May 24, 2019
Captivating, Surprising Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga Duo!
May 23, 2019
Back by Client Demand: Canalicchio di Sopra 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Today, I'm very pleased to present a pair of wines from the late, great Barolo master Bruno Giacosa: his surprisingly great 2014 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a "sleeper" vintage, and his captivating 2015 Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, a benchmark year. Coming from the first vineyards that Bruno bought almost 40 years ago, these wines come from lands he knew like the backs of his hands, and the lands he taught his children, who now run the Giacosa estate, to know and to love. It helps to have that body of knowledge behind you to make really excellent wines, and these Giacosa wines dance in your mouth and linger in your memory. They are, like the man who created them, extraordinary. more info
There are many ways to look at winemakers. They're farmers. They're artists. They're alchemists, turning fruit and sunshine into wine. They're mad scientists with arcane obsessions about vat size, gravity displacement, cork composition, and bottle thickness. They're historians documenting the weather and the soil. They're mystics, harnessing the earth's energy to craft a potion that helps heal the soul, turns ordinary food into a banquet, and makes friends out of enemies. more info
May 22, 2019
Polished, Silky Cru Silvio Nardi 2012 Brunello at Special Pricing!
May 21, 2019
Surprising, Bewitching Luciano Sandrone 2014 Barolo Le Vigne
Montalcino's Tenute Silvio Nardi is the story of an Italian immigrant who first succeeded in America. In 1893, Francesco Nardi left his family's farm to seek his fortune here in the States. Within a few years, Francesco had developed an innovative design for a plow, achieved great success, and returned to Toscana. In 1950, his son Silvio purchased Casale del Bosco in Montalcino; eight years later, after crafting his first Brunello, Silvio joined the newborn Consorzio del Vino Brunello, the ruling body of Brunello production to this day. Tenute Silvio Nardi entered its modern era in 1991 when Silvio's daughter Emilia assumed control of the estate. more info
The fussy, low-production 2014 growing season in Piemonte threw everything from a cool, wet spring to July hailstorms at the region's barolisti. Challenging vintages separate the great winemakers from the good, and judging from Sandrone's 2014 Barolo releases, the continuing greatness of the Sandrone estate remains unchallenged. Aided by her father, the iconoclastic Luciano Sandrone, Barbara Sandrone is ably meeting the many tests of taking the helm of a beloved estate, and the estate's recent Barolo bottlings are beautiful, seamless evocations of their terroir and their house style. Today, we're delighted to present a new allocation of Sandrone's surprising, bewitching 2014 Barolo Le Vigne, a wine that IWM clients have been loving. more info
May 20, 2019
Château Pontet-Canet’s Lush, Vivid 2008 Flagship
May 17, 2019
Simply Superb 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Founded in 1725, Pontet-Canet's modern era began when cognac merchant Guy Tesseron purchased the estate. Currently owned and operated by Alfred Tesseron, who is helped by director Jean-Michel Comme, Pontet-Canet's philosophy is that its wines are made in its gravel-rich vineyards, and the château chooses biodynamic agriculture for its 192 acres, which adjoin those of Mouton Rothschild. Makers of some of the most beloved, most sought-after Pauillac Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet has earned a reputation for crafting powerful, balanced and charming wines. Today, we're delighted to revisit the gorgeously dense and delineated 2008, which we present at special time-sensitive pricing. more info
Owned by his family since the mid-1960s and operated by Giovanni Manetti since 1979, Fontodi stands as a leader of fine Tuscan wines, and this organic winemaker is an all-time favorite of IWM clients and staff. Whether you're drinking Fontodi's legendary Flaccianello (one of the original Sangiovese Super Tuscans), the estate's Sauvignon Blanc Meriggio, its amphora aged Dino, its stellar Pinot Nero, or one of the estate's Chianti Classico bottlings, Fontodi's beautiful, evocative wines sing with tradition, terroir, and transparency. Today, we're delighted to present Fontodi's 2016 Chianti Classico, an out-of-this-world wine that embodies the greatness of Fontodi. more info
May 16, 2019
24-Hour Super Singles Flash Sale! Take 15% Off More Than 140 Wines!
May 15, 2019
Two Delicious Sides of Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia!
Today, we're delighted to present IWM's Super Singles Flash Sale, a celebration of one-of-a-kind wines! Collating more than 140 bottles from our temperature-controlled cellar, this sale lets you pick new wines to try, choose old wines you love, and experience a variety of singular bottlings. For just 24 hours, we're cutting a cool 15% from all of these in-stock wines, and each one comes with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of perfect care throughout the wine's lifespan. You'll find sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello, and elegant Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Rioja, Bordeaux--and more. In addition to Italian and French wine, you'll find wines from Portugal, Lebanon, Argentina, and California, and there are vintage wines as well as recent releases. more info
While he earned the nickname of the "King of Barolo," the late great Aldo Conterno was something of a paradox: a winemaking traditionalist who wasn't afraid of innovation. Descended from a long line of great Langhe winemakers, Aldo was one of those few Barolo producers whose wines could deliver both approachability and longevity. Few wines are able to stride the stylistic line between fruit-forward modernity and nuanced traditionalism, but Aldo Conterno's wines can, and over the past decade or so, Aldo Conterno's have wines moved ever more towards the classic, finessed and time-honored side of the spectrum. more info
May 14, 2019
Introducing Bruna Grimaldi and Her Beautiful $45 Benchmark Barolo
May 13, 2019
Antinori’s Rich, Vibrant 2017 Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay Debuts!
Family, history, and tradition anchor Azienda Bruna Grimaldi, an artisanal estate headquartered in Grinzane Cavour, in the Langhe hills near Serralunga d'Alba. Bruna Grimaldi is not an old estate. 1957 saw the estate's humble beginnings, when Giacomo Grimaldi began growing grapes to sell to winemakers; by the 1960s, his son, Giovanni, started selling bulk wine, mostly Dolcetto, always with quality in mind. The modern age of this family-run estate began in 1990, when Giovanni's daughter, Bruna Grimaldi and her husband, Franco Fiorino, joined the estate and started buying land with an eye to crafting authentic, umano, traditional Barolo wine. more info
Antinori's Umbrian Cervaro della Sala is one of Italy's great white wines--and, like Post-It Notes, Teflon or Play-Doh, it came about somewhat by accident. Piero Antinori wanted to create an Italian version of white Burgundy, so in 1979, he engaged Umbrian native Renzo Cotarella, who was then fresh out of enology school. Cotarella immediately began planting international white grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, a radical move in Umbria, a region not known for its whites. more info
May 10, 2019
A Burgundian Rioja Reserva for Less Than $70? Yes!
May 9, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Guigal 2013 Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc
IWM loves traditional Rioja, and CVNE makes some of our favorite bottlings. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) has been a touchstone for fine Rioja for almost 150 years. While the company has expanded to include three separate bodegas--CVNE, Viña Real, and Contino--CVNE still sits on the same plots of land as its original site, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta. In fact, the bodega sports exceptional architecture in its cellar designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the French architect behind the tower that bears his name. more info
Founded in 1946 in the ancient village of Ampuis in the Côte-Rôtie appellation in the Rhône, the Guigal estate is relatively young, especially when you consider that the wines of the northern Rhône have been famous for 2,400 years. Yet in that short period of time, Guigal has become beloved by global wine connoisseurs, and Guigal's wines are some of the world's most-sought after bottlings, including the estate's famous Côte-Rôtie crus--La Mouline, La Turque, La Landonne--as well as its Château d'Ampuis, and many more. Today, we're proud to present Guigal's rarely produced Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc from the critically acclaimed 2013 vintage. more info
May 8, 2019
Canalicchio’s Lush, Seductive 2017 “Baby Brunello”
May 7, 2019
Fontodi’s Superb Summer-Worthy Sauvignon Blanc, Meriggio
Canalicchio di Sopra's winemaker, Francesco Rippacioli, says, "The Rosso di Montalcino is like our business card; we offer this to you as an introduction to our style, an introduction to us, before you enjoy our Brunello." Just as "second-tier" wines offer less expensive, easier and earlier drinking options to most estates' flagship wines, Rosso di Montalcino gives enthusiasts an opportunity to experience an estate's take on Brunello di Montalcino--and do it earlier, more easily, and less expensively. One of the original twelve Brunello estates, Canalicchio di Sopra has remained under the radar while consistently turning out classic, artisanal wines that speak of their unique terroir. more info
A producer that employs strict organic growing protocol, Fontodi makes wines that are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. Fontodi's full-throttle Sangiovese Super-Tuscan, Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Chianti Classico Gran Selezione populate the cellars of Tuscan wine enthusiasts, but today we're not going to offer you the roaring red Fontodi wines that you know and love. Instead, we're going to turn to a lighter, unexpected side of Fontodi, and spotlight Fontodi's spellbinding 2018 Meriggio, the estate's Sauvignon Blanc. Deriving from Fontodi's north-facing La Rota vineyard, Meriggio is a rare white Super Tuscan. more info
May 6, 2019
Debuting the Dynamic, Lush 2016 Guado al Tasso
May 3, 2019
Fantastic Summertime Red from Sardegna, Albert Loi’s 2017 Nibaru Monica di Sardegna
The Antinori family founded Guado al Tasso in 1990, and this estate quickly rocketed to the top of the Super-Tuscan heap. Guado al Tasso's fast success demonstrated that the Antinori family had the skills, ambition and passion to craft tremendous wines in Bolgheri--and almost three decades later, Guado al Tasso shows no signs of slowing down. Capitalizing on the region's maritime climate that favors Cabernet and other Bordeaux grape varietals, Piero Antinori created Guado al Tasso with the help of famed enologist Giacomo Tachis, and he relied on renowned enologist Renzo Cotarella in perfecting it. more info
Founded in the 1940s by its namesake, the Alberto Loi estate is a love song to Sardegna's rich viticultural traditions. Sardegna, Italy's remote, sun-drenched island, has a long, fascinating winemaking history that was nearly decimated by the phylloxera outbreak of the early twentieth century. Alberto's dad, Antonio Loi, grew Cannonau in Cardedu in the granite-laden hills around Ogliastra, Sardegna's mountainous commune located on the southeastern coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Alberto wanted more than to merely grow grapes--he wanted to estate-bottle wines that speak with Sardinian voices. more info
May 2, 2019
Summer Staple, Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé
May 1, 2019
Debuting Antinori’s Triumphant 2015 Matarocchio
Just as sparkling wine is synonymous with Champagne, rosé is synonymous with Provence--some regions have their calling, and this is it. Château Pradeaux makes some of the most serious rosés available. Perhaps this seriousness has to do with history. The storied Pradeaux estate has been making wine on the Mediterranean since before the French Revolution, and this estate, owned and operated by the Portalis family, has survived numerous wars, vicissitudes of fashion, and bouts with phylloxera. Purchased by the Portalis family in 1752, the Pradeaux estate is located in Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea between Toulon and Marseilles. more info
Much in the way that Solaia came to be from the finest selection of Cabernet Sauvignon within the Tignanello vineyard, Matarocchio derives from just five rows of vines within the Antinori family's Guado al Tasso vineyard in Bolgheri. In fact, Piero Antinori personally selected this lot as the finest selection of Cabernet Franc, and he then created the cru Matarocchio bottling to celebrate it. Extremely rare and consistently outstanding, Matarocchio embodies Italy's pinnacle of Cabernet Franc wine, although only a select few have experienced it because Matarocchio is so hard to find. Today, we are extremely excited to debut the 2015 Matarocchio bottling. more info
April 30, 2019
Le Mortelle, the Antinori Family’s Best-Kept Super-Tuscan Secret!
April 29, 2019
Is Giovanni Rosso’s $22 Barbera d'Alba Your New Go-To Red?
The Antinori family may have centuries of winemaking history behind it, and it may be responsible for iconic wines like Tignanello and Solaia, but it also has holdings throughout Toscana, across Italy, and around the world! It's hard to believe that anything Antinori does can be under the radar, but its Le Mortelle estate remains a relatively undiscovered gem, at least in the States. Located on the Maremma Coast not far from the family's Bolgheri estate Guado al Tasso, the Le Mortelle estate was carved from a large property called La Badiola, which was created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. more info
Barolo may be the "king of wines" but Barbera is the "people's wine," an early-drinking, thoroughly delicious, and absolutely traditional Piemonte bottling. Barbera has long filled the gap for Piemonte's producers who make long-aging Nebbiolo wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but Barbera's appeal is universal. It's affordable, it's food-friendly, and, when it comes from a thoughtful producer, Barbera over-delivers on expectations and its modest price point. Today, we're delighted to present Giovanni Rosso's delectable, beautifully made 2015 Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita. A 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba, Giovanni Rosso got its start as vine-growers in the late nineteenth century, and it began estate-bottling its wines in 1995. more info
April 26, 2019
Meet Your New Favorite Summertime White, Laura Aschero 2017 Pigato
April 25, 2019
Six Superlative Fontodi Debuts!
Just under ten terraced, sun-drenched acres snuggled into the Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC, the Laura Aschero estate dedicates itself to crafting the best sea-swept, herb-laden whites this side of Liguria. The family-owned-and-operated Laura Aschero gets its name from the woman who, in the mid-1970s, felt that her soon-to-be-retired husband needed a hobby, so she planted grapevines on her family property. While Laura had intended to sell the grapes to local winemakers, she quickly abandoned this idea and, with the help of enologist Gianpaolo Ramò, dedicated herself to making her own estate-bottled wines. more info
Winemaking in the Chianti Classico region dates back to the eighth century, and wine called "Chianti" dates back to 1398; Tenuta Fontodi is one of the area's estates that can trace its lineage back to these historic times. An organic producer, Fontodi's full-throttle Flaccianello, its traditional Chianti Classico, and its cru Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are all-time favorites of IWM clients and staff. There's no question that Fontodi crafts beautiful, evocative wines that thrill Tuscan wine enthusiasts, and today we're excited to debut the new 2016 releases of these three beloved Fontodi wines. more info
April 24, 2019
Sublime Pinot Bianco from Nals Margreid
April 23, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Prunotto 2012 Barolo Bussia from the Antinori Family
A grape most often associated with Alsace, Austria and Germany, Pinot Bianco thrives in northern Italy. Pinot Bianco is, as its name suggests, a member of the Pinot grape family (other relatives are Pinot Nero and Pinot Grigio), and Pinot Bianco makes for a delicious, mineral-driven, surprisingly long-aging, and sophisticated white. Pinot Bianco grows across northern Italy, but the grape is taken most seriously in Trentino-Alto Adige, where its Südtirol region sees a blending of terroir and tradition. Today, we're delighted to present special, time-sensitive pricing on Nals Margreid 2013 Sirmian Pinot Bianco. Nals Margreid is unlike most estates IWM champions. more info
IWM has long championed the Antinori family, a 600-year-old winemaking dynasty who makes wines that embody Italian tradition while still being approachable for wine-lovers new to Italian wine. Most of our clients have come to know Antinori through its Super-Tuscan greats, Solaia and Tignanello in Chianti Classico and Guado al Tasso in Bolgheri, but while the Tuscan roots of the Antinori family are long and deep, family members have expanded the Antinori tree far beyond the borders of Toscana--including Piemonte's Prunotto estate. Widely respected and venerable, the Prunotto estate got its start in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to establish a wine collective in Serralunga; in 1922, this collective disbanded, and Alfred founded his own winery in its place. more info
April 22, 2019
Maltroye’s Must-Have 2016 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
April 19, 2019
Your New Go-To Summer Whites from San Salvatore! Just $20 to $23!
Large for a family estate, Château de la Maltroye sprawls across 40 acres, but while it's large, Maltroye isn't very old for a Burgundy house--the estate dates back only to the eighteenth century--and its current owners, the Cornut family, have owned it since the mid-1950s. However, since the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cornut took the estate's helm, Château de la Maltroye has earned a reputation for crafting detailed, terroir-driven wines that over-perform their relatively modest pricing. Jean-Pierre has called the 2016 growing season "seriously difficult," but he has also expressed surprise at the high quality of the harvest, noting that the reds in particular are "outstanding." more info
Many wine producers tout the beauty of their landscape, the range of their biodiversity, and the specialness of their microclimate, but only San Salvatore can claim that its acres sit in the middle of Cilento National Park. Founded in 1988 by Giuseppe Pagano, San Salvatore is a traditional love song to Campanian wine, Campanian nature, and Campanian tradition. The estate's 271 acres (58 under vine) hold about 450 head of buffalo, who provide milk for the estate's DOP buffalo mozzarella and whose dung fertilizes the estate's orchards, vegetable farms, olive groves, and, yes, grape vines, when needed. more info
April 18, 2019
Exceptional “Baby Barolo” from Aldo Conterno Returns!
April 17, 2019
Is the 2016 the Best Tignanello Ever? The Landmark Vintage Debuts!
The late, great Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo" in Italy, and his extraordinary legacy continues in the wines made by the estate that bears his name, yet despite that name, Aldo was famous for more than just his age-worthy Barolo wines. Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard in the heart of the Barolo region, where the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation to create the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar; these days, Aldo's sons run Aldo's estate, crafting mindful, delicious wines that speak with their namesake's voice. more info
The Antinori family had been making wine in Toscana for about 600 years before they created Tignanello, their first Super Tuscan, in 1971, hot on the heels of Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido's groundbreaking wine that ignited the Super-Tuscan revolution. Unlike Sassicaia, which comes from Bolgheri, Tignanello comes from the heart of Chianti Classico, deriving from a single 140-acre southwestern-facing plot of limestone-rich soils. While Piero Antinori was influenced by his uncle, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the man behind Sassicaia, and guided by consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis, Piero didn't want to recreate a Bordeaux-style Super-Tuscan wine; rather, he wanted his Super-Tuscan wine to showcase Sangiovese's versatility and finesse. more info
April 16, 2019
Back By Client Demand: Brigaldara’s Dense, Muscular $75 Amarone!
April 15, 2019
Big, Beautiful Bottles of Vintage Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo
Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara's almost 125 acres are owned by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970s using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom floor. While the Brigaldara team chooses to age some of its wines in barrique, it's otherwise very traditional in crafting its authentic Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave bottlings. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its team works hard to time the harvest for optimal grape ripeness, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions--even better, they're extremely delicious and very affordable. more info
Fontodi's Super-Tuscan Flaccianello may claim the spotlight, but its Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico has long been an an insider's gem. This Fontodi wine acts like quiet underdog, consistently delivering a high quality-to-price ratio and pleasing the palates of Sangiovese wine-lovers who love Flaccianello or Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte. Today, IWM is proud to present a new allocation of perfectly aged magnums of 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Del Sorbo. Fontodi first bottled its Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Riserva with the 1985 vintage, just four years after Flaccianello, but while the wine is less than forty years old, its original vineyard plot dates back to the late 1800s. more info
April 12, 2019
Five Fresh, Dense and Detailed 2017 Wines from Louis Jadot!
April 11, 2019
It's Rosé Season! Six Wonderful Rosé Wines for Springtime!
Owned by the Koch family, who also owns Kobrand, an American wine importer, Louis Jadot is one of IWM's rare exceptions: a big Burgundy estate that we champion with the same enthusiasm we hold for family-owned domaines. Since its inception in 1856, Louis Jadot has crafted wines that speak volumes about their terroir. Jacques Lardière, Jadot's head winemaker for three decades, understood the primacy of Jadot's terroir. "Look at all the boring wines," Lardière has said, "many of them are technically impeccable, but they have no soul, no personality in them. They could have been manufactured by robots." more info
Rosé wines embody the evanescent pleasure of spring, the most delicate, optimistic and renewing season--but the cheery color, affordable pricing, and easy enjoyment of these wines might lead you to believe that making a really good rosé is a walk in the park. Most rosé wines are made solely from red wine grapes, and producers leave the skins in contact with the macerating juice for the briefest amount of time, as short as a few hours or as long as three days. After maceration, the juice moves to a vat to age--winemakers usually choose a very neutral tank, like one made out of cement or stainless steel. Then the wine is bottled and sent on its merry way. Although this protocol looks deceptively simple, it's not. more info
April 10, 2019
Tenuta di Biserno, An Aristocratic Super Tuscan from Ornellaia’s Founder
April 9, 2019
Italian Spin on Champagne, Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Duo!
After founding the iconic Super-Tuscan estate Ornellaia and creating the world-class Italian Merlot Masseto, Marchese Lodovico Antinori could have rested on his laurels. He didn't. Instead, Lodovico decided to embark on what he called his "last winemaking project" and joining forces with his brother, Piero Antinori, founded Tenuta di Biserno, another Super-Tuscan powerhouse on the Maremma coast in 2002. Lodovico originally had come across the land for Biserno in 1995, when he was looking to expand Ornellaia. Long-time wine consultant Michel Rolland had pointed Lodovico toward Bibbona, an Upper Maremma commune to the north of Bolgheri, but Lodovico quickly realized that the terroir was so distinct that these lands necessitated their own estate. more info
The Bonomi team relies on intense green harvests, strict grape yields, and severe sorting to provide the natural products for their elegant, mineral-laden, and terroir-driven Franciacorta wines, which have won multiple awards as well as many hearts and minds around the globe. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on a pair of Castello Bonomi's Franciacorta bottlings, the estate's zesty, vibrant Franciacorta Brut Rosé NV, and its elegant, engaging 2012 Franciacorta CruPerdu. Recent hits at IWM's mini-grand tasting, these two Castello Bonomi sparkling wines offer a terrific, terroir-driven alternative to Champagne! more info
April 8, 2019
Vestini Campagnano Trio, Indigenous Grapes, Artisanal Style, Just $19 to $55 a Bottle!
April 5, 2019
Terrific $25 Duo from Alto Adige’s Nals Malgreid
For decades, people thought that the ancient, renowned Pallagrello grape had succumbed to the ravages of phylloxera in the early 20th century. That theory was scrapped when lawyer Peppe Mancini chanced upon some pre-phylloxera Pallagrello vines quietly being tended by a few low-profile owners. Mancini put his discovery into motion, founding the Vestini Campagnano estate in 1990 and becoming a full-time practitioner of the Pallagrellos, both Bianco and Nero, and their fellow Campanian, Casavecchia. Vestini Campagnano was the first winery to dedicate itself to the study of the ancient Pallagrello and Casavecchia grape varietals--Pallagrello produces both white and black grapes, and the variety is thought to be a relation of the Pilleolata grape, used in the production of the famous Falerno, the wine of Bacchus. more info
Alto Adige's Nals Margreid is unlike most estates that IWM champions. A cooperative of small growers, Nals Margreid was formed in 1985 by the merging of The Cellars Nalles, established in 1932, and Magre-Niclara, established in 1954, two well-respected entities, both steeped in tradition. While cooperatives are typical in Alto Adige, where small vineyard parcels sit at high altitudes in mountainous terrain, Nals Margreid united some of the best wine growers from the Strada del Vino of Alto Adige into something of a "dream team." Nals Margreid currently unites 140 growers who cultivate a wide range of local grape varietals in over 370 acres of vineyards.
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April 4, 2019
Delectable $35 Graci 2016 Etna Rosso!
April 3, 2019
The 2017 Debuts of Sassicaia's Siblings, Le Difese and Guidalberto!
Famous for its vacation attractions, Sicilia is a wine wonderland. Hot and dry, Sicilia makes it relatively easy to grow grapes without pesticides or chemical intervention. Sicilia's stable climate means that the wild vintage variation seen in Italy's North is greatly lessened; winemakers can generally count on one year to be very much like the next. The volcanic and sandy soils stress out the vines, causing them to produce flavorful, intense grapes. And the wealth of indigenous grape varieties--Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, and Frappato for noteworthy reds; Catarratto, Malvasia, and Inzolia for whites--makes the head swim and the tongue twitch.
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Tenuta San Guido changed the face of Italian wine with the creation of its Super-Tuscan giant Sassicaia in 1968. However, the estate didn't rest on its game-changing flagship wine. It created two more wines along Sassicaia's aristocratic lines: Guidalberto, the estate's "second" wine, and Le Difese, the exceptional entry-level wine. Today, we're delighted to debut the 2017 vintage of these Sassicaia siblings. 2017 was, according to Tenuta San Guido, a "very special year." The driest in about 15 years, 2017 saw a hot, sere year, but daytime sea breezes and nighttime inland breezes cooled Tenuta San Guido's vineyards, mitigating the scorching heat. more info
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