Viticcio Wine Dinner at SottoLA

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Last night’s dinner @sottola reminded what wine and food is really about.

It’s about sharing.

It’s about friends and family.

It’s that warm feeling you get around your loved ones.

Wine shouldn’t be about trends or an ideology.

Wine should have a heart and a soul.

Wine should help us cut through all the troubling moments and bring us all back to what’s most important in life, love.

For me the most special part about wine is sense memory. Tasting Viticcio’s wines last night, I was taken back my Aunt’s restaurant in Little Italy, Baltimore. Walking through the door you received a warm embrace and you knew you were in her home, not a business. She had heart and the place had soul. The combination of Viticcio’s delicious wines and spectacular company last night transported to many memories of dinner at Sergi’s Ice House.

Viticcio Wines offer tradition and with a touch of modernity. The wines are spectacular with food and laughter.

It was a pleasure to spend the evening with these lovely people, thanks you! @dobianchi @viticciowinery @sottola @raffasquer @alona_gavryliuk @granfondowine @samson8800 @dwfredman  @wellcomalba @francetti_minesco @enoicala @foodiamo_official

WEB: Viticcio Winery

Photos below by: @francetti_minescow2

 

Viticcio Wine Dinner at SottoLA

Government Warnings on Wine

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GRAPE: Listed Below APP: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $24

2015 Jambalaia Rouge @laclarinefarm

Government Warning!? When has a government ever told the truth?

What this warning should read is the following: When slightly chilled this bottle of wine could cause extreme happiness. You may be inspired to improvise amazing acts of kindness. You may feel the urge to kiss strangers, feed stray animals, and help old people cross the street (good luck with that last one in LA). Other risks include; dancing, singing, laughing, and prolonged erection. It’s delicious, it’s affordable.

What’s in it? 59% Mourvedre, 21% Marsanne, 15% Grenache and 5% Syrah.

WEB: La Clarine Farm

Government Warnings on Wine

The Daredevil & 2013 Vinos Ambiz

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GRAPE: Garnacha APP: Sierra de Gredos COUNTRY: Spain AVE PRICE: $21.99

As a kid, I thought I was Evel Knievil, minus the bravery or stupidity depending on your point of view. On one glorious grey Baltimore morning my mother took me down to Bel-Garden Bi-Rite and graciously allowed me to ride on the front of the grocery cart. I thought I was so clever, maneuvering my way around the cart with my feet on the ovular chassis, side to side, turning around and around without touching the ground. Of course that came to an abrupt end as I turned around and my hands slipped from the cart. I fell face flat to the floor. I felt the pain go from my front tooth to the back of my head.

My mother helped me from the ground. I don’t remember what she said, but I suppose seeing your child’s front tooth sticking straight out of your mouth hanging from a little thread of flesh to gum might be a bit of a shock. She called the dentist from a landline phone, yes kids, they used to exist. We headed to the dentist where they made a very good effort to put the tooth back into place. They were partially successful. I still have this tooth but if you take a look you can see it’s clearly out of place and to this day a bit more sensitive both from a social point of view and a physical one. A cold drink or blowing into an woodwind occasionally sends an electrical sting through my head.

One would hope a child would learn a positive lesson from an experience like this. I learned the following, don’t do stupid shit and you might not get fucked up. Or don’t do stupid shit and miss out on a whole lot of fun. So, till this day I adorn a front tooth that sticks out like a Chiclets or the front teeth of bugs bunny. No stunts or daredevil moves these days. Working out at the gym and day drinking might be the most dangerous physical risk I endeavor.

My most daring move this afternoon was a delightful slice of leftover skirt steak and finishing a bottle of wine. This is my first Vino Ambiz red. I fell in love with Fabio’s Airen and Malvar the moment I they hit my mouth, so when I saw the Garnacha I was all over it. His wines are the way I like them. Free of additives and manipulation. Native yeasts. Beautifully hazy, why? Cause it’s unfined and unfiltered. Fabio describes his philosophy here. His wines are full of flavors that take you off the typical spectrum. This Garnacha is delicious and chewy. I could feel the heat the of the alcohol 14% a bit more today than last night, of course maybe it doesn’t help that it’s 98 degrees outside. It’s aromatic, easy to drink, and food friendly. 

WEB: Vinos Ambiz & Jose Pastor Selections

 

The Daredevil & 2013 Vinos Ambiz

Nothing like the taste of stones

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GRAPE: Carresquin/Verdejo Negro/Mencia APP: Cangas COUNTRY: Spain AVE PRICE: $45

I remember it clearly. I was bicycling at high speeds through double rock park (Baltimore) when for whatever reason I decided to veer off the trail down a very steep hill toward the stream. When my front tire touched the stones it sunk much faster than the titanic did. I flipped over the handle bars and my face ate stone. Fortunately for the world my beautiful face remains intact for you all to enjoy. I’m not certain I have point in telling you this other than that sometimes when you go down an original path, you might get your ass kicked. This wine is unique and it kicks ass, 2010 Monasterio de Corias is a delicious blend of I believe to be Carresquin (what the f*** is that grape?), Verdejo Negro, & Mencia.

Note: That average price is from Wine Searcher, I didn’t pay close to that price, good luck.

WEB: Monasterio de Corias 

Nothing like the taste of stones

Do you Chase Moonlight?

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Grape: Lagrein APP: Long Island (North Fork) COUNTY: USA AVE PRICE: $28

Wow! I can’t get enough of Sparkling red wines and this is certainly the first sparkling Lagrein that has crossed my path, but it’s a beautiful slamming, super tasty fun. Perfect with pizza. Damn this makes me miss visiting the North Fork of Long Island. I’m so glad I hit the tasting @domainela this past Sunday, all the wines were special but Chasing Moonlight just cut right through into my heart. I gotta have more but according to @southold_farm_and_cellar  website only 139 cases made so let’s pretend I can get my hands on 100 cases I can drink around 3 bottles a day for the next year!

WEB: Southold Farm and Cellar

Do you Chase Moonlight?