Pillitteri Estates Winery Gewurztraminer Riesling Fusion 2014


Estate: Committed to creating a legacy for the generations to follow him, 3rd generation wine grower Gary Pillitteri founded the Pillitteri Winery in 1993. Gary began working in the vineyards alongside his grandfather and father in his native Sicily, and carried his passion for viticulture to Canada. Initially he and his wife grew fruits and vegetables on the estate, but in 1998 Gary decided to experiment with making a small batch of Vidal Icewine. Upon winning a gold medal right out of the starting gate, Gary decided to plant vines and open a winery. Today there are just over 100 acres of vineyards, and Gary’s grandchildren [who grew up working in the vineyards] are managing the export side of the winery, establishing themselves as the 5th generation of the Pillitteri winemaking family. Alongside their renowned Icewine, [which is currently receiving many accolades in the UK] the estate also crafts traditional Niagara wines such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Winemaking: The Gewurztraminer and Riesling blend is part of the Carretto line, which is the “table wine” range of Pillitteri. “The wines under this series are versatile enough to be consumed now or can be aged to enjoy in the coming years.” The label depicts a carretto, a colorful, horse or donkey drawn cart native to Sicily and represents an actual “cherished heirloom” of the Pillitteri family.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon and hints of petrol. Bright peach, lemon and pink grapefruit flavours are buoyed by zippy acidity and hints of fresh mint. Honey, a bit of spice and polished granite minerals comprise the refreshing, dry finish. Fantastic on its own or with a wide range of dishes.

Blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling [I could not verify varietal percentages, however past vintages have been a roughly 50/50 blend.]
Niagara on the Lake VQA
12% Alcohol
$13 [Canadian Dollars]
Enjoy now thru 2017

Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Bianco Sicilia DOC 2015

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Estate: The Tasca d’Almerita family of estates consists of the Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker estates. The Tasca family has farmed the Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees all of the nearly 600 hectares of vineyards along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to sustainability; they are behind the ‘SOStain’ programme, an organization that guides companies towards increasing their sustainability. The name of the wine reflects the “thousands of roses, brought in from all over the world”, that flourish throughout the Regaleali estate.

Philosophy: Passionate about eco-sustainability, the Regaleali estate is nearly completely self-sufficient; all of their food is grown on the estate and they are working toward a carbon neutral rating. Their goal of achieving eco-sustainability “is a self-regulated, pro-active scheme to reach our goals through positive actions both in the short term and in the mid-to-long term” that they achieve using “science, technology and organization”.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards planted in 1957 with clay and sandy-loam soils. Cool-fermented in stainless steel, aged for 3 months in stainless steel, then 1 month in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with aromas of apple, pear and melon. Tasting similar to fruit aromas with an undercurrent of sweet honeysuckle complimented by zippy acidity. Saline minerals and bitter almond linger between each sip. Straightforward, with an inviting blend of contrasting flavours [sweet/bitter], great on its on or with a wide variety of everyday dishes.

Pairing Suggestions from the Importer: Antipasti, cerviche, seafood, Asian dishes.

Inzolia, Grecanico, Catarratto, Chardonnay [Variatel percentages vary each vintage, I was not able to confirm percentages for 2015.]
Sicilia DOC
Bottled by Tasca D’Almerita Soc. AGR. a R.L.
12% Alcohol
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Palazzone ‘Vignarco’ Orvieto Classico 2014

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Estate: Taking its name from a 13th century lodge that was once on the property, Podere Palazzone was purchased by the Dubini Locatelli family in 1969. Located in the rolling hills of Umbria in the heart of Italy, the estate is headed by Giovanni and Lodovico Dubini, along with their children, the next generation.

Winemaking: Passionate about organic methods, chemicals such as insecticides and fertilizers are not used in the vineyards. Instead, low environmental impact methods such as copper-based products and cover crops are employed, as well as the minimal addition of sulphites in the wine. The 25 hectares of vineyards are comprised of soil that is predominately tufa, a porous variety of limestone, along with clay, silt and sand.

Tasting Notes: Bright gold in colour with engaging aromas of dandelion, lemon, almond and honeysuckle. Lemon, yellow apple, almond and minerals are framed by a zippy acidity. Honey and herbaceous notes linger on the dry finish. A refreshing pour that pairs well with a wide of simple dishes. Great value!

80% blend of Procanico and Grechetto, the remaining 20% is Drupeggio, Verdello and Malvasia
Orvieto Classico DOC
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Palazzone
13.5% Alcohol
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Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2014


Estate: The Ruffino estate was founded in 1877 by cousins and Tuscan natives Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino with a dream to make well-known wines in the heart of Tuscany. Generations later the estate has established itself as a leader in Chianti, creating modern wines for “the contemporary lifestyle” by using a blend of century-long tradition and current technology. They are “renowned for consistency and quality” and craft all of their wines to be enjoyed with food.

Winemaking: “Briefly” aged in stainless steel vats.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of pear and honeysuckle. Simple, light flavours of apple, honeysuckle and lemon culminate in a dry mineral finish. The bright acidity and unobtrusive character make this a good choice for glugging alongside light dishes and snacks.

Blend of Grechetto, Procanico, Verdello, and Canaiolo Blanco that can vary in percentage each vintage.
Orvieto Classico
Bottled by Ruffino srl
12% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

Mionetto Cuvée Sergio 1887 NV


Estate: Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the village of Valdobbiadene just north of Venice, the estate has been producing Prosecco for over 125 years. It has established itself as the most popular brand of Prosecco in the U.S., committed to providing “the American wine lover with new and innovative styles of wine”. Along with numerous certified organic Prosecco, the majority of their grapes are grown using organic methods, as most of their farmers do not use chemicals.  Additionally, many of their wines are suitable for vegans.

Philosophy: “Passion, tradition, research and excellence”.

Winemaking: ‘Cuvée Sergio 1887’ is part of the Luxury Collection, one of the many lines the estate produces. At the core of the Collection is “Full involvement of the senses. Sinuous appeal with a charming personality”, along with a combination of versatility and excellent quality. The cuvee was crafted by master vintner Sergio Mionetto to honor “the exceptional legacy handed down by Francesco Mionetto” 125 years ago, and to capture the characteristics of the native grapes made using the Charmat Method.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour with aromas of red apple and minerals. Light apple and mineral notes reflect the aromas and are buoyed by small, dense bubbles leading to the high point of each sip; the dazzling, bright lemon and honey finish. The right balance of acidity, dryness and sweet notes make this fantastic on its own or with a variety of light dishes [and deserts].

“Blend of white wine grapes” [I was unable to verify varietals or percentages.]
Produced and Bottled by Mionetto SPA
11% Alcohol
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