In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, columnist Lettie Teague raves about one of our newest wines – the 2009 Elena Walch Schiava ($17). From the article: “This plump, juicy, utterly delicious red tastes like a Pinot Noir but is actually Schiava, the most-planted (but perhaps least-respected) grape of the Alto Adige region of Italy. I ordered it in a restaurant recently and it impressed even my high-spending wine friends.” Juicy and lively, we agree this is a great summer red.
Alto Adige lies in Northern Italy right on the border of Austria and is a blend of german and italian in terms of languages, culture and cuisine. The valleys get 300 days of sun but mountain breezes cool down the nights even in summer. And the grapes, like the residents, enjoy late afternoon cool breezes blowing off Lake Garda. Schiava in italian, Vernatsch in german, this grape is indigenous to the region and makes delicious, fruity, quaffable wines. If we have any left, we’ll serve it this Friday, August 13 from 5-7pm at the weekly wine and cheese/charcuterie tasting we have with the folks at Provisions. If you pick up a bottle this weekend, we think the wine’s relatively light body and full fruit will pair nicely with a selection of charcuterie.
We’ve only got 5 cases in stock in each store (Brooklyn and Manhattan) so if you’d like to try this wine, call us at (718) 797-9463 (Brooklyn) or (212) 406-9463 (Manhattan) or order online in Brooklyn or Manhattan.