December 15

Wine Tasting

a close up of a person holding a wine glass.
A premier wine selection accompanied by a discussion of the vocabulary for tasting and talking about wines in Italian.

Additional information

On Friday December 15th, Mark Middlebrook from PortoVino Imports and Emilia Aiello from Cittavino & Co. will pour Vini Pregiati- Esteemed Italian Wines. They have selected lesser known older vintages to demonstrate the delicious aging potential of Italian wine, North to South, as well as examples of powerful and age worthy Italian whites and innovative bubbles from the region of Emilia. Prepare yourself for a truly special and uncommon tasting event accompanied by the rare Piacentinu Ennese cheese from Enna, Sicily and Mark’s famous ragù ai funghi over polenta.

The wines:
* Cantina della Volta Rosato Brut Vino Spumante 2017
* I Custodi ‘Imbris’ Etna Bianco Superiore 2019
* Vigneti Massa ‘Montecitorio’ cru Timorasso 2020
* ‘A Vita Cirò Riserva 2016
* Colombera & Garella ‘Cascina Cottignano’ Bramaterra 2016
* Guastaferro Taurasi 2013

Piacentinu Ennese formaggio
Polenta al ragù di funghi

*This event is open only to those 21 years and older.

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Two hours

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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