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- Botafogo - 03-18-2001 01:19 PM

Verne, this might be worth jumping on a plane for:

Don’t miss a GREAT tasting THIS Sunday, March 18th

Join us this Sunday from 1-5pm at the 10th Annual LA Shanti Wine Tasting and Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S Figueroa, downtown LA) where Squadra WINE EXPO will be executing operation VINEYARD STORM 2001: pouring FIFTY different wines (and ALL of it will be the GOOD stuff!) while restaurants Blue Palms, Cayo, Citrus, Ciudad, Daily Grill, Depot, Engine Company #28, Fenix at the Argyle, Hitching Post, Josie, La Boheme, La Brea Bakery, The Lobster, Louise's Trattoria, Michael's, Reata (home of LA's best home fried bull testicles!!!), Senora Cafe and The Water Grill tempt you with their fine foods. This alone would be worth the cost of admission ($75 per person or a special rate of $250 for four in advance, $100 at the door) but it's all FREE as the money goes to one of the best charities in LA, providing essential services to patients with life threatening illnesses.

Get your tickets by calling Daniel at 323-962-8197 ext 332

or online at: See you there!

We will be pouring:

Angeline Godel Brut Tradition NV à Ambonnay
Made by and in the cellars of our beloved Alain Soutiran, this is a super crisp and dry (very low dosage) aperitif style made from 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. It is a super starter for any occasion plus has the cajones to age for up to a decade.

Sandro Fay Drei Es Brut, Valtellina, Lombardia (100% Nebbiolo, 3 years on the lees)
Let me get this straight: a dry blanc de noirs made from the same variety as BAROLO?!?!? Welcome to WINE EXPO!

Larmandier-Bernier Bl de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut 1995, Vieilles Vignes de Cramant

Cattier Cuvée Renaissance Premier Cru Brut 1990, Chigny-les-Roses
Super creamy and sexy, Chardonnay based wines that perfectly exhibit the differences between
Cru Villages that the Grande Marques don’t want you to think about!

Beaumont des Crayeres Grand Reserve Brut, Epernay

Albert Le Brun Champagne Vieille France, Chalons-en-Champagne
Big, chewy brut with tiny mousse and a long, complex finish, these are really “winey” fizz. the Beaumont is made with 50% Pinot Meunier which lends the seemingly discordant but actually delicious combination of both wild Strawberries and woodland Mushrooms to the nose.

Ferrari “Perle” Brut Rosé Metodo Classico 1995, Trentino

A. Soutiran Brut Grand Cru Rosé à Ambonnay
Two excellent retorts to the “isn’t pink Champagne sweet and nasty?” question. NO, in fact, some of the BEST, food friendliest and most sought after Champagnes are the Rosé bottlings of top producers like these.


Abbazia di Novacella Sylvaner 1997, Alto Adige

Pierro Bisson Vermentino "Vignaerto" 1999, Golfo del Tigullio

Luca Abrate Roero Arneis "Vigna Tabaria" 1999, Piemonte

VERY dry and crisp, marvelously food friendly whites from the extreme northern fringe of Italian Viticulture. Abbazia di Novacella is very probably the oldest continuously operating winery in the world, a thousand years of experience pays off with interest.

Luigi Righetti Soave Classico Superiore “Campochiaro” 1997, Veneto

Despite the influence of the dreaded E-Bolla, Soave is in fact one of the premier white zones on the planet: Garganega is capable of a variety of styles from light and floral like this or the equal of great white Burgundy like the Inama below.

Domingo Hermanos Torrontes Riojana 2000, Cafayate Argentina
A blast of fresh white fruits, tropical flowers and more greets your nose, you think it is going to be sweet, then the crisp, BONE DRY, palate cleansing, sushi and paella loving acidity kicks in and you need another glass

Kumeu river Sauvignon Blanc 1997, New Zealand

Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon “Ronco delle Mele” 1999, Friuli
Two far flung interpretations of the classic Puilly Fume formula of cool climate Sauvignon being rounded out with a skoonch of oak.

Paolo Bea Bianco “Santa Chiara” 1999, Umbria
Hyper complex blend of organically cultivated Garganega, Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Grechetto aged on the lees for six months and never filtered or stabilized in any way. Outsells all chardonnays in our store!

Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru Classé de Graves Blanc 1995, Bordeaux

Inama Soave Classico Superiore “Vigneto du Lot” 1997, Veneto
Classic, Important, Elegant, Serious.....$50+ right? NOT!! Welcome to WINE EXPO!

Kinder, Gentler Rossi

Vintripodi Palizzi 1996, Calabria
Blended from Calabrese, Nurello, Alicante and Nocera weaving a silky tapestry of Mediterranean and North African scents.

Cantina Valle dell'Acate "Milaro" Rosso 1999, Sicilia
Sicilian family values: it's good, it's comforting, it's cheap, you should by a case for your mamma. 100% Nero d’Avola.

Salvalai Vino di Ripasso Valpolicella 1997, Veneto
Valpolicella “normale” refermented on the skins and lees of Amarone, sort of the vinous equivalent of making soup from the bones, Vini Ripassi are the world’s best values in super smooth, low tannin but highly flavored reds.

Enzo Mecella Rosso Conero “Rubelliano” 1993, Marche
This may be THE archetype for the future of this zona’s “Important Wines”: richly flavored and textured, with layers of dark fruit, coffee, earth and more in the nose and palate but not over oaked and bastardized into an International Style like many of its more famous neighbors. Seven years old and just starting to show its real potential, this is the real deal. Mostly Montepulciano with some Sangiovese.

Il Falchetto Dolcetto d’Alba “Soulì Braida” 1999, Piemonte
“Soulì Braida” seems to be Piemontese dialect for “a big zesty smuckery fruit bomb that will put a smile on EVERYONE’S face”. Really!

Fabiano Amarone Classico “I Fondatori” 1991, Veneto

Villabellini Amarone Classico 1995, Veneto

Ottomarzo Amarone Classico 1997, Veneto
Ha-uuuuge, lush, smooth, satisfying. Made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara that is dried by 30% before pressing.

Sniff THIS!!!

Ferruccio Scubin Collio Schioppettino 1998, Friuli
The varietal name means “ricochet” or “buckshot” in Friulani dialect, so named due to its explosive flavors and lively acidity.

San Valentino Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore “Scabi” 1997, Emilia-Romagna

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 1997 (Cannonau is Sardo for Grenache)

Saladini Pilastri “Pregio del Conte” 1997, Marche (Aglianico and Montepulciano)
Three classic examples of the great value to be had by seeking out other zones besides just Toscana and Piemonte, these ROCK!

Fiamberti Buttafuoco “Podere Solenga” 1995, Oltrepo Pavese

Barbera meets Croatina, Bonarda, Vespolina, Pinot Noir and up to 10% “other” in one of Enotria’s hottest zonas.

Regaleali “Rosso del Conte”, Sicila
Deep full bodied Nero d’Avola based flagship label of one of Sicily’s top wineries.

Quinto do Crasto Douro Reserva 1998, Portugal
Porto varietals vinified dry, insanely concentrated and complex, best on the third day after opening.

Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Superiore “Terre Brune” 1996, Sardegna
VERY deeeeeep and concentrated, compare to French Rhones at thrice the price.

Meet the Masters: Words do not suffice....

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 1979
Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 1982
Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 1985

Dino Illuminati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Lumen” 1995, Contraguerra

San Leonardo 1996, Trentino

Giulio Salvioni Rosso di Montalcino 1998, Toscana

Andrea Picchioni Buttafuoco Storico “Vigna Riva Bianca” 1997, Oltrepo Pavese

La Cappuccina Rosso Veneto “Campo Buri” 1997, Veneto

Elizabetta Foradori Granato 1998, Trentino

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco 1997, Umbria

Cascina Fonda Moscato d’Asti 1999 in Magnum, Piemonte

Vinarium Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1989, Hungary

Beati Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 1993, Veneto

Vinacola Savese Primitivo di Manduria “Tradizzione del Nonno” 1992, Puglia

Profumi della Costiera Liquore di Limone, Campania

It's a hard job but someone has to convert the heathen masses......


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- winecollector - 03-18-2001 02:53 PM

Holy smokes! <thinking something else right now> Sometimes I do regret living in Pennsylvania, and this is one of them. Sounds like a marveless line up! But I thought Verne can't get his nose into a glass of something, unless it says California on the bottle? And besides, you would have to get him a room for a week after trying all those wines....

- winoweenie - 03-19-2001 07:30 AM

Roberto, Just got the message this morn but couldn't have made it anyways as we took a bunch of family to the Phoenix Art Museuem to see the Norman Rockwell exhibition. Largest collection of his originals ever assembled. Sounds like a blast, and yes WC i'm an admitted Cali-phile but have and do enjoy ALL reds as long as they be good. And to impact any further dissemination of scurrulos and defamatory information, I'd have only needed the room for 4 days. WW

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