Who Loves Vintage Wine?

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Vintage is a word often synonymous with automobiles and fashion, but it’s also a wine term, and as such, vintage is defined as “a wine, usually of superior quality, made from selected grapes of a certain type, region, and year, then dated and usually stored for aging.”

Now vintage clothing we love, vintage cars too. And when it comes to vintage wine, who can honestly say that they don’t love that as well? Not us. We love vintage wine, and it’s in the true spirit of sharing love that makes us very excited to bring you the following news.  Perk up wine lovers and foodies, this one’s for you.

Cioppino Sommelier Jorge Mendoza and Dr. Cristian Maddalena from the acclaimed vineyards Schiopetto and Sandrone join together to premier newly released vintage bottles from the notable estates. These bottles are limited to just 20 guests at the exclusive presentation dinner to be held at the Wine Room at Cioppino located inside the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

The dinner will be held on Saturday, March 20, and just 20 South Floridians will get the rare opportunity to taste these vintage wines. Are you going to be one of them?

The newly released wines will dance across the palate with masterful blends of citrus, grass and white pepper associated with Schiopetto, lauded by acclaimed wine connoisseur Robert Parker for creating “the most compelling tank-fermented and aged dry whites made in northeastern Italy. As the evening progresses, the flavors meld into the sultry blend of red fruits notable to Sandrone wines, in which Parker describes as “hybrid creations, paying respect to both progressives and traditionalists.”

The newly released wines include:

  • Schiopetto, Sauvignon DOC Collio 2008
  • Schiopetto, Friulano DOC Collio 2008
  • Sandrone “Valmaggiore” Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC 2007
  • Sandrone Barolo DOCG “Le Vigne”  2005
  • Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Enhancing the experience (like it needed it) will be Cioppino’s Chef de Cuisine Ezio Gamba with his carefully designed menu that captures the flavors of each glass to be sampled. Dishes include scampi stuffed zucchini blossom with melon and a creamy buffalo mozzarella; Carnaroli Rice with Duck Confit and Robiola Cheese; and Roasted Lamb Loin Medallions atop of Grilled Polenta with and Apricot and Rosemary Jam.

This unbelievable tasting and dinner costs $125, and interested parties can make reservations by phoning Carolina at 305.365.4286

A visit in Sandrone’s wine cantina, Barolo

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