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Buyer of: Austria, Burgundy, California - Cabernet, Pinot Noir & Zinfandel, Grappa, Italian Red Wine, New Zealand, Oregon, South Africa

I sometimes shake my head in disbelief when I count the nearly four decades I've been selling wine. Much has changed since I began, and much of it for the better: there's greater diversity of styles, and the availability of what's out there is staggering. Yet even with over 35 years of experience, I still consider myself a student of the vine. Every year, every vintage opens up a new chapter to explore and discover. Not a day goes by when I don't learn something new, either from grape growers, winemakers, my ultra-knowledgeable colleagues, or the savvy shoppers that visit our store. Over the years, my interests in fitness and nutrition eventually have led me to organic viticulture and winemaking, while my spiritual side drew me to biodynamic farming. If eating well is part of your daily regimen, so too should be choosing wine. When I see people making wine a part of their healthy lifestyle, I feel great knowing that I'm taking part in something positive.

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Bart's Wine Selection - Libera Terra Nero d'Avola Centopassi 2014


The Story

Peppino Impastato lived in the small Sicilian village of Cinisi, in a house that was Ďone hundred stepsí (Cento passi) from the home of Mafia boss Tano Baldalamenti. Peppino was a political activist and a vocal opponent of the Mafia, which ultimately cost him his life in 1978. His story was made into the widely popular Italian film, ĎI Cento Passií and the Modena City Ramblers recorded a hit song by the same title.

 

The Libera Terra project was created to rehabilitate lands seized from various Mafia organizations. The project respects both the environment and dignity of its workers through organic farming, a moral economic system and social justice. In addition to wine, the coop also produces pasta, legumes, extra virgin olive oil, honey, fruit preserves, mozzarella di bufala and limoncello, using organic ingredients.

Tasting Note

Centopassi Nero díAvola Argille di Tagghia Via is dedicated to the memory of Peppino Impastato. The organically farmed vineyards are located in the high elevation, limestone rich soils of Belice Corleonese, south of Palermo. Darkly colored and sumptuously textured, the 2014 Centopassi is pure drinking pleasure. In the glass, it displays tempting aromas of ripe blackberries, juicy plums and fragrant violets. Full bodied and well rounded in the mouth, with generous layers of fruit accented with spice and mineral notes with rich, velvety tannins on the finish.

Food Pairing

This is a wine to pop the cork and itís ready to go. Deliciously accessible, serve this juicy red with Sicilian style pizza or pasta with hearty tomato sauces. Itís also an excellent choice for picnic baskets, outdoor grills and spicy barbecues.


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Peppino Impastato lived in the small Sicilian village of Cinisi, in a house that was Ďone hundred stepsí (Cento passi) from the home of Mafia boss Tano Baldalamenti. Peppino was a political activist and a vocal opponent of the Mafia, which ... click for more details
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Azienda Agricola Gulfi is a certified organic wine estate, located in the southern Sicilian province of Ragusa, which specializes in Nero díAvola and its blends. Despite the intense sunlight and Mediterranean heat, father and son Vito and Davide ... click for more details
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'The Montepulciano grape, when lovingly nurtured in the vineyard and cellar, can offer stimulating drinking pleasures and food friendly inspiration. Carlo Volpi from BĚcaro starts with organically grown Montepulciano that he barrel ages for 12 ... click for more details
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Fine fresh and racy with a definite tingle to the fruit. This is delightful fresh Chardonnay for summer drinking , full of delicious fresh spring flowers and abundant dancing fruit. The 2013 Macon Villages had been bottled two weeks previous to my ... click for more details
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Cantine del Notaio is a Demeter certified Biodynamic estate located in the rugged volcanic hills of Mount Vulture in Basilicata. Gerardo Giuratabocchetti embraces a passion for Aglianico that has been passed down through his family for generations. ... click for more details
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'Cantina La Spina is located near the northeastern Umbrian village of Nelle Mura del Castello. The 2011 Rosso Spina is a delicious blend of mostly Montepulciano with a small quantity of local indigenous grapes. This is a wine of pure pleasure, ... click for more details
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