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Buyer for: Italian and Rhône Whites

Beth left medical school in 1999 to pursue her passion for wine. She began working for a popular New York City wine boutique, honing her ability for finding delicious, reasonably-priced wines and sniffing out the overpriced ones. As her knowledge progressed, so did her appreciation of the wines of Burgundy, Rhône, the Loire Valley, and Piedmont. In 2004, Beth became Wine Director at (now sadly defunct) Total Wine Bar – one of Brooklyn’s first wine bars. In 2008, Beth was tapped to help open one of Harlem’s first wine bars. At the end of 2008, Beth returned to retail – where she continues to enjoy helping customers match their dinner plans with an appropriate wine purchase. At 67Wine, Beth continues her passion for Piedmont by buying Italian white wine for the store. She has led wine tasting workshops throughout New York City and has traveled as far as Jamaica to share her expertise. Beth comes from a long line of excellent family cooks, and when she’s not teaching others about wine, she can be found preparing meals to enjoy with friends and family. She likes the occasional geek wine, but still prefers red and white wines to orange ones.

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Refreshing enough for the hottest days, this medium-weight Italian white is a great transitional wine as we head into fall.

CASTELLO DI VERDUNO PELAVERGA BIANCO BELLIS PERENNIS 2012


BETH TELLS THE STORYWHY BETH BOUGHT THIS WINEFOOD PAIRING

In 1838, Charles Albert, King of Sardinia and Piedmont, purchased the Castello di Verduno in Piedmont, determined to make Barolo, the gorgeously aromatic red wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes. Since the early 1900s, however, the Castello di Verduno has been owned by the Burlotto family and they continue to make wines using traditional techniques, buffered by "small but significant" innovations. The red range now goes beyond Nebbiolo to include Barbera, Dolcetto, and Pelaverga, a rare grape unique to Piedmont. It’s that grape that is behind the wine I’ve chosen, Bellis Perennis, whose Latin name means everlasting beauty. It’s also the name of the daisy that grows in and around the vineyards in the village of Verduno.




 

Despite being made from a red grape, Bellis Perennis is actually a blanc de noir—a white wine made from red grapes (the skins are removed before fermentation). Blanc de noirs really aren't that hard to find, but they are when they're made from a rare grape like Pelaverga, which barely makes it into the bottle as a red wine, let alone a white. Pelaverga normally makes a full-bodied, hearty wine with a slightly bitter edge. It might remind you of a Dolcetto, but with a bit more bramble fruit flavor and oomph. But when vinified white, the grape produces an entirely different wine, showing off silky, mineral yellow plums, preceded by white flowers on the nose.


 

I recently went to a rooftop barbecue, where I presented a bottle of Bellis Perennis to my host. We sipped it before and during a dinner of grilled sardines dressed simply with olive oil and lemon. The wine's silky texture and aromatics made it the perfect aperitif, bit it also had enough weight and acidity to pair deliciously with the meal. Bellis Perennis is white and refreshing enough for the hottest days, but its medium weight makes it a great transitional wine as we stretch out summer a bit before committing to the heavier whites of fall and winter.


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As spring really, really approaches (I think it's the real thing this time, we've had a lot of false starts this year), the Gavi di Gavi Il Poggio di Gavi 2012 is one of the first wines I'll be reaching for. Gavi, along with Soave, Orvieto, and ... more
Sku: P57222


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This Sauvignon Blanc from Piedmont – a region better known for its legendary reds – is a delight. With an alluring nose of white flowers, citrus fruit and a hint of grass, followed by silky citrus fruit and subtle vanilla notes on the palate. There ... more
Sku: 057646


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Despite being made from a red grape, Bellis Perennis is actually a blanc de noir—a white wine made from red grapes (the skins are removed before fermentation). Blanc de noirs really aren't that hard to find, but they are when they're made from a ... more
Sku: P57405


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Specializing in mono-varietal wines of classic and local origin, the Endrizzi family makes all of their wines naturally, rejecting of he usage of pesticides and chemical cleaners for the winery. The 100% Müller Thurgau, lightly perfumed and crisp, ... more
Sku: 134506


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