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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 - Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2015

The Story

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that red wine should be completely out of the equation. Warmer temperatures sway our tastes to chilled, inexpensive quaffing whites and Rosé, but sometimes there remains a yearning for something darker in the glass. This is where a light bodied, chillable red, such as the Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato, comes into play.

Feudo di Santa Tresa is an organic wine estate located in Vittoria in the southeast Sicilian province of Ragusa. Working in a completely holistic manner, they look at organic viticulture not only as an absence of pesticide, but as a way of preserving the environment, giving back whenever possible and planning for the long term. They encourage weeds and local flowers as part of nature’s life cycle, which allows birds and animals to flourish. The have also introduced beehives on the estate to promote pollination and flowering.

Tasting Note

Elegant and refreshing yet full of character, the aroma is strawberries, cherry blossoms and aromatic spices. In the mouth, the flavors are juicy and lively with beautiful brightly lifted acidity on the finish. Delicate and nicely woven, this is a perfect red to sip lightly chilled on a warm evening.

Food Pairing

In Vittorio, a chilled Frappato is a favorite with grilled fish, but don’t feel you have to limit yourself to the ocean. This lively red will tastefully compliment outdoor grills and barbecues, and is right at home with tossed salads and tomato based dishes. Don’t wait for a special occasion, this delicious red is also a great value!

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Peppino Impastato lived in the small Sicilian village of Cinisi, in a house that was ‘one hundred steps’ (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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Just because itÕs summer doesnÕt mean that red wine should be completely out of the equation. Warmer temperatures sway our tastes to chilled, inexpensive quaffing whites and Rosˇ, but sometimes there remains a yearning for something darker in the ... 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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