When Martha went wine tasting at Pasanella and Son, she liked the following wines:
Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco 2006
Martha started with Pasanella and Son's favorite small-batch sparkling red. With only 400-case production, Saetti makes wine more for love than for money. Grown in Salamino, just north of Modena, this crisp wine pairs perfectly with the Parmigiano and prosciutto from the region. Squisito!
Berger Gruner Veltliner 2007
With its Alpine freshness, this clean Austrian white in the chic liter bottle had Martha smiling. She also liked the soda pop top. Pasanella and Son thought it paired perfectly with light crostini. But, in truth, this refreshing wine could go with many foods. The inexpensive Berger is one of those wines you could drink all day. No wonder it's one of the most popular wines in the store.
Lamy Puligny-Montrachet 2006
Next up was Martha's favorite. And it's not hard to see why. From vineyards near St. Aubin, Lamy's white burgundy is lean and crisper than most Pulignys. Elegant, classic, and timeless, Pasanella and Son thought this French chardonnay was like Catherine Deneuve if she were a wine.
Primitivo Quiles Raspay Tinto 2002
Sometimes a wine is just lovable. And this 100 percent Monastrell from Alicante's oldest producer is just that. Light but with real character. Slightly smoky and peppery. And with a cool graphics and a chic grosgrain ribbon draped across the bottle front, Martha and the rest of Pasanella and Son love the way it looks as much as it tastes.
Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella 2003
Next came the big splurge: a Venetian red from one of Italy's most venerated producers, Romano Dal Forno, paired with duck breast. A reputed obsessive (fellow winemakers joke that Dal Forno watches every grape), he dries the bunches before they are pressed, thereby concentrating their flavor. This is a blockbuster of a wine that will only get better over the next 10 years.
Tissot Spirale Passerille a L'ancienne, 2003
The wine tasting finished with this unctuous dessert wine from the Jura region, made from grapes dried on straw mats. A biodynamic farmer, Tissot allegedly picks his grapes in the nude! The delicious result is dessert in a glass.
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