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This weeks Winesday is brought to you by the Slow Wine US Tour.  This year marks the third edition of the Slow Wine movement being available to English-speaking consumers; it is the Italian vintner play on “slow food’ philosophies of “good, clean and fair” production ; it’s an exemplary exhibit of nearly eighty classic Italian wines produced throughout fifteen of Italy’s wine regions. This style of extreme wine tasting is open annually to tasters, trade and press. Included in the price of admission was the Slow Wine Guide; also provided were handcrafted cheeses, breads, jams, charcuterie, spiced nuts, olives, pickled items and focaccia pizza from Spiaggia of Chicago and Smoking Goose Dorman Street Meatery of Chicago.

“The third edition of the wine guide in English, Slow Wine, adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. Using your own Slow Wine guide.. you can taste your way through the regions of Italy, learning more about the quality, terroir and value of each wine.” (1)

As we soaked up the atmosphere of roughly 150 strangers and thirty or so vintner tasting tables we came to the agreement of a standard numerical system for tastings, only making specific notes for the truly divine wines. Thus forth we bring to you a list with brief description of our favorite Italian Slow Wines.

Montenidoli
San Gimignano (SI) – Tuscany
Importer: Cream Wine Company
 –Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Carato 2008 –vernaccia
Well balanced oaky white with pecan pie nose.
 
Zuani 
San Floriano Del Collio- Friuli Venezia Giulia
Importer: Original Wine Company
 –Collio Bianco Vigne –friulano, chardonnay, sauvignon, pinot grigio
Well balance of sweet and fresh with bright honey.
 –Collio Bianco Zuani Riserva –friulano, chardonnay, sauvignon, pinot grigio
Oaky creamy Savignon blanc style.
 
Borgogno & Figli
Barolo (CN) -Piedmont
Importer: Domaine Select Wine Estates Inc
 –Langhe Nebbiolol, No Name –nebiolo
Well balanced, medium bodied and rich.
 
Brandini
La Morra – Piedmont
Importer: Dark Star Imports (info@darkstarimports.com)
 –Langhe Rosso –nebbiolo, barbera
 –Barolo Brandini –nebbiolo
 
Le Vigne di Zamo
Manzano – Friuli Venezia Giulia
Importer: Worldwide Cellars
 –FCO Rosazzo Bianco Ronco Delle Acacie –chardonnay, friulano
Refreshing, easy drinking.
 –Friuli Colli Oriental Pinot Grigio –pinot grigio
Light, acidic, bright and the first Pinot Grigio I’ve enjoyed in a long while.
 
Contratto
Canelli (AT) – Piedmont
Importer: Indigenous Selections
 –Contratto For England Rose –pinot nero
Delicious sparkling rose perfect sipping for a Lady any day of the week. Belissimo!
 
Giovanni Rosso
Serralunga D’alba (CN) – Piedmont
Importer: The Sorting Table
 –Barbera D’alba Donna Margherita 2012 –Barbera
Creamy, nutty chocolate notes.
 
I Custodi delle vigne dell’Etna 
Castiglione di Sicilia (CT) – Sicily
Importer: Worldwide Cellars
 –Ante 2011 –carricante, grecanico, minnella
Light bodied, pear, apple.
 –Etna Rosso Pistus 2012 –nerello mascalese 
 
Isole e Olena – isolena@tin.it
Importer: Cream Wine Company
 –Cepparello 2012 –sangiovese 
Medium bodied, tannic, dry, mossy, excellent potential.
 
La Parrina
Orbetello (GR) – Tuscany
info@parrina.it
 –Parrina Vermentino — Vermentino
Smooth with soft mouthfeel and honeycomb.
 –Costa Dell ‘Argentario Ansonica –ansonica
 –Parrina Muraccio –sagiovese, cabernet sauvignon, merlot

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(1)”Slow Wine Guide Chicago 1/29/2014 TRADE AND PRESS ONLY.” Eventbrite. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014.

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