21 Apr The Sipping Point Radio – 4/21
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Sips of the Week
Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner of Valdicava Winery in Tuscany, joined us to talk about his amazing Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Vincenzo is passoniate about his wines having the spirit of the soil. His family has been instrumental in the establishment of Brunello di Montalcino as one of the world’s greatest wines and his wines are highly regard by critics and wine makers alike. 1. Valdicava Rosso 2009 – “Baby Brunello” can be released after 1 year old (6 months in oak). “A fruity and firm red, with berry and dried strawberry character, medium body and firm tannins. Well-structured Rosso di Montalcino. Drink now. ” 90 Points, James Suckling 2. Valdicava Brunello 2006 – must be aged for 4 years (2 years in oak). “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows with gorgeous layers of dark red fruit. This is one of the more muscular, virile wines of the vintage. Slow to reveal its character, the Valdicava Brunello will require significant patience, but I have seen the wine blossom beautifully, even in the smallest of vintages. A blast of iron, smoke, tar, licorice and new leather inform the deep, intense finish. This is a hugely promising, brilliant Brunello from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese, but it needs to be buried in the cellar for at least a few years. Readers who can’t wait should open the wine a few hours in advance, which will allow the fruit to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.” 95+ points, The Wine Advocate
Cyndy Bragg, The Whoopie Queen joined us with her magical Mint Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies. Strawberries are often referenced as the fruit of passion…it’s all those seeds! Strawberries contain more vitamin C than any other berry with a good amount of potassium as well as essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep the fires burning. We also discussed our Makin Whoopie Comedy Show: Comedy about wine and ‘you know what’ with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 PM at The NightCat in Easton, MD. Tickets are only $20. Show sponsors include The Inn at 202 Dover, Hair o’The Dog Wine & Spirits, Beautiful Discovery Salon and Barbara Stanny – Authority on Women’s Wealth and Abundance. Join us for a night of unbridled hilarity!
4/27: Join me for the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner at The Inn at 202 Dover. 5 courses $100 per person, for reservations call (866) 450-7600.
5/5 : National Harbor Food & Wine Festival Laurie is leading a seminar called Wine by the Numbers where you’ll learn how to rate wine like a pro!
Next Week we’ll talk to Genvieve Janssens, award winning winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery and Greg Nivens from the Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor.