On Thursday October 8 at 6:30 Stellina will host the first in a two-part series of wine tastings. This first tasting focuses exclusively on wines grown and produced in the regions along ITALY’S EAST COAST.

The Eastern Coast extends along the edges of the stunning Adriatic Ocean, from the Slovakian border all the way to the “heel” of Puglia. It encompasses some of the loveliest countryside in Italy, with the rolling, verdant hillsides of the north contrasting with the rough, rocky seaside cliffs of the south. Because it is not as well known as its West Coast counterpart, its regions offer outstanding values both in travel and in wine.

We will be tasting five red wines from five different provinces. Some such as Valpolicella and Montepulciano are already well known for their bounteous flavor. Others, like the Primitivo, are better known by other names; in this case, Zinfandel. We’ll also get a chance to taste grapes types that are little known outside their native regions, like the Sagrantino di Montefalco that is indigenous to Umbria.

Selected antipasti are served with the wines. Professional commentary is  provided by an industry representative.

Cost for the tasting, including wines and antipasti, is $29 per person. Reservations are required.






Le Vigne di Zamo Refosco (Friuli)

Le Vigne di Zamò is the winery born where, from Julius Caesar to the present day, through twenty centuries of history, the cultivation of vines and production of internationally famous wines have represented a wealth of tradition in which the winegrowing excellence of the Colli Orientali del Friuli district is rooted.

These hills reach altitudes of between 100 and 350 metres above sea level, with homogeneous climatic conditions and geological origins. Soils with an extraordinary vocation for viticulture, due to their position and composition, with the Giulie Alps behind them, protecting the vines from the cold winds that blow in from the north, and facing the Adriatic Sea, which guarantees constant beneficial ventilation.

Here, Pierluigi, Silvano and Brigitte Zamò employ their entire wealth of experience and immense passion for the company estate, dynamically yet traditionally creating wines for true connoisseurs.

Sensory profile
Deep ruby red with purple highlights. The medley of blueberry, blackcurrant, bramble and plum fruit is lifted by spice, leather, vanilla and cocoa powder before the palate opens into aromas that echo the nose with the caressing, faintly tannic warmth and good depth characteristic of this uncompromising variety


Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano Toni

Owner: Luigi Cataldi Madonna
Winemaker: Lorenzo Landi
Varietals: 100% Montepulciano

Vineyard Location: Cona vineyard, near Ofena

Manual harvest and selection; maceration on the skins for 20-28 days with periodic remontage and delestage in stainless steel; malolactic fermentation – the majority of the wine in stainless steel, part in 225 L French oak

Aging Process
12 months in 225 L French oak, followed by 18 months in bottle

Tasting Notes
Color: Brilliant ruby red
Bouquet: Rich, textured expression of dark fruit with balanced oak notes
Flavor: Dry and warm with elegant tannins and medium in body; mature fruit notes accompanied by pleasant acidity that gives this full wine a fresh character


Tormaresca Primitivo Torcicoda

Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family’s investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.

The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.

The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties.

Tasting notes:

The 2012 vintage exhibits an intense ruby red color. The nose has fruity aromas of plums, blackberries and raspberries fused with spicy sensations of coffee, pepper and chocolate. On the palate, the wine is smooth, pleasurable and elegant with intensity and persistence in the finish.”

This lavish wine boats fine winemaking. Its beautiful flavors of plump cherry, leather, chocolate and tobacco are backed by soft tannins and a rich, round mouthfeel. This should pair with meat or pasta.

This award-winning ruby red wine is all primitivo (zinfandel), Puglia’s signature grape, and the first Puglian wine to make the Wine Spectator top 100 list last year. Full-bodied and complex, with red fruit and plum aromas, it’s soft and round on the palate with great fruit concentration and hints of dried fig leading into notes of clove and licorice and a long finish. Perfect for tomato-based dishes and pastas, roasted chicken, and sauced, grilled meats.


Acinum Valpolicella Ripasso

Acinum is a collection of exquisite wines selected by Fabrizio Pedrolli in order to enrich the Vias portfolio with the best Italian territories and wineries. This selection starts from the historical wine areas of Veneto, Negrar in Valpolicella and Montforte d’Alpone in Soave, These wines are the result of a successful collaboration with the family of Edoardo Montresor, who cultivate the grapes, and the oenological expertise of Enrico Paternoster.

Owner: Fabrizio Pedrolli
Winemaker: Enrico Paternoster
Varietals: 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara

The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 20 days at 27 °C, and udergoes a second fermentation with the Amarone marc for 10 days.

Aging Process
It is aged in new French barriques for 1 year and for additional 4 months in the bottle, before the release.

Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby red in colour
Bouquet: On the nose it displays aromas of almond and cinnamon.
Flavor: Dry on the palate with a very pleasant velvety taste. Very rich in flavors of cherry, musk, spices and wood.
Pairings: Excellent with red meat dishes, poultry, boiled beef and aged cheeses.


Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco

Còlpetrone became a member of the Saiagricola group in 1995 and is situated in the center of Umbria, a stone’s throw from Foligno, Trevi and Bastardo. After a short time it became one of the key estates in the area of Montefalco, due to its spectacular red wine, Sagrantino of Montefalco. In the span of a few years time, Còlpetrone went from obscurity to an ­internationally  ­recognized premier Sagrantino producer.  The designation of a DOCG appellation for ­Sagrantino di Montefalco in 1992 solidified the standing of both the Sagrantino varietal and Còlpetrone. Today, the estate consists of 345 acres, 155 of which are vineyards.  Còlpetrone produces 200,000 bottles annually, offering consumers Rosso di Montefalco, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Gold ­Sagrantino di Montefalco and Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito.

Sagrantino is a native varietal of Umbria, which, according to some, was brought to the region by Franciscan monks centuries ago. In the last 30 years, Sagrantino has enjoyed a resurgence in Umbria. Rich in tannins and polyphenols, Colpetrone takes extensive care in the cultivation of Sagrantino order to produce an elegant, balanced wine.

Sagrantino di Montefalco received the DOCG designation in the 1990s

This is serious Sagrantino, which can be rustic and hard most times. Crazy aromas of black licorice and dark berries. Full body, with polished and beautiful tannins and a coco powder and black fruit undertone. wine. Very stylish.”