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Two Reds from the Alps

This week we bring you two red wines from the same family-run vineyard in Trento, in the Alto Adige of northern Italy -- a spectacular wine region with a unique Alpine-Mediterranean climate like nowhere else. While these two wines are nearly opposites in so many ways -- one light, fresh and fruity, the other intense, velvety, and seductive -- what they do have in common is that they are both native varietals born of that region, and they are both utterly drinkable. All of us audibly hummed "yummmmmmm" as we swirled each of these in the glass and took our first sips.



Like so many of the producers we fall in love with, Cobelli is a small, multi-generational winery that uses regenerative practices and minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar. The three brothers, whose great-great-grandfather started making wine here in the 1800s, now run the estate. They work five hectares of vines planted with a variety of indigenous grapes, which are harvested by hand and then fermented in the family’s old stable turned wine cellar.


We love finding great wines from 'off the beaten track' varietals that offer a new experience, and these really do. These are truly delightful, easy-drinking reds that you can enjoy any evening of the week. We honestly can't choose a favorite, so we recommend you get both and see which wins your heart.


 




This is a pale-colored fresh red wine, perfect for a late-summer evening. Made from the Schiava grape which is often described as a 'sommelier favorite' for its great value and easy quaffability. The bright, fruity character reminds us of a wonderful Gamay or even a German Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Elegant, approachable, and very easy drinking. A delicate glass that pops with fresh strawberries, earthy undertones and subtle tannins. Its light alcohol (12%) makes it oh so easy to sip on it's own as an aperitif before dinner, or pair with lighter proteins like ham, chicken, or even fish. Just delightful!

 



In many ways this wine stands in contrast to the Schiava, although it is no less outstanding. A deep, dark colored wine with a rustic character and an intense nose that jumps out of the glass. We just love this Italian varietal. Perfectly balanced with a nose full of bramble, blackberry, cranberries, cocoa and almond essence, and a smooth, round palate. Where the Schiava is the light, graceful dancer floating across the stage, the Teroldego is the powerful yet elegant counterpart that hits the palate with all the right elements! While more intense in the glass, it is also light alcohol (12%) making it so easy to drink glass after glass. This is fabulous with the rich flavors of bacon, like a pasta carbonara, or smokey grilled meats.



We are extending our Back from Holiday Discount!

If you would like to order a case (12 bottles) of wine, you will get 20% off. To activate the discount, use code WFSUMMER23at checkout on our website, or let us know via email!

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