The Aroma Group debuts its newest restaurant – Aroma at North French – Sunday, March 9, 2014 with an extravagant multi-course wine pairing dinner featuring six premium Italian producers.
Winemakers and owners from Garofoli, Inama, La Valentina, Aia Vecchia, Marchesi di Gresy & Selvapiana will be on hand to pour their finest wines and talk about their historic wineries alongside our exciting menu.
The conception and construction of our newest location has been an amazing journey and we couldn’t think of a better way to open its doors than with this one-of-a-kind wine and culinary event. Seats are $99 per/person and can be made by RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The availability for this dinner is limited so don’t hesitate if you want to be a part of the next chapter in bringing our passion and dedication to our customers through farm to table inspired food and our thoughtfully selected wine offerings.
Overall the 2009 growing season over most of Europe was mainly hot and dry, leading to ripe, powerful reds and round, fruit driven whites. It’s generally assumed that the downside to such warm vintages is a loss of structure, through lower acids and softer tannins – not something most of us associate with grapes like nebbiolo. Yet luckily in Piedmont the proceeding winter and spring provided plenty of snowfall and rain, ultimately providing enough moisture in the soils and reservoirs to add balance to the warm and dry conditions that lead to optimum ripening of grapes across the board.
One of those producers that benefitted was Silvio Grasso, a favorite of ours thanks to his value-driven entry level Barolo. While we (and it seemed like most of our restaurant guests and customers here at the wine boutique) drank up the deliciousness of the 2008 vintage while it was still available, we weren’t sure 2009 would pick up where that previous vintage left off. Well we were wrong…it has completely surpassed expectations in a fleshier, bolder frame that still evokes everything we love about nebbiolo.
Grasso’s 2009 Barolo balances fruit and earth, with inviting aromas of dark fruits, flowers and tar. The ying and yang of richness and tannin extends it pleasure into a sizable finish that drinks well on its own or provides plenty of ammunition at the table. Turns out Wine Advocate agrees, awarding it 92 points and the following rave review:
“The 2009 Barolo shows the powerful side of the vintage with a brooding, dark color and lively aromas of cassis, forest fruit, anise, fennel, licorice and tar. A dark, inky appearance is followed by smooth richness and long lasting flavors of black fruit and spice.”
We’ve got this wine at the boutique for $39.99 and on our restaurant’s current wine list as well. It’s just a superb Barolo at a price unbeaten by most.
Soave may be one of the most recognized indigenous white wines of Italy, so much so that people identify it as a brand more so than a region. In its home of Veneto, the Garganega grape (main grape of Soave) certainly makes enough user-friendly versions that make their way to the states. While most of these are easy and not so distinctive, there’re certainly more serious versions available. Many of these come from the Soave Classico zone where hillside vineyards produce superior grapes with more intense flavor.
Suavia Soave Superiore Classico 2012 is one of those exceptional bottles that yields many of the best qualities one can expect from this region. Wine Spectator describes this wine to a tee with, “sleek and fresh, with a smoky, mineral-tinged underpinning and creamy notes of poached apple and pear, lemon meringue and honeysuckle.”
It’s rare to find a balance between juicy and creamy, or fruity and mineral driven yet Suavia pulls this off well in its fresh 2012 vintage. Don’t confuse this with an everyday Soave. There’s too much wine in this bottle to diminish it with any comparisons to a typical Soave, and best of all its only $15.