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Extreme Italy with Holly Corr from Oliver McCrum

Italy has some of the world’s most famous wine regions, but the country also makes many captivating wines in lesser known regions. On Wednesday night Holly Corr, from one of our favorite Italian Importers Oliver McCrum, will join us to explore some of Italy’s outermost regions. These wines come from the extreme edges of Italy, are obscure local varietals, and are all wonderful discoveries!

From high above the Mediterranean sea in western Liguria, near the French border, we’ll pour a Rossese di Dolceacqua, a rare local grape, by the tiny estate Ka' Manciné. This lighter style red wine has fresh red fruits with herbal notes of wild sage, thyme, and lavender. Next, over to Calabria in the extreme south of Italy, we’ll pour a Gaglioppo from Sergio Arcurì. It’s reminiscent of a Nebbiolo, with earthy fruit, citrus zest, and warm spice. We’ll finish in Puglia, with a blend of local grapes Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera from Castel di Salve Armecolo. The owner of Castel di Salve describes Negroamaro as a ‘wild horse’ because it’s difficult to vinify. This one is a clear success, with dark fruits, tobacco, plum, and a vibrant peppery finish!

Ka' Manciné Rossese di Dolceacqua “Galeae” 2015
Sergio Arcurì Aris Cirò 2013
Castel di Salve Armecolo Rosso 2014

Flight of three wines, $15
As always, featured wines are for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only

Photo Credit: Ka*Manciné Facebook