Let’s Have a Drink: Crisp Italian Wines from Citarella
Let's face it: We could all use a good drink right about now. And since everyone is busy cooking themselves more fabulous meals than ever, you better be sure you're pairing your dishes with an equally fabulous wine. That's why we spoke to Citarella's Wine and Spirits Director Michael Acheson to find out what Italian wines he's drinking now. The best part? Though Citarella's Hudson Yards wine shop may be closed, they are delivering all of the wines below to New York City residents. Drink up, and cheers!
Bubbles: Polvanera, Primitivo NV $21
This is the perfect bubbly for a casual night. Soft and fruit forward, with loads of dark cherry and strawberry, and a light sparkling touch. It’s a super cool expression of Primitivo that in no way reflects some of the overdone, extracted wines you sometimes find in Apulia. I love this with a mixed plate of salumi and hard cheese.
White: Ciro Picariello “Irpinia” Fiano 2018 $19
Ciro Picariello's Irpinia Fiano is like a buzzsaw of deliciousness. Brimming with crushed stone, laser bright freshness, and a hint of salty, lime-inflected sea air, you can serve this with all sorts of different crudo and antipasti. Or, just drink it on its own. Friends are optional.
Rosé: Istine, Sangiovese Rosato 2019 $21
Angela Fronti is one of Tuscany’s brightest shining stars. She’s young, passionate, and exuberant, and her Sangiovese rosato is basically her personality distilled into a bottle. This pink Sangio is absolutely crushable, brimming with red berry fruit and clean, crisp acidity. Pairs well with anything on the lighter side. I do it with salads a lot, but it’s also a go-to on its own when I’m relaxing on the couch.
Red: Principe Corsini “Le Corti” Chianti Classico 2016 $23
Google the Corsini family and prepare to enter a Wikihole of fascinating medieval Tuscan history. For a family with 2 Pope’s in their lineage these folks sure are humble. Wonderful even. Duccio Corsini’s estate just south of Florence is responsible for one of my favorite wines of the 2016 vintage, the Le Corti Chianti Classico. This wine absolutely EXPLODES out of the glass. Seriously, it smells amazing, just full of ripe red & black fruits and a hint of damp earth. Grill up some Bistecca and pop open a bottle of this Chianti Classico.
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