Wines of Italy

This week at Bar Boulud, the best wines of Italy

The numbers vary, but we often hear that Italy has over 3,000 indigenous grapes. All of these different varieties have a story, but their names are not easily boiled down into easy marketing plans. It is not so often that you hear the fellow traveler sitting next to you at an airport bar asking for a nice cold Nosiola. But these vines are a deep part of the regional food traditions, and help locals to feel a connection with their ancestors. With that in mind, this week, we are doing a deep dive into our love of Italian wines.

Monday, we will open a Double-Magnum of Sagrantino di Montefalco from Paolo Bea in Umbria. The Sagrantino grape, some believe, may have been the varietal used at The Last Supper. As the story goes, the Franciscan Monks of Assisi brought the vine back from the Levant when returning home from the Crusades, and quickly made Sagrantino the wine of the Church. In the name of the grape, we nearly hear both sangre, or blood, and sacre, for sacred.

Later in the week we will open two older wines from San Lorenzo in the beautiful Marche, as well as an older bottle of Domenico Clerico’s ‘Arte’ bottling, from the historic 1990 vintage in the Piemonte.

Of course, if we are going to speak about the resurgence of native grapes in Italy, we must mention Mastroberardino. Their work in saving varietals that go all the way back to Pliny and Ancient Rome laid the framework for what is happening today. Fiano, Greco di Tufo, and Falanghina may all sound somewhat familiar today, but it is because of the hard work that was put in, of showing people a world beyond Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, of restoring that food tradition. This Friday, we will open their Taurasi Riserva ‘Radici’ in Double-Magnum, from the 1998 vintage. It promises to be very special.

Please join us this week, we have some surprises in store!

Paolo Bea,
Sagrantino di Montefalco ‘Pagliaro’ 2011
Poured from a 3-Liter Double Magnum

San Lorenzo,
Marche Bianco ‘Il San Lorenzo’ 2002

Domenico Clerico,
Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Arte’ 1990

San Lorenzo,
Marche Rosso ‘Il San Lorenzo’ 2001

Taurasi Riserva ‘Radici’ 1998
Poured from a 3-Liter Double Magnum

Poggio Scalete,
Alta Valle della Greve ‘Il Carbonaione’ 2016
Poured from a 3-Liter Double Magnum

Vino di Anna,
Sicilia Rosso ‘Palmento’ 2015