Thursday: Dalla Terra Wine Tasting

Reveler is thrilled to welcome Kate Cassidy, the Northeast Regional Manager for Dalla Terra Winery Direct, to the tasting bar to pour an exciting lineup of their wines! Della Terra Winery Direct is a national agent and direct importer of a small group of leading family-owned wineries in Italy. Dalla Terra means “from the earth” in Italian, and the estates they represent are terroir-driven icons, not only of each province or region, but of Italy as a whole. Founded in 1990 by Brian Larky, Dalla Terra has pioneered a unique approach to bringing wines from Italy to the U.S. market.

Kate Cassidy has been with Dalla Terra for ten years and in the wine business, predominantly selling European wine, for the past 25. A Massachusetts local, she started her career in wine as a Catering Manager at MIT and covered the President House events. She then worked at Boston Wine Company for eleven years, travelling to Europe to learn about wine while also completing the WSET at Boston University. Come meet Kate and try some delicious Italian wines that are new to the store!

We will be tasting:

Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco Vecchia Modena Premium NV - Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Cleto Chiarli founded the first wine-producing company in the Emilia-Romagna region in 1860, following the success of his homemade Lambrusco. In 2001, Cleto’s great-grandsons, the current leaders of the company, built a new winery under the founder’s name. With careful selection of homegrown grapes, state-of-the-art equipment and 150 years of tradition, Cleto Chiarli has become one of the most recognized privately-owned Lambrusco companies. The Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena is 100% Lambrusco - a family of eight closely related grape varieties native to Italy that are made into sparkling wines - showing a deep rose color. Fragrances and flavors of strawberry, heady violet, tangerine, crushed raspberry, ginger and brushwood are held by tangy acidity and a silky, mineral mouthfeel. This Lambrusco is great with pasta dishes like tortellini, light Italian meat dishes and aged cheeses.

Marco Felluga, Collio Chardonnay 2017 - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
The Marco Felluga family estate is recognized as a pioneer in regional quality and innovation. At the end of the 1800s, Marco Felluga moved his winemaking business to Grado, near Collio, and passed viticulture traditions and knowledge down to his family members. Today, Marco’s great-grandson, Roberto Felluga, oversees both the family’s Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore wineries. Marco Felluga controls over 250 acres of vineyards, most of which are family owned and operated within Collio. The Collio Chardonnay sees a cold maceration before a soft pressing that allows separation from the skins. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks and then spends about six months on the lees in steel tanks, followed by a few months in bottle. This Chardonnay sees no oak and has aromas of pineapple, citrus zest and delicate herbs. The palate shows good structure with very fresh, savory and mineral flavors of apple and pear. This wine would pair well with a seafood risotto or white lasagna.

Enrico Serafino, Gavi di Gavi 2018 - Piedmont, Italy
Eric Serafino was founded in 1878, in Canale d’Alba, one of the main towns in the Roero region of Piedmont, Italy. The winery quickly became known and established throughout Piedmont as it was one of the first to sell the region’s classic wines throughout Italy and abroad. Today the winery still stands in its original location, making it the oldest winery in the region. In 2015, after many transitional periods the winery was purchased by the Krause family, who are committed to re-establishing Enrico Serafino as one of today’s leading Piedmont wineries. Gavi di Gavi is made from the Cortese grape, a traditionally medium-acid, higher-alcohol dry white wine varietal. This Gavi di Gavi is unoaked and spends time on its lees, creating its slightly creamy, nutty, rich mouthfeel. The 2018 vintage shows aromas of wildflowers, pear, plum, gooseberry and citrus with harmonic flavors of green apple and almond, supported by high, vibrant acidity before a pleasant mineral finish. Struggling to pair a wine with a pesto dish? This is your go-to!

Tasca d’Almerita, Sicilia Grillo Mozia Fondazione Whitaker 2016 - Sicity, Italy 
Sicily is home to the Tasca d’Almerita family of estates: Regaleali, Capofaro and Whitaker. While the history of Tasca d’Almerita dates back to the 19th century, it was Count Giuseppe Tasca who started a new era for the winery and the Sicillian wine business in the late 1950s, devoting himself to the promotion of Sicillian wines and introducing a business model based on quality and innovation rather than quantity and bulk production. Tasca d’Almerita employs both traditional and contemporary winemaking techniques with the latest innovations to produce wines of balance and character. The Whitaker estate takes advantage of a coastal environment that is well suited for the production of white wines with typical Mediterranean floral notes. It is here that they grow and produce their Grillo, a full-bodied and delicately aromatic white grape varietal. While it is an important ingredient in Marsala, own its own it also makes a delicious dry white wine. The 2016 Grillo is linear and focused, refreshing the palate with its aromas of tangerine, lime, white peach, candied almonds, cooked apple and pear. full-bodied, layered and flavorful, the pleasantly tangy finish lingers on the palate.   

Garofoli, Rosso Conero Piancarda 2016 - Marche, Italy
Established by Antonio Garofoli in 1871, the Garofoli estate is the oldest wine company in Marche, Italy. His son officially founded the estate in 1901 and by 2005, the family’s fifth-generation began working at the winery. Since its inception, the Garofoli estate has always done its best to continuously update and improve wine production techniques without discarding proven traditional methods. The Piancarda vineyard is Garofoli’s top source for Montepulciano grapes. Using 100% Montepulciano from Piancarda, this wine is a classic expression of the grape variety. Ruby red in color, abundant aromas of cherries, blackberries and roasted herbs fill the nose. Medium-bodied, soft and dry with prominent, yet elegant tannins, the palate offers flavors of plums, Morello cherries, dark red fruits, jam and spices. Combines well with pasta and roasted meats, aged or blue cheeses, and game. 

Aia Vecchia, Toscana Lagone 2017 - Tuscany, Italy
Aia Vecchia is the name of an old building, which today is the center of a wine production company deep in the Tuscan countryside. The Pellegrini family has been farming grapes in the hills of Bolgheri for four generations and manages the estate, first releasing wine under its own label in 1998. Aia Vecchia is located between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, an area where the favorable microclimate and ideally suited soils produce very high quality wines. Attention to detail is essential to Aia Vecchia, where grapes are handpicked and production is limited to ensure the best quality goes into each bottle. The Toscana Lagone 2017 is comprised of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in various types of oak barrels for twelve months, then an additional six in bottle. The nose shows delicate aromas of cherry, vanilla, plum, raw beef and herbs. The palate is dry, structured and velvety with flavors of dark fruits, ripe cherries, wild berries and a hint of spice, followed by a lengthy mineral finish that begs for food. This Tuscan blend excels with both red and white meats, various pasta dishes and hard cheeses.

Binomio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2014 - Abruzzo, Italy
“Binomio” means two names, honoring founders Stefano Inama (Inama Azienda Agricola) and Sabatino di Properzio (Fattoria La Valentina). The project arose from the common passion of the two producers for this particular terroir - Abruzzo is a strong but gentle, charming but rarely visited region. The project was developed during the first two vintages of 1998 and 1999, yet operations really took off in 2000 with the purchase of a vineyard near Majella National Park. Since then, Binomio has gradually improved each vintage, becoming a landmark among the best wines of the Abruzzo region. The Montepulciano grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed prior to maceration and fermentation, which take place in vertical vats. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation occurs before aging in second use (50/50) French oak barriques for 15-18 months. After aging, a selection of the best barriques are racked without clarification and a light filtration is done before bottling. The result is a dense ruby red colored wine with intense aromas of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry and spices. Powerful and expansive on the palate, with ripe tannins and great balance, the finish is round, fresh and lingering. Pairs well with baked and grilled meats, very mature aged cheeses and Callara lamb.

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Friday: Castle Island Brewing Co. - Norwood, MA

Reveler is excited to welcome Castle Island Brewing Co. back to the tasting bar! After completing a brewing apprenticeship in 2011, Founder and President Adam Romanow decided to open his own brewery. Castle Island Brewing Co. opened their doors in December 2015 with the goal to be the beer that is always in your fridge; reliable, consistent, fresh and local. In order to achieve this, they try to strike a balance between appealing to beer gurus and rookies alike. Come on and try your neighbors’ beers! 

We will be tasting:

Candlepin Hoppy Session Ale - An anytime beer brewed with Columbus and Citra for big hop flavor, but with lower alcohol.

White Ale - Brewed with Valencia orange and coriander, this bright and award-winning American White Ale shows a bit of spice, a touch of sweetness and a tangy crispness.

American Lager - Brewed distinctively for the everyday, this classic American Lager is light and crisp, and will have you reaching for another sip. Winner of the Gold Medal in the American Lager/Pilsner category at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Keeper New Age IPA - Castle Island’s flagship IPA is smooth but punchy; balanced yet intense. Despite the colossal amount of hops crammed into this beer, it is still extremely approachable.

Social Studies New England IPA - In the name of science, Castle Island is doing their due diligence to unearth the secret combination to making the haziest, juiciest NEIPA possible. Social Studies is an ever-evolving beer that takes a deeper look into the world of hops by putting a single variety on a pedestal for each release. This particular version used Citra Hops.

Hi-Def Double IPA - Emanating from the tanks with a juicy burst of tropical hops, Hi-Def hits with huge flavors of fresh melon, papaya and tangerine. A touch of honey malt and heaping doses of Citra, Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops keep this crusher beautifully balanced for a seriously smooth sip.

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Friday: A Classic Wine Tasting

It’s a wine kind of week! Join us for a warm-up to our Grand Wine Tasting with a great lineup from Classic Imports! Whether you need something for tonight’s dinner or to bring to a friend this weekend - we’ve got you covered with a French Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish Tempranillo, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a coveted Californian red blend. Hope to see you in!

We will be tasting:

Domaine Celestin Blondeau, Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - Loire Valley, France
Domaine Celestin Blondeau is a project operated by the Fournier family, of Fournier Père et Fils. Situated in Verdigny, in the heart of Sancerre appellation, Maison Fournier is the legacy of several generations of winegrowers and highly regarded among the region. Paul Fournier started the winery in 1950 with just two hectares of land. The family has continuously developed the land, quality of wine, and overall business over the decades to achieve Fournier’s current 60+ hectares and global respect. Although the Sancerre appellation is the most famous area for French Sauvignon Blanc, it is grown throughout the entire Loire Valley region. Despite Sauvignon Blanc’s wide appeal and the variety of countries and regions that grow it, France is  where the grape varietal originates! The Domaine Clelestin Blondeau Sauvginon Blanc shows typical French style notes of white citrus, flowers, grass, herbs, spice and mineral aromas and flavors with great finesse.

Protocolo, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Tinto 2017 - Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Founded by the fourth generation of winemakers, the Eugren family delved into their Protocolo project with the philosophy of creating exceptional quality, everyday wines at affordable prices. They implement sustainable practices, omitting the use of irrigation, fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Protocolo Tinto is crafted from the fruit of 30 to 70 year-old Tempranillo vines sourced from several of the finest sites in Manchuela. The grapes undergo a short cold maceration and are pressed and vinified in stainless steel. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures to retain the natural aromatics of the Tempranillo. The wine then spends a year maturing in stainless steel to soften the tannins and add complexity. Medium-bodied, this wine shows aromas and flavors of black raspberries, blackberries, cocoa, sweet baking spice and a hint of smoke. Supple tannins and bright acidity add structure to this versatile wine. This stellar wine was featured in Reveler’s Wine Club!

Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Pinot Noir 2017 - Sonoma Coast, CA
In 1989, Walt and Joan Flowers purchased 321 acres high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believe to be uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties as well as select vineyards in the coolest region of Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews. The 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was farmed sustainably from both the estate and vineyards of Flowers’ grower-partners. With 100% native yeast fermentation, they work hard to have a “hands off” approach to winemaking, allowing the wines to showcase the terroir. Warmer temperatures in 2017 translated to an intensity of fruits and a supple, evolved texture. On the nose, floral notes of lilac, rose petal, violet and dried Provencal herbs integrate with flavors of dark berries, dried strawberries, plum tart, chocolate-covered cherries, cedar and baking spice on the palate. Overall richness and crunchy acidity lead to a savory yet lengthy, mineral-driven finish. 

Leviathan Red Blend 2017 - California, USA
Founded by Annie Favia and Andy Erickson in 2004, Leviathan’s goal is to produce the best California red wine in a given vintage drawing on vineyard sources across the state. Tapping into their collective 35 years of industry experience in both the field and cellar, this couple crafts their Leviathan Red Blend afresh each vintage from the best of what California has to offer every year. Each vintage, Erickson coaxes the very best from each of the chosen varietals, regions, and vineyards to create one distinct and exceptional red blend. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2017 Red Blend shows aromas and flavors of red and blue berries, cherry jam, chocolate, espresso, new leather, marzipan, leafy sage, mint and graphite. The palate is seamlessly round and velvety, despite obvious tannins that lead to a long finish. This wine is perfect with big steaks, roasts, burgers and chilly October evenings.

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Saturday: Reveler’s Fall Grand Wine Tasting is here!

As exciting as our Rosé Grand Tasting is each year, our Fall Grand Wine Tasting is not to be missed! We will be tasting nearly 50 wines from iconic wine growing regions all across the globe, as well as some regions you may have never heard of! With a mix of white, red, rosé and bubbles (including grower Champagnes!) - there is something for everyone! We will be pouring wines from G.D. Vajra, Long Meadow Ranch, Bodegas Muga, David Large, Marcel Lapierre, AALTO, Eric Rodez, Tommaso Bussola, Bonny Doon, Achaval Ferrer, Needham’s own “The Sangria Lady”, and so, so many more! Grab your friends and get in on the fun!! Saturday afternoon from 2-5 PM. 

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Announcing In-Store Wine Education Classes!!

We are thrilled to announce monthly educational wine tasting classes for wine lovers! The theme will vary each month and will occasionally have a guest speaker. Each class is $35 per person, is limited to 20 people per class and takes place from 7-8:30PM. Next one up? September 25th!

Oct 23rd Wine Additives: Fact from Fiction - guest speaker Alison Dunn of Oz Imports, WSET Diploma

Nov 20th - Thanksgiving Wine & Food Pairings - guest speaker Ross Cohen of Martignetti Companies, WSET Advanced

Dec 18th Wine Class: Navigating a Wine List & Communicating what You Like in a Wine - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced

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