Thursday, July 29, 2010

Una Bella Serata Tra Amici, Buon Vino e Bocce ( Bocci & Wine at Poolside) at TRUMP (Where's Donald?) SOHO...by Philip S. Kampe

It's 87 degrees outside, smmer time in the BIG CITY.
And who else would venture in the middle of the summer, other than TEdwards http://www.tedwardwines.com/ ,"The True Unusual Wine Tasting Location GURUS" to
host a Trade tasting of their Portfolio of Italian wines at the new Trump Soho.

Imagine sipping TEdwards standout Prosecco, "FAGHER" Valdobbiadene DOC ( $13.99) by Le Colture, while playing Bocci on the rooftop of this elegant building.

Warm weather makes my taste buds think of FIANO del SANNIO, a favorite from Campania. This wine was produced by Fattoria la Rivolta. At $$19.99 a bottle, FIANO del SANNIO DOC 2009, is a wonderful, full bodied wine that rivals the best whites from Italy.
What a standout at a realistic price.!

Having spent alot of time in Umbria, I decided to sample a 2009 GRECHETTO dei COLLI MARTANI DOC ($13.99) from Fattoria di Milziade Antano. This white wine is full of character, due to the grechetto grape. The wine was dry, yet full of acidity with citrus overtones. The long mineral finish was pleasing. This is certainly a wine to stock-up on for warm summer nights, as well a winter dinner parties..

Sticking with wines from Umbria, the red wine I always desire is a Sagrantino from Montefalco.
Bingo, a 2004 SAGRANTINO di MONTEFALCO DOCG from Fatorria di Milziade Antano appeared. Considered by me, to be the "KING of SOUTHERN ITALIAN REDS", this wine had all of the attributes of a true Sagrantino: deep cherry fruit, licorice, plum with grilled figs.
Robert Parker gave this KING of SOUTHERN REDS 94 points.
At $59.99, it is a bargain!

Of course the 2004 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO DOCG produced by La Palazzetta from Toscana at $52.99 is a true rival of the Sagrantino.

Many notable wines were tasted, followed by a few standout sweet wines.
I loved the 2009 MOSCATO d'ASTI DOCG by Bricco Del Sole at $18.99 a 750ml bottle and the VERLIT PASSITO DOC 2006 by Marco Cecchini/D'Orsaria at $17.99.

I guess it's time to join the Green team for the Bocci tournament.
I heard DONALD TRUMP may be playing for the Red team.
You never know in New York!

If Donald Trump actually appeared, I would lead him to
the FRANCHETTI IGT 2008 produced by PASSOPISCIARO and presented by Elena Capobianco.
This is ELEGANCE IN A GLASS!!


PHILIP S. KAMPE
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