Wine of October
Nino Franco Prosecco Nodi 2017

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ince 1919, the Franco Family have been producing DOCG wines in the town of Valdobbiadene. Antonio “Nino” Franco is one of the Veneto’s pioneers, and among the first to export Prosecco beyond the Italian borders. Currently, 3rd and 4th generation owners, Primo Franco and daughter Silvia, travel the world educating and promoting the fine DOCG wines from the estate. Their NV Rustico is the flagship of the winery, and is recognized as one of the finest expressions of the terroir. It is poured in the finest restaurants around the world.

Primo Franco also pioneered the production of “single vineyard/vintage dated” Prosecco. Nodi  is the 3rd Single Vineyard release from Nino Franco. Primo and his winemaker blended this Ultra Luxury Prosecco, from a small piece of land, in the hills of Valdobbiadene, known as Col del Vent. They created a balanced/elegant wine, with great structure and bright acidity, from old vines dating back some 80 years.

Nodi surpasses many critics idea of Prosecco. With an aroma of wisteria and roses, Nodi also exhibits fruit notes of pear and gooseberry. This is a stunning wine, produced from 100% Glera grapes, and is a fine expression of terroir, as the palate gives way to peach and nectarine, with persistent bubbles, bright acidity and a fresh complex taste. In Italian, Nodi translates to “Knots,” alluding to the ancient vines producing these grapes. Nodi graces the wine lists of many important restaurants in several countries, as well as a multitude of Michelin starred restaurants and hotels.

What to pair with this stunning wine? Nodi is a perfect aperitif, with its friendly fruit tones and acidity, it is perfect alone or with some prosciutto and burrata. The wine will easily cut through the creaminess of the burrata and temper the salty/fat flavors in the prosciutto. The focused and creamy palate will pair well with Stripped Bass or Yellow Tail Sashimi, taming their salty flavors and drawing out the sweetness, aided by the pear and peach notes. The Sashimi challenges the wine, and helps exhibit its fresh taste and elegance. Each of these food pairings are aided by Nodi’s focused taste and bright acidity, and will not disappoint.


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Harvest Season
A View from the Vineyards

Despite having a tough year due to the pandemic, and in some cases, natural disasters, wine producers around the globe are embracing the harvest season, while hoping things will soon be back to "normal".

For those of you who cannot be there in person this year, here are a few stunning images sent in by some of our producers. Let's toast to a good harvest and better 2021! Cheers!


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A Prosecco Producers' Kingdom

Although the freedom of travel is temporarily on hold, you are never closer to the 100-year-old Estate of Nino Franco. Let the "First Family" of Prosecco take you on a private tour of their beautiful property! 


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Springtime in Lilliano

Homebound and longing for wine country? Take a video tour of Tenuta di Lilliano in the Chianti Classico Region.  This beautiful estate becomes even more magical in springtime...


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Sicilian Love Story

The Coronavirus respects no borders, but love and compassion of the Cusumano team are defeating the invisible enemy of fear and ignorance. When harsh realities pull us apart, they are bringing people together.


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Award Night in Chelsea

The frigid temperature on February 28, 2020 did not faze any of the enthusiastic crowd who attended our sold-out 10th Annual Tre Bicchieri Wine Dinner at Portale restaurant. This year, we are celebrating the award-winning wines of Alta Mora, Cusumano and Tenuta di Lilliano. Co-hosting this event was Alessandro Ruspoli, owner-winemaker of renowned family Estate Lilliano.


Master chef Alfred Portale created an exquisite 4-course feast which perfectly paired each of these Tre Bicchieri Award-winning wines.


As the night progressed, this wine & food celebration quickly turned into one of the hottest events in town! Cheers!


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Fall for Wine 

... And wine for all the wine and food lovers who attended our 11th Annual "Fall Frolic" Tasting & Dinner on September 16, 2019, featuring wines from the TDS Portfolio.


As guests hosts of this year's event, Owner/Winemaker Jenny Doré of Foxen Vineyards and Dave Miner of Miner Family shared their top wines with a passionate crowd of wine connoisseurs. These exquisite selection of wines were enhanced by a seemingly endless feast prepared by chefs at Frankies 457.


A true lively and fun evening of great wines and delicious food. And most of all, a memorable night for all wine lovers.


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Wild Boar,
Sophisticated Wine 

On March 1, 2019, Our 9th Annual Tre Bicchieri Dinner took place at Ristoro del Cinghiale, the hot Tuscan venue in town. This sold-out dinner event showcases the winners of Tre Bicchieri Awards 2019, including Terenzi and Cusumano. 


This year, Winemaker/Owner Federico Terenzi presented his superb wines from the Maremma, a remarkable land in the southwest corner of Tuscany. This ancient land of Italian cowboys, cattle and sheep was the birthplace of Morellino di Scansano, the finest expression of the noble grape, Sangiovese.


Chef Ben Smallman's Tuscan themed menu also dazzled the lively guests. From Bistecca di Florentina to Roasted Wild Boar, each course was perfectly paired to some of the best Terenzi creations, including Purosangue Riserva and Madrechiesa, the 7th year winner of Tre Bicchieri Award.


The confluence of these passionate and delicious wines, and the intense flavors of each course made for the celebration of senses. A winning night for all.



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When Napa Meets Italy

On the rain soaked evening of September 25, 2018, our 10th Annual Fall Frolic Tasting & Wine Dinner took place at Frankies 457. The wines from the entire TDS Portfolio were tasted by the enthusiastic crowd of food and wine aficionados. 


On this milestone year, Miner Family Winemaker Gary Brookman brought Brooklyn some California sunshine, as a selection of fine wines from this dynamic family-owned winery were featured during a four-course feast. Gary conducted a doctoral on pairing Californian wines with Italian cuisine. An ambitious challenge, but a delicious outcome.


Judging by the smiling faces and sound bite in the packed dining room, this is another successful event for TDS, and a memorable night for the wine and food lovers.


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Foxen Sets Anchor

wine dinner, Tony DiDio

While New Yorkers are welcoming the arrival of Fleet Week, another American fleet dropped its anchor in town. "Sailing" all the way from Santa Maria Valley, Winemakers/Owners Dick Dore and Bill Wathen of Foxen Vineyard & Winery,  along with Marketing and Business Directors Jenny Williamson Dore and Becky Wathen arrived for a series of tastings and events in NYC, including a special wine dinner at Bouley Test Kitchen on May 24, 2018.


The two "Pinot Professors" charmed the attentive crowd with the fascinating history of Foxen Winery, which dates back to the early 1800's, as well as the uniqueness of their Santa Barbara County vineyards.


Master Chef and culinary icon David Bouley prepared a multi-course menu that paired perfectly with each Foxen wine. The subtleties of every dish was enhanced by the elegance and honesty of the wines. It was an unmistakable harmony of food and wine playing off each other, and the guests met each pairing with thunderous applause.


Anchors up, smooth sailing indeed...


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3 Glasses for 3 Winners

wine dinner, Tony DiDio

On March 2, 2018, as a vicious Nor'easter pounded the East coast with heavy wind, rain and snow, TDS and Porter House NYC presented our 7th Annual Tre Bicchieri Dinner in honor of three winners of the prestigious awards for Italian wines.


Winemakers/Owners Peter Zemmer, Federico Terenzi  from their namesake wineries and Maria Leone from Cusumano brought Italian warmth and sunshine to this otherwise damp and cold Friday evening in New York City.


Chef Michael Lomonaco's exquisite dinner menu paired well with each of the award-winning wines, as three of our Italian wine stars talked about the history of their wineries and the wines chosen for this special event.


It might still feel like Winter, but Spring is already in full session at our celebratory dinner for these deserving award winners.


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Harmony Italian Style

wine dinner, Tony DiDio

On the evening of Jan. 17, 2018, a "Meatball Buffet" was presented at the prestigious Harmonie Club, featuring 5 Italian wines from the TDS Portfolio.


With New York- style Italian cuisines as inspirations, Chef Thomas Piede prepared an array of antipasti, pastas, entrees and yes, some delicious meatballs. Tony DiDio paired this incredible feast with Cusumano Syrah and Nero d'Avola, Peter Zemmer "Punggl" Pinot Bianco, d'Amico "Noe" Orvieto and Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico.


The weather outside did not discourage the crowd from attending this marvelous event, dish after dish, glass after glass.


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Holiday Wine Pairing

wine party, Tony DiDio

Pairing wines with a typical Thanksgiving dinner can be daunting when side dishes, both sweet and savory, are served simultaneously. On Nov. 21, 2017, Tony DiDio sat down with Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes, hosts of Fox 5's award-winning show "Good Day New York", to talk about ways to simplify this seemingly difficult task. Tony selected 5 "versatile" wines from Foxen, d'Amico, Nino Franco, Terenzi and Miner Family that will go well with the mixed flavors on the Thanksgiving table. A good way to start the Holiday season! Happy Holidays!


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Fall, in Love with Bubbles

wine dinner, Tony DiDio

The threat of high winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Jose did not dampen the passion of the crowd who attended our sold-out 9th Annual "Fall Frolic" Tasting & Wine Dinner on Sept. 19, 2017.


As usual, this grand annual wine and food fest offered our guests the opportunity to taste an array of wines in the TDS Portfolio, from Napa Valley to Mt. Etna.  This year, Primo Franco,  Winemaker & Owner of Nino Franco Prosecco hosted our post-tasting wine dinner by talking about the history of his family's iconic Veneto Estate, as well as the Nino Franco wines featured throughout the dinner.


The four-course feast prepared by chefs at Frankies 457 took on a new dimension this year, with the pairing of all sparkling wines. The result proved to each guest that Prosecco is not only good as an aperitif, but also a versatile wine that can be paired with an entire meal.


While Hurricane Jose hardly left any marks on New York City, the beautiful wines showcased throughout this high spirited night definitely left a long lasting impression on the exuberant crowd.


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Definitely Peter Zemmer

wine dinner, Tony DiDio

On the evening of April 26, 2017, Ristorante Morini was magically transformed into a rousing Italian trattoria, this side of Alto Adige.


Peter Zemmer, the third generation Winemaker/Owner of Peter Zemmer Winery, presented a selection of wines from his celebrated portfolio, including the newly-released Pinot Grigio "Giatl" 2014 Riserva. Paired perfectly with a special 4-course menu by Chef Arthur lee, the wines sang out.


From the first Pinot Grigio to the last Pinot Noir, the Zemmer wines tell a beautiful story of their origin and terroir. Influenced by the majestic Dolomite Mountains, the Zemmer wines displayed freshness, honesty and balance. Together they bring the natural landscape and beauty of Alto Adige to an enthusiastic crowd of wine lovers.

 

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Phenomenal Miner Dinner

wine party, Tony DiDio

On the evening of March 28, 2017, Winemaker Stacy Vogel of Miner Family Winery conducted a Napa valley celebration with a fine selection of Miner wines at Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park.


As part of the successful "Phenomenal Femmes" Wine Dinner series at the hotel's Auden Bistro, Stacy presented six Miner wines, paired to perfection by Wine Director Marika Vida Arnold. From Viognier to The Oracle, Miner Family's flagship wine, the enthusiastic audience was awed by the depth of flavors and nuance of each wine selection. Stacy proved once again that in the New World, Napa is still king. And Miner definitely has a place in the realm of great wines. 


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Grand Opera of
Wine & Food

wine party, Tony DiDio

On February 10, 2017, while the entire New York City was dealing with the aftermath of a winter storm, Porter House was warmed up by the celebration of two Italian winemakers and their Tre Bicchieri Award-winning wines. Diego Cusumano from Sicily and Federico Terenzi from Tuscany presented their most impressive wines to a cordial and attentive crowd.


Chef Michael Lomonaco's Tuscan/Sicilian inspired menu hit the high notes when paired with these epic wines. Winemakers Diego and Federico were warmly received by the enthusiastic crowd during the four-course Italian feast. With outside temperature falling below freezing point, this grand opera of wine and food surely turned Porter House into the hottest spot in town.


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A Good Day in New York

wine party, Tony DiDio

On November 23, 2016, Tony DiDio appeared on Thanksgiving Special of Fox 5's award-winning show "Good Day New York".  Sitting down with Hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly and other guests, Tony presented a few selected budget-friendly wines for the Holidays. He also talked about pairing those festive dishes with the right wines. A good day to usher in the Holiday Season. Cheers!

A True Fall Frolic

wine party, Tony DiDio

The weather could not be better and the wines won over the crowd, as TDS celebrated its 8th Annual Fall Frolic Portfolio Tasting & Dinner on September 22, 2016, the first day of Autumn.


Guests got the chance to taste all wines, many of which new releases, from wineries in the TDS Portfolio.The tasting was followed by a wine dinner featuring wines from Foxen Vineyard & Winery and Terenzi Winery, two new members to TDS. Dick Doré of Foxen and Federico Terenzi of Terenzi led commentaries on the wines chosen for this sold-out dinner.


Each course was paired with a Old World (Terenzi) and a New World (Foxen) wine. The chemistry of these wonderful wines not only dazzled the crowd, but also added another dimention to this magical night at Frankies 457.


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A Ramble in Tribeca

wine party, Tony DiDio

An unexpected late-night storm on June 27, 2016 did not dampen the festive mood inside Racines NY, where our 7th Annual Late Night Ramble took place. This year's theme: Pork Pinot and Prosecco drew many of the young professionals in the wine community. The wines selected from the TDS portfolio were embraced by this energetic group of wine connoisseurs. It might be pouring cats and dogs outside. But inside Racines NY, something more magical were poured, savored and shared. Salute to summer!


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Mad About Cusumano

On the evening of May 18, 2016, Winemaker Diego Cusumano cast a spell on Ristorante Morini on Madison Avenue.


During the four-course dinner, Diego presented four indigenous wines from his family's estate outside of Palermo. Chef Michael White's team put a Sicilian spin on each course, that paired and complimented every wine. From the Cusumano Insolia to the refreshing Moscato della Zucco, there was not a dull moment for this fun evening. Thanks to the delicious Cusumano wines, guests truly got a taste of Sicily. Salute Sicilia!


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d'Amico Wines Impress NYC

On April 22, 2016, the d'Amico winery debuted a collection of their stunning wines, made with grapes grown in volcanic soil. A special wine dinner at the Columbus Club in NYC, marked winemaker Guillaume Gelly's presentation of d'Amico wines to a group of sophisticated wine lovers. The crowd listened attentively as Mr. Gelly explained the provenance and content of each wines, as well as a description of this breathtaking Estate. These organic and elegant wines from Lazio and Umbria, were the perfect match for Chef John Boden's creative cuisine, paired by Tony DiDio.  


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Wine & Food Sing in Harmonie

On March 24, 2016, the elegant dining room at the Harmonie Club was magically transformed into a grand trattoria for their Italian Wine Dinner featuring six wines from six different regions of Italy: Baracchi, Cusumano, D'Amico, Nino Franco and Peter Zemmer. Opera singers were brought in to set the tone for this wonderful culinary gala. It was true "Harmonie", as each dish prepared by Chef Thomas Piede's cucina sang a high note, paired with the exquisite wine selections. A night to savor! 


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Miner Got Game

"Turtle lollipops anyone?" As you walk into Henry's End Restaurant on the evening of March 1, 2016, this might be the first thing you hear. It was their Wild Game Dinner featuring selected wines of Miner Family Winery. The five-course dinner was a symphony of flavors as Tony DiDio matched each wild game dish with a wildly sensational Miner wine. From ostrich potstickers to elk chops, from Sauvignon Blanc to the Oracle, a harmonious tune was sung throughout the night. It was wild!


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Singing Sicilian
on Stage Left

On February 10, 2016, Winemaker Diego Cusumano brought warmth and great wines from his Sicilian Estate to Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


This "Pantheon of American Cuisine" embraced the Cusumano wines and created a menu that complimented these Sicilian treasures. The special event began with guests sampling six selections of Cusumano wines, followed by a four-course dinner that was highlighted by Cusumano Cru wines produced on their versatile and fertile land in Sicily. Belissimo!


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A Night at the Museum

A crisp Fall night on Oct.5, 2015 brought out our friends in the food and wine industry to the Late Night Ramble at Untitled Restaurant at The Whitney Museum. This has been our sixth year to present this special event designed to fit the working schedule of many in the food and wine trade. This year we were fortunate to have Winemakers Primo Franco of Nino Franco Prosecco, Diego Cusumano of Cusumano Winery and Jason Gardine of Hanzell Vineyards to pour their special wines for the guests, who got the chance to taste all the wines in the TDS Portfolio while mingling and networking with their colleagues in the business. What could be better than that?


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TDS Events Archive

TDS has hosted numerous tasting events in the past and we simply can not list them all here. If you are interested in seeing some of our recently archived event highlights, pleaseclick here to begin.

Suckling Loves
d'Amico Wines
In his recent Tasting Report, Wine Critic James Suckling gives high scores to four fantastic wines from Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Estate.

91  Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Seiano           2020


Vivid and inviting, dark-garnet color in the glass. The aromas of crushed blackberries and white chocolate are enticing, too. Full, round and silky on the palate with loads of juicy, fruity flavor soaking the lightly firm tannins.


91  Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Villa               Tirrena  2016


Intense aromas of black cherries and gingery spice follow through to a medium-to full- bodied palate with lots of juicy fruit. There’s some lemony freshness cutting through the medium-firm tannins and coloring the finish. Slightly candied aftertaste. Merlot and syrah.


90  Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Cabernet             Franc Atlante  2015


Very ripe currants and berries on the nose with a peppery spice note, too. Medium-bodied with lightly firm tannins and a vanilla custard-like note that thickens the texture mid-palate and dulls the fruit a little. But the focus returns at the end.


90  Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Pinot                   Noir Notturno dei Calanchi 2016


Aromas of mixed berries, plums and some dried herbs follow through to a medium palate with rather tight, firm tannins.

Outstanding Zemmer Riservas
In the latest edition of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, three riserva wines from Peter Zemmer received high ratings.

92  Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir                        Riserva Vigna Kofl 2018


The Peter Zemmer 2018 Alto Adige Pinot Noir Riserva Vigna Kofl reveals a dark ruby color and a little more fruit weight compared to your average Pinot Noir from the far north of Italy. The wine shows lots of primary fruit that ranges from wild berry and cassis to pressed blue flower and wet earth or baked clay. It's a nice choice for a mushroom pasta.


93  Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio                    Riserva Giatl 2018


This one's all peaches and cream, as they say in the South. The 2018 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Riserva Giatl brings big soft intensity and lots of plush fruit. Peach, poached pear and passion fruit explode from the bouquet in an expression that affords lots of nice richness. The oak fermentation at nearly room temperature results here in a soft and integrated white to enjoy with a shrimp étouffée.


92  Peter Zemmer Lagrein Riserva                  Furggl  2018


The Peter Zemmer 2018 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Furggl is a dark expression with lifted tones of cherry, cedar spice and sweet earthy tones. The wine's aromas are genuine and honest, both in terms of their simplicity and their undying intensity. This is a rich and plump wine to pair with fried chicken or breaded veal chops with a side of coleslaw. There is plenty of sweet cherry buried within all that extra fruit weight and padding.

A Great Red from Lilliano
In his latest article in Food and Wine Magazine, “Bottle Service”, Senior Editor Ray Isle names Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti Classico 2018, as a Great Red Under $20.

Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti Classico 2018


Spot-on Chianti Classico in every respect-lightly herby, firmly structured, full of red cherry and wild berry flavors. Delicious now, it will get even better with time.

Kudos for Cusumano
Wine Critic James Suckling commends the latest releases from Cusumano/Alta Mora, in his recent “Tasting Reports” 0n Sicilian wines.

92  Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2018


Frank and attractive red-cherry, cranberry and floral aromas, plus a sleek and vivid palate make this a classic Etna red. Very good balance at the clean, mineral finish.


91  Cusumano Angimbe 2020


Very ripe, almost dried peach and apricot notes with hints of fresh herbs and a light sawdust note that turns more toffee-like on the palate. Medium-bodied and packed with ripe flavors.


91  Alta Mora Nero Feudo di Mezzo               2017


For an Etna red this has full body and a substantial tannin structure, around which is wrapped plenty of ripe red fruit.


90  Cusumano Insolia 2020


Intense, floral nose, showing white flowers, lemons and stony minerals. Medium-bodied, bright and tangy.

Miner's Lively Cabernet
In the recent edition of the Wine Spectator, editor James Molesworth awards high commendation for Miner Family Cabernet Oakville 2018.

92  Miner Family Cabernet                            Sauvignon 2018


Lively, with a mix of red and black currant and boysenberry notes liberally laced with floral, sassafras and dried anise notes. Sanguine and cedar hints check in on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2032.

A Top Bottle That
Stands Out
In her recent review titled "Pinot Grigios That Stand Out from the Rest", Lettie Teague, wine critic for The Wall Street Journal, picks Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio as one of her “Top Bottles".

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019


The Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio, sourced from both hillside and valley-floor vineyards in Alto Adige, is a light-bodied, fruity and fresh wine with a slight saline note to the finish.

Rave Reviews to
A Regal Winery
Tenuta di Lilliano is owned by the Ruspoli Family, an aristocratic Family, with a history in Tuscany dating back to the Renaissance. They are producing world class wines in Castellina in Chianti.

In his recent review of Chianti Classico wines, journalist James Suckling gives a rave review to the Lilliano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017.
 

Bruce Sanderson, the Senior Editor of the Wine Spectator, gives a glowing review to the Lilliano Chianti Classico 2018, in the current edition of the magazine.

93  Lilliano Chianti Classico Gran             Selezione 2017


Ripe cherries and lightly stewed fruit on the nose with flowers and dried earth. Nutmeg, too. Full-bodied with loads of juicy fruit. Chewy at the end dense. - James Suckling


90  Lilliano Chianti Classico 2018


Macerated cherry and raspberry fruit if accented by wild rosemary and a stony mineral element in this red. There’s a fluid feel, yet this is also firm, and the tannins emerge on the finish. - Wine Spectator

Explosive Scores Given to Cusumano Wines
In the recent issue of Vinous, Wine Critic Eric Guido reviews several Cusumano wines, and awards them outstanding reviews.

92  Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2019


The 2019 Alta Mora Etna Bianco sends up aromas of musky dried peach, wax, raw almonds and wet stone. Its soft textures envelop the palate with a mix of nectarine and young mango offset by saline-minerality and bright acids. This is persistent and structured yet crisp and savory, resonating on citrus-tinged pit fruits and exotic spices. The 2019 is showing great already, but a year or two of cellaring should help to further smooth out the expression.


91  Cusumano Noà 2016


Cooling mint meets sweet tobacco, black currants and hints of dark chocolate as the 2016 Noà slowly comes to life in the glass. This is silky in texture with medium-bodied weight, ushering in a polished display of blackberry and plum, as a mix of minerals and sweet tannins creates a more structured feel toward the close. It tapers off long but also youthfully monolithic to hints of balsamic spice. There are unseen depths here that will only be revealed with further cellaring. The Noà is a blend of 40% Nero d'Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.


92  Cusumano Nero d'Avola Sàgana              2017


The 2017 Nero d'Avola Sàgana pulls you close with a mix of black currants, brown spice, tobacco and crushed rocks. It’s soft in texture, presenting a pure and savory display of black fruit and inner herbal notes, all lifted by salty acids and minerals. Grippy tannins linger through the purple-tinged finale, as this tapers off lightly structured yet long, resonating on wild berries and hints of mocha and tar. Color me impressed.


91  Alta Mora Guardiola 2016


The 2016 Alta Mora Guardiola is dark, moody and earthy in the glass, as if you can smell all of the ashen soils, floral and fauna from the vineyard itself, but with a note of spiced black cherries that keeps you coming back for more. Its silky textures usher in a cool-toned display of tart blackberries, wild herbs and spices, as fine tannins collect toward the close. This finishes youthfully poised and structured, with a lasting stain of black fruits, licorice and salty minerals that seem to linger for well over a minute.

Under The Radar,
Over The Top
For the past 30 years, the California Rhone Rangers, have embraced such varietals such as Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Viognier. Suddenly, mainstream wine drinkers are catching on as well. Miner Family is farming their Viognier from the Steinbeck Vineyard in Paso Robles, and are producing stunning wines.

In the recent Wine Spectator, Editor Mary Ann Worobiec awards the Miner Family Viognier Paso Robles 2019, an outstanding score of 92 points.

92  Miner Paso Robles Viognier                  2019


There’s wonderful purity to the pineapple, lemon curd and ripe flavors, with peach blossom and candied orange peel on the finish.

Suckling Raves About Zemmer Wines
In the latest issue of his Insider Guide, Wine journalist James Suckling sings praises of Alto Adige’s eminent producer, Peter Zemmer.

91  Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio                   2020


A very fresh, clean pinot grigio with lovely honeydew-melon and summer-herb character and a neat balance of generous fruit with lively acidity. Polished, long finish.


91  Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir                       Rolhut 2020


Considering this pinot noir went into the bottle just half a year after the harvest, it has remarkably satisfying harmony. I love the sour-cherry and fresh red-beet nose, as much as the full, supple tannins on the fresh, medium-bodied palate.


93  Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio                        Riserva Giatl 2018


An exceptionally well structured, creamy and silky pinot grigio that carries its considerable power easily. Ripe melon with a hint of papaya on the nose, but that doesn’t make this the least bit opulent.


91  Peter Zemmer Chardonnay 2020


This elegant Alto Adige chardonnay marries ripeness with mountain freshness effortlessly, the aroma of freshly harvested nuts giving it a distinct personality in this context. Good substance and drive through the long, mineral finish.

Going Wild Over Miner Wines
In the current issue of Forbes Magazine online, Wine Editor hails 3 current releases from Miner Family.

94  Miner Pinot Noir Garys'                        Vineyard 2018


Garys’ Vineyard (yes, there are two men named Gary who own this vineyard, hence the apostrophe after the “s,”, is the source of Pinot Noir for several producers in California including Miner Family Winery in Napa Valley. Pale young garnet color; aromas of red currant, wild strawberry and turmeric. Medium-full with excellent depth of fruit, very good acidity, medium-weight tannins and nicely managed wood notes. There are distinct brown spice (oregano, allspice) sensations in the lengthy finish. Offering excellent complexity and richness... If you must enjoy it now, pair with duck breast with cherry sauce.


95  Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay             2018


Light yellow; rich aromas of lemon peel, almond and apricot. Medium-full with excellent concentration. Rich mid-palate, layered flavors, excellent persistence and complexity. Long finish, rich, beautifully styled Chardonnay... One of the best vintages of this wine I have tasted in years.


92  Miner Oakville Cabernet                              Sauvignon  2017


A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of blackcurrant along with hints of tobacco, mocha and oregano. Medium-full, this has impressive ripeness, rich tannins, balanced acidity and well managed wood notes. The finish offers notes of black and brown spice notes and there is good persistence.

Zemmer Finest
In her recent article, “Italy’s Signature White”, Senior Editor of Wine Spectator Alison Napjus explores the different expressions of Pinot Grigio, and awards the highest score to Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Giatl Riserva 2017.

91  Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio                   Riserva Giatl 2017


This fragrant white is round and balanced, with a lovely range of juicy pineapple, star anise, pickled ginger and lime blossom enriched by hints of pastry cream and lemon curd.

Peter Zemmer, proprietor of his family estate, made one of the year’s top wines, the Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Giatl Riserva 2017, by sourcing grapes from individual sites and fermenting them entirely in small French oak casks. After vinification, the wine was aged for a year in large oak barrels, a crucial production detail for Zemmer: “[It] rests for a long time on the fine yeast, gaining complexity and density.” The resulting wine is polished and elegant, with rich pineapple, pastry cream, spice and mineral flavors.

A Cabernet
with Bright Future
In the recent Forbes Magazine article, "Exploring The Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley, Part III: Oakville",  Wine Journalist Brian Freedman gives an impressive review of Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2017.

Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2017


Aromas of brandied cherries dipped into melted dark chocolate are informed by the slightest suggestion of spearmint at the edges, which turn to a more savory palate than expected. There is a meaty note to the brambly berries, rosemary, purple plums, pluots, and kumquat pithiness that makes this seem particularly well-suited for the cellar. Open it now with a meaty meal, or hold it for another decade: The future is bright for this under-$100 bottling.

Super Value Red
In the recent edition of Food and Wine Magazine’s “The Wine List,” the editors name Cusumano Nero D’Avola 2019 as one of the Best Affordable Red Wines in the world.

Cusumano Nero D'Avola 2019


Bright and intensely fruity with ripe plum and coffee flavors.

Grand Selection
In the latest issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Senior Editor Monica Larner, gives an excellent review to Tenuta di Lilliano 2017 Gran Selezione, with an outstanding score.

91  Tenuta di Lilliano Chianti                      Classico Gran Selezione  2017


The Tenuta di Lilliano 2017 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is a lean and streamlined red wine to enjoy with some toasted Tuscan bread and chicken-liver terrine. With a full and elegant bouquet, it brings forward wild berry, wild rose, tilled earth and candied orange peel. The wine is tonic and clean with a pretty level of inner tension and grace that was not easy to achieve in this unusually dry and hot vintage.

High on Calanchi Hills
In his latest review on Italian wines, Wine Critic & journalist James Suckling gives high scores and praise to the wines of Paolo e Noemia d’Amico.

92  d'Amico Seiano Bianco 2019


Subtle aromas of sliced apple, waxed lemon and wet stone. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a nice, mineral and stone finish with a creamy texture.


90  d'Amico Seiano Rosso 2019


Cherry, raspberry, rose-petal and hibiscus aromas. It’s medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and a creamy texture. Juicy and delicious.


91  d'Amico Chardonnay Falesia          2018


Attractive aromas of ripe apricot, baked apple, almond pastry and vanilla custard. It’s full-bodied with gentle acidity. Delicious pastry and lemon-curd notes on the finish.


90  d'Amico Chardonnay                         Calanchi di Vaiano 2018


Honeysuckle, stone fruit, almond and crushed chalk on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with gentle acidity and a creamy, focused finish.


92  d'Amico Villa Tirrena 2015


There’s a strong herbal undercurrent here of undergrowth and brambles, but give this time to open in the glass and brambleberries and elderberries surface. Interplay between expressive fruit and edgy acidity on the palate creates pretty tension to send this home to a chewy, spicy finish.

Classic Lilliano
In his Winter (2020-2021) issue of Italian Wine Report, Tom Hyland, journalist and Forbes wine critic, bestows plaudits and high scores to Tenuta di Lilliano’s Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 and the Chianti Classico Riserva 2016.

94  Lilliano Chianti Classico Gran              Selezione 2016


Deep ruby red; aromas of thyme, sage and dried morel cherry.  Medium-full with impressive concentration. Rich mid-palate, excellent persistence, very good acidity, nicely managed wood notes and a rich finish with distinct notes of thyme and oregano. Excellent complexity, this is well structured...



92  Lilliano Chianti Classico                         Riserva  2016


Bright ruby red; aromas of morel cherry, vanilla and oregano. Medium-full, this is very ripe and has good acidity, medium-full tannins and very good persistence. This is young with a touch of modernity and needs a few years to round out. Except for the evident wood notes, this offers nice typicity.

Harmony & Refinement
In his recent article, “New Napa Valley Wines: Highlight Harmony and Refinement,” James Suckling gives high scores and praise to Miner Family’s Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Chardonnay Wild Yeast 2018.

93  Miner Chardonnay Wild Yeast             2018


A full-bodied white with aromas of apricot, mango, cream and lemon shortbread. Generously round on the palate with an oily texture, balanced by crisp acidity. Flint and chopped almonds on the finish.


91  Miner Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Pretty aromas of green apple, honeydew, lime curd and zest. It’s medium-bodied with tangy acidity and a gently waxy texture. Flint on the finish. Drink now.