MKE Wine Craze

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This month marks the “New Paradise” that is the Italian wine market. The old and rare are new, the traditional and familiar have gone rogue, vibrant with style. These unheard-of indigenous Italian varietals have been available like never before, and some of the classic styles have begun to experiment with the flare of new world wine.

Which will you prefer? $5 for a Tasting

February 4 - Corte alla Flora

In the early 1990s, the Cragnotti family purchased this 300-acre Tuscany property in Montepulciano and created the Corte alla Flora Estate. Although the site had no vineyards at the time, they have since planted more than 35 hectares, making them one of the region’s top ten producers. Corte alla Flora has not only bastioned success for their award-winning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, but also diversified by bringing rare, indigenous varietals to the international market. Sergio Cragnotti is best known for his time as president of the Lazio football club and head of the food conglomerate Cirio. His son Massimo runs the wine estate and Andrea Cragnotti is the export manager.

Wine Tasting 2012, Corte alla Flora, Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Wine Tasting 2012, Corte alla Flora, Podere Giuggiolo, Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

@CoretallaFlora | #CoretallaFlora
Andrea Cragnotti | Massimo Cragnotti Talks Vino

February 11 - Feudi di San Gregorio

In the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania’s Irpinia region, one hour north of Naples, this highly acclaimed estate was established by the Capaldo and Ercolino families in 1986. Over the past 29 years, Feudi di San Gregorio has become a major success story in a region that, for many years, was stagnant. They have made radical changes to help bring back ancient varietals, helped along by Campania’s unique terroir. With the iconic Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop in the region’s rolling landscape, they have taken quality grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico, and delivered them with a more modern interpretation. Feudi di San Gregorio has truly been able to capture the origins of the grapes with their wine, which they refer to as wild and emotional, because one can perceive the heat of the earth, as well as the life growing around it.

Wine Tasting 2011, Feudi di San Gregorio, Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

Wine Tasting 2011, Feudi di San Gregorio, Sannio Falanghina, Campania, Italy

@FeudiDSGregorio | @PalmBay_Wines | #Capaldo
Feudi di San Gregorio | Interview with President Feudi Antonio Capaldo

February 18 - Planeta

In the rolling hills of northwest Sicily is a winery run by vintner Francesca Planeta along with winemaker Patricia Toth. Planeta is not just a simple winery; it is an estate the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Yet their approach evolved in the 1980s with a dedication to creating the best wines using indigenous varietals and old Sicilian traditions while conducting careful, patient research on their methods. Planeta also grows international varietals such as Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot, allowing each grape to thrive in its proper terroir. Over the last 20 years, Francesca has proven to be an industry leader. She has helped champion the women of wine into the limelight, supported the SosTAIN Project in Italy – the first program of its kind to certify sustainable viticulture – and advocated for Oscar Farinetti’s EATALY project since its inception.

Wine Tasting 2012, Planeta, La Segreta Bianco, Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy

Wine Tasting 2008, Planeta, Maroccoli Syrah, Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy

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Meet Francesca | Tour Sicily in 4 Minutes | Vines in Sicily

February 25 - Masseria Li Veli

Right in the center of Puglia – the “heel” of Italy – one will find a hidden treasure of local varietals, even a few thought to be lost to time. In the early 1900s, Masseria Li Veli was a cellar built on the ruins of a late medieval structure, a land with a long and fascinating history dating back more than 2500 years. The estate gets its name from the Messapi, an ancient Italic population of the “Messapia," the name given by Greek historians to this “land between two seas." Today the Falvo family – led by 40-year wine veteran and family patriarch Alberto Falvo – has been at the property since 1999. Their ambitious project preserves and highlights a heritage that has survived for centuries.

Wine Tasting 2012, Masseria Li Veli, Rosso Passamante, Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy

Wine Tasting 2012, Masseria Li Veli, Pezzo Morgana, Salice Salentino, Puglia, Italy

#AlbertoFalvo | #MasseriaLiVeli | @DallaTerraUSA
Tour Masseria Li Veli | Masseria Li Veli