Arianna Occhipinti Wines coming in June

by Russ Anderson on May 31, 2014

Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna Occhipinti is crafting some wines that are appreciated on the national and local market. Each year her limited production wines have proven to be some of the store’s favorites and always sell out quickly. Each year, more people discover her delicious wines and follow them from vintage to vintage.

These wines are a delicious treat with summer’s grilled vegetables and meats as well as any Italian or Mediterranean inspiration you might put together. They offer the richness of sunny Sicily, the balance and elegance of low intervention wine making, and uniquely delicious flavors from indigenous grapes. I will stock some of these in the store, at least as long as I can. But the states allocation is small and I wanted to make them available now.

Occhipinti1These two wines, named for the highway running in front of her property are regular attendees at meals where we are grazing through cheeses, salumis, soups, salads and roast chicken. The Bianco has a touch of Muscat Alexandria to give it a fragrant lift while the rosso combines Nero d’Avola and Frappato in a way that offers up hints of tar, rose petals, ripe red fruits and a touch of smoky minerality.

SP68 Bianco – $28
SP68 Rosso – $28

Occhipinti2These two wines bottled as single varietals from older vintage sights offer delicious lithe dark fruit notes and their balance can be mistaken for red Burgundy. I opened a bottle the other day and enjoyed drinking from it over three days. It was actually richer the second day and perfect for some grilled steak.

Il Frappato – $42
Siccagno – $42

Occhipinti3These wines are from younger vines where Arianna is buying the fruit from friends who farm their vines organically. Here you can taste the care and attention she shows in the cellar but also the youthful vigor of the vines. Great wines for pizza parties, salads and grilled fish.

Tami Grillo $19
Tami Frappato $19
Tami Nero d’Avola $19

Pricing – 6 to 11 bottles are 6% off, a case or more will get a 12% discount, feel free to mix and match so you have some to drink this summer and a couple to lay down for a year or two.

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