Perfect summertime wine: Mazzoni Pinot Grigio

Bright, fresh, refreshing, and low in alcohol, Pinot Grigio is possibly the world’s best summertime wine. Italians have known this fact for centuries…

Mazzoni Pinot Grigio is the fruit of the historic partnership between two of the wine world’s greatest families — the Franceschi family in Montalcino and the Terlato family in the U.S.

(Click here to read about the two families’ relationship, now spanning two generations.)

There’s a reason why Pinot Grigio has become a household name in the U.S.: it’s the ideal grape for producing crisp, fresh, and refreshing white wine with balanced alcohol and bright tropical and citrus fruit aromas and flavors.

In Europe, wine lovers have known this for centuries. But in the U.S., it wasn’t until Anthony “Tony” Terlato — the patriarch of the Terlato family — first introduced a Pinot Grigio to American consumers in the late 1970s that the grape variety began to began to explode on the American wine scene.

Tony had traveled to Italy in search of the next great white wine from Europe and it didn’t take long before he realized that Pinot Grigio had all the right stuff to become America’s favorite white wine. (He retells the story in his autobiography, Taste: A Life in Wine.)

Mazzoni’s Pinot Grigio is made from hand-picked Pinot Grigio grapes grown in the high elevations of Montalcino (where Brunello di Montalcino is made). The altitude is essential: cool summer evenings are what helps the winemaker obtain the classic crispness in the wine and achieve the freshness that makes Pinot Grigio such a wonderful wine for pairing with food.

No one knows Pinot Grigio better than the Terlato family. This is just one of the reasons they asked the Franceschi family to help them create this wine: expertise in fine winemaking and some of the best growing sites in Tuscany make this wine one of the most exciting arrivals from Italy in years.

Click here to email a Mazzoni specialist for more information on where to find Mazzoni Pinot Grigio.

Taste Mazzoni at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival!

Live Like an Italian is at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival throughout the weekend.

Please stop by and taste with us!

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One of Italy’s great gifts to the world: the stove-top coffeemaker

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Coffee is a quasi-religious experience in Italy.

The type of coffee you use, the method you employ, and — most importantly — the coffeemaker itself are all variables to which Italians devote deep contemplation and scrutiny.

And from this unbridled passion for great coffee, which got its start in Italy around the middle of the eighteenth century, the Italians created one of their greatest gifts to the world: the moka (MOH-kah), as it is known in Italian, the stove-top coffeemaker (like the Bialetti in the image above, a classic). The name comes from the city of Mocha in Yemen, famous for its coffee production.

Perfectly conceived and expertly executed, the moka was developed by Alfonso Bialetti in the early 1900s. In 1933, Alfonso patented the now iconic device and design.

And by the mid-twentieth century, it had become so popular that some of Italy’s top designers began to produce them.

But the classic utilitarian shape of the moka — as pictured above — has never gone out of fashion and it remains a ubiquitous fixture in the home of nearly every Italian family.

Live Like an Italian is giving away the Bialetti stove-top coffeemaker as one of the gift bag prizes for the Live Like an Italian Sweepstakes.

You can win one too: all you have to do is to click here to enter.

Congratulazioni to Cindy L and Mark G, winners of the first round of the Live Like an Italian Sweepstakes!

@OddBacchus on Mazzoni Barbera by @BrunelloMaker

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Above: Rob Frisch, author of a leading wine blog called Odd Bacchus, had dinner with Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Bindocci a few weeks ago in Chicago.

“If you discover that wine from a certain nearby region is generally not to your liking, you can take a number of courses of action,” writes wine and lifestyle journalist Rob Frisch. “A normal oenophile would probably just drink wine from another region. A more obsessive/compulsive oenophile might doggedly keep trying wines from that region until she found one that agreed with her palate. But these solutions, in the end, are for amateurs.”

“If you’re a professional, like Alessandro Bindocci, you go to that region, rent a vineyard, and make the wine yourself.”

He’s talking about Mazzoni Barbera, a wine that seemed to impress Rob as much for its bold flavors and bright acidity as for the story behind it.

Click here for Rob’s post…

Wall Street Journal wine editor Lettie Teague recently called Rob’s blog Odd Bacchus one of five blogs she “really clicks with.”

We were thrilled to see Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro had a chance to sit down over dinner with one of the leading wine bloggers in the U.S. today!

Odd Bacchus: “a white Super Tuscan that smells like spring”

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Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Bindocci has been traveling across the U.S., leading guided tastings and wine dinners featuring his family’s wines. He’s also had a chance to meet with some leading wine writers in the U.S., like Rob Frisch, who authors the excellent wine blog Odd Bacchus.

Here’s what Rob had to say about Alessandro’s Mazzoni Pinot Grigio:

A white Super Tuscan… The wine smelled fresh and lively, like a green whiff of spring. On the palate, it exhibited focused and controlled fruit, prickly acids, some aromatic qualities, and a surprisingly lush finish. It was light but complex, and a fine value for the price. Sampled with a white pizza topped with arugula and parmesan, the food-friendly acids kicked into high gear, and the wine became juicier and rounder. A delight.

Click here to read the post…

Meet Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Bindocci in Seattle April 30 & May 1

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One of the hottest tables in the United States today, Via Tribunali is named after one of the oldest streets in the historic center of Naples, Italy.

“We opened our first pizzeria in 2004,” write the owners on their website, “in the burgeoning Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. For months before we opened curious onlookers poked their heads in the former auto body shop, and outlandish rumors spread quickly throughout Seattle. One person saw a team of masons reportedly flown in from Naples to build a gargantuan wood-fired oven, someone heard that the bricks also came from Naples rich with Vesuvian ash, a reporter ran a story about a taxi driver leading our owner down a dark Neapolitan street to meet a talented pizzaiolo who was then whisked to an airport… As it turns out almost all of the tall tales are true.”

Today, the pizza at Via Tribunali (see photo above) is considered to be among the most authentic verace pizza napoletana in America.

We are proud to announce that Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Bindocci, of the Tenuta Il Poggione (Montalcino, Tuscany) will be honored at two events to be held at the restaurant’s Capitol Hill (Seattle) location Tuesday April 30 and Georgetown (Seattle) location on Wednesday May 1.

Please email general manager Travis to reserve for the Tuesday event in Capitol Hill.

Or please email general manager Faith to reserve for the Wednesday event in Georgetown.

Both events include a five-course dinner and tasting of six wines with Alessandro.

Space is limited. $58 per person.

Springtime in Tuscany and budbreak in Montalcino

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Here’s the latest, just in from the Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, Tuscany, where Mazzoni wines are made:

Finally it feels like spring has arrived in Montalcino as well.

The temperatures are rising and today we have had the minimum temperature at 8° C. and the maximum at 18° C. and there are the forecasts of fair weather for at least seven other days.

The vines are opening their buds (see photo above) and we were are in line with the previous years.