Theme: Opening Day 2012

Featured Wine: Carpineto, Toscana Dogajolo Dry Red Table Wine

Can you spot this wine in the photo from December 2012?!?

A free collectible is also in your box!

Collectibles were the ONLY thing on the shelf on day one while we were waiting for our ABC permits to come through. Now, we have two display cases, an art caddy, and specialty toys sprinkled throughout the shop. We hope to be your go-to retailer for starships, action figures, and HotWheels! New items go in the display cases EVERY week.

 

BACK TO THE JUICE:

Upon opening, the shelves had an international selection with a focus on Italian wines. First time business owner, Josh, made his first of dozens of mistakes; purchasing wine for his palate instead of his customers. BOY, HAVE THINGS CHANGED! 

This label is so recognizable that we spotted it in one of the first photos of Assorted Table; then named Sorting Table on Seventh! As noted on the information sheet, it is a Super Tuscan. These wines buck tradition and appellation rules in exchange for creative freedom. This term is NOT regulated but widely known. It is common for a blend to consist of Sangiovese and Bordeaux varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Super Tuscans may also be varietal wines, meaning that they are made of only one grape variety. Typically, Super Tuscans come from a well established region but are declassified and labeled as IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) or VdT (Vino da Tavola). This is because they don’t meet the blend, aging, yield, or geographic requirements of a higher classification like DOC or DOCG. 

 

There is a bit of debate on which producer released the first Super Tuscan (many producers claim to be the first…). We can narrow it down to two:  Marchesi Mario Incisa della Rocchetta’s Sassaicaia and Giacomo Tachis + Piero Antinori’s Tignanello. A little gossip: Piero Antinori is actually Marchesi’s nephew which is how he was introduced to the idea of including Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot into the wine. Other notable Super Tuscans include Vigorello by San Felice and Cepparello by Isole e Olena.

 

ABOUT THE LEADING GRAPE:

​​Sangiovese (San-gee-oh-VAY-zeeh) is a thin-skinned black grape variety grown throughout central Italy, but the most prestigious Sangiovese-based wines can be found in Tuscany, where it accounts for 66% of production. Top Tuscan appellations for Sangiovese based wines include: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Its typical structure can range from moderate to full-bodied, high acid, and moderate to high tannin. They may appear brickish in color or have an orange hue.