Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
are the April, 2006 Featured Wines for the Wines
by Jennifer Wine Club.
Fourplay No. 1 is the first release in a collaboration
between the Tuscan estate Dievole and the Sicilian
vintner Saro di Pietro. It was estate bottled in the
Saro di Pietro Estate in Pachino, Sicily. The red wine's
provocative name refers simply to the blending of equal
parts of four native grapes of Sicily: Frappato Nero
25%, Nerello Cappuccio 25%, Nerello Mascalese 25%,
and Nero D'Avola 25%.
Dievole Fourplay is a dark ruby red in color, full-bodied,
rich and powerful. This fruit-forward red offers aromas
and flavors of blackberries, black cherries, spice and
smoke. The palate is lush with soft tannins and beautiful
balance. Delivering on the promise of its name, Fourplay
provides superb length and richness on the finish.
Enjoy Dievole Fourplay No. 1 over the next 5-6 years
with grilled meats, beef stew, rich pasta dishes and
has more vineyards than any of the other Italian regions,
competing with Apulia for first place as the largest
wine producer. Yet, Sicilians consume less wine per
capita than any other Italian.
grapes are made into raisins, used in local cooking,
and Sicilian grapes also play a large role in creating
dessert wines, which require a higher concentration
of grapes and are consumed in smaller quantities.
in the world of international wine, Sicily is renowned
for their many outstanding dessert wines, such as the
dessert wines account for about 90% of the total
DOC production, don't disregard the several
reds and whites that are produced all over the island
by both large producers.
you happen to travel to the island around November
11, the day dedicated by the Catholic Church to Saint
Martin, look for signs announcing the local Festa del
Vino or "Festival of the Wine". It is believed
that on this date the new wine is ready for consumption,
hence the saying: Il giorno di San Martino il mosto
diventa vino or "On Saint Martin's Day the grape
juice becomes wine".
2004 VALLEROSA VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO
the ancient native land of Verdicchio, is situated
in the heart of the Marches,
on one of the sunny, green hills bordering the
valley of the Esino River. There,
the Bonci family has been producing wine for at least
three generations. In that time, the Bonci
has become one of the leading producers of Verdicchio
single vineyard wine is straw yellow with greenish
highlights. On the nose, it has
bouquet of yellow flowers and jasmine that
matches a complex mix of tropical fruit and spices,
pineapple to peaches and seductive fennel seed
reveals a medium- to full- bodied wine that
has a firm but elegant character, and is crisp
with good acidity, yet smooth and creamy on
The characteristic mineral sea salt creates
a soft feeling that lingers from the front to the
achieving a long, long finish.
with fish, seafood, veal, pork, chicken, salads,
or as an
The Marches lies along Italy’s Adriatic
coast. It is just south of Emilia-Romagna, east of Umbria
and barely borders Tuscany on its northwestern shoulder.
This peaceful region boasts an agreeable climate that
is moderated by breezes coming off the Adriatic or down
from the Apennine mountain range that runs along Marche’s
The region ranks 15th among the regions in
size and 13th in population. Vineyards cover
77,500 acres and registered DOC plots total 25,000
11th in terms of total vineyard acreage as well
as in acres dedicated to the production of DOC wine.
Historically, the region is most famous for the production
of Verdicchio, a crisp white wine that made a distinctive
impression outside of Italy when it arrived in a green
Producers have worked hard to revitalize Verdicchio’s
image by focusing on the fact that when well made,
Verdicchio is a white wine capable of reaching top
levels of quality. Production standards have risen
steadily. This seems to herald a revival for a white
produced at the rate of more than 20 million bottles
a year, and is typically described as
Italy's premier fish wine.
A lot of excitement has been generated about the potential
of this area. Many are convinced that this region is
able to produce wines that are more comparable to the
famous Super Tuscans from the Maremma on Italy’s opposite
coast than they are to many wines made from the same
varietals in the bordering region of Abruzzo.
by Jennifer is also proud to announce our new "Cellar
Club", featuring a new wine each month suitable for
long-term aging. Call the shop and ask for Jennifer for all
the details on this exciting new Club, or visit our Featured
Cellar Club Wine page for details on this month's selection.