“You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to drink prosecco,” explains Brian DiMarco, Creative Director of Barterhouse Wines & Spirits. “You’re not taking a chance on spending a lot of money on a champenoise method wine or champagne,” he admits. The crisp extra dry prosecco (extra dry is a little sweeter than “brut”) lingers satisfyingly on the palate. Cà Di Rajo Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is the winner of best DOGG prosecco in consortium tasting. The prosecco is a Forbes best buy and is served on Delta Business Class flights. “And at about $25 for a bottle it doesn’t break the bank,” laughs DiMarco.
According to WineAccess.com, “France is the fountainhead of the grape varieties most craved by North American wine drinkers.” Last year Provençal rosé wine exports to the U.S. grew by 29 percent. The crisp 2015 vintage Grand Cros – both the Esprit de Provence Rosé and the Aurelia Rosé (the name’s a tribute to the wine-makers’ daughter) — are elegant and, whether served at formal or casual occasions, are paired with Mediterranean-type cuisine and lighter dishes. Both rosé wines received 90 points from Robert Parker.
Brian Di Marco told the “tasters” at the wine event last week that 85 percent of the Emile Balland, Les Buy Sancerre are purchased by top restaurants. The wine is carried by 14 Korean restaurants in New York as well as Asian-inspired, Indian, Tex-Mex and American fare restaurants. Its fresh, dry, zesty character is crisp on the palate. Les Buy is an old-school reference to the town of Bue’ in Loire. The famed wine maker family uses the Barterhouse private label.
One taste of the Chianti Reserva 2012 and I immediately imagined this robust, earthy wine being served with a steak or a meat-filled ravioli. Its nose is rosemary and it’s not fruity on the palate. Served in a carafe to allow the wine to breathe, this bone dry, ruby-red wine has a “big mouth.”
More information about Barterhouse New York, NY, and its sustainable, organic group of wines can be found at sevenfifty.com/barterhouse.