April 2020 Selection

Unusually… international!

April 2020 Selection

Jermann Blau & Blau 2017 (2 bottles)
Inama Colli Berici Carmenere Carminium 2016 (2 bottles)
Terenzi Viognier Montedonico 2019 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: 111.58 €
Club Discount Price: 98.50 €
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An international grape variety is one which is in multiple countries. It’s present in the viticulture of many nations, and is therefore versatile in various terroirs. Many are of French origin. A heritage that in history has spread throughout Europe and also in the new world of wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay to mention only the best known, but in fact also Riesling and Gewürztraminer. International wines, natives of the world.

But Italy, which is one of the most experimental countries in terms of wine, for many years, if not centuries, has cultivated many other international varieties. Grapes that have arrived on this side of the Alps since the Renaissance, thanks to the illustrious families related to the European sovereigns, or current pioneering winemakers who have imported them in more recent times. A new treasure trove of vines which has further enriched the already immense cornucopia of Italian indigenous varieties.

Where are these varieties found? Everywhere, basically. But the regions most devoted to experimentation are particularly brimming with them. In Veneto, for example, on the Berici Hills near Vicenza, Carmenère is amazing, multifaceted, rich, spicy, clearly different from the Bordeaux-style Cabernets which also abound in the region. In Tuscany the Viognier is surprising, originally from the Rhone, around here it is opulent, seductive, exciting, mineral, maritime.

And then the Gamay in Valle d'Aosta, a little bit of Franconia in Friuli, the Grüner Veltliner in Alto Adige, drops of Petit Verdot still in Tuscany and much, much more. An adventurous trip? Sure. But with an international flavour!

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Jermann Blau & Blau 2017 (2 bottles)

Red. Jermann Trevenezie, Italy Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir

Bottle: 18.63 € club members / 21.00 € non-members


Jermann is the story of a passion that comes from far away. Anton Jermann, the founder, left the Austrian wine region of Burgenland and then the vineyards in Slovenia to take root in Friuli Venezia Giulia. It was 1881. Here he continued his wine-growing business, which Silvio Jermann, thanks to his genius and imagination, took a quantum leap step in the 1970s to bring the winery to the peak of Italian and then international wine.

The Jermann farmland cultivated with the organic farming method is about 18 hectares, concentrated in the areas of Moraro, Farra d'Isonzo and Dolegna del Collio (Gorizia). Jermann BJO organic production is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Jermann is a winery that communicates with the world every day but the focus, however, is always on the concrete things that make a wine great. In short, love for the land is the cornerstone of this farm, a great pearl of the Collio, renowned for its exceptional whites but also for its robust and traditional reds.

Blau&Blau is produced from Blaufränkisch (Franconia) grapes for 95% and Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) for a small 5%. The vineyard grows on a soil originating from the Eocene relief of Monte Fortino which led to the spread of an extensive area of ​​alluvial materials around it. Franconia is a grape variety rooted in the history of this area of ​​Friuli. The banquets of a wealthy nineteenth-century family in Gorizia were washed down with Franconia, a grape which was appreciated and endorsed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire throughout the whole North-East. A variety cultivated by the Jermanns since the 19th century, it originates from Croatia or from the Main Valley, Germany.

After 16 months in barrique, Blau&Blau expresses a rather intense splendid ruby ​​red colour. The scent is somewhat vinous, intense and youthful, harmonious, with herbaceous and undergrowth notes. On the palate it is dry, elegant, fairly full-bodied, balanced. It goes well with Central European dishes. The combination with a smoked pork loin with apple mustard, kren and vegetable compote is very pleasant.

Carrè di agnello / roasted pork / gulash

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Rosso rubino / intenso
    • Bouquet
      Vinoso / erbaceo / sottobosco / speziato
    • Palate
      Elegante / di corpo / equilibrato / fresco / persistente
  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Jermann Blau & Blau 2017
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Inama Colli Berici Carmenere Carminium 2016 (2 bottles)

Red. Inama Colli Berici, Italy Carmenère

Bottle: 17.51 € club members / 19.90 € non-members


Active from 1967, Stefano Inama's winery is enjoying great success and is currently among the most popular Soave wineries. It has a beautiful terrace vineyard on Monte Foscarino, one of the denomination's most significant crus. It also works well in the Berici Hills. The Soave vineyard, on basaltic soils of volcanic origin, is obviously dedicated to the Garganega and is grown using the traditional Veronese pergola. While on the Berici Hills, Stefano Inama gives vent to his red-wine creativity, working the Carmenère in symbiosis with those clay soils.

Inama is an organic company, whose labels are inspired by beautiful sixteenth and seventeenth century prints. The wines are extremely territorial, from the rich and tasty sapidity of the Soave Vin Soave to the more soft and refined Vigneti di Foscarino. The role of international grape varieties, which in the Soave district undergo a sensational volcanic interpretation, starting with the Sauvignon Vulcaia Fumé, is decisive. The red wines, from the Berici Hills, are striking for their elegance and warmth, from the more rustic and decisive Carmenère Più to the Bradisismo, with its sweeter and smoother tannins, and its crispy and lively fruit taste.

With regard to Carmenère, Carminium is the new born of the Inama house. An amazing Colli Berici DOC wine that pays homage to one of the Italian terroirs in which the Bordeaux child returns the most extraordinary results. Carminium, made from only grapes grown in the Oratorio di San Lorenzo area, represents an immediate approach to Carmenere in its single-variety form, without neglecting complexity and finesse. The clays created by the woods of this incredible place, preserved almost in the wild, express a unique wine. Dark red colour with blue-violet reflections. It is intense, with aromas of aromatic herbs and spices, dark fruit and velvety tannins. 12 months in barrique, 20% new and 80% used, make it in all respects an intriguing reserve, with a sumptuous but tense and satisfying taste, perfect accompanied with a mixed grill, a nice roasted pig or a delicious cutting board of meats and cheeses.

Grigliata mista / tagliere di salumi / formaggio a media stagionatura / costine di maiale

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Rosso rubino / cupo / riflessi violacei
    • Bouquet
      Intenso / caratteristico / erbe aromatiche / frutti a bacca nera / speziato
    • Palate
      Ricco / intenso / avvolgente / coerente / tannino dolce
  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Inama Colli Berici Carmenere Carminium 2016
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Terenzi Viognier Montedonico 2019 (2 bottles)

White. Terenzi Tuscany, Italy Viognier

Bottle: 13.12 € club members / 14.90 € non-members


Terenzi is a dynamic winery, which has, in a complex and competitive region such as Tuscany, rapidly leapfrogged through many stages, quickly winning consensus in Italy and abroad, while keeping intact the desire to experiment, to bring each label to its maximum qualitative and territorial expression. The winery managed by the three young siblings Federico, Balbino and Francesca Romana, now has 150 hectares of property, 60 of which are vineyards and 14 splendid centuries-old olive trees. A 3000 m2 cellar, the beating heart of the winery, built in harmony with the landscape, without forfeiting cutting-edge technologies aimed at absolute quality and respect for the environment.

A splendid Viognier, a rare international white grape of Rhone origin, demonstrates the winery’s constant experimental nature. A viognier vinified only in steel, with a freshness and minerality that make this interpretation of a noble grape variety and the territory that hosts it, unique. Because if Montedonico includes the mineral straightness of the lands of origin, at the same time it acquires a clearly Mediterranean flavour and structure (also thanks to the purely calcareous soil, however), which combine amazingly with the natural opulence of the variety.

Intense straw-yellow, on the nose Montedonico has a brilliant aromatic aroma, with hints of apricot and very floral pear which envelop you in elegance and intensity. On the palate it is fresh and enveloping with hints of citrus fruits, hay and aromatic herbs. It goes well with various fish dishes, unseasoned cheeses and delicate fish-based pastas.

Ravioli di branzino / sauté di vongole / formaggio fresco

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Giallo paglierino / riflessi dorati
    • Bouquet
      Fragrante / intenso / fiori gialli / albicocca / pera
    • Palate
      Avvolgente / fresco / intenso / persistente
  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Terenzi Viognier Montedonico 2019
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