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10th September 2010

DrinkItaly Newsletter - Number 2 - September 2010

Dear Friends and aficionados,

In this issue we are pleased to introduce a number of events, new wines and offers.

Amongst the novelties we have discovered are three wines from Veneto; two whites and a red.

The Terra Musa organic range features an elegant Pinot Bianco (White Pinot) and its companion the distinctive Venetian Merlot.

Terra Musa - Merlot 2009

Terra Musa Merlot

Ruby red tending to a burgundy in colour when aged, the Venetian Merlot is a full, hearty, richly-coloured red wine, characterized by an intense fragrance with grassy undertones. Although best drunk within the first two years, with age it gains refinement, developing a pleasant palate of forest fruits and a harmonious, balanced dry taste.

Food Pairing: The most popular varietal in the region of Veneto, this Merlot can be enjoyed throughout the meal. It suits charcuterie and cured meats especially well and compliments light cheeses and white roast meat, particularly rabbit meat and poultry. For those who even like Red wine with their fish, we suggest you dare trying it with a 'Caciucco alla Livornese' a spicy Tuscan seafood stew with tomatoes and garlic bread. A hearty meal, we guarantee that this combination works!

Terra Musa - Pinot Bianco 2009

Terra Musa - Pinot Bianco 2009

The Pinot Bianco, a vine dating back to Roman times and well-rooted in the Venetian heartland and is less popular but more elegant than the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. This wine is a bright straw-yellow in colour with gentle greenish hues. It has a delicate, subtle, soft, fruity bouquet offset by minerality. As it ages, this chic wine takes on a more intense aroma reminiscent of freshly-baked bread.

Food Pairing: Because of its fantastic mineral edge, we recommend you try the Pinot Bianco with chicken casseroles and stews, as well as vegetable quiches. Perfect for an autumn evening, this Pinot Bianco would also taste delicious accompanied by baked Ricotta, honey and toasted almonds. Why not treat yourself?

Il Cavaliere 2008

Il Cavaliere 2008

The jewel in the crown of the Musaragno estate is Il Cavaliere (The Knight), a superior Pinot Bianco of excellent character - were this wine French it would certainly be a Gran Cru. Aged in small oak barrels to develop complexity and body, this wine has an intense bouquet with a variety of aromas ranging from vanilla to mature apricot. The full, velvety taste has great balance and maturity; its depth and long finish emphasise delicate spices and vanilla.

Food Pairing: Il Cavaliere pairs divinely with all fish dishes. You can even try it with more sophisticated recipes such as saffron infused monkfish. This wine goes well with soups, in particular vegetable soups or with Italian favourites like 'Pasta e Ceci' (pasta with chickpeas). This incredible white is a wonderful complement to cheeses and also marries deliciously with roasted white meat.

Special Offer of the Month:

This month DrinkItaly are offering a further 5% discount in addition to the 10% that our members already receive when they log in. Just type in the code ID: MemberSept5 when placing your order to ensure that you benefit from this offer, which is limited until 30th September. We look forward to hearing from you!

Forthcoming Events:

DrinkItaly sommelier Marco Scarpelli will be hosting a fundraising event in aid of City and Hackney Carers Centre. An elegant evening of wine and cheese tasting will take place at City and Hackney Carers Centre in Dalston. Tickets are £15 and are available from www.wegottickets.com/event/90977. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting unpaid carers in Hackney. A worthwhile event indeed, and an enjoyable evening of DrinkItaly's exceptional wines!

From the 11th to 13th October our sister company Ethical Edibles will be exhibiting at the Restaurant Show at London's Earl's Court 2 Exhibition Centre. If you would like to come along, please register for free entry. This is a trade event, but DrinkItaly is offering you the chance to come along and enjoy a day or two of indulgent wine tasting and delicious food discoveries. Just come to the Ethical Edibles stand (F74) and ask for Silvio, Donatella or Marco; mention your DrinkItaly connection and be treated to a range of exceptional wines. Take advantage of this opportunity to get personalised wine advice. DrinkItaly staff will be waiting to spoil you!

During the weekend of the 12th to 14th November, DrinkItaly is exhibiting at The Wine Show at Olympia in London. We will be offering ten free tickets worth £25 each to the first ten lucky members who correctly complete our October quiz. Keep your eyes peeled for this exciting chance to win free entry to this excellent event.