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Hola Everyone,

Wine tasting this Friday with Alexandra from Vino Veritas, tasting you on some truly awesome Italian wines that will subvert your expectations on the subject matter. She’ll be on hosting duties from 6-8pm. The cost is $10 per person to attend, light tapas will be available for purchase. See you wine guzzlin’ Tampa Bay Cats when you get here!!

Two of the wineries being showcased are Cantina Collefrisio and Lodali, these wines wowed us so much we had to bring them in. Here’s some info on each Bodega:

– Cantina Collefrisios’ mission statement, “Our idea of wine is home soil, healthy grapes and well cared for vines. These elements allow for the creation of a wine fully reflecting its local characteristics.”

Collefrisio is a young, forward thinking company located in the Chieti province of Abruzzo where the temperature is warm during the day and cool in the evening. This area is traditionally well known for the Montepulciano grapes which thrive in this climate. The outstanding team of young enologists and management has combined to make the company an overnight success in the winemaking business.

The estate sits on thirty-five hectares which are divided into three distinct vineyards. At the Guiliano Teatino vineyard (11 ha), Montepulciano and Pecorino grapes are grown in red clay soil in a micro-climate determined by the mountains and the valley. Montepulciano and Pecorino grapes are grown in the Valle del Moro vineyard (12ha) located at the base of the Maiella mountains down to the sea and in the stony soils of the Morrecine vineyard (12 ha) located on a hill facing the sea. The wines from Collefrisio are known for revealing a full bodied style with subtle tannins and great fruit.

– Cantina Lodalis’ mission statement, “You need the best grapes” – said Giovanni Lodali in 1939 – “because wine is everywhere here and everyone knows about wine; if you don’ t make wine and you haven’ t made the right choices they go and buy elsewhere”.

The story of this vineyard offers a vision of the tough existence in the Langa hills. It is the story of Giovanni Lodali, a peasant and the son of peasant, who began to make wine for the customers at his small restaurant in Treiso, the only one existing in what was then a small village.

After the war Giovanni constructed a house and large cellar, this being the period which created the roots and hopes for the Lodali family, linked to Treiso. In 1955 his son Lorenzo obtained a diploma from the oenological school in Alba. In 1958 Lorenzo, along with his wife Rita, produced his first vineyard selection: Barbaresco and Barolo, business went well and the wines were also sold abroad.


Andy ‘Ace d’tampa’ Jimenez
3830 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

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