Veneto Region of Italy

Menu included: Appetizer's were foccaccia and breads with dipping oils, blue cheese stuffed olives, sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and asiago cheese.
For the main course, we had italian sausage soup ( ), risotto with sun dried tomatoes, and a 
meditteranean vegetable medley.  For dessert, we had tiramisu and torrone. 

Wines Tasted this evening were:

1.        Tedeschi Soave Capitel Tenda Classico 2009 - $15.29  (Ruth & Jill's Favorite)

winemaker's notes:

The color is yellow with green reflections, clear and transparent. The bouquet is strong, fruity and complex. Very clean with notes of dry fruits such as almonds. Rich and elegant. Good body and good acidity. Relatively warm, rounded and well-balanced. Pleasing and elegant. The after-taste confirms the notes in the bouquet. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif, with hors d'oeuvres or fish. alcohol by volume: 12.0% critical acclaim:"The 2009 Soave Classico Capitel Tenda is quite pretty and understated in its white peaches, flowers, almonds and mint. This fresh, perfumed Soave is an excellent choice for drinking over the next year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013. "  88 Points - The Wine Advocate

2. Pra Soave Classico 2010 - $15.29 

winemaker's notes:

Intense, with good persistence and extremely fine. Floral, fresh sensations, with apple and pear, mising well with mineral clearness and herbs. Notes of sage are evident, as well. alcohol by volume: 13.0% critical acclaim:" Very pale straw-green. Subtle, complex aromas of citrus peel, white peach, talcum powder, mint and fresh white flowers. Stone fruit flavors are bright and tactile, with a slight impression of residual sweetness leavened by vibrant acidity and a hint of unresolved carbon dioxide. Tasty and complex wine with very good lift on the firm aftertaste. Always an entry-level Soave of amazing quality, but this vintage seems less exceptional than usual for Pra , one of the top producers of Soave." 89 Points - International Wine Cellar

Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripassa 2008 - $29.99 (Melissa, Janice, Jean, & Laura's favorite)

winemaker's notes:

The deep ruby red color of the Ripassa, and the intense yet fine aromas come from the mixture of grapes. It is full bodied, harmonic, and velvety on the palate. Recommended with grilled meat dishes, Ripassa is excellent with rabbit casserole. This blockbuster wine is one of Winebow's alltime favorites. alcohol by volume: 13.8% critical acclaim: "The 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore is a beautiful wine that bursts from the glass with exuberant dark fruit, cloves and chocolate. This shows none of the hard edges, herbaceousness or dilution that is typical of so many Valpolicellas in this price range. " 89 Points - The Wine Advocate

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007   - $19.99                                                                                                                         

winemaker's notes:

Deep ruby-red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha. Pairs well with full-flavored pasta and risotto dishes, roast poultry and chorizo. Also excellent with hard and semi-hard cheeses. alcohol by volume: 13.5% critical acclaim:  "Enticing scents of chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, licorice and new leather emerge from the boisterous 2007 Palazzo della Torre. The fruit is sumptuous as always, but in 2007 Palazzo della Torre is not quite as approachable upon release as it usually is. Another year or two in bottle should help smooth some of the slightly rough edges that are present today. There is enough balance and elegance in the finish to suggest this will drink well for a number of years. Palazzo della Torre is made from 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese, all traditional Veneto grapes. Approximately 30% of the fruit is air-dried, Amarone-style. The fermenting juice from those grapes is added to the rest of the juice to give the wine an extra dimension of richness and body. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. "  90 Points  - The Wine Advocate

5.  Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio 2010$9.99 

winemaker's notes:

Greenish reflexes on a straw/yellow color, floral and fruity aromas reminiscent of banana, apple, and tropical fruits. Good persistence on the palate; the wine expresses a pleasant acidity with excellent balance.  alcohol by volume: 12.5% critical acclaim:  "Round and juicy, featuring peach and light citrus tones. Balanced and bright, with a touch of white pepper on the finish. Drink now. 75,000 cases made. Best Value"  88 Points - Wine Spectator

 Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2008 - $22.99 

winemaker's notes:

30% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara, Dindarella, Sangiovese.  Its color is a strong, ruby red; clear and transparent. Its bouquet is ample and complex with notes of cherry, raspberry and red currant that give freshness to the wine. The wine is fruity, well-balanced and well-structured. Alcohol and acidity are in good harmony. The wine is warm and round. The aftertaste confirms the character of the bouquet. This wine has a long-lasting and persistent flavor. Suited for aging (six-to-eight years). critical acclaim:  "Ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors mix with himts of rose petal, pekoe tea and dried herbs in this velvety red, which balances a pleasant sappy quality with tangy acidity, showing chewing tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,200 cases imported."  90 Points - Wine Spectator  

"The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco possesses a touch more sweetness and roundness than the Capitel dei Nicalo tasted alongside it. Fragrant dark cherries, tobacco, earthiness and rosemary are some of the nuances that linger on the close. The finish retains an element of vibrancy and freshness that is quite attractive. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."  90 Points - The Wine Advocate  

7.   Zardetto Prosecco Brut - $13.99 

winemaker's notes:

A blend of 95% Prosecco and 5% Chardonnay.  Crystal clear with a hearty white foam and fine perlage. Fresh fragrant aromas and a delicately soft and harmonious taste are the hallmarks of this quintessential aperitif wine.  alcohol by volume: 11.5%  critical acclaim:  "The NV Prosecco Brut is a richer, creamier wine than the Brut Cuvee Private. Here the fruit tends towards ripe yellow peaches, with flowers, spices and minerals that add complexity. The finish is long, generous and nicely balanced. " 88 Points - The Wine Advocate