December 10, 2014


2013 Rosato di Refosco

A festive wine for holiday parties!


Dry, herbal and fruity. 

100% Refosco: a native grape of Friuli. 

Retail: $18.95 / btl (12 btls/cs)


Rosé that's a little bit different

This is a fun, but not frivolous, rosé. It has a deep pinkish salmon hue and a surprising amount of body for the style. Think more along the lines of the Southern Rhone’s Tavel, than of the light and highly quaffable patio sippers from Provence. Bastianich is dedicated to using the indigenous grapes of Friuli, which explains why this wine is made from 100% Refosco (also used in their reds — Calabrone and Vespa Rosso).  The result is a dry, herbal, fruity and slightly floral wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but that possesses the structure to be paired with food.

Tasting Note: An intensely coloured rosato filled with aromas of rose petals, fresh strawberries, violets and orange peel. Medium weight on the palate with fresh, clean, mouthwatering acidity. Actually closer to a light red wine than most other rosé wines.


Joe & Lidia Bastianich

Joe and Lidia Bastianich founded the winery in 1997. Both parts of this mother and son team are tycoons in the world of food and wine.  Lidia is one of the most-loved chefs on television (Top Chef) and is a best-selling cookbook author. She is also the chef/owner of four acclaimed NYC restaurants including Felidia, Becco, Esca and Michelin-ranked Del Posto. Joe is a prolific writer on Italian wine and is one of most accomplished restaurateurs in America, co-owning Babbo Ristorante (with Mario Batali) as well as the famed Eataly in New York. Together they also own La Mozza in Maremma, another of the wineries that we represent, and Joe co-owns Brandini in Piedmont, one of the most recent additions to our portfolio. 

The Bastianich estate consists of 28 hectares of vines in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, around ninety minutes northeast of Venice. The vineyards belong to the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, split between two distinct zones. The original vineyard in Buttrio/Premariacco on the DOC’s southernmost hills is influenced by the warmth of the Adriatic Sea and produces lush, powerful wines. The second property in Cividale del Friuli is influenced by the cool North wind (bora), rendering these wines aromatic and elegant. Crumbly sandstone soil common to all of the vineyards lends the wines their signature mineral backbone. These are utterly Friulian wines, crafted to taste like the place from which they come.

The Rosato is a crowd-pleasing wine that we often recommend (and drink) around the holidays. It’s playful, refreshing, and highly versatile. Chill, twist and serve!


Pair with Lidia's Zucchini roll-ups!

2 pounds small zucchini
2 cups flour, approximately, for dredging
5 large eggs
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon lemon juice.   //   Full recipe here.