Conti di Buscareto
Lacrima di Morro d Alba 2014
As mentioned for my other staff pick this month, I enjoy my reds, and don’t necessarily feel I need to stop drinking them just because the weather is warming up. For this reason I have chosen two delicious red wines to feature this month. This wine by Conti Di Buscareto, located in Marche, Italy (East of Tuscany along the Adriatic Coast) is made from the local grape varietal Lacrima, which translates to “tear” (hence the label). Although this wine is called Lacrima Di Morro D’Alba, it is not to be confused with the area of Alba located in Piedmonte (known for producing Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba). In this case, Morro D’Alba is the name of the town near where the Lacrima grape grows. This grape is rarely found outside of this small town in Marche. The wine is light in body with silky tannins and a distinctive nose of Violets and Lilac. It is a beautifully floral and perfumed wine that is light enough to enjoy all summer long.
LAM Pinotage 2014
If you are like me, you love your red wines, but they can get too heavy in the NYC summer heat. I have the answer for you, and that is the LAM Pinotage! Most peoples’ experience with Pinotage is of the more traditional style…. Big and rich with notes of smoke and tar. While that style certainly has its place alongside a nice BBQ (or Braai, as they call it in South Africa), sometimes you prefer something light and easy to sip on, perhaps poolside or at the beach. The LAM is the perfect wine for just that. This more modern style Pinotage is made in complete contrast to the more traditional style you may be used to. This light bodied, fruit driven red, with the lightest of tannins, is best served chilled. Yes, I said it, chilled red wine!!! Keep it on ice next to your bottles of rosé and you’ll be the trend setter this summer. Whispering what?? That craze will be all but forgotten after a few sips of this refreshing, delicious, and wonderfully valued wine. Enjoy!