Wine Blog

April 21, 2013


What Makes The Cartizze Exceptional Prosecco?

Nestled between the villages of Saccol, Santo Stefano and San Pietro di Barbozza in Valdobbianene County, lies 106 hectares (260 acres) of the steepest hillside Prosecco (Glera) vineyards.  Over 100 different families own and manage this vineyard known as the Cartizze, and the sparkling Prosecco that is produced from these prestigious vines is commonly referred to as the Grand Cru of Prosecco.  The steep grade, unique soil, and ideal exposure produce Glera grapes of exceptional quality but limited quanity; consequently, a Cartizze will typically command a price 2-3 times that of another DOCG Prosecco.  Cartizze Prosecco is known for its floral nose and hints of pear, apple, and apricot in the finish.  Its characteristics make it a perfect aperitif before a meal or with sweet desserts at the end of a meal.

 We are very proud to be the exclusive importer and distributor of Paolo Zucchetto Cartizze in the U.S.   Winemaker Carlo Zucchetto has created an exceptional cru from the 2012 fruit that was harvested on September 15, 2012, and released on February 15, 2013.  It is extremely well balanced; and the finish? Well, "simply elegant."  We hope you enjoy!

April 07, 2013


Le Marognole Rated Among the Top 100 in Veneto!

We knew it was a matter of time before the world discovered the wines of Fabio Corsi.  His passion for his craft was apparent the moment we met him at his cantina in Valgatara.  Congratulations to the entire Corsi family for being selected by "AIS VENETO" (Association of Italian Sommeliers) as one of the 100 of best wineries in Veneto region.  The wines evaluated by AIS were the Amarone CampoRocco, Recioto CampoGerico and "El Nane".  Fabio crafted "El Nane" in loving memory of his grandfather who cultivated and cared for the vines.  Congratulations Fabio!  El Nane would be very proud!


March 31, 2013


We Have Wine!

We are very proud to announce the launch of our storefront! 

Land and Family -

As we travel the backroads of Italy's wine regions and meet the winemakers of the classic, ancient Italian varietal wines, we are deeply touched by their commitment to their land and their families. It is clear to us that it is not just about the wine, but also the land (la terra) and the family (la famiglia).  Our mission is to bring you exceptional Italian wines, and connect you to the winemakers, their wines, their lands, and their families. Explore "Our Producers" and watch a video interview with the winemaker.  Meet the families that have been growing and producing for generations, and read about their family histories.  

Enjoy Wines of the Veneto Region -

Our first offerings are from the Veneto region in Northern Italy.  We personally visited producers in the region and selected winemakers that demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to quality and tradition.  We are currently offering three Prosecco wines from Paolo Zucchetto and five Valpolicella wines from Le Marognole di Corsi.  

These wines are available in limited quantities; and we are the sole distributor in the United States. All wines are available for order with an estimated ship date of April 5th.

Currently we can only ship directly to California consumers, due to the shipping restrictions of each state.  Please contact us by email at, if you are located in another state.

Coming Soon- Wines of the Barolo! - 

We just returned from touring the Barolo in the Langhe; and we are working to bring you an exceptional line up of wines including Barolo, Dolcetto, Moscato d'Asti, and Barbaresco.  

Thank you for your interest in our wines!

February 25, 2013


The Wines Are On The Water!

We are very excited to have our first wines on their way to Northern California.  The wines are being loaded on the container ship, SCT Zurich, as I write this article; and the ship will depart the Port of Livorno, Italy, on February 28th.  The SCT Zurich is expected to arrive in New York on March 17th.  After clearing customs, the wine will be transported by refrigerated truck to our warehouse in Santa Rosa.  We are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of our first shipment!

Eight wines from two producers in the Veneto are included in this shipment.  We are excited to offer you three different Prosecco wines from Paolo Zucchetto--a Brut, an Extra Dry, and the famed Cartizze.  We are also very excited to introduce for the first time in the US, five Valpolicella wines from winemaker Fabio Corsi at LeMarognole--Valpolicella Classico, Ripasso, Amarone, Recioto, and the "El Nane" Rosso Verona.  These are fabulously rich and complex Valpolicella wines!  Click on "Our Wines" at the top navigation bar to read about each wine.  

Since we focus on small producers, this shipment will consist of very limited quantities.